Leadville music scene

Three local ventures are teaming up to throw a party this weekend in Leadville. On Friday, May 26, Roots Rx will present live music from Horizon Line at the Historic Pastime Bar & Cafe from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Leadville’s newest cannabis dispensary will provide a shuttle to and from the bar, and has planned a line-up of giveaways throughout the night. Count on high-energy jams from the five-piece Horizon Line who perform Phish and Dead-esqe covers inter-mixed with original songs that keep a crowd on their feet all night long.
Roots Rx opened their Leadville location last year and have since become known for their “kind” pricing of local bud grown right in town at 10,200 feet. They take care of locals at the dispensary, and on Friday, they’ll keep sharing the love. Not only will they shuttle bar-goers to the event and back home at the end of the night for free, but the first 100 people through the door will get their first cocktail on the house, “Liquid Marijuana”, and one free ticket in a drawing to win a bonafide two-foot-long peace-pipe. Roots Rx Leadville is located at 145 Front St.
Horizon Line began in 2015, and have been playing their music “inspired by high-country living” in the region since, from Mango’s in Red Cliff to The Lariat in Buena Vista, and Lake Dillon Tavern in Summit County. Horizon Line specializes in the feel-good tunes make an audience drop their inhibitions and start dancing no matter how ridiculous they look—which is probably why they’re based in Leadville. Even reaching back into the 60s and 70s, most of the bands performances are compiled of both little- and well-known covers, made unique by dual percussion and shared vocals. Horizon Line is Kevin Maxie and Mike Bianco on guitar and vocals, Kevin Broadrick on bass guitar and vocals, and Mark Helman and Vilous Fox on percussion. Horizon Line has also been incorporating the occasional keys played by pianist Ryan Ruegg.
The Historic Pastime Bar & Cafe is one of Leadville’s century-old saloons still in operation on old State Street (the red light district in Leadville’s boom days). Recently purchased by partners Dawn Flores-Todd and Nathan Fischer, The Pastime has been improving its menu, hours, and night-time offerings.
Now open on Mondays, they host regular karaoke, pool tournaments, and serve home-smoked BBQ for lunch and dinner. Huge on the inside and complete with a wood-burning stove and patio, The Pastime has been a favorite local hangout for decades, and offers a taste of Leadville’s old west heyday.
Stop by with a valid ID from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. this Friday night at 120 W. 2nd St. in Leadville, or set up a free ride by calling The Pastime at 719-486-9434.