An era of lawless westward expansion. The West was largely unexplored and full of rebellious characters and high stakes. Gold and land were up for grabs, and the saloon provided a social hub in the many booming towns popping up across the plains. For the second event in the series, The McNichols Project explores the culture of Wild West via frontier-esque drinks, food, music, and decor.
Diverse Voices of the Modern West | 3rd Floor
In this exhibition, Denver artist Rochelle Johnson has brought together a group of Colorado artists representing gender, ethnic, race, and cultural diversity. Historically left out of the mainstream art scene, the artists in this exhibit show what true inclusion can look like. Artists included in the exhibition are Sean Gray, Dawn Williams Boyd, Kaz Umezono, Jenna Almond Williams, Josh Armijo, Yee Tseng, Deborah Jang, Joel Cook, Allister Bane, Sylvia Montero, Tony Ortega, Ron Hicks, Michael Gadlin, Karen Divine, James Dixon, Ella Maria Ray, and Andrea T. Kemp.
Diversity in the Wild West: Buffalo Bill posters | 2nd floor
2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody’s death in Denver. In honor of this centenary, Denver Arts & Venues highlights the diversity in his grandiose Wild West shows by borrowing from the poster collection of the Buffalo Bill Museum and Grave in Golden. Through his show Buffalo Bill, rightly or wrongly, has made an indelible imprint upon American history and culture. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West shows were based upon Cody’s own experiences as a white man growing up in the American West, and people saw “Indians” from his perspective. He advocated for equal rights, and ensured that American Indians and women were treated fairly and received the same pay as all other performers. The show eventually became one of the most popular traveling shows in the world, employing performers from every continent (except Antarctica).
The Wild West Project will come complete with western-inspired cocktails and craft beer.
The Old West floor will feature High West Distillery, Deer Hammer, and Stem Ciders.
New West will share beverages from Bear Creek Distillery, Great Divide Brewing Co, 14er Brewing, and QC Malt.
The evening's soundtrack is sure to include some combination of honky tonk, country, and western twang. We'd suggest you wear your dancing boots!
The Old West saloon welcomes the talented Particle Parade on the keys and vocalist sensation Venus Cruz.
The New West bar-centric floor will feature DeeJay Mac spinning classic americana, rockabilly, no frills country on vinyl and old school wax.
The evening includes light snacks inspired by the era
DIY trail mix station
Chips & dip post from Illegal Pete’s
Food wagons...errrr trucks with grub for purchase will be on hand for the hungrier folks.
More than standard campfire chili at this hoedown!
To keep both floors bumping, The West Project has planned some entertainment for everyone’s enjoyment.
Explore Doc Bones Old Time Photos and two step dance instruction on the saloon dance floor from dancer Jeff Regele on the Old West floor.
The New West is all about the dance party, with line dancing instruction from Kimeul Griffith of The Grizzly Rose.
As one of the nation’s premier historic preservation organizations, Historic Denver, Inc. protects the historic neighborhoods that make Denver unique. In the 1970s Denver’s historic structures faced demolition in epic numbers. In true pioneer spirit, a group of citizens created Historic Denver, Inc. just in time to save one of our city’s most celebrated historic homes – that of “unsinkable” Molly Brown. Since then Historic Denver has been the leading voice for preservation through Advocacy, Education, and Technical Assistance.
Huge thanks to our gracious sponsors for making the night possible!