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April 5, 2014
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Since the release of their second album, GASCONADER, Flashbulb Fires has showcased at CMJ and SXSW, signed an exclusive licensing deal with Downtown Music Services, and supported artists such as Imagine Dragons, Sharon Van Etten, and The Joy Formidable. A limited edition UK version of GASCONADER was released in 2013 on Choose My Music Records and sold out in less than a week. In addition, GASCONADER charted on CMJ for over 2 months and the band was named a finalist in both the prestigious ISC and Unsigned Only songwriting competitions.

Flashbulb Fires are performing at Illegal Pete’s South Broadway TONIGHT, April 5, so we asked them a few questions.

If someone were to buy you a drink at your Illegal Pete’s show, what should that drink be?

We will accept any and all alcoholic drinks that the fine patrons of Illegal Pete’s are willing to buy for our little indie outfit. However, we do have a soft spot in our loins for IPA beer and whiskey.

What is your craziest experience with the band?

Crazy tour stories?! Well how about the time when two girls in Fargo tricked us into letting them come to our hotel room (by buying us beer) and then proceeded to throw un-opened cans of beer at our heads, dump beer on us while we slept, and literally break the frame of the bed in two pieces. Or there’s the time that Patrick mysteriously slept on a bed of nails (there were actually around 20 nails in his bed when he woke up). And lets not forget about the time we drove through the night, in torrential rain, for 15 hours straight from Kansas City to Erie, PA and were greeted by 10 college girls who bought us pizza and took us to “any drink, any coin” night at the local pub.

Marry/fight/hi-five

Emily Ratajkowski, Jimmy Buffet, John Elway.

What is one song that influences your songwriting?

“A Day In The Life” by the Beatles. It has an incredible melody, a unique form, and man oh man the ending is…..!!

When you go to Illegal Pete’s, what do you order?

Gotta go classic Pete’s: chicken burrito.

April 4, 2014
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FREE BEER FRIDAY – COURTESY OF ILLEGAL PETE’S [Denver off the Wagon]
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Take a good look at this photo, then visit the above link to see the list of beers available at Illegal Pete’s. If you correctly email the names of the beer in the photograph, you could win a FREE pint of beer good at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. Good luck.
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Thanks to our friends at Denver Off the Wagon for hosting this contest and working with us to celebrate Colorado Craft Beer.
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Last contest, we had a few correct guesses. The correct answer was Blue Moon. 10 winners will get vouchers this week. Good luck this week!
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P.s. We want to thank PJ from Denver off the Wagon for being our FREE Beer Model! Thanks for being our beer model.

March 21, 2014
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FREE BEER FRIDAY – COURTESY OF ILLEGAL PETE’S [Denver off the Wagon]
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Take a good look at this photo, then visit the above link to see the list of beers available at Illegal Pete’s. If you correctly email the names of the beer in the photograph, you could win a FREE pint of beer good at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. Good luck.
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Thanks to our friends at Denver Off the Wagon for hosting this contest and working with us to celebrate Colorado Craft Beer.
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Last contest, we had a few correct guesses. The correct answer was Upslope Brown Ale. 10 winners will get vouchers this week. Good luck this week!
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P.s. We want to thank Chandler for modeling our FREE Beer Friday photo and we’ve got to say, Bandit, her puppy,  is the cutest! Follow bandit on Instagram @BanditBear277 ! Thanks for being our beer models.

March 14, 2014
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FREE BEER FRIDAY – COURTESY OF ILLEGAL PETE’S [Denver off the Wagon]
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Take a good look at this photo, then visit the above link to see the list of beers available at Illegal Pete’s. If you correctly email the names of the beer in the photograph, you could win a FREE pint of beer good at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. Good luck.
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Thanks to our friends at Denver Off the Wagon for hosting this contest and working with us to celebrate Colorado Craft Beer.
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Last contest, we had a few correct guesses. The correct answer was Upslope Pale Ale. 10 winners will get vouchers this week. Good luck this week!
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P.s. That’s Casey from Imbibe modeling our FREE Beer Friday photo! Thanks for being our beer model.

March 7, 2014
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The Shell Corporation are performing at Illegal Pete’s South Broadway next Friday, March 7, so we asked them a few questions.

If someone were to buy you a drink at your Illegal Pete’s show, what should that drink be?

Jameson Whiskey or decent local beer. Lager before the show and Ales after.

