Cigarette Bums / And And And / Mean Motor Scooter / The Nova Kicks
Sep
24
to Sep 25

Cigarette Bums / And And And / Mean Motor Scooter / The Nova Kicks

Join us for an absolutely insane night of music with the Cigarette Bums, And And And, and The Nova Kicks!

Cigarette Bums: https://thecigarettebums.tumblr.com/

And And And: https://www.instagram.com/andandandmusic/

The Nova Kicks: https://open.spotify.com/artist/0r1y8P5nasUh07KPdWsJpc?si=8mCyMeJkQhWmf7Gv0yZEVA

Mean Motor Scooter: https://meanmotorscootersounds.bandcamp.com/

$8.00

8:30pm doors / 9:00pm showtime

21+ | ID required

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Jesse Marchant / WYNDHAM
Sep
27
to Sep 28

Jesse Marchant / WYNDHAM

Early one morning in May of 2016, Jesse Marchant came to on a street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, entangled with himself and his bicycle, after a crash on his way to work. He had been attacked by an irate school bus driver who knocked him speeding off his bicycle into a parked car. After flying over the hood and colliding with the back of another, Marchant landed on his head and was knocked out, splayed in the middle of the road.

Things had gotten bad and it was time for a change.

He quit his part-time position working as a prep cook, a job he had taken to begin to climb his way out from under a mountain of debt, and left for the Adirondacks alone, in a last ditch effort to see if music might materialize and help him emerge from his state of affairs. Two months later the songs for Illusion of Love were written. Rising both from Marchants personal feelings of despair and the American social dread of 2016, there was much that came to surface quickly once he began to write, no less the fact that almost 2 years into a hiatus which had been mostly pained and self-destructive, Marchant found love, after nearly a decade of being alone.
The life of Jesse Marchant has always been somewhat angst-ridden. His father died when he was 14 and he became a loner through High School, before misguidedly attending business school, only to drop out in his last semester when a NY talent manager propositioned him to attend a summer acting school in Manhattan.

He went, and before long found himself living in LA, being sent to audition for pretty boy jock rolls in shows and movies he would never watch, let alone want to act in. He began to fight over disagreements with his agents and soon come to realize that he had been on the wrong path. All the while his lover was becoming a movie star, which served only to further highlight the shallower depth of his own convictions.

It was in that period that he first began to write songs. Soon thereafter his manager fell ill and died, his relationship with his girlfriend ended, and he found himself alone and lost in Los Angeles, with more than a few bridges burned.

The years that followed were isolationist. Marchant toured as a solo act, opening for countless bands growing his career, renting cottages in the Catskills in his downtime to write and record, sometimes subleasing an apartment in the city instead. He began to grow guarded and weary, drinking heavily and living in solitude with the emotional repercussions of his choices.

Illusion of Love marks the end of that era. Its the sound of awakening and emergence from crises both personal and political. Though the opening track, All These Kids I Never Knew, starts the record off with Marchant recalling a year of social atrocities alone at the piano shot in the back / while running away, leading the first-time listener to believe that he might be setting the table for a collection of lonely ruminations, the opposite holds true. Its a farewell to isolation, ushering in an album of buoyant, triumphant anthems. Heart of Mine, one of the albums lead singles, which Marchant and his band tear through with an urgency unhinged, channels the essence of Neil Young with the spirit of Jim James, relating from the soul of a troubled youth as it comes to learn defiance.

Ever the patient observer, Marchant watches on at those around him have suffered, decidedly more than he, with an openness to understand and ability to empathize that brings gravity to his lyrics. Sister, I is a profound, strong-willed ballad, featuring emotionally arresting string arrangements by the film composer Danny Bensi (who also arranged and performed all the strings on the album). Layers of lyrical context can be peeled away and sifted through as Marchant runs the thematic gamut from the social commentary of Ive Got Friends (nowadays you can make a show of your life / to convince yourself of its worth / what do you think of my private vacation?) to the tender, plaintive Burning Red which was written for an old love but never completed (We could drive into the night / Id play the songs you like / And let you sleep when you get tired). Perhaps the definitive lyric from the album comes in the final song (and its title track) when Marchant asks twice, in a flurry of swelling synths and strings, who do you love?. A fitting moment, for an artist who's grappled with so many difficult choices, to ironically find the ultimate answer in the form of a question.

