Meet the Meadowlark, home of The Solution Showcase…Also, don’t miss The Solution Showcase #2 on Friday, 1/20!!!

The Meadowlark is the home of The Solution Showcase and based on pretty much everything we heard during and after the first Solution Showcase, people really seem to love it.  It’s not a traditional hip hop venue, far from the bottle service scene and just the kind of unique spot that fits a unique party like The Solution Showcase.  The venue features both an interesting downstairs area, complete with fresh popcorn, local takeout food access and a small tiny stage area and a very cool outdoor patio that’s enclosed for the winter.  In case you missed out on last month’s party, check out the pics to get a taste of what the venue looks like and stay tuned for a recap video of The Solution Showcase #1, courtesy of our boy Konsequence.

Hopefully we’ll see you at the Meadowlark this Friday, 1/20 for The Solution Showcase #2 w/Inka One, The Foodchain, Es Nine, DJ Low Key, Sounds Supreme & Lazy Eyez at the Meadowlark (2701 Larimer St).

Above: The front of the building, as seen from 27th & Larimer. /// Below: The stairs to the front entrance. Hip hop & basements go together like Exile & MPCs. – DJ Low Key

In their words: The Meadowlark Bar is one of Denver’s most distinctive, discerning and provocative live music venues!  Enjoy our outdoor patio and bar, as well as our (award winning) Open Mic, Live Bands, Dance Parties, Happy Hour Specials and more.

Denver’s Best Open Stage (Westword, 2010) /// Denver’s Best Jazz Jam (Westword, 2010) /// Denver’s Best Place to Learn to be a Rockstar (Westword, 2010) /// Denver’s Best Outdoor Stage (Westword, 2009) /// Denver’s Best Intimate Performance Space (Westword, 2008)

The building that houses Denver’s Most Intimate Venue was built in 1885, before electricity. The building’s history can begin to be evidenced by the exposed gaslight pipes in bar. Originally built as a drug and general store, the upstairs was created to house men. There were also outhouses where the Meadowlark’s famous patio now stands. A part of Denver’s historic Ballpark Neighborhood, 2701 Larimer Street is a true gem with its ornate tin cornice and cast iron store front: A facade that was built in Pittsburgh, PA and then shipped all the way to the Queen City upon the building’s construction.  The Meadowlark Bar was opened on December 27, 2005 on the Feast of St. John. The bar’s name is a metaphor for the owner’s love of the lonely openness of the American prairie and the construction of the Meadowlark is of particular note – for it is what visitors and patrons notice immediately.

The most pronounced element is that the least likely floor was chosen for the bar’s construction: the basement. But it was the basement’s rock walls that sold the owner on creating the bar down below the street – for its warmth and sensation of comfort. During construction, many changes occurred. However, the primary aim was always in-tact: the entire bar was hand-built and this was preserved by only employing a very select number of laborers and carpenters. The prime example of this philosophy stands at the center of the space: Meadowlark’s bar is a one-of-a-kind wooden bar, hand-crafted, planed and beveled in such an unorthodox manner that a bar of its kind is nearly impossible to replicate. As well, all the paint on the exterior of the building was removed to recapture the initial look of the 1885 structure.

Conceptualized as an art bar, the bar’s owner knew that lighting was of primary importance. And therefore, this served as the initial impetus for how the bar would operate, and look. To this day, Meadowlark is an art gallery, housing monthly exhibits by some of Denver’s most provocative visual artists.

After its opening in 2005, patrons of the bar were always intimately involved in its further development. The idea was always that: if you involve those around you, the conversation about how the bar was created, the “why” would always remain and furthermore, help evolve the concept. An example of this is the indoor stage and the highly-acclaimed outdoor patio and stage. For the last couple of years, on account of the leadership and the dominant ideals that were set forth, Meadowlark has become one of Denver’s most prized music and art venues – a true king in the Queen City of the Plains.

Above: Half of the downstairs area. /// Below: The Meadowlark’s patio, enclosed and heated for the winter. Just wait *cues up maniacal laughter*.

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012 Events, The Solution Showcase, Updates