The newest music venue in town is Intrinzik (512 East Main Street, intrinzikvenue.com), and they have certainly shaken up the live music scene in town by bringing in a diverse range of artists from across Colorado as well as several from other states, and even one act from as far away as Israel via Nashville (that was Eleanor Tallie).
Owner Josh Fabien opened Intrinzik in August 2017 (which means special one-year anniversary shows are in the works) after realizing that Montrose had moved sufficiently in the right direction to make the concept viable. With an average of 2-3 bands per week since opening, Intrinzik is the most prolific live music venue in Montrose.
At the other end of downtown is Healthy Rhythm Art Gallery (68 South Grand Avenue, healthyrhythm.net). A space for artists to create, exhibit, and sell various forms of artwork, the gallery is also a live performance venue that showcases both acclaimed and up-and-coming bands and musicians.
Opened by Ken Vail and Jimmy Lang in 2010 in Fairfield, Texas, Healthy Rhythm relocated to Montrose in June 2015 and has since hosted more than 30 concerts with more than 40 local, regional, national, and international musicians, including FIA of Sweden as part of her "Legacy of Light" World Tour. Healthy Rhythm currently has eight shows lined up for the summer with bands and musicians from Colorado, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, and Ireland. Local musicians Chris Mullen and Susan Walton will be opening a number of the shows.
Summer is also a fantastic time to get outside and enjoy some al fresco tunes, and Montrose has you covered there, too.
Horsefly (846 E Main Street, horseflybrewing.com) is a Montrose staple for locally-crafted beer (it is also the oldest brewery in town), bar snacks and live music. And while the frigid Colorado winters don’t stop the good people at Horsefly, the venue really comes into its own when summer breaks and the large outdoor patio gets put to good use.
With two evenings of live music per week (open mic every Wednesday with compere Donny Morales and every Saturday with local acts), good food and great beer, Horsefly is a very popular choice with beer and music lovers year round.
Finally, this summer downtown Montrose will have an additional program of live music courtesy of the Downtown Development Authority. Acoustic Tuesdays returns to the San Juan Pocket Park (401 East Main Street, Next to San Juan Construction) and will see the tiny park transformed into a tiny live music venue for three hours on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month until September 25.
Local councilman and music lover Dave Bowman was involved in the conception and planning of Acoustic Tuesdays. He has been involved in producing and promoting live music in Montrose for two decades, during which time he helped start Main In Motion, created an annual benefit concert that ran for ten years, and put on Montrose Musicians Day for three years before initiating the Montrose Summer Music Series. Bowman, along with DDA board member Dick Frantz, also started Acoustic Tuesdays last summer.
“Early in 2017 the City of Montrose purchased a portable stage that is available for use by the public. Dick, who at his former business, Colorado West Tool, Sports, and Pawn, gave away hot dogs during Main In Motion, wanted to do something to utilize the Pocket Park on Main Street. We decided Dick would be in charge of bringing in a grill and cooking hot dogs as well as selling 25 cent sodas. I worked with Horsefly Brewery and Colorado Boy (2 Rascals will join this year) to have them donate beer which we sell to raise money for the bands.”
That formula was such a success last year that not only is Acoustic Tuesdays returning, it is set to be bigger and better.
“This is our second year of Acoustic Tuesday in the Pocket Park, expanding from four shows last year to nine scheduled events this year,” Bowman said. “It’s a wonderful time of year in Montrose so it’s easy to attract a crowd of all ages.”
The next band to take to the stage at the Pocket Park will be local band Ulterior Motive. A rock band that plays covers from the 80s to today, they guarantee to have people up on their feet dancing. Other bands performing at the Pocket Park in the coming weeks include Jedi George, Neon Sky, Gotta Be, and All About Me.
And if live music isn’t enough to get you out to the Pocket Park, there will also be free hot dogs for everyone and local beer available for purchase.
To see the full schedule for Acoustic Tuesdays, click here to see the line-up!
Downtown Montrose is home to all kinds of activities and events with something for everyone, and this summer is going to be the best yet, so be sure to get outside, and we’ll see you at the Pocket Park!