(Support to be announced)

$10.00
9:00pm doors / 9:30pm showtime
21+ | ID required

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L'Freaq with Neoma
Oct
13
to Oct 14

L'Freaq with Neoma

We've got an unbelievable night of music coming Sunday, October 13th as L'Freaq (LA) and Neoma (Ecuador/Colorado) join forces to bring you an evening of pure electricity.

L'Freaq:

"L'FREAQ (a.k.a. Lea Cappelli) is a Brooklyn and LA-based music artist. Some highlights of her career include performing privately for Muhammad Ali, sharing the stage with Jakob Dylan, and performing with Grammy-winning artist, India.Arie. Her cover of Peggy Lee's "Angels On Your Pillow" was used by NBC in the original television promos for the wildly popular TV show, The Voice. L'FREAQ is planning on releasing her new EP "Weird Awakenings" in the coming months." https://lfreaq.com

Neoma:

"Neoma has captivated music lovers all over the world with her dreamy yet energetic “Lunar Pop” hits. In 2017, Neoma hit the top of the Ecuadorian charts with her infectious single “Real”. Since then, she’s played concerts to thousands of fans throughout South America. Hundreds of thousands of fans have enjoyed Neoma’s music videos and have streamed her songs on digital platforms. Recently relocating with her producer, Danny Pauta, from Cuenca, Ecuador to Denver, Colorado, Neoma hopes to spread the joy of her music to the wonderful people of the United States. Neoma is working on her new album ‘Real’ coming out late 2019."

https://open.spotify.com/artist/1rS9ZvNEWqnKY19g6uiqip?si=cdd2rRNTTKCDZxPgesfLwQ
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$7.00 (Presale) | $10.00 (Day of Show)
8:30pm doors / 9:00pm showtime
21+ | ID required

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Bethlehem Steel with Special Guests
Nov
1
to Nov 2

Bethlehem Steel with Special Guests

The fearsome New York band Bethlehem Steel are coming to Lion's Lair in support of their new self-titled album along with some special guests. Prepare to get completely wrecked by their blend of grunge/indie/nightmare pop on November 1st.

Bethlehem Steel formed in 2012 out of a long-time friendship that singer/guitarist Rebecca Ryskalczyk, drummer Jonathan Gernhart and bassist Patrick Ronayne forged through nights spent at the Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium.

Taking stock of your experiences and your emotional health in solitude can be an empowering task, but enlisting the assistance of allies certainly never hurts, and Bethlehem Steel’s sophomore album is a testament to the value of togetherness in difficult times. Rebecca Ryskalczyk and Christina Puerto’s collaborative energy provide the animating force behind their self-titled sophomore album -a release that serves as guide, of sorts, for those reaching towards self-empowerment, and an illustration of the transformative power offemale friendship as a force in overcoming trauma.

Bethlehem Steel is the follow-up to Party Naked Forever -a 2017 release praised by outlets like NPR, The FADER and Stereogum, is an exhilarating listen, and with the transition from a trio to a four-piece, it’s the sound of the band finding another gear as they change shape and mature as songwriters and musicians.

Out September 13 on Exploding In Sound Records.



$10.00
9:00pm doors / 9:30pm showtime
21+ | ID required

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The So Lows / Daniel Carrol
Sep
19
to Sep 20

The So Lows / Daniel Carrol

The So Lows are a band born from a love of rock n roll and a desire to create a uniquely new yet authentic sound, always paying homage to influence. While living in Los Angeles, songwriting duo Molly Miller and Ronnie Rael began crafting their sound which includes vocal harmonies inspired by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, energy influenced by Ike and Tina Turner, and attitude reminiscent of Johnny Thunders and Patti Paladin. The So Lows enlisted the talent of Jim Reid on drums and Case Tanner on bass to record their debut album, Alto, set to be released in 2017. Recorded and produced independently with the help of engineer David Cragin (Danny Elfman, Oingo Boingo, Beck) at his studio, Santa Fe Soundworks (Santa Fe, NM), Alto traverses a slew of raw emotions with an unapologetic approach.

https://www.thesolows.com

$7.00

8:30pm doors / 9:00pm showtime

21+ | ID required

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Brad Byrd / Many Mountains / Cloudship / Young Pine
Sep
17
to Sep 18

Brad Byrd / Many Mountains / Cloudship / Young Pine

Brad Byrd comes to Lion's Lair with Many Mountains, Cloudship, and Young Pine!

