Thursday, December 6, 2018

Year End Thoughts...

Happy Holidays!

What a wonderful year it has been down at The Clocktower Cabaret…  we booked many new bands, saw a bunch of all-new revues, and got to say hello to our beloved fans. Some of you became frequent flyers, and for that we thank you!

We look forward to an exciting 2019, which will feature a nice mix of proven favorites as well as some new surprises - keep an eye out!  My booking calendar is shaping up to be a fun, funky year.

Did you know that this coming year will be our thirteenth year of business?  We are going to side with the Italians and the Chinese in declaring THIRTEEN a lucky number!!!  (Think of it as an extra month of entertainment, squeezed into the traditional twelve.)

So don't be a stranger - come in from the cold, grab a hot toddy or peppermint cocoa, and kick back and forget about the wintery world outside. We'll do our best to entertain!

Enjoy your Holiday Season, and we'll see you at the bottom of the Clocktower soon,

Jefferson Arca, Owner & GM

Monday, September 17, 2018

Halloween Goosebumps!

Does anyone else get goosebumps each year, when October arrives?

Why does this month, more than any other, bring up such a visceral reaction in me, year after year?

Is it the fact that so many senses and feelings are activated, all at once?

Your skin feels that new, crisp chill in the early evening air...

The trees change colors to delight the eyes, matching the pumpkins sprouting in the fields...

The sound of 10,000 Zombies cry out in undead misery, as they crawl down the Mall...

The nostalgic smells of pumpkin spice, cinnamon and nutmeg in your coffees and desserts...

The tactile pleasure of strange fabrics, knots and sheets as costumes are crafted and donned...

The taste of CANDY CANDY CANDY everywhere you go!

As the month progresses, our attention turns from The Great Outdoors to The Intimate Indoors, warm rooms and fires, mulled ciders, toasty kitchens and tables.   We hunker down for the beginning of another frosty cycle of holidays, traditions, and cheery gatherings, so different than the giant outdoor concerts, the big-sky camp grounds...  our world goes from huge to small, from bright to dark.

The vortex of each year must be October, right?

Another 12-month solar journey is wrapping up, days are shorter, nights are longer...  and the annual Turning of the Page is soon upon us, making us feel what...  scared?   hopeful?   excited?   humbled?   Curious?

Goosebumps.  Makes me feel goosebumps.

Enjoy!





Friday, August 10, 2018

Denver Thickens!

Hello all!

Over the 12 years we have been running The Clocktower Cabaret, I have never seen downtown Denver so teeming with activity, people, events, and yes...  construction.  "Building is The Bane of The Boom!"

On any given trip to pick up posters, or to grab spotlight bulbs maybe, I will encounter at least four lane closures per twenty minutes in the car.  Frustrating?  Or just a nice chance to practice inner calming skills and full body breathing?

One day, all three of the streets that offer me passage from Home to the Club were blocked off, each one with a massive crane hovering above our tiny cars.  At one point in 2017 I read that Denver had more cranes up than any other city in America. (I like cranes, but more like the feathered ones that hang out in shallow water.)

While this has been a nuisance for people who live or work in the area, and caused parking prices to go up, rents to raise, and longer commutes, think about what it really means for Denver:

We're the Belle of the Ball, at long last!  Everyone wants to dance with us!  We used to be laughed at as provincial cow-towners, dusty ranch hands with no culture or fashion, people who's idea of haute cuisine was Steak and Potatoes with Ranch Dressing on the side.

But now look at us!  Much needed money is rolling into city and state coffers from cannabis sales, international tourists are coming here NOT to go skiing, classy nightlife and entertainment options are booming, and our idea of haute cuisine is now Steak and Potatoes with Gluten-Free Ranch Dressing on the side.

Am I proud of what this city has become?  Sure I am!  I grew up here, graduated from high school in 1987, and then left for almost 20 years to see the world before moving back in 2006.  Now, the world is coming to see US, and I think we look pretty good!

So yes, it's okay to complain about construction and crowded streets, and rising prices on everything, but keep that chin up, Denver!  You have to pay some kind of cover charge to dance at the popular clubs!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

July 4th & Pierre's Thoughts

We asked Naughty Pierre to sit for a short chat about the Fourth of July - here are some of his thoughts!

NP: First of all, thank you for having me here, I love being had.  And second, Happy Birthday to America!  All of us in France are still kind of proud of you.

TCC: Thank you!  Tell me, what do you like about July Fourth?

NP: It's another American holiday about eating, which always delights me.  And eating in a park, the picky-nick?  With all the meat grilling and all the beer swilling and all the music drilling...   and it's not snowing on you, like most Denver holidays... it's actually nice out!

