The crowdfunding campaign aims to save Denver’s oldest concert venue


Denver – For decades, there was a familiar roar after dark between Race and Vine streets on Colfax Avenue in central Denver.

“It’s the lion’s lair for 63 years,” said Doug Kauffman, the lion’s lair owner. “A long time.”

The history of the intimate concert venue continues.

“As far as I can tell, sometime in the ’40s,” Kaufman said.

It was previously a jazz club.

“There were an endless number of artists from Jozef,” Kauffman said. “Including Dexter Gordon and Clark Terry.”

The venue has famous musicians and now some modern bands.

“The Black Keys, Decemberists, Ozometli, Mojo Nixon,” said Kauffman.

Kauffman believes that this emperor of the Denver music scene may have the oldest liquor license at all concerts in the city.

“With El Chapultepec closed, I can’t think of anywhere else,” he said. “Liquor licenses are numbered and it was one of the oldest liquor licenses on Colfax. They did not yet have dating records, so they could not disclose it to the Excise and Licensing Office.

And boy – does this place have a history. Some believe that this hideout is haunted.

“The ghosts of old Jazzman, the ghosts of old regular people,” Kauffman said. “You come here and you get some drinks, you can start attracting them, you can never know. It can be real.”

Like every other live music venue, the COVID crisis has calmed the lion’s roar of late.

“It’s been closed for eight months,” Kauffman said. “It’s a drag. indeed it is. It is not like its old self. “

While the landlords of the venue have been patient, with much uncertainty, Kauffman and one of his employees decided to launch a GoFundMe campaign a few days ago.

“Many people have come out of the woodwork,” Kauffman said.

He and his business partner are absolutely blown away by support.

“It caught us all by surprise,” Kauffman said.

Over 350 donors and counting by Wednesday evening.

“Small amounts, large amounts,” Kauffman said. “It is moving that the place means a lot of community around here.”

They have raised about $ 16,000 so far. People from our community who value this cultural icon. The ‘King’ of Colefax, if you

“We are so very grateful to everyone who is sticking inside,” Kauffman said. “It will come back. I believe it will

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