Stargazers seeks new home 


If you've got a spare two million and have always wanted to own your own concert venue, here's your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Although shows are booked well into July, the Stargazers concert and event center is being put up for sale.

"After 5 years and almost 1000 events under Stargazers dome, we are looking for a larger space where we can incorporate a larger venue of 1000 to 1500 seats and a small and more intimate venue," emails John Hooton, who co-owns the business along with his wife Cindy Hooton. The dome-shaped building, which was designed by famed architect Vincent G. Rainey, as well as the 2 1/3 acres of surrounding property, are both on the market.

The Stargazers name, however, is not part of the package. The plan is to use it for the new complex and its ambitious array of operations, including a recording studio, classrooms, a retail music store, and other entertainment-related businesses. Interested parties can contact jerry@mrjerrytrent.com.

In other news, this will be a very special weekend for music fans with fragmented attention spans.

As previewed in our last column, this coming Saturday finds the Black Sheep holding its inaugural "Fight Night: Rap vs Metal" show, in which local artists will be pairing up onstage to battle it out back-and-forth, song-by-song. Just to recap, fight cards in this first installment will be Bullhead*ded vs. Inelements, the Clydesdale Entertainment crew vs. Blighter, and the Famm vs. Creep Status.

And now comes word of an equally unusual Union Station show, which will also take place this Saturday.

The event is a going-away party for Anthony "Dub" Welch, who does double-duty as the singer of Another Shade of Hate and the drummer for 40oz. Freedom Fighters. The founder and editor of local music magazine the Riff Rag, he'll be leaving town for his new post as editor of a daily paper in New Mexico.

"I've put together a show unlike any other," promises Chris Forsythe, who fronts both Malakai and Tree of Woe. "We're setting up one set of shared equipment and will be filling the night with three-song 'mixtape' sets, with bands rotating in and out all night."

In addition to Another Shade of Hate, Tree of Woe and Malakai, the evening will feature the soothing sounds of Grindscape, Try Redemption and the Dub Project.

There will also be a disturbingly early one-time reunion set from Erased, the band Welch and Forsythe were in 10 years ago. Original guitarist Matt Mengel — who recently shot Tree of Woe's "Foul is the Stench" video! — will also be onboard for the 8 p.m. performance, after which he'll be running off to another gig.

Meanwhile, for those who prefer skronks and bleeps to sturm und drang, the annual Communikey Festival is bringing two dozen experimental acts to various Boulder venues for four nights of glitchy electronic fun. The event, which will unfold Thursday through Sunday, will feature electronic composers, not-altogether-normal deejays and computer music workshops.

If all that sounds overly brainy or daunting, you could just catch the festival's free Sunday afternoon performance in Boulder's Central Park by Sweden's Minilogue, whose sound might best be described as a mix of Kraftwerk and Stockhausen. Actually, that may be the worst description, but it's the best I can come up with on a tight deadline. Plus, it sounds a lot cooler than, say, progressive house.

Over the course of 14 years, Minilogue has churned out 30 or so 12-inch singles, with a few 10-inch platters along the way.

You can find a full schedule of performers at cmky.org. Granted, the musicians' names may mean nothing to those of us who don't follow electronic music, just as they may mean everything to true devotees. But if you do go, there's always the chance you'll be converted.

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