TCC: What's the best BBQ / outdoor party music?

NP: If you do LIVE music, I feel like the Country and the Western is a good fit for Colorado... bands like Buckstein.  I didn't know much of the Country sound growing up in France - our Country music was a different Country's music than your Country's music, so, you know - but it turned out to be great fun.  Live, that is.  I don't know if I like driving with it...  driving is more Vintage Jazz to me.  Like painting, or cooking Al Fresca.

TCC: Al Fresca?

NP: You know jazz?

TCC: Um, do I know--

NP:  Born right here your country.  Made in America.  Why don't we play Jazz at the BBQ?

TCC: We can play whatever we want!  I love jazz.  I listen to jazz all the time.  We book jazz bands quite often: Eizabeth Rose, Mary Lee, CJ Nicolai...

NP: As you should.  Jazz is good for Burlesque as well, very, very good.

TCC: Best BBQ Beer?

NP:  Hmmm...  a Mexican lager I think...  Corona?  Ah!  A Michelada - that's beer and Clamato juice, with some lime and salt.  Delicious.  In fact....  (glances away)

TCC: Anything else?

NP: Happy Birthday USA!!  (exits towards the bar)

TCC: Good bye!!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

ComicCon in town - Nerds Unite!

I just got back from watching another movie that was basically either a Star Wars Franchise or a Marvel Universe production.  I'm not sure which!  

Audiences around the world are fascinated by comic book heroes and science fiction fantasies lately - escapism during tough times?  Seeking deep meaning through shiny metaphor?  Or just really like watching cartoons smash things?

Regardless, we know that ComicCon is going to have another big turn-out this weekend in downtown Denver, and we'll see lots of wonderful costumes walking past the Clocktower...  and some amazing costumes onstage that weekend as well!

NERD-LESQUE is back - Friday (15th) and Saturday (16th) at 8pm.  You'll see Princesses and Warriors, Nerds and Dorks, Sci Fi and WTF acts galore...  this weekend only, let's celebrate all our favorite fantasies and heroes!

Cheers,
Jefferson Arca
Owner, The Clocktower Cabaret

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Exciting June Music News!

Hello all, and welcome to the Owner's Blog!  I'm Jefferson Arca, and I'll be sharing thoughts, news,  and interesting tidbits several times a month, right here.

First of all, Happy Summer!!  I love being in the warm sunshine all day, and then coming down to the club later that night... letting the cool air and dark calm wash over me, ordering up an ice-cold cocktail, and settling in to watch a show.  Which show?  Well, this summer, I picked an eclectic mix of good-time bands, trying to find a little something for everyone.

When you hear live music at The Clocktower Cabaret, you get an amazingly intimate, up close experience.  You feel like you're having a dialogue with the band, as opposed to being half a stadium away.  That's one thing I love about the room...  it's one of the coziest spots in Downtown Denver to relax and enjoy a show that's only a few feet away from you.

This summer has all kinds of different sounds and styles: Country, Blues, Rock, Latin, Piano/Cabaret, and even some Italian Opera.  Here are a few highlights in June - but click here for our full summer calendar!

June 2 - Message In A Bottle - the Music of The Police.  Alton King's voice is as close to Sting's as I've ever heard - this guy is great, and his band is a lot of fun.

June 8 - Strange Parade - a Doors Tribute Band.  This one should be a trip!  Strange Days Indeed.

June 9 - The Blues Brothers Bootleg Roadshow - one of the club's regular party bands, with a horn section that will blow you away!

June 22 - Rene Heredia, World Famous Flamenco Guitar - he's been a legend in the scene for a long time, touring the world.  He's bringing a few classic Flamenco Dancers down as well!

June 23 - Soul Sacrifice - the Best of Santana - and when you hear that guitar...  oye como va!

June 24 - A Night in Italy - Italian Opera, complete with Wine Tastings and an Italian Buffet - a fully immersive evening, with singers from the Lamont School of Music and travel writer Bob Powers' amusing stories about his adventures in Italy.

June 30 - Soldier of Love - Elizabeth Rose's loving tribute to Sade.  Smooth, silky, sexy music and vocals from one of Denver's top jazz singers.

If you see me there one of these nights, please come by and say hello...  In the meantime, enjoy those BBQs and pool parties - see you soon!

Jefferson Arca, Owner




Year End Thoughts...

Happy Holidays! What a wonderful year it has been down at The Clocktower Cabaret…  we booked many new bands, saw a bunch of all-new rev...