Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, Denver 80202Report Issue

Ophelia's Electric Soapbox, Denver 80202


1215 20th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
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Today's Shows

Motown On Mondays

 

Mon, September 16, 2019 (7:00pm - 9:00pm MDT )
Motown On Mondays
Motown On Mondays

Every Monday night at Ophelia's. Drink specials. No Cover.

Upcoming Shows

Tue, September 17, 2019 (7:30pm - 9:30pm MDT )
Bill Nershi (of String Cheese Incident), Ross James (of Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band)
Bluegrass Pop Up w/ Bill Nershi (of String Cheese Incident), Ross James (of Phil Lesh & Terrapin Family Band)

From the saloons of Telluride to the some of the most sought after venues in America, Bill Nershi has delighted countless fans as a guitarist, vocalist, songwriter and founding member of the String Cheese Incident, Honkytonk Homeslice and The Emmitt-Nershi Band. A seasoned veteran of flat-picking and a variety of acoustic styles, Bill adds a unique, colorful perspective to virtually any musical situation he encounters, and his enthusiasm and playful spirit encourage an interactive, participatory experience for musicians and fans alike. Billy still calls Colorado home and when he’s not on tour he is writing, recording and producing in his own studio, The Sleeping Giant.


Wed, September 18, 2019 (6:00pm - 8:00pm MDT )
Dueling Pianos w/ Colorado Keys
Dueling Pianos w/ Colorado Keys

John and Amy have been dueling together since 2012 and each have ten years of experience behind them. They have played for numerous weddings, corporate events, and dueling piano clubs across the nation. With their endless repertoire streaming from jazz standards, to classic rock, to top 40's pop, to hip-hop, they are able to entertain any audience! Their all-request show includes two pianos, sound gear, lighting, and most importantly, two fun musicians to play whatever you want to hear.


Thu, September 19, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm MDT )
Invisible Bird with Chronologue
Invisible Bird

A guitar, trumpet, and drum trio collectively led by three engaging and unique artists from the Bay Area and Colorado; Scott Amendola, Shane Endsley, and Dave Devine. Invisible Bird was formed in 2017 and is releasing it's debut album, Flutter to Fuzz, in the Spring of 2018. The group broadly employs the use of electronics to branch out from the raw acoustic trio sound. Trumpet and guitar take turns covering bass lines and all three players create swirling digital textures with a hefty collection of boutique stomp boxes. The three distinct compositional voices in the group craft original music that transport the listener from rootsy back beats to anthemic indie rock to acoustic modern jazz trio to ambient electronica. Invisible Bird also reinvents classic repertoire from artists like Nick Drake an Joni Mitchell and toys with new hits from artists like Bruno Mars and Rihanna. The debut album features cameos from special guests Sam Amidon and Orenda Fink (Azure Ray). Look for the group to be on the road starting in June of 2018! Shane Endsley - trumpet, Whammy bass and electronics DownBeat magazine named him as one of the “Top 25″ trumpeters of his generation and he was cited as a Rising Star in the 2013 Critics Poll. JazzTimes readers voted him the “Best Trumpet Player under 40.” A truly modern and dynamic musician, he can be found on recordings with innovative jazz instrumentalists like Steve Coleman, Donny McCaslin, and Ben Allison as well as appearances with folk, rock, and pop icons like Ani DiFranco, Pearl Jam, and Shakira. Shane is a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Kneebody. They have released ten recordings and have been playing premier festivals, concert halls, and clubs for over a decade. Shane has made two solo albums, one of which was voted in to the LA Times' Top Ten of the Year. He is also an accomplished drummer and can be found on recordings with trumpeter Ralph Alessi. Shane is a member of the MSU Denver jazz faculty along side Dave Devine, Ron Miles, and Don Byron. Shane loves tacos and beer. Now you know all about him. Dave Devine - guitar/effects Dave Devine is known throughout the Denver jazz and rock scene for his virtuosity and versatility as a guitarist and composer. In 2015 he performed with Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, played on the Blue Note recording Body and Shadow, as well as touring with Sun Kil Moon across Europe with featured artists Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3) and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth). Dave has performed throughout the US, Canada, U.K. and Europe with artists such as Ron Miles, John Grant, The Barr Brothers, Chuck Prophet, Art Lande, Marc Broussard, Janet Feder, Elliott Sharp, Matt Wilson, Ben Goldberg, and has recorded with producer/engineer Steve Albini. Dave is currently Coordinator of the Jazz and American Improvised Music department at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Scott Amendola - Drums/electronics For Scott Amendola, the drum kit isn’t so much an instrument as a musical portal. An ambitious composer, savvy bandleader and capaciously creative foil for some of the world’s most inventive musicians, Amendola applies his rhythmic virtuosity to a vast array of settings. His closest musical associates include guitarists, Nels Cline, Jeff Parker, Charlie Hunter, Hammond B-3 organist Wil Blades, violinists Regina Carter and Jenny Scheinman, clarinetist Ben Goldberg, players who have each forged a singular path within and beyond the realm of jazz. No project better displays Amendola’s big ears and musical ambitions than “Fade To Orange”, an orchestral piece commissioned as part of the Oakland East Bay Symphony’s Irvine Foundation-funded New Visions/New Vistas initiative. The roiling work premiered to critical acclaim at Oakland’s Paramount Theater on April 15, 2011. As a sideman, Amendola has performed and recorded with a vast, stylistically varied roster of artists, including Bill Frisell, John Zorn, Mike Patton, Mondo Cane, John Scofield, Cibo Matto, John Dieterich from Deerhoof, Wadada Leo Smith, Bruce Cockburn, Madeleine Peyroux, Joan Osborne, Jacky Terrasson, Shweta Jhaveri, Phil Lesh, Sex Mob, Kelly Joe Phelps, Larry Klein, Carla Bozulich, Wayne Horvitz, Johnny Griffin, Julian Priester, Sonny Simmons, Pat Martino, Jim Campilongo, Bobby Black, Larry Goldings, Paul McCandless, Rebecca Pidgeon, and the Joe Goode Dance Group. Visit www.scottamendola.com for more info.

