Last night, I was flipping through my latest issue of Rolling Stone. Granted, I was flipping to get to the article seeded by the swank picture of Jon Hamm on the cover, but flipping nonetheless. Right there on page 18 of the April 11 issue, I saw a Boulder, Colorado icon featured.
The Fox Theatre had been named to Rolling Stone’s Best Clubs in America list for 2013.
Nothing makes me happier than to see a local favorite positioned at #4 on this list of industry heavy hitters. Surrounded by the likes of The Troubadour in West Hollywood (#2) and Austin’s Continental Club (#9), I love seeing venues that love music getting some love.
When you live in the Front Range, there’s a whole lot of hubub about Red Rocks, The Pepsi Center, and 1st Bank Center when the discussion centers around music venues. I’ve never been one who’s considered great music to be destination-determined and massive venues hold less appeal to me than those where I can sit in the middle of the music.
I love The Fox — it’s where I get to see The Heartless Bastards (thanks to an introduction by my friend Catie), local favorite Rob Drabkin (a fellow speaker/performer from TEDxBoulder 2013), and long-time loves like The Dunwells. The Fox isn’t afraid of putting edgy acts front-and-center and it’s my go-to destination in the Front Range for acts I need to hear. It’s also the number one culprit for buying benders in my iTunes account.
And sure, maybe we’re a little town of 100,000 folks and only twenty-five square miles in surface area on this big blue glass globe. But Boulder knows music and it’s a good day when the likes of Rolling Stone says we know our stuff, too. On a list compiled by artists themselves, it’s pretty cool to know that talent loves coming to Boulder as much as we love hearing them when they stop by The Fox.