The Denver-based Lumineers packed the new Mission Ballroom on North Wynkoop this evening as promoters AEG Presents officially added the 60,000-square-foot venue to its Denver empire. You can see more photos at Indie 102.3 of The Lumineers and Jade Bird.
As Denverite reported, it took AEG eight years to pick a site for Mission Ballroom and about a year to build the facility. It can hold anywhere from 2,200 to 3,950 people depending on how its configured for any given show. By way of comparison, the venerable Fillmore Auditorium on Colfax can fit up to 3,700.
AEG's new venue, not too far from the National Western complex, has already transformed the northern end of the Brighton Boulevard area near Interstate 70. Along with the concert venue, a separate structure will house office, retail space and apartments.
AEG also owns the Ogden, Bluebird and Gothic theaters, along with Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre and 1stBank Center. The promoters see Mission Ballroom as a step between theaters like the Ogden, and larger venues like Red Rocks.
There's music for almost any taste booked in the coming months, including Ben Harper, Trombone Shorty, Kamasi Washington, Flux Pavilion, the Steve Miller Band, Trey Anastasio, The National, Ween, Wilco, Kevin Gates, Yelawolf, Gregory Alan Isakov, String Cheese Incident, and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard.