New music venue and restaurant to take over former dive bar area in Colorado Springs | Arts & Leisure

The dive bar lengthy often called a go-to cease when seeing a present at The Black Sheep is now one other place to see a present.

Vultures, a restaurant, dive bar and live performance venue, is slated to open this week at 2100 E. Platte Ave., previously the location of Angry Pirate Bar and steps away from The Black Sheep.

That’s handy for Geoff Brent, who owns The Black Sheep and is a co-owner of Vultures. He’s teaming with Mike and Aspen Nipp, the husband-and-wife crew which have a historical past of constructing beloved dive bars. They co-founded The Burrowing Owl, the vegan restaurant and bar on Eighth Road.

“(We’re doing this) as a result of we imagine in our neighborhood,” Brent mentioned. “And we needed to offer folks an amazing earlier than and after present occasion spot, in addition to bringing a high quality meals choice nearer to us.”

All three house owners are acquainted faces within the Colorado Springs scene and have been pals for greater than 20 years. For many of that point, Brent and Mike Nipp have performed collectively in numerous bands.

Now they’re combining forces to launch the most recent music venue in Colorado Springs. Brent describes Vultures as an intimate area with a mellow atmosphere. It comes with a small stage and a capability of 150 folks, a lot lower than the 450-capacity venue subsequent door.

For The Black Sheep’s little sister, Brent needed a spot to host up-and-coming bands to “give them roots within the metropolis” with the aim of rising sufficient to play an even bigger room, aka The Black Sheep, sooner or later.

Brent, who additionally books exhibits for venues in Denver, sees this as a method to strengthen “the pipeline” between Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs. His aim is make it extra of a routine for bands primarily based elsewhere within the state to construct a fan base right here.

Not like The Black Sheep, with a busy calendar of greater than 20 exhibits per 30 days, Vultures gained’t be the place to see dwell music on any given night time. Brent mentioned they’ll deal with high quality over amount.

“If a band is enjoying there, at the very least one individual on our crew is actually enthusiastic about it. That’s a possibility you don’t essentially get at a correct venue like The Black Sheep the place it’s sort of a catch all,” he mentioned. “I need it to really feel curated.”

Don’t anticipate typical dive bar meals, both. The menu will initially embody charcuterie boards, panini sandwiches, salads and soups, plus vegan choices. The drinks menu might be a mixture of low-cost beers, wine and fancy cocktails.

Even when there’s not a present occurring, Vultures will really feel like a music-themed hangout with partitions lined with flyers or posters from previous exhibits in Colorado Springs.

Beforehand, the Indignant Pirate Bar billed itself as a “live performance pregame headquarters” for showgoers and musicians. One wall was lined with autographs from bands who performed The Black Sheep.

As Vultures, the bar subsequent door may have its personal time within the highlight. The venue’s first present is scheduled for Saturday and can function Laney Lou and Hen Canine, an Americana band primarily based in Bozeman, Mont.

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