Every performer has a different goal. Recognizing this, the teaching staff at Academy of the Arts-Denver (each a professional in his or her respective field) designs all of their lesson plans around their students' individual goals. These highly personalized plans shape the approach to the school's age-specific, professional and recreational group acting and vocal classes. The teaching staff also uses their 75 years of accumulated experience to focus on talent development, whether students want to break into the business, or perform for the joy of it. Private lessons help build proficiency in guitar, bass, drums, and music production. Though lessons focus on specific technical training, the teachers encourage creative experimentation no matter the genre. Former students have established careers in TV, Broadway, Film, and Music. As they learn, Academy of the Arts-Denver's students are also encouraged to take part in rehearsals and performances.
The faculty members at the School of Rock believe that immersion is the best way to learn any new skill, which is why they don’t just teach students how to traverse the notes and rhythms of guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, and vocals in isolation. In addition to teaching students the technical skills during one-on-one lessons, the professional music instructors push them to fuse their individual parts into songs during full band practices with fellow beginner rockers. This combination of one-on-one attention and cooperative group learning helps kids of all skill levels hone their craft while overcoming common pitfalls such as stage fright or playing off-tempo. As kids learn to shred riffs, pound out drum solos, and summon Ronnie James Dio by hitting the correct vibrato atop a silver mountain, the classes build their confidence and kick-start a lifetime of loving rock 'n' roll.
In 1993, the basement doors to the former Johnny?s Pub and Grille opened to unveil Brendan?s Pub. Over the next nine years, the cozy space hosted various blues legends, such as Matt ?Guitar? Murphy, Clarence ?Gatemouth? Brown, and Alto ?Alto Saxophone? Saxophone. Rising rents, however, forced Brendan?s to pack it up in 2002, where it remained a pleasant memory until taking over the space that once housed the legendary Club 404 in 2011.
These days, the revamped Brendan?s pays homage to its bluesy heritage with blues jams every Tuesday evening, as well as weekly karaoke nights and a packed lineup of live musical acts. Cooks complement the onstage riffs by whipping up everything from Angus burgers to tacos to prime rib dinners?a nod to Club 404's famous steaks?, while bartenders keep libations flowing until 2 a.m. every night.
Tony Bennett, the preeminent singer’s singer, gifts audiences with the smoothness of his showmanship and golden voice, crooning the tunes that epitomized American music in a very special evening at the historic Ellie Caulkins Opera House. Effortlessly charming the pantaloons off the greatest generation, melting the scowls of the MTV generation, and filling the coldly logical robot generation with joy, Tony will smile-sing through his canon of dependable torch songs and big-band swingers. Tony’s musical magic has endured for more than half a century due to his graceful voice and boyish manner. Floating with Tony on this enchanting night, daughter Antonia Bennett joins her papa for swooping duets, proving that the apple doesn’t fall far from the larynx.