From Check-In to Check-Out, Hotel Boulderado Provides Luxury Amenities, Historic Charm & Amazing Entertainment

By: Hannah Oreskovich

From check-in to check-out, Hotel Boulderado has all the bases covered for an amazing stay: beautiful rooms built for comfort and charm, a formal and fresh dining experience at Spruce Farm & Fish, poppin’ energy at The Corner Bar, and a nightlife scene of curated cocktails, boot-stomping shows, and skeeball at License No. 1.

Hotel Boulderado.

Hotel Boulderado.

Opened on New Year’s Eve 1908, Hotel Boulderado stands as the first luxury hotel built in Boulder, Colorado. Now a City of Boulder landmark and a member of Historic Hotels of America, the five-story brick building was originally designed by local architects William Redding & Son. Featuring a stunning stained glass lobby ceiling, rich woodwork on every floor, and both modern and classic furniture pieces throughout the property, there’s no doubt the Hotel Boulderado has maintained its luxurious aesthetic over the years.

The author in Hotel Boulderado’s lobby.

The author in Hotel Boulderado’s lobby.

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to stay in the hotel’s Historic King Suite, which features Victorian-era decor, a spacious sitting area with amenities like fresh spring water, and plush Boca bathrobes perfect for winding down your day. The floral wallpaper, iron headboard, and soft colors of the room add to the suite’s beautiful decor details while the room’s vintage desk area allowed me to get some much needed work done before exploring the rest of my stay.

The floral victorian-era decor of the Historic King Suite’s sitting room.

The floral victorian-era decor of the Historic King Suite’s sitting room.

Beyond their stellar room accommodations, Hotel Boulderado houses three incredible businesses under their one roof: Spruce Farm & Fish, The Corner Bar, and speakeasy License No. 1. After checking in and touring the property, I stopped by Spruce to make a reservation for dinner. There wasn’t an empty seat in the farm-to-table restaurant. With a little time before my reservation, I headed to The Corner Bar’s patio for a pre-dinner drink. Located just off of Boulder’s iconic Pearl Street Mall, the bar’s patio area allowed for ample people-watching. Inside, several patrons watched the Denver Nuggets game on television; others were crowded at tables sampling the spot’s small plates, burgers, and beers. A mix of hotel guests and locals, The Corner Bar served as an excellent start to my evening.

Spruce Farm & Fish let me know my table was ready about 30 minutes in to my Corner Bar stop, so I finished my Cabernet and headed to dinner. Though the Corner Bar shares some of the more casual eats from Spruce, Spruce offers an extensive seasonal menu with items you can’t find anywhere else. I sampled the Blue Crab Cakes appetizer (delightful and paired with citrus), the Sweet Pea & Mint Linguini (phenomenally fresh with a soft poached egg and delectable English peas), and the Crème Brûlée (a tasty rich custard with fresh berries and a perfectly caramelized top). The wait staff was exceptionally friendly and willing to talk through recommendations while also providing an opulent dining experience.

After dinner, I wandered downstairs to the hotel’s nightlife joint: License No. 1. There is an entrance from the hotel lobby, so guests never have to leave the property. Alternatively, the spot also has an entrance on 13th Street, a run which features several other Boulder bars. Though License No. 1 is perfectly located for a night of bar hopping Boulder’s downtown, there is so much to do inside of its beautiful brick walls that I never left. Along with its more formal seating rooms, the speakeasy also features a game area replete with a pool table, darts, skee ball, and a photo booth. Partnered with great live music in the venue’s listening room, I was constantly entertained by everything there was to do at License No. 1.

Banshee Tree.

Banshee Tree.

Known as the place where Boulder’s first liquor license was issued, License No. 1 features live music every Thursday-Saturday. Saturdays typically showcase Boulder’s Banshee Tree, a talented four-piece who blur the lines between funk, blues, and gypsy jazz. Comprised of Thom LaFond (vocals, guitar, piano), Jason Bertone (upright bass, shouting), Nick Carter (violin, fiddle, hollering), and Michelle Pietrafitta (vocals, drums), Banshee Tree’s skillful instrumentals and strong rhythm section had an entire room of 50+ people boogieing from wall to wall during my visit. It proved impossible to make my way to the front for photos, so I danced near the back before eventually finding a seat to sip one of the bar’s specialty cocktails, the Boulder Mule. Served in a copper mug, the delightfully refreshing drink is a combination of vodka, St. George pear liqueur, house ginger cordial, and vanilla ginger syrup perfect for summer. License No. 1 has an entire book of custom cocktails, some spirit-heavy; others floral focused or sweet. Much like everywhere else I’d been at Hotel Boulderado, the staff were friendly and enjoyed talking about the menu’s different drink options.

