- Christian Gutierrez/Worry
- Doom/sludge trio Worry will be livestreaming from The Black Sheep on Friday.
The more things change, the more they stay the same? I guess that goes for both the violence of sustained socioeconomic inequality and the uncertain void of what live music will look like in the second half of the year. However, before you quite rightly send me to the Hague of music writers for criminal clichés, I’m pleased to announce there are a few musical developments worthy of your attention for the coming weeks.
Gov. Jared Polis announced on June 15 that bars and concert venues may be able to open by late this month or early in July with precautionary measures in place, which is good news. This development was revealed as part of the third phase of Colorado’s statewide COVID-19 response measures, titled “Protect Your Neighbors,” which will be rolled out on a county-by-county basis.
In the case of live music, the new proceedings will limit indoor events to either 50 people (including the musicians and staff), or 25 percent of the given venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, while attendees maintain physical distancing. For larger indoor venues, the capacity could increase to 75 or 100 attendees (for venues over 5,560 square feet or 11,300 square feet, respectively). Outdoor events follow limit capacities of 50, 125 and 175 at the same physical sizes.
Also, though it probably should go without saying, attendees are expected to maintain 6 feet of distance while they’re waiting in lines. (Hey, if nothing else, you can tell your friends that people were lining up around the block to get into your show.)
This will all be tangible progress, though Denver has already seen a rocky start to live music in venues with restaurant licenses. In a June 13 Westword article by Jon Solomon, owners of jazz venues such as Broadway Roxy (formerly Syntax Physic Opera), Dazzle and Nocturne noted that the city and county of Denver were sending mixed signals on whether they could host live music, which threatens results like disastrous day-of cancellations or outright closure of venues. The beloved Denver venue 3 Kings Tavern has already shuttered its doors in the wake of the pandemic.
- Christian Gutierrez of Worry
The Sheep’s next live-streamed shows, set for Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, feature, respectively, local doom/sludge metal trio Worry and Denver-based post-punk act Lowfaith.
- Daniel Harvey of Worry
Lowfaith, meanwhile, recently released the single “Waking Moment” and donated all proceeds to Black Lives Matter. Both an excellent gesture and an excellent track, an excellent jumping-off point into the group’s hazy, post-punk-meets-dream-pop sound. While you’re at it, be sure to check out their 2018 LP On Loss, which consistently hits the ideal synthesis between gloomy and danceable.