DENVER’S MOST POPULAR SWING BAND RETURNS FOR A 20-YEAR REUNION SHOW AT THE BAR CAR’S 7TH ANNUAL KENTUCKY DERBY DAY PARTY
DENVER — Made from members of Denver’s underground cocktail set in 1996, Money Plays 8 emerged from The Kit Kat Club at Herb’s Hideout to provide the Mile High City its first taste of the driving backbeat, punchy horns, and bourbon-soaked stage show that signaled the beginning of a Swing Renaissance. Igniting audiences filled with fedoras, saddle shoes and upended skirts, Money Plays 8 burned brightly if too briefly alongside fellow scene-makers Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Royal Crown Revue, and Cherry Poppin’ Daddies; sharing the stages of Denver’s Bluebird and Ogden Theatres, The Boulder Theater, 9th Avenue West, and The Derby in Hollywood (as seen in the 1996 movie Swingers).
Now, Money Plays 8 returns to the scene of the crime, spats, suits and Enabler in tow, two decades after their first gig on Kentucky Derby day. The fellas are all here: Jimmy Image and Bushmills on the mics, Donnie Martini (bass), Mikey Dinero (guitar), Sammy Keys (piano), Whitesox (drums), Mr. French (trombone), The Downing St. Bird (saxophone), and Bus Stop Steve on the trumpet. They may be a little older, a little tougher, and a little wiser, but they’re swingin’ like it’s 1997 all over again! Drink up and swing somebody!
Where: The Bar Car, 819 Colorado Blvd., Denver (benefitting the Rocky Mountain chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society)
Date: May 6, 2017
Time: The moment the race ends, approximately 4:20 p.m.
Tickets: Available for purchase at The Bar Car (819 Colorado Blvd.), Horseshoe Lounge (414 E. 20th Ave.) or Inga’s Alpine Tavern (1515 Leetsdale Dr.). CASH ONLY. No Refunds. Rain or Shine.
Money Plays 8 Accolades
Westword’s Best Neo-Swing Band, 1999
Westword Music Awards Showcase compilation, 1998
Featured band, New Millennium Swing compilation (1999, DM Records)
Featured band, Hipsters Of Swing compilation (1999, DM Records)
Featured band, Swingin’ with Arbor Mist compilation (1999, Back in the Day)
Featured band on A Night at The Derby compilation, 2000 (Not Released)
Song “Va Va Voom” featured on The Tick TV show (Columbia Tri Star Pictures, 2001)
Featured band Starz! Free Preview Weekends, 2000
Unrepentant record holder for most booze sold and/or consumed by a band on a given night at several different clubs that may or may not still be in existence