Over the course of his career, Brad Byrd has written songs that firmly occupy the rarely-explored middle ground between indie rock and alt-country. He's a genre-spanning musician, carving out a diverse sound fueled by melody, detailed storytelling, and the instincts of a journeyman songwriter who began making Americana music long before the genre had a name. Over the course of his career, he’s shared the stage with a variety of musicians, such as Jay Farrar, Mike Doughty, They Might Be Giants, Everlast, Lee DeWyze, and Family of the Year, showcasing undeniable versatility and commitment to his craft. With his fourth album, Phases, Byrd takes a look backwards, reflecting upon the lessons learned throughout his ongoing journey.

A songwriting lifer, Brad Byrd has charted his own course since the turn of the millennium. When his record label went kaput after The Ever Changing Picture's release, he started his own (Elusive Tiger), ever-focused on continuing his output. When the garage in his California home became overrun with paintings and music equipment, he transformed it into a public art gallery and performance space. Now, with Phases, he examines the human condition from various perspectives, delivering an amplified rock song one minute and a stripped-down folk ballad the next. This is the next chapter in his story; the next step on his remarkable journey, wherever it may lead.

$6.00

8:30pm doors / 9:00pm showtime

21+ | ID required

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KGNU Quarterly Showcase ft. The Hinckleys, Little Fyodor + more
Sep
14
to Sep 15

KGNU Quarterly Showcase ft. The Hinckleys, Little Fyodor + more

This time around for KGNU Community Radio + Lion's Lair's Quarterly Showcase, we've got a lineup that hearkens back to the heyday of Denver Punk:

The Hinckleys

Little Fyodor & Babushka (https://littlefyodor.bandcamp.com/)

Sputnik Slovenia (https://www.reverbnation.com/sputnikslovenia)

Andy Z from KGNU's Smash It Back: Classic Punk and Other Junk provides sounds between the sets

Can't wait to see you there, in the Lair.

Lion's Lair (2022 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO)

Doors/DJ: 830pm / Music: 9pm

21+

$8 at the door ($5 with Illegal Pete's receipt)

Limited Presale Tickets here.

Special Promotion: Show your ticket (paper or digital) at Illegal Pete's after the show that night and get a free beer/marg!

Sponsored by:

Illegal Pete's https://www.illegalpetes.com/

Marquee mag http://marqueemag.com/

Twist & Shout https://www.twistandshout.com/

Salt mag https://saltmag.online/

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Jello Biafra's Incredibly Strange Dance Party
Sep
7
to Sep 8

Jello Biafra's Incredibly Strange Dance Party

The legendary Jello Biafra is back for another round on September 7th and he will be spinning Vintage Garage, Soul, Surf, R&R Trash, Dementia, plus a bit of obscure Punk all night at the World Famous Lion's Lair!

With guest DJ Brian Polk getting the night started!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jello_Biafra


$16.00
9:00pm doors / 9:30pm showtime
21+ | ID required

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Aaron Baldes / Poor Martha
Aug
29
to Aug 30

Aaron Baldes / Poor Martha

Aaron Baldes - Electronic, Jazz, Acoustic


Aaron is a songwriter, producer, musician, and guitar teacher. Aaron performs with the band Drones Over Yellowstone as a guitarist and vocalist.

https://www.reverbnation.com/aaronbaldes


Poor Martha - Rock

https://poormartha.bandcamp.com/releases?fbclid=IwAR29LRHaO80_vM1JfknsxyanQqhAVPo72fT4ZmGUl5HesLXSCNv-pIU5EME


$6.00

8:30pm doors / 9:00pm showtime

21+ | ID required

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Mistar Anderson / Donny Blot / Swank Sinatra
Aug
22
to Aug 23

Mistar Anderson / Donny Blot / Swank Sinatra

Mistar Anderson: Hip-Hop / Funk / Soul

Mistar Anderson is your friend.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/0ukkamc3mKeHKf3aEEcM1z?si=OZf_dpIwQyq-3-6g5tf13g

Donny Blot: Hip-Hop

Donny Blot (The T is silent) is an artist from Florida who now resides in Denver, Co. He is also a part of the Hip Hop Collective called CAP 6.