$13 - $27
Fri, September 20, 2019 (11:00am - 1:00pm MDT )
DJ Gary Givant
Retro Rocket Brunch: 2000s Edition, hosted by DJ Gary Givant

DJing in nightclubs since 1977


Fri, September 20, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm MDT )
Rastasaurus with Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band
Rastasaurus

Rastasaurus was uncovered in the concrete jungles of Denver, Colorado, where they’ve been building an enthusiastic following around their new reggae sound. Centered around the prolific songwriting of Justus Lacewell (vocals, guitar), Rastasaurus also includes lifelong musical pals and identical twin brothers Eric (lead guitar) and Mark Ciccone (bass). The thick, psychedelic grooves of Ryan Kerr (keyboards) and the smooth, funky rhythms of Nick Souder (drums) round out the quintet. With their original songs featuring an infusion of reggae with elements of funk, rock and roll, improvised jamming and dub, Rastasaurus is constantly exploring and expanding its own unique blend of American reggae.

$13 - $27
Sat, September 21, 2019 (10:30am - 12:30pm MDT )
Wes Watkins
Brunch with Wes Watkins

Band Leader of the Other Black and trumpet player from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, A trumpet player of 20 years, Wes Watkins is a former student of Denver School of the Arts. However, it is not the time that he spent in arts school that he credits for his musical career but the time he spent homeless that taught him how to identify the power of individuality. From the beginning, Wes has proven that if you're in the position where you must fight for everything that you have, you can achieve anything that you want. From his humble start living as a homeless street performer, most notably as a trumpeter, Wes has pulled himself up, dusted himself off and solidified himself as one of Colorado's most renowned performers. Appearing in bands such as; Other Black, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Air Dubai, Izcalli and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Wes had developed an ability to adapt to many musical styles while keeping true to his own unique flare. Watkins goal is to encourage people to experience themselves, because if we can be comfortable in our own skin, we can be comfortable with others. “I strive to use my music to encourage people to experience the individual. I believe if you can acknowledge and accept the entirety of yourself you will find perspective in your perception of others. No matter housing status, economic status, race, gender, political association, etc. In our quickly changing world I make music to create inclusive neighborhood, because the best change supports connection to community.”


Sat, September 21, 2019 (9:00pm - 11:00pm MDT )
Bison Bone with Casey James Prestwood And The Burning Angels, Claire Heywood
Bison Bone