As Banshee Tree continued on, the crowd only grew larger. Formed in upstate New York, Banshee Tree have been living and playing across the Front Range now for years. They’ve played a number of Colorado music festivals, so catching them in the intimate environment that is License No. 1 is a serious treat! The band call themselves a “diverse blend of dance and improvisational styles,” making them easy to groove to or just interesting to hear if you aren’t the dancing type. Banshee Tree’s tunes feature long instrumental stretches, giving patrons ample time to stomp around. Each member of the band is equally skilled at their instrument(s), so songs featured guitar, standup bass, and fiddle solos while Pietrafitta kept up the dancey drum backbone of the tracks. The band broke their night up into two long sets, so during their intermission I had time to explore the venue’s gaming area and snap some shots in the License No. 1 photo booth. Banshee Tree had patrons bouncing well past the midnight hour and since the crew is jetting on tour soon, so I highly recommend catching a show near you this spring!

The historic check-in area at Hotel Boulderado.

The historic check-in area at Hotel Boulderado.

As the night came to an end, I wandered back to my room for a sweet surprise. The Boulderado offers a turn-down service in the evenings, complete with a gift of chocolate truffles from local chocolatier Lift Chocolate. Needless to say, I capped my night with the Grand Marnier and Raspberry truffle selection before drifting off to a very comfortable rest.

No matter the vibe you’re looking for in your next Boulder stay, Hotel Boulderado has something for everyone with an unparalleled excellence in dining, nightlife, and accomodations. Whether you’re booking for business, a wedding, or for pleasure, their staff aim for every guest to have a personalized and elegantly hospitable stay from start to finish. Their lavish amenities are the perfect perk, and historically, there is nothing else like Hotel Boulderado in town.

Hotel Boulderado is offering two special experiences with your stay this spring: the Downtown Boulder Shopping package and the romantic Colorado Clear Skies Stargazing package. To book the Historic King Suite I stayed in, or to see the hotel’s other suites, visit this link. Learn more about Hotel Boulderado here.

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Colorado's Silent Bear Protests Dakota Access Pipeline Through Activism & New Song

By: Hannah Oreskovich

Close to a year ago we profiled local singer/songwriter Silent Bear, who started playing music at local coffee shops in the 90s, and eventually found himself writing songs with Pete Seeger. Known for his activism within the Native American community (though he himself is not of Native descent), Silent Bear has spent much of his career playing shows to benefit Native causes. So when the Dakota Access Pipeline, a $3.7 billion 1172-mile oil pipeline stretching from North Dakota to Illinois, allegedly threatened the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land (including areas significant to their culture and history), Silent Bear was quick to attend local protests in support of the tribe.

Silent Bear.

Silent Bear.

But things didn’t stop there. Silent Bear quickly learned that the man behind the pipeline, Kelcy Warren of Energy Transfer Partners, also happens to own Music Road Records. MRR recently produced a Woody Guthrie tribute album, which featured none other than SB’s late friend and musical companion Pete Seeger. It was at this point that Silent Bear felt he could remain silent no more, and began speaking out about the pipeline:

“As a musician and feeling human being, I was highly insulted that the same man that seemingly has no regard for the health of our environment and our most precious resource, the sacred water of life, would have the audacity to exploit the names of and champion the music of men who would find his actions repulsive, such as Pete Seeger, Jackson Browne and Woody Guthrie.”

Jackson Browne, who has since donated all of his proceeds of the album to the tribes opposing the pipeline, made an official statement against MRR and Kelcy Warren stating, “I do not play for oil interests. I do not play for companies who defile nature, or companies who attack demonstrators with trained attack dogs and pepper spray. The list of companies I have denied the use of my music is long. I certainly would not have allowed my songs to be recorded by a record company whose owner's other business does what Energy Transfer Partners is allegedly doing- threatening the water supply and the sacred sites of indigenous people.”

