Colorado seems to be a hotbed for the eclectic, creative and courageous. The music scene here is no different. With bands all the way back to Glenn Miller; to Big Head Todd & the Monsters, The Samples, Leftover Salmon, The Lumineers, The Fray, Zuba….the list is long. Next up is a five-piece group out of Boulder that is as exciting as they are skilled. Sixty Minute Men are a refreshing, rocking group of musicians that are poised to make the big time.
Recently playing at the annual Vine Street Pub’sUptown Neighborhood Block Party, The Sixty Minute Men took the enormous crowd by storm and the reception was a collective “Wow!”. These guys bring a fresh and exhilarating sound to the stage that is complimented by an energy that is contagious. The sound they call “Original Soul” is a delicious mix of rock, funk, blues and, of course, soul and challenges each and every listener not to move.
Great things are in store for the Sixty Minute Men. The ingredients are all there for them to be the next big thing to come from the Colorado music scene. Go and check them out, you will not be disappointed!
Mid-September is a fantastic time to be in Denver, Colorado. Beautiful days, blue sky and loads of festivals all mark this remarkable change of seasons. One annual event that combines all that is great in Denver is the Uptown Neighborhood Block Party at Vine Street Pub. This Denver location of Boulder’s Mountain Sun empire brings together some of the best craft-beer makers and musicians to create an entire day of mayhem and music that is hard to beat.
The 2015 edition of festivities began with the “Brewer’s Olympics”, a multi-event challenge for teams of two from well-known local breweries. There were, of course, the die-hard regulars, returning champions and eager rookies all prepared to do battle for the coveted bragging rights that go to the victors. Just beneath the thinly veiled guise of silly costumes and sillier behaviors laid an aura of dogged competition that hung in the fresh air like a ominous fog. Each team had a plan. So were successful, some not so much. In the end it was the rookie team from Ratio Beerworks that won gold and bragging rights until the fall of 2016.
Once the street was cleared and congratulations were given, the record-breaking crowd was treated to music so good, it defined awesome. The Sixty Minute Men of Boulder opened and wowed with their unique and funky sounds of “original soul”. Their music was electric and energy amazing. The “Men” were followed by a closing act that rivaled any the Mountain Sun crew has been able to put together. Anchored by The Drunken Hearts, the ensemble welcomed Dave Johnston from Yonder Mountain String Band and Rob Eaton from Dark Star Orchestra. The results were amazing and the streets were shaking.
Once again, The Neighborhood Block Party was a monumental success and reminds us that things are good in Denver. Sponsors USBank, Westword deserve a big hand for their support, as well as the volunteers and all of the participating breweries that donated their fine craft. All proceeds from the event benefitted New Era Colorado who remind us not only to register to vote but to get out and do it!
I was introduced to a sampling of the beautiful works of Bryce Widom, while photographing the different locations of Mountain Sun Pubs & Breweries. Upon first glance of the murals there is a sense of something intriguing and special about the works. A closer look reveals color and detail that is quite extraordinary. When the realization is made that the images are created by an extremely steady hand, employing vivid colors of chalk, it is evident that the creator is a true artist.
The works are so very unique and more often than not, temporary; to be wiped clean and replaced with a new equally beautiful and creative offering. It has been an honor to be able to capture these wonderful murals, while they exist, and preserve them in a sense.
Next time you visit one of the Mountain Sun Pubs be sure to take a moment to appreciate the talent of the artist Bryce Widom.
A number of very fortunate diners were treated to an unbelievable evening of fine food, craft beer and great company. Vine Street Pub hosted a Brewer’s Dinner which featured a six course menu, each presentation paired with a special release brew. The event served to kick off the Great American Beer Fest and provide a unique opportunity to sample savory cuisine.
The feat of creating this extravagant fare was nothing short of amazing. Chef Brendon Flood led his culinary crew with military precision and head-brewer John Fiorilli served up a grand collection of libation to the craft gods. The event was held in Harry’s, an eclectic space perfect for private parties.
To book a private event in Harry’s, please contact Paul Nashak. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Southern Sun is the second in the trifecta of “Sun” experiences. Located in the shadow of Boulder’s Flatirons in South Boulder, Southern Sun was created to accommodate the success and popularity of Mountain Sun. With more space there is more to offer to the throngs of Sun faithfuls. Outdoor seating, convenient parking, live music and space to boogie down all help to create the perfect second coming of the neighborhood pub.
Don’t forget the beer! Southern Sun follows tradition and features an award winning brewery, which helps to increase production of the Sun brews, to keep up with ever-growing demand.
Located in the center of the growing and evolving South Boulder community, the Southern Sun serves as a neighborhood gathering space for all those who love finely brewed craft beer and fresh, clean pub food. Like Mountain Sun, there are no televisions which means the patrons mingle and meet and chat about the world around them.” – Paul Nashak, managing partner the Mountain Sun
Stop by soon and return often. The beer is phenomenal, the food delicious and who knows you can always use some more friends.
Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery is the first of three sensational “Sun” venues created along the fabulous front-range of the Rocky Mountains. Located just east of the Pearl Street Mall in beautiful Boulder, Colorado, the Mountain Sun is a friendly place to say the least. Whether you come to relax, meet friends, eat some really good food or sample some of the hand-crafted beers, the Mountain Sun is a place you will find yourself returning to frequently.
“Opened in 1993, the Mountain Sun grew from the free spirit of Boulder’s roots and is one of the few establishments left celebrating our non-conformist past. Free live music on Sunday nights is one of the many ways the pub engages and cares for the community upon which it was built.” – Paul Nashak, managing partner at Mountain Sun
Was beer mentioned? Mountain Sun brewery has been featured and won many awards for their tasty creations around Colorado and the world. Don’t forget “Stout Month” is February so mark your calendar.