Music of the Mountains: Branden Sipes




When Branden Sipes realized one day that his dad had an electric guitar, he fell in love with the ability to make sounds from the instrument’s strings and learn how to play songs that he loved growing up. His parents were already musical, listening to music around the house, and his mother would even occasionally pull out the acoustic guitar. However, it wasn’t until this seminal moment that a fire was lit inside Sipes, and he realized he wanted to pursue the instrument for a living.

His dad, despite having quit playing in a band professionally, resumed the instrument and taught him how to play the guitar. Eventually, Sipes signed up for the show choir at school, attempting to learn as much about playing the guitar and singing as possible and become the best musician he could possibly be. He cites James Taylor and The Eagles as groups that his parents would play around the house. However, around the time he started listening to music, he became interested in grunge and rock bands such as Nirvana, Weezer, and Red Hot Chili Peppers.

After signing up for choir, he became exposed to classic standards of musical theater, jazz, and show tunes, soaking up all that he could to be a well-rounded musician instead of just focusing on rock. He graduated from Colorado State University in 2006 with degrees in classical guitar and classical voice. He loves being able to express himself performing live, creating a sound that he’s proud of, and allowing other people to enjoy the sound that he creates.

If you want to see Branden Sipes perform live, be sure to check him out at the Canyon Tavern, 32138 Highway 72 in Coal Creek Canyon, on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 7 p.m.

Busey Brews

Sunday, September 10 at 2 p.m. – Grant Livingston
Sunday, September 17 at 2 p.m. – Madalyn and Gabriel
Sunday, September 24 at 2 p.m. – The Pik Me Ups

Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuseyBrews/
Website: buseybrews.com/
Location: 70 E. 1st Street, Nederland
Phone: 1-855-633-2739

Canyon Tavern

Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m. – Karaoke
Saturday, September 9 at 7 p.m. – JJ Fraser
Saturday, September 16 at 7 p.m. – Branden Sipes
Friday, September 22 at 7 p.m. – Karaoke
Saturday, September 23 at 7 p.m. – Deva Yonder
Friday, September 29 at 7 p.m. – Will Whelan
Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m. – Derek Hall

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Coalcreekcanyontavern
Location: 32138 Highway 72, Coal Creek Canyon
Phone: 303-642-3180

Gold Hill Inn

Friday, September 8 at 5:30 p.m. – High Lonesome
Saturday, September 9 at 7:30 p.m. – The Red Mountain Boys
Sunday, September 10 at 7 p.m. – Martha Scanlan and Jon Neufeld
Friday, September 15 at 8 p.m. – Drunken Hearts
Sunday, September 17 at 7 p.m. – Micki Balder
Friday, September 22 at 8 p.m. – New Family Dog with Brittney Wagner
Sunday, September 24 at 7 p.m. – Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore
Friday, September 29 at 8 p.m. – Blue Canyon Boys
Saturday, September 30 at 7 p.m. – Silent Bear

Facebook: www.facebook.com/GoldHillInn/
Website: goldhillinn.com
Location: 401 Main Street, Gold Hill
Phone: 303-443-6461

Howlin Wind Brewing

September 9 at 5 – Stone Hall
September 16 at 5 – Steepland string band
September 23 at 6 – Melt and the Family Band
September 30 at 4 – Magoo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/howlinwindbrewing
Website: www.howlinwindbrewing.com/
Location: 51AMain Street, Rollinsville
Phone: 309-825-5245

Jamestown Mercantile

Wednesday, September 20 at 5 p.m. – Open Mic Night

Facebook: www.facebook.com/jamestown.mercantile/
Website: www.jamestownmercantile.com/
Location: 108 Main Street, Jamestown
Phone: 303-442-5847


Friday music at 6 p.m. & Saturday at 5 p.m.
September 8 & 9 – Jon “Blackdog” Ridnell
September 15 & 16 – Jimmy Lewis
September 22 & 23 – Duey
September 29 & 30 – Boys of the Town

Facebook: www.facebook.com/JkqBbq/
Location: 200 Gregory Street, Black Hawk
Phone: 720-316-1361

Knotted Root Brewing

Every Sunday at 5 p.m. – Jazz Sundays with Black Dog & Friends
Friday, September 8 at 6 p.m. – Whumpf!
Saturday, September 9 at 5 p.m. – Michael Lenssen
Friday, September 15 at 6 p.m. – The Pineytops
Saturday, September 16 at 5 p.m. – New Family Dog (Acoustic)
Saturday, September 23 at 5 p.m. – Dead Phish Orchestra Chamber Ensemble (Duo)
Friday, September 29 at 6 p.m. – Tober Schorr & The Sound Ideal
Saturday, September 30 at 5 p.m. – Smooth Money Gesture

Website: www.knottedrootbrewing.com/home
Location: 250 N. Caribou Street, Nederland
Phone: 720-248-7129

Millsite Inn

Most Sundays at 4 p.m. – Open Jam

Facebook: www.facebook.com/millsiteinn.moyer
Website: millsiteinn.wixsite.com/millsiteinn
Location: 44365 Highway 72, Ward
Phone: 720-547-9438

Nederland Farmers Market

Sunday, September 3 at 10:30 a.m. – Mark Vossler
Sunday, September 17 at 10:30 a.m. – Stellar Jays

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NederlandFarmersMarket/
Website: www.nederlandfarmersmarket.org/
Location: 85 E. 1st Street, Nederland

The Caribou Room

Friday, September 8 Doors 7 p.m., show 8 p.m. – Magic Beans

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thecaribouroom/
Website: www.thecaribouroom.com/
Location: 55 Indian Peaks Drive, Nederland.
Phone: 303-258-3637

Train Cars Coffee & Kava

Friday, September 1 at 5 p.m. – Dub Daze with DJ £.Z€R°
Saturday, September 2 at 9 p.m. – Powerlung Rangers
Sunday, September 3 at 11 a.m. – Miles Ridnell and Ben Sproul
Thursday, September 7 at 8 p.m. – Kava Karaoke with Phil the Jukebox
Friday, September 8 at 7 p.m. – Charlie White
Saturday, September 9 at 11 a.m. – Peak Vibes Music Festival
Thursday, September 14 at 8 p.m. – Kava Karaoke with Phil the Jukebox
Friday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. – Otis Lande Piano Set
Sunday, September 17 at 11 a.m. – Black Dog
Thursday, September 21 at 8 p.m. – Kava Karaoke with Phil the Jukebox
Friday, September 22 at 7 p.m. – Rhythms on the Rails Open Drum Circle
Saturday, September 23 at 8 p.m. – Ben Sproul of Rocket Parade
Thursday, September 28 at 8 p.m. – Kava Karaoke with Phil the Jukebox
Friday, September 29 at 5 p.m. – Dub Daze with DJ £.Z€R°
Saturday, September 30 at 9 p.m. – Bulas and Beats Electronic Music Party feat. Jelli, Amanita, Worm, Jerod and Glipish

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Thetraincars
Location: 101 Peak to Peak Highway, Nederland
Phone: 303-258-0440

Very Nice Brewing Co.

Thursday, September 21 at 6 p.m. – The Gael
Friday, September 22 at 6 p.m. – Rocky Stiers

Facebook: www.facebook.com/verynicebeer
Website: www.verynicebrewing.com/
Location: 20 E. Lakeview Drive, #112, Nederland
Phone: 303-258-3770

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