Each of our Festival venues offers a unique listening environment, and some Festival-goers make a point of experiencing all of them. Others prefer to remain in their favorite spot and let the bands come to them. All five venues are quite small and intimate, creating a rapport between musicians and audience that both say makes the Evergreen Festival a very special experience. Free shuttle service runs every 20 minutes connecting the venues, and food and beverages are available at all venues.
Evergreen Elks Lodge
The Evergreen Elks Lodge had its first (short) life in the early ’60s as a bowling alley. Local Elks established the Evergreen Lodge in 1967 and rented the downstairs as a clubroom. In the early ‘70s the Elks purchased the entire building and turned the bowling area into a large ballroom, providing plenty of space for seating, dancing and, of course, musicians.
The Lodge also served as host for the annual Evergreen Ragtime Bash, a Festival precursor organized by pianist George Keeler. Today’s jazz fans enjoy the Lodge not only for its roomy dance floor, but also for its intimate patio where their favorite bands are accompanied by refreshing mountain air.
Evergreen Lake House
Evergreen Lake House was built in 1993, and this beautiful log building has become a focal point for concerts and other cultural events. Renowned for its scenic beauty and surrounding park, the Lake House is always a hit at the Jazz Festival, and as at all the venues, dancing is encouraged!
The history of Evergreen Lake goes back to the pioneer days of Evergreen. In 1860, Julius Caesar DeDisse homesteaded 420 acres along Bear Creek. His son, Jerome, continued to ranch the family property until 1919 when it was acquired by Denver for flood control.
Evergreen Lake Dam was completed in 1922, and the remainder of the DeDisse Ranch was converted to recreational uses, including hiking trails, picnic facilities and a public golf course, complete with clubhouse and restaurant. Nowadays, fishermen enjoy catching rainbow trout and tiger muskie, ice skaters flock to the lake during winter months, and a popular walking trail encircles the entire lake. (Please note: the lake trail is not ADA compliant.)
Evergreen Christian Church
Built in 1962, Evergreen Christian Church completed construction of a new sanctuary in 2000 with special consideration for contributing to the arts community. The sanctuary can be configured in three modes: traditional with choir and organ in back, auditorium-style with the pews facing organ, or in the round. Located in the midst of the community’s performing arts facilities and a short walk from the Elks Lodge, the church is frequently used for rehearsals of local theatre productions.
Designed with live performances in mind, Evergreen Christian Church boasts incredible acoustics, so the true audiophile will want to catch his or her favorite band here. And don’t forget the Sunday morning gospel service featuring the Queen City Jazz Band and belt-it-out vocalist Wende Harston. Now a Festival tradition, it’s been standing room only every year.
Rocky Mountain High Restaurant & Bar
The Festival’s new venue for 2017 is Rocky Mountain High Restaurant & Bar. Formerly Evergreen Fire Pit, this popular location continues to provide an intimate listening environment and relaxing patio, plus a menu that is drawing enthusiastic reviews in its first few months. Great burgers, Italian specialties, and the Cuban sandwich are highlights, and the weekend breakfast offerings are reason enough to include a late Sunday morning set in your Festival plan. Of course, Rocky Mountain High is a regular stop on the Festival shuttle route.