What is your craziest experience with the band?

One time, at bandcamp…

Seriously though, we’re pretty sedate. Less excitement is better for our hearts and hips.

I guess Sean’s toe nearly coming off in Calgary was pretty exciting. Also, a runaway suitcase down an escalator nearly took Sean out before our first European tour could even start. I guess the lesson is don’t stand too close to Sean.

Marry/fight/hi-five

Marry: Raw Sausage
Fight: The rooster from “Family Guy”, ’cause I got Pete Griffin’s back.
Hi-Five: Raw Sausage, when the officiator says “you may kiss the bride”. I don’t like facial hair.

What is one song that influences your songwriting?

The main problem with punk bands these days is their entire catalog sounds like that “one song” that influenced their songwriting. Branch out, people!

Favorite happy hour (other than Illegal Pete’s)

Dave’s on Third in San Francisco. Perfect place for an after-work pint.

March 3, 2014
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Illegal Pete’s Experience The Mix-Tape (751 tracks via spotify)

We’ve just updated our Mix Tape Monday Experience The Mix Tape and we’d like to invite you to listen via Spotify. Each week, we will post new tracks of acts either playing Pete’s or playing Pete’s sponsored shows or just tracks that we love. Please check it out and let us know what you think. #MixtapeMonday

This week, we added tracks from some of our favorite Colorado acts who are no longer together in honor of #303day. We’ve included tracks by Planes Mistaken for Stars, The Fairlanes, Vaux, Pinhead Circus, Four, Only Thunder, Ghost Buffalo, Contender and so many more. We hope you enjoy the mix. !

Please Listen, Share, and Subscribe!

February 28, 2014
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FREE BEER FRIDAY – COURTESY OF ILLEGAL PETE’S [Denver off the Wagon]
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Take a good look at this photo, then visit the above link to see the list of beers available at Illegal Pete’s. If you correctly email the names of the beer in the photograph, you could win a FREE pint of beer good at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. Good luck.
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Thanks to our friends at Denver Off the Wagon for hosting this contest and working with us to celebrate Colorado Craft Beer.
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Last contest, we had a few correct guessew. The correct answer was Upslope Pale Ale. 10 winners will get vouchers this week. Good luck this week!
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P.s. That’s Lisa modeling our FREE Beer Friday photo! Thanks for being our beer model.

February 26, 2014
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Chris is performing at Illegal Pete’s South Broadway this Friday, February 28, so we asked him a few questions.

If someone were to buy you a drink at your Illegal Pete’s show, what should that drink be?

Sessions Lager

What is your craziest experience with the band?

Playing a Coyote Ugly party at a corporate establishment where things got so out of control servers got fired and the GM was hauled off in a stretcher. I also believe we got paid in neon lights and broke them while loading up after the show.

Marry/fight/hi-five

Marry – Emeli Sande
Fight – Psy
hi-five- Conor Keely

What is one song that influences your songwriting?

Jimi Hendrix-Machine Gun Live

Favorite happy hour (other than Illegal Pete’s)

Sunset Bar

February 21, 2014
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FREE BEER FRIDAY – COURTESY OF ILLEGAL PETE’S [Denver off the Wagon]
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Take a good look at this photo, then visit the above link to see the list of beers available at Illegal Pete’s. If you correctly email the names of the beer in the photograph, you could win a FREE pint of beer good at any of the 6 Illegal Pete’s locations. Be sure to include your full name and mailing address. Good luck.
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Thanks to our friends at Denver Off the Wagon for hosting this contest and working with us to celebrate Colorado Craft Beer.
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Last contest, we had a lot of correct guesses. The correct answer was New Belgium Snapshot. 10 winners will get vouchers this week. Good luck this week!
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P.s. That’s Randy W, one of our staff at DU as well as one third of Total Ghost posing for our FREE Beer Friday photo! Thanks for being our beer model.

February 17, 2014
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Illegal Pete’s Experience The Mix-Tape (735 tracks via spotify)

We’ve just updated our Mix Tape Monday Experience The Mix Tape and we’d like to invite you to listen via Spotify. Each week, we will post new tracks of acts either playing Pete’s or playing Pete’s sponsored shows or just tracks that we love. Please check it out and let us know what you think. #MixtapeMonday

This week, we added tracks focused on presidents since today is President’s day. We hope you enjoy the mix. !

Please Listen, Share, and Subscribe!