Illegal Pete’s and Greater Than Collective artists at the 2014 Underground Music Showcase!

UMS Illegal Pete’s and Greater Than Collective are so super  involved in the UMS, we’re pretty much besties. Illegal Pete’s South Broadway is one of the official UMS venues, so we’re throwing a party with amazing music Thurs-Sun {schedule}. Bands playing the UMS get 20% off food at Illegal Pete’s during the UMS. And the bands and comedians we work with on our label, Greater Than Collective, will be out in full force, so make sure to add them to your personal schedule (and download the UMS app, fer crissakes!).

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
Thu, July 24, 2014
11:00 pm
The Hi-Dive {info}

High Plains Comedy Festival Preview
Thu, July 24, 2014
9:00 pm
The Safari Room {info}

Ian Cooke
Fri, July 25, 2014
10:00 pm
South Broadway Christian Church {info}

The Epilogues Presented by Smash Music Management
Sat, July 26, 2014
4:00 pm
Brendan’s {info}

The Epilogues
Sat, July 26, 2014
11:00 pm
3 Kings Tavern {info}

Adam Cayton-Holland’s My Dining Room Table Podcast - Live Recording
Sat, July 26, 2014
4:00 pm
Adrift Bar & Grill {info}

Ark Life
Sat, July 26, 2014
11:00 pm
The Hi-Dive {info}

A. Tom Collins
Sat, July 26, 2014
11:59 pm
The Hi-Dive {info}

Also don’t miss Natalie Tate from Ark Life, comedian Ben Roy’s band SPELLS, and Chris Heckman from the Epilogues' solo set. Put your party hats on kids, we'll see you at the UMS!  


A. Tom Collins, Esme Patterson, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake win Westword Music Awards

Westword had an award’s ceremony this past Thursday night and we are very proud to see 3 of our artists recognized. Also, we absolutely love this photo of Aaron from A. Tom Collins and Jesse from Arklife showing the Greater Than gang sign!!! Thanks westword for recognizing A. Tom, Esme, and Snake Rattle! And congratulations to all the other acts that not only won but received nominations! 

Avant/Pop: A. Tom Collins
Pop/Indie : Esme Patterson
Rock/Indie : Snake Rattle Rattle Snake


Illegal Pete’s/Greater Than to release Ark Life’s “The Dream of You & Me”

When you find a band who you love as individuals, who you love musically, who are committed to touring and working to get their music heard by every living, breathing human being, you just hope that you might have the opportunity to work with them. Today, we are ecstatic to announce that on August 19th, we will  release Ark Life’s debut album, The Dream of You & Me.

One year old and 120 shows in, garage-soul upstarts Ark Life have toured coast-to-coast, sharing stages with Of Montreal, Gregory Alan Isakov, PHOX, The Moondoggies, The Head & the Heart, Mount Moriah, Ryan Bingham, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, Ha Ha Tonka, and more. A mile high rock&roll ocean — equal parts mischief, humor, and heartthrob — they pull as much inspiration from contemporaries like Heartless Bastards, Elvis Perkins, and Sallie Ford as from the band’s enduring loves for Leonard, Aretha, The Band, and the classic campfire singalong. Ark Life recorded The Dream of You & Me with producer Eric D. Johnson (Fruit Bats), and we at the Greater Than Collective will move mountains to make sure as many people as possible hear this album we love.

To celebrate this announcement, we’d like to invite all of you to join us at the Greater Than Social Club on Tuesday, May 13th at Lannie’s Clocktower Cabaret. Ark Life will be playing with their good friend, Kyle James Hauser, and we have an excellent night of comedy as well with Ben Kronberg, Mara Wiles, and Kristin Rand. Cover is $5, the show is all ages, and doors open at 7pm. Please have a drink with us, since you, our dear friends and supportive fans, are one of the reasons we’re all so excited to be working together.

Please enjoy this video from Ark Life’s performance at the Greater Than Social Club last August

Ark Life — “What You Want To” — Live at Greater Than Social Club from Ark Life on Vimeo.

Notable Ark Life Links:
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Terrorbird (Press/Radio)


On Woman to Woman, Esme Patterson speaks