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The Black Sheep may be having its one-year anniversary on Saturday, but the people most deserving of a pat on the back won't be fully participating in the festivities.

They'll be working, instead.

"You won't see me celebrating until toward the end of the night," says Jeff Brent, the venue's general manager. "A lot of people are coming."

The bash, Brent says, is mostly an excuse to throw a party for the venue's supporters especially the local bands that have filled vacancies in The Black Sheep's schedule. The seven bands sharing the stage Saturday six from the Springs and one from Denver have helped Brent and the promoters at Soda Jerk Presents maintain complete show lists.

"We owe them as much as they owe us, if not more," Brent says. "It's just an accomplishment for us to make it through a year and not be struggling, to have our head above water."

On some levels, the early success of The Black Sheep was unexpected; the East Platte Avenue site has been home to a number of short-lived clubs over the years. But building loyalty from acts and agents has come more easily than anticipated, says Soda Jerk founder Mike Barsch. Credit some of that, Barsch says, to renovations to the venue's stage, lighting, dressing rooms and offices.

Certain acts who have played the club have already shown interest in returning. The Reverend Horton Heat, for example, one of the first acts to come to the club at the start of the year, recently contacted Soda Jerk (not the other way around) about scheduling again.

"We've come a long way," Barsch says. "Things have gone better than expected." CAPSULE

The Black Sheep's One-Year Anniversary Party, with The Photo Atlas, The Rightaways, Black Pegasus, They Murdered Miracles, The Nicotine Fits, The Murder Formula and Distrakt

The Black Sheep, 2106 E. Platte Ave.

Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $10, all ages; visit

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