While it's not exactly listening to Pink Floyd's "The Wall" or playing The Beatles' "Helter Skelter" backwards, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra’s new event, “Classically Cannabis: The High Note Series”, offers Colorado's stoners the best of both worlds: High times, and high culture. And it's BYOC (as in cannabis) to boot.
In an effort to attract new listeners and raise money, the Symphony is cashing in on the marijuana moneymaker with three weed-welcoming summer events. “Part of our goal is to bring in a younger audience and a more diverse audience, and I would suggest that the patrons of the cannabis industry are both younger and more diverse than the patrons of the symphony orchestra”, Colorado Symphony CEO Jerry Kern told The Denver Post.
No, pot can't be purchased on-premises, and no, listeners can’t just smoke a spliff with Statler and Waldorf in the balcony. Instead, the venue will designate an outdoor pot-smoking oasis to suit all needs. And no need to bring Funyuns: Local food trucks will offer plenty of munchies, as well as wine and beer.
Adding to the fun, each event features a theme with appropriate snackage: Pan American Highway, with chimichurri, arepas, and roasted jalapenos; Mississippi Blues Highway, with Chicago dogs, Memphis BBQ, and New Orleans po'boys; and Summer Monsoon, with spiced pork, sesame seed teriyaki chicken, and Filipino empanadas.
To weed out the riff raff, the events admit only those age 21 and over, and cost $75 per person. Concerts will be held May 23, July 18, and August 15 at The Space Gallery in Denver, culminating in a grand finale at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre on September 13.
To be blunt: This summer in Colorado is shaping up to be a rolling good time.
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Sophie-Claire Hoeller is Thrillist's über-efficient German associate travel editor, and she didn't inhale. Follow her @Sohostyle