Located right in the heart of downtown Denver is the inconspicuous and unique 1up-Colfax arcade, bar and music venue. Neighboring venues such as the Filmore and multiple dive bars, the 1up “one up’s” it’s surrounding nightlife. As you walk in, you might mistake the venue for a full-blown arcade and bar and ask yourself, “Am I in the right place?”. However, among its 50 Classic Arcade Games, 19 Pinball Machines, and various giant Jenga games it also includes an awesome live music venue. The 1up is an amazing venue to catch up and coming artists play their music right in front of you in an extremely intimate environment. Typically the venue has a pretty packed schedule, offering multiple shows per week. The 1up-Colfax has some particularly outstanding artists who will be showcasing their amazing sounds this July. Here are the top 3 that spark our interest the most:
July 8th: All Vinyl! All Night! A celebration of the art of selection featuring Marcelo Moxy & DJ Russo
Wednesday, July 8th is about to be a very special evening. Marcelo Moxy will be gracing the 1up Colfax with his presence, as well as a 3 hour all vinyl set. Marcelo Moxy is no novice when it comes to the art of djing. His ability to read the room and select records according to vibe of the venue is truly an art form. Not many dj’s can successfully read a crowd, let alone mix vinyl nowadays. Marcelo has shared stages in support of Samo Sound Boy, Sango & Esta of Soulection, Star Slinger, Amtrac, JackLNDN, Ana Sia, G Jones, and Jerome LOL, just to name a few. Moxy recently played his first Red Rocks gig as the bassist for the Michal Menert Big Band in April 2015, and is currently gearing up for a 50-date tour around the country this Fall. Expect Wednesday night to be full of surprises. With no set-list and only crates of vinyl by his side, Marcelo will for sure turn The 1up into one big party. Get there early to catch DJ Russo as direct support, and don't forget to keep an eye out for the crazy visuals courtesy of Aeonchild. While you're waiting for Wednesday to come around, check out Marcelo’s latest mix from his monthly series:
July 15th: Cut Copy DJ Set
What at first started as a home recording project has now become an indie electronic group with guitars, bass guitar and drums. Cut Copy takes many of their leads from their contemporaries such as Air, Daft Punk and LCD Soundsystem. Their music can be differentiated by their unmistakable pop appreciation that appeals to radio pop singles from the 1970s and ‘80s as well as components of synth pop and vintage disco. Hailing from Australia, the trio released their most recent album Free Your Mind in late 2013 by Modular and Loma Vista. After their world tour and spending the summer of 2014 playing a wide range of music festivals, Free Your Mind was re-issued including five bonus tracks. I’d definitely be excited to see some of those bonus tracks played live at the 1up.
July 21st: Jamie xx (Sold Out)
Jamie Smith, better known as Jamie xx, will be taking the stage at the 1up for a completely sold out show. As a member of the london-based band The xx, Jamie xx's sound is definitely a bit similar which isn't a bad thing at all. Having just released his new LP In Colour on May 29th 2015, Jamie will no doubt play new material for the audience. Not to mention he is kicking off his tour with this show, it's about to be one night to remember. Keep a look out on the event's Facebook page (or Craigslist) for tickets being sold by your peers! You'll never know if you'll be able to score a ticket last minute if you don't try.
Article by Mary MacDonald