Enjoy taking a drag while hanging out in the warm comforts of your favorite drinking hole or club? Well, smoke up today after July 1, you'll be tossed to the curb. The state Senate recently passed a statewide smoking ban that will affect all bars, restaurants, concert venues and other establishments. Casinos, cigar bars, smoke shops and family farms (huh?) are among the few exceptions to the ban.

While it'll be nice to attend a show without a moshing smoker nearly burning your eye out, some worry the new law will keep would-be concertgoers away. But Wendi Walker is not among them.

"Because it's statewide, it's not going to affect businesses," says Walker, marketing director for Colorado promoters Nobody in Particular Presents, whose Denver-area venues include the Ogden Theatre, the Gothic Theatre and the Bluebird Theater. "It's not much of a change. People will just adapt."

Geoff Brent, manager of The Black Sheep in Colorado Springs, agrees. "I'd be way more worried about it if we were just a bar, because I think it might affect the actual sitting and drinking."

Actually, they say, non-smoking concert venues will be a boon. Carpets get nasty, and ATMs get stained and clogged in smoky places. "Our staff, at least, is really excited about it," says Brent. "I smoke, but I'm excited to only smoke my own cigarettes, and not everyone else's."

Both Walker and Brent do say that managing re-entry for smokers will be a problem. Underage concertgoers are denied re-entry to prevent them from sneaking back to their cars to drink.

The Fillmore Auditorium is one of the few venues already with an outdoor, on-site, fenced-in area for smokers. Brent and Walker say that their venues will have a solution to the re-entry problem by the time the smoking ban is enacted.

In town: Nickel Creek, Pikes Peak Center (190 S. Cascade Ave.), April 13; Redraw the Farm, Benny's (517 W. Colorado Ave.), April 15; Saltwagon, Mill Hill Saloon (1668 S. 21st St.), April 16.

Go north: The Elected, Larimer Lounge, Denver, April 15; Rob Zombie, Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, April 17; Circa Survive, Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, April 18; Zilla, Fox Theatre, Boulder, April 20.


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