Silent Bear was also inspired to make a statement, which led him to write the lyrics of his latest protest song, “The Dakota Access Pipeline Dirty River Blues (Kelcy’s Pipeline)”, which he dedicates to “the beautiful water protectors out in North Dakota and Standing Rock”. It’s written to the tune of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” and was filmed by Black SunCinema.

Watch Silent Bear’s music video for “The Dakota Access Pipeline Dirty River Blues (Kelcy’s Pipeline)”:

SB's newest song has some powerful lyrics in it, and he's hoping it makes it's way to Warren's ears. But above all, Silent Bear most hopes that this song will inspire people locally and beyond to come together for the people of Standing Rock, and for the good of the environment.

Silent Bear and the late Pete Seeger. Photo Credit:  Skyhook Entertainment

Silent Bear and the late Pete Seeger. Photo Credit: Skyhook Entertainment

You can see SB perform this song, along with many other original tunes, this Wednesday October 5th at the St. Julien Hotel, at a Bob Dylan Tribute event at Gold Hill Inn on Sunday October 9th, and at License No. 1  Friday October 21st. Follow Silent Bear’s continued activism here, and check out these resources to help the Standing Rock people with their cause: lakotaway.org, Standingrock.org, and sacredstonecamp.org.

For a man dubbed Silent, SB is spreading one powerful message.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 04/15 & 04/16

By: Hannah Oreskovich

TGIF! Another Six for the books:

Today (Friday 04/15):

David Sheingold and Sam Rae at Boulder House in Boulder 730PM-Close

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Boulder’s own singer/songwriter David Sheingold released his new album this week, Aquarian Dream. We’ll have a review up for you next week, but in the meantime, check out one of his last live local performances tonight at Boulder House. Sheingold is soon heading off on his Aquarian Dream Spring Tour but tonight, he’s promised an evening of “intimate sounds amongst great folks with a mix of live cello, acoustic guitars, and vocals; music intricately planned and freely improvised”. We can’t wait! Tickets here.

Watch David Sheingold perform his song “Wishing Well” at eTown Hall:

Soulful Songwriter Night at The Laughing Goat in Boulder 8PM-Close

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Dechen Hawk. Colin Robinson. Jarrad Menard. Andrew Sturtz. What a lineup! These four talented gentleman will all be under one roof tonight at The Laughing Goat, sharing the stage and croonin’ all of your favorite tunes for Soulful Songwriter Night. Sip on a latte or some wine and let their soulful sounds carry you into a smooth weekend. It’s gonna get hot in there ladies. See you there!

Watch Dechen Hawk perform his track “Conversations”:

Mipso, Augustus, & Ginny Mules at The Lost Lake Lounge in Denver 8PM-Close

We spent one hell of a weekend at The Lost Lake recently, and this lineup has us itching to get back there already. North Carolina’s string band Mipso is currently touring on their most recent release, Old Time Reverie. Tonight, they’re headlining the show at LLL, sharing the stage with Boulder’s rockin’ Augustus and Denver’s rootsy bluegrass band Ginny Mules. Sounds like a great time! Come hang out and get your tickets here!

Watch Mipso’s official video for “Marianne”:

Silent Bear Trio at License No. 1 in Boulder 9PM-Close

With Silent Bear on guitar and vocals, Bill Brennan on drums, and Sam Fuqua on bass, the Silent Bear trio united. And tonight, their groovin’ sounds will be taking over License No. 1. They play this joint somewhat regularly, and there are always people dancing when they hit the stage! So grab yourself a handmade specialty cocktail and get movin’.

Listen to the Silent Bear Trio:

Hunter Stone at Taco Junky in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Tonight you can listen to a man of blues, Mr. Hunter Stone himself. Stone will be belting out a set of fine originals and covers for you this evening at Taco Junky. And since it’s Friday Flight Night at TJ’s, you can get 3 infused tequilas and 3 classic tacos for $10. Yeah- you read that right. It’s gonna get fun fast. Make sure to drop by!

Check out Stone’s “Not Alone”:

Tomorrow (Saturday 04/16):

Moontang featuring Amoramora at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

Boulder’s future-soul group Moontang are headlining a show at The Lazy Dog tomorrow night! They want to “make you do the dirty moonwalk right on your mama’s clean kitchen floor” kids, so that’s sayin’ somethin’. Funk four-piece Amoramora will start things off for the evening, and they always know how to show you a good time. So go get funky with this whole crew!

