The Jazz Age: An era of cool, edgy opulence. The economy was booming and jazz music filled buzzing basement clubs in New Orleans, Chicago and New York. It was the age of flappers donning fur coats and sequin gowns, bootleggers hucking bathtub gin, and a blues bands scoring the era’s soundtrack. For the first event of 2017, The McNichols Project will immerse guests in the Jazz Age, complete with era-appropriate cocktails, music, and decor. Scroll on for full details!

The Jazz

Dave Devine Trio

Dave Devine is known throughout the Denver jazz and rock scene for his virtuosity and versatility as a guitarist and composer. His band, Relay, blends jazz, rock, and ambient noise into complex, yet approachable, pop songs. In 2015 he recorded and performed with Brian Blade and the Fellowship Band, as well as toured 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, Greg Garrison, Scott Amendola, and has recorded with producer/engineer Steve Albini. In addition to Relay, his group Dave Devine Trio performs regularly throughout Denver and has held the First Friday Residency at Dazzle Jazz for the past three years. Dave is currently Coordinator of the Jazz and American Improvised Music department at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

On the third floor, GoGo Penguin will be also playing. On the surface, this Manchester based group looks like a simple acoustic piano trio, but GoGo Penguin’s tracks are more complex than you may think. The music is largely inspired by contemporary electronic styles and include odes to arcade game riffs, keyboard melodies, and deep bass lines. Come see for yourself as this globally popular group won't likely be back to Denver any time soon!

The Art

3rd Floor Exhibit : Tectonic SHIFT | Dynamics of Change
January 29 – May 7, 2017

Tectonic SHIFT is a collective exhibition of regional artists exploring the concept of change. Works in a variety of media capture the artists’ reactions to changes in our society. Themes range from politics to environmental crisis, from issues of class, race and gender, to balance of power.

2nd Floor Exhibit : Picture Me Here | Stories of Hope and Resilience by Refugees and Immigrants
January 29 – April 30, 2017

Picture Me Here provides custom storytelling programs for displaced and marginalized communities, primarily refugees and immigrants. Through photography, video, animation and writing, participants build creative tools for self-expression, social engagement, community building, integration and leadership. This exhibition features work by participants from local and international Picture Me Here programs since the organization’s inception four years ago.

The Drinks

Enjoy Prohibition-era cocktails throughout the night at pop-up bars scattered throughout the two floors of the event space! We’re still finalizing the exact menu, but you can look forward to classic go-to cocktails like Old Fashioneds and Sazarec, as well as slightly harder-to-find drinks like Juleps, Sidecars and Gin Rickeys. If you prefer beer, you may select from one of the rotating beer carts. 

The Food

There will be food available for purchase at the event provided by some of Denver’s fantastic food trucks in addition to some light snacks inside. We’d highly suggest you treat yourself, or eat before the event, since the cocktails are sure to be flowing. Stay tuned for more details on what grub to expect!

The Partner

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods’ mission is to preserve the past, improve the present, and plan for the future of Greater Capitol Hill. Click here to learn more.