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The Mission Ballroom, Denver's new state-of-the-art concert venue, eyes 2019 opening; and this week's local music listings 

click to enlarge An artist’s rendering features future concert-goers milling around promoter AEG Presents’ future Mission Ballroom. - WORKS PROGRESS ARCHITECTURE, LLP
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  • An artist’s rendering features future concert-goers milling around promoter AEG Presents’ future Mission Ballroom.

While Denver’s inaugural Grandoozy music festival has already made national headlines with its rather eye-popping lineup, another big change is set for the city’s music scene that is expected to expand the Colorado musical ecosystem in a significant way.

Promotion and production company AEG Presents Rocky Mountains (multibillionaire Philip Anschutz is the A in AEG), who produce shows at venues from Red Rocks Amphitheatre and Fiddler’s Green to the Broadmoor World Arena and the Pepsi Center, have announced that a new, state-of-the-art concert venue called the Mission Ballroom is scheduled to open in the summer of 2019.

Construction has already begun on the 60,000-square-foot venue, which is set to be the crown jewel of North Wynkoop, the 14-acre development area located at the north end of Denver’s RiNo district. Among the Mission’s unique characteristics is a moving stage, which allows a flexible capacity between 2,200 to 3,950 guests and opens up the venue to a wide variety of artists.

And, in what comes as excellent news for someone who consistently has a 7-foot-tall spectator in front of them at every concert, the Mission’s seating will combine a tiered-riser configuration inspired by Red Rocks, as well as a large dance floor, excellent acoustics and uninterrupted sightlines.

While bookings are obviously still forthcoming since the Mission Ballroom remains under construction, the venue is already receiving plenty of hype for both its location and its “revolutionary” features (not least of all from Gov. John Hickenlooper), so expect more announcements on the horizon.

Meanwhile, here’s what else is playing around this week:

Wednesday 4/25

Black Sheep, Extortionist, By the Thousands, Nomvdic, Kalfou (metal), 7 p.m.
Margarita at Pine Creek, Crystal and the Curious (jazz), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Open Acoustic Jam Night, 9 p.m.
The Warehouse, Springs Contemporary Jazz Big Band, 6 p.m.

Thursday 4/26

Benny’s, Jerry Roskin Jam, 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Fortunate Youth, Ballyhoo!, Tatanka (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Irish Pub Songs with Brian Clancy, 7:30 p.m.
Oskar Blues, Music in the HOLE (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, The Hoodoo, Laid Back Jack, Misdirection of Character (blues), 9 p.m.
Playing Field Sports Bar, Ladies Night with Dj TT Wizard (dance), 8 p.m.
Rico’s, Susan Rissman and John Wise (blues), 7 p.m.
The Social, The Full Moon Blues & BBQ Staring Cass Clayton, 7 p.m.
Speak Easy Vape Lounge, Mental Floss Open Mic/Open Jam featuring Elephant Pajamas, 8 p.m.
Whiskey Baron Dance Hall, Zac Charles & The Red (country), 9 p.m.

Friday 4/27

Back East Bar & Grill, Wrestle with Jimmy (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, Big Sky (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Juz J with Special guests (hip-hop), 7 p.m.
Chiba Bar, Friday Night Spin (dance), 9 p.m.
Cleats Bar & Grill East, Blynd Mojo (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Cleats Sports Bar & Grill, 6035 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Frankie’s Bar & Grill, DJ Trivia with Party Pro DJ (dance), 7 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Fishtank Piranhas (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
Kinfolks, Out of Nowhere (bluegrass), 8 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Johnny Graves and the Blue Waves (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, Channel 27, Determyned, Elevated Sickness (metal), 9 p.m.
Shining Mountain Golf Club, Jason Wulf (acoustic), 6 p.m.
The Social, A Night of SAXuality with Tony Exum Jr., Paula Atherton, Phillip “Doc” Martin (jazz), 7 p.m.
Stargazers, Suga Bear & The Show Time Band (R&B), 8 p.m.
Whiskey Baron Dance Hall, Ashlee Tatum and The Longshot Revival (country), 9 p.m.

Saturday 4/28

Back East Bar & Grill - Monument, Blue Roots (blues), 8:30 p.m.
Back East Bar & Grill, Wrestle with Jimmy (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Benny’s, Lethal Lisa McCall Band (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Black Sheep, Vatican, Heavens Die, Shroud, Act of Pain (metal), 7 p.m.
The Chicken Coop, Jeremy Vasquez and the Survivors (blues), 8 p.m.
Crystola Roadhouse, Dallas Alley Band (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Johnny’s Navajo Hogan, Cold Brew’d 40 (rock/pop), 9 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8:30 p.m.
Lounge in the Village, West Side Rhythm Kings (blues), 8 p.m.
Peak 31 @ Union Station, The Endless Line, Leighton, Fall from Silence, Put to Rights, Lavinia Unknown (metal), 9 p.m.
Royal Castle, Spanish and Afro Caribbean Night, 9 p.m.
The Social, Trev Rich, G-Epic (hip-hop), 9 p.m.
Stargazers, SCARAB: The Journey Experience (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Sunshine Studios, Puddle of Mudd, Saving Abel, Tantric, Vendetta Red (rock/pop), 6 p.m.
Tap Traders, Jerm Boor (acoustic), 6 p.m.
Whiskey Baron Dance Hall, Exit West (country), 9 p.m.
Wine Down by the River, Nance Vixen Jazz Duo, 8 p.m.

Sunday 4/29

Black Sheep, Mike Love, Cas Haley (rock/pop), 7 p.m.
Crystola Roadhouse, Dallas Alley Band (rock/pop), 2 p.m.
Friends House Concerts, Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket (acoustic), 7 p.m.
Jack Quinn’s, Traditional Irish Session, 3 p.m.
La Taverne, Lewis Mock and La Taverne Orchestra (rock/pop), 8 p.m.
Mother Muff’s, Sunday Brunch with Blue Frog (blues), 11 a.m.
Sunshine Studios, Sick Puppies, Cut Throat Queens, The Endless Line, Lavinia Unknown (metal), 6:30 p.m.

Find open mic, karaoke, and more local listings in the print issue of the Independent every Wednesday.

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