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fXTNR9tTmBR1sJvxq8b3p?si=JIQfN-CVR36JX-hRt5JY0w

Swank Sinatra: Hip-Hop

https://www.swanksinatramusic.com

Doors: 8:30pm $6

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Sister Ivy at the Lion's Lair w/ No Touch and the Original Ills
Aug
18
to Aug 19

Sister Ivy at the Lion's Lair w/ No Touch and the Original Ills

Join us for an evening with North Carolina-based artist Sister Ivy and Denver locals No Touch and The Original Ills.

A quizzical poet with a voice brimming with turbulent emotion and heartfelt presence, Sister Ivy moves to join the juxtaposed, both lyrically and musically, with careful dissonance and timely resolve, blending the mundane with the magical, to provide soulful nourishment. Sister Ivy will be playing as a trio with a local bassist and drummer.

With a plethora of wide ranging influences, Sister Ivy is for fans of Hiatus Kaiyote, Thom Yorke, Moonchild, Regina Spektor, Herbie Hancock, and more.

Music Video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UCeM-yqDKHE


Studio Recordings:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/4NcY4pL3R0CoJCWu0KqQOw

https://sisterivy.bandcamp.com/


Website:

https://www.sisterivy.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sisterivymusic/

https://sisterivy.bandcamp.com

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkcGks-l7HaJZ_Dwis3sEcQ
http://www.songkick.com/concerts/38925774-sextet-us-at-replay-lounge

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Debut of Heated Bones w/ Sawmill Joe & King Cardinal
Aug
9
to Aug 10

Debut of Heated Bones w/ Sawmill Joe & King Cardinal

Heated Bones has arrived from a long journey of a conceptual road in writing. Josh Moorehead & Zach Holcomb were feeling creative and wanted to be able to express that outside of their main group The Guestlist. Immediately recruiting Zac Wright of Larry Nix, the group started writing a lot of lyrics but they all had a similar constant, they had a muse. Who or what is this Muse? The name is Roy. He's a rather striking individual who through time and space has proven to be a truly legendary Sage. Once the concepts were there, the group brought on Kris Jackson (I Am Love, Restless Ones) who began to truly kindle the fire of the writing. After orchestrating countless songs with more words then the group knew what to do with, they are ready to go out and share the stories.

$7 Doors 8:30pm

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Meat-n-Potatoes / Broke Down Nuns / Caleb Benjamin
Aug
8
to Aug 9

Meat-n-Potatoes / Broke Down Nuns / Caleb Benjamin

Meat-n-Potatoes:

Brandon Harris is a multi-instrumentalist from Denton, Tx now residing in Denver, CO and is looking to be the musical nutrients for your soul! His musical journey started in Texas where he studied at the University of North Texas, then brought him to Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA), and has since taken him throughout the country. Of his passion for music, Harris says it helps him explore the subconscious mind and freely express his creativity. Though his degree is in jazz guitar, he also plays saxophone, bass guitar, keyboard, percussion, vocals, and has played, performed, and recorded with Grammy nominated artists. Those who tune into the world of Brandon Harris will be served a variety of musical flavors your soul’s palette is sure to appreciate.

https://meatandpotatoes.bandcamp.com

Broke Down Nuns: Alt Rock

https://brokedownnuns.bandcamp.com/releases


$6 Doors 8:30pm

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Hybrid - A Night of Rock, Hip Hop and a Few Things In Between
Aug
6
to Aug 7

Hybrid - A Night of Rock, Hip Hop and a Few Things In Between

Hybrid - A Night of Rock, Hip Hop and a Few Things In Between

Art has no place for discrimination. Open up your mind and your ears to this eclectic night of good music and good vibes!!!

With performances by:

Amber LC
The Hunger Artist
Mac Frenzi (https://www.facebook.com/MAC-Frenzi-1486900581371635/ )
Katana Da Don

Music by Frank Spinz

21 +
$6 Entry
Doors: 8:30pm


For more info:
katastrofik.entertainment@gmail.com

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