BISON BONE IS A WORKING CLASS AMERICANA ROCK BAND FROM DENVER, CO. THEY HAVE SHARED THE STAGE WITH ISRAEL NASH, CORB LUND, AMERICAN AQUARIUM, SUSTO, THE DAMN QUAILS, MIDNIGHT RIVER CHOIR. “BISON BONE’S NEW SINGLE CRYING SHAME IS EXACTLY WHAT AMERICANA ROCK SHOULD SOUND LIKE. IT HAS PLENTY OF SOUL AND WITH THE DEEP HEARTY VOCALS IT FEELS LIKE THE SINGER TRULY KNOWS THE PAIN OF WHAT THE SONG DESCRIBES. COUPLE THAT WITH THE STRONG GUITAR RIFF AND YOU’VE GOT YOURSELF A SONG TO LISTEN TO AT LEAST THREE TIMES A DAY.” -303 MAGAZINE "THE RECORD BLENDS SOUTHERN COUNTRY WITH PSYCHEDELIC AND GARAGE ROCK INTO A GENRE THAT SINGER AND FOUNDER COURTNEY WHITEHEAD DUBS "COSMIC COUNTRY."-CPR OPEN AIR "BISON BONE MASTERFULLY BLENDS ALT-COUNTRY WITH EXPERIMENTAL GUITAR ROCK WITH THOUGHTFUL, EVOCATIVE STORYTELLING. ONE IS STRUCK BY HOW COURTNEY WHITEHEAD AND THE REST OF THE BAND MAKE THEIR TAKE ON COUNTRY AND ROCK VERY MUCH THEIR OWN THING. YOU HEAR NODS TO TOWNES VAN ZANDT, GRAM PARSONS AND OTHERS WHO CONNECTED THE ROOTSY WARMTH OF COUNTRY WITH AN OTHERWORLDLY ENERGY EXCEPT THAT BISON BONE IS CONNECTED TO ANOTHER REALM OF THE COSMOS AND THE SONGS TRANSFORM INTENSE, POTENTIALLY SOUL CRUSHING PAIN INTO INSPIRATION AND CATHARSIS."-QUEEN CITY ART AND SOUND WESTWORD: "WHEN WHITEHEAD WRITES ABOUT LOSS, LOVE AND RESENTMENT, THERE IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL AND SOCIAL AWARENESS THAT INFORMS THE LYRICS WITH AN UNCOMMON HUMANITY AND COMPASSION THAT TRANSCENDS GENRE. BECAUSE OF THAT AND THE GROUP'S INNOVATIVE SOUNDS AND SONG STRUCTURES, IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PIGEONHOLE BISON BONE AS JUST ANOTHER AMERICANA BAND."-WESTWORD COURTNEY WHITEHEAD (VOCALS/GUITAR), BRIANNA STRAUT (VOCALS/TAMBO), WOLF VAN ELFMAND (LEAD GUITAR/VOCALS), ADAM STERN (PEDAL STEEL/LEAD GUITAR), TONY PISCOTTI (BASS), NEIL MITCHELL (DRUMS).

$13 - $24
Sun, September 22, 2019 (10:30am - 12:30pm MDT )
Wes Watkins
Brunch with Wes Watkins

Band Leader of the Other Black and trumpet player from Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, A trumpet player of 20 years, Wes Watkins is a former student of Denver School of the Arts. However, it is not the time that he spent in arts school that he credits for his musical career but the time he spent homeless that taught him how to identify the power of individuality. From the beginning, Wes has proven that if you're in the position where you must fight for everything that you have, you can achieve anything that you want. From his humble start living as a homeless street performer, most notably as a trumpeter, Wes has pulled himself up, dusted himself off and solidified himself as one of Colorado's most renowned performers. Appearing in bands such as; Other Black, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Air Dubai, Izcalli and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Wes had developed an ability to adapt to many musical styles while keeping true to his own unique flare. Watkins goal is to encourage people to experience themselves, because if we can be comfortable in our own skin, we can be comfortable with others. “I strive to use my music to encourage people to experience the individual. I believe if you can acknowledge and accept the entirety of yourself you will find perspective in your perception of others. No matter housing status, economic status, race, gender, political association, etc. In our quickly changing world I make music to create inclusive neighborhood, because the best change supports connection to community.”


Sun, September 22, 2019 (6:00pm - 10:00pm MDT )
Lief Sjostrom
Dinner with Lief Sjostrom

I'm a cellist and guitarist living in Denver, CO. I perform and record my original music, perform and record with bands, and give cello and guitar lessons. I released my first EP of cinematic music in June of 2017 called "Her Prayers Sound Like Warnings." You can find a sample on the music page of this website or you can find the full EP at liefsjostrom.bandcamp.com and most streaming services. I'll be recording another full length in the fall of 2017. I've played with the band PrettyMouth for about 5 years. I've also performed and/or recorded with Sawmill Joe, Chad Price, Edison, The Patient Zeros, Tyto Alba, Adam Hooks, The New Ben Franklins, The Dead Orchids, Future Former, and many others. I've also done some music for the score of a documentary by Adam Reynolds.