Watch Moontang’s live performance of “Do What You Do” at The Fox Theatre:

PRESS

We now actively cover press at shows, and we do our best to promote those. This Saturday, 04/16, we will be covering  Snakehips' bangin' set at The Fox. Details here; full recap feature and photos drop on our site Monday! And next Tuesday, 04/19, Boatclub Music Collective is throwing a fresh festival party at Denver’s The Church Nightclub and we’ll be there, snapping away and checking it out! Get all the details from Annie here.

BCFM

Boulder County Farmers Market is every Saturday from 10AM-2PM. We’re working closely with BCFM to promote the music at the market, and this week, Boulder’s Foggy Tops Bluegrass Band will be under the red top tent. Stop by to hear their strings and grab some tasty treats.

GREEN LIGHT RADIO

This week, our Sunday partnership with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder’s Ben Hanna. Hanna just finished recording his second studio album, which will drop sometime later this year. Tune in to any of the Colorado Community Network Radio Stations here (95.3 or 95.5 Boulder) or stream Green Light between 9-10PM to catch his track “It’s Just You & Me Tonight”.

See you out there this weekend!

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 01/08 & 01/09

By: Hannah Oreskovich

We’ve spent one whole glorious week in 2016 friends! And it sure has been a good one. But we’re ready for another weekend! Check out our six shows to see the next two nights:

Today (Friday, 01/08)

BANDITS, The Velveteers, Shark Fin Soup, & Bourgeois Girl at The Forge in Boulder 630PM-Close

BANDITS.

BANDITS.

If you haven’t already taken a spin with BANDITS new single “Kill Tonight” this week, you'd better right now kids! The Boulder rock trio dropped the track with a sweet Consequence of Sound feature Tuesday, but the song is now available for download everywhere, with their 7” set to drop in March. The BANDITS crew is headlining tonight’s gig at The Forge, and it’s one that can’t be missed! Sharing the stage: rock duo The Velveteers, indie four-piece Shark Fin Soup, and folk trio Bourgeois Girl. It’s an all-Boulder lineup and we’ll be snapping pics at the show, so come hang with us and all of these badass bands! See you there.

Watch BANDITS live performance of “Kill Tonight” on Second Story Garage here:

Silent Bear Electric Band at License No.1 in Boulder 9PM-Close

SILENT BEAR.

SILENT BEAR.

Not too long ago, we brought you a sweet sit-down with Boulder’s Silent Bear. And tonight, he’s playing with his Electric Band at License No. 1. Comprised of Audree Dillard (drums/vocals), Sam Fuqua (bass) and the Silent Bear himself (guitar, vocals), tonight’s show is sure to be a treat. So go sip a martini and listen to this goodness downtown!

Check out the Silent Bear Electric Band demo tracks below:

Brothers in Armistice at The No Name Bar in Boulder 10PM-Close

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Comprised of Neal Behrendt (keys/guitar), Kyle Bergen (drums), Mike Bruin (sax), and Robin Powers (bass/synth), Boulder’s Brothers in Armistice want to get down with you at The No Name tonight peeps. The four-piece funk fusion collective will be breaking beats behind the big brown door this evening, so go get warm with a good whiskey and listen to this crew knock it down! Learn more about the band on their FB page.

Tomorrow (Saturday, 01/09)

Intimate Evening featuring Blackalicious with Beak Nasty, Qbala, Jerney, and Indigenous Peoples at Hodi’s Half Note in Fort Collins 5PM-Close

There’s a mad impressive lineup at Hodi’s tonight and things are going to get intimate. Oakland’s rap/hip hop duo Blackalicious is headlining tonight's show with performances by Boulder funk/hip hop group Beak Nasty, Fort Collins’ own hip hop artist Qbala, Denver’s hip hop artist Jerney (who you may remember we featured last year here), and Boulder’s hip hop/rock/jazz outfit Indigenous Peoples. It’s a pretty powerful night of Colorado musical forces joining under Blackalicious, and tickets are only $17 in advance. Get yours here! We’ll be covering press at this event, so come catch this show with us tomorrow night at Hodi’s!

Check out a few Blackalicious tracks:

Riley Ann One Woman Band & Emily Shreve at The Infinite Monkey Theorem in Denver 7PM-Close

RILEY ANN. PHOTO CREDIT: MARK DIERKER

RILEY ANN. PHOTO CREDIT: MARK DIERKER

These two songstresses will be holding things down over a few glasses of wine tomorrow night at The Infinite Monkey Theorem. Here’s why they’re a sweet show combo: Shreve’s haunting voice and piano prowess + Riley Ann’s energetic and impressively looped one-woman-band getup = a guarantee that you’ll be dazzled watching each of these performers live. The two will be making magic at the winery, so roll in and get a pour with these lovely ladies.

Watch Riley Ann’s video for “What Are They Doing in Heaven Today":

The Pamlico Sound at The Lazy Dog in Boulder 10PM-Close

THE PAMLICO SOUND GETTIN' TRIPPY. PHOTO CREDIT: DEREK MILES

THE PAMLICO SOUND GETTIN' TRIPPY. PHOTO CREDIT: DEREK MILES

We dropped a feature on The Pamlico Sound just a couple of days ago, which you can peep right here. It was one of our craziest chats to date, and tonight’s performance at the LD sounds like it will be equally insane. Making for a strong return in 2016, TPS has promised tonight’s show will include funk baptisms, amazing antics by Pastor Will B aka The Reverend Every Ready and more. It’s going to be a fantastic party of funk and you’d better make your way there Boulder!

Watch a live performance of The Pamlico Sound at The Fox Theatre:

PS: This week, our Sunday feature with Green Light Radio and Streetside Productions will feature a track by Boulder rock group GingerSlap! We’ll bring you a full rundown on them Monday, but in the meantime, tune in to 95.5 in Boulder, or stream it live to hear their song “Stay the Same” Sunday night between 9-10PM!

Cool options in several Colorado spots for the weekend? We can dig. See you around Beaters.

-Hannah

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The Weekend Six: Six Shows to See 07/30 & 07/31

By: Hannah Oreskovich

It’s that time of week again Boulder, aka the best time: the weekend. And here are the six shows you should see the next two nights:

Today (Friday 07/30):

Dear Landlord at Pearl Street Pub and Cellar 5PM-9PM

It’s been a minute since we’ve seen a good punk show around these parts. But luckily, Denver-based band Dear Landlord is gracing the Boulder scene tonight. Headbanging is a must and we might try to start a mosh pit. Not sure if The Pub knows what they’re in for…

Oh how I've missed your veins punk rock.

Oh how I've missed your veins punk rock.

Chris Kroger and Friends at Under the Sun 830PM-Close

Jazz and a good beer sounds nice right about now (too early, I know). But that’s what Under the Sun is gonna give you tonight with Denver musician Chris Kroger and Friends. So drop on in for a cold one and some piano pieces.

The Johnny O Trio at License No. 1 9PM-Close

The Johnny O Band has been playing shows throughout Colorado for 17 years. Hear a few of their members jam the blues for you over a nice No. 1 Old Fashioned. This show sounds like an especially good fit for you if you’re looking to reminisce on your love life over bourbon and blues.

Tomorrow (Saturday 07/31):

Steepland String Band at The Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill 8PM-Close

If there’s one thing Boulder loves, it’s a string band. The SSB have a rock and bluegrass sound, which you can check out on their EP Little PayThe Lazy Dog has a decent stage setup, so roll down to dance with these guys tomorrow!

Really hoping this pistachio-ness is repeated tomorrow.

Really hoping this pistachio-ness is repeated tomorrow.

Pistachio at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 8-9PM

Though Pistachio aren’t a local act, their funky dance rock beats will bring some grooviness to the LG tomorrow night. They’re Oakland bred, and are currently on tour, so prepare for an energetic show. They just released a new music video, so check out their intergalactic style here.

El Javi at The Laughing Goat Coffeehouse 9PM-Close

El Javi is a latin-flamenco fusion outfit originally from L.A. But in recent months, El Javi has been hanging around Boulder and playing a number of local venues. Javier Gutierrez is the gypsy force behind the project, but sometimes he has other musicians on stage with him. He’s got a flair that is fascinating to watch. Check out his show!

So there it is Boulder! You weekend six! Hope to see you out. 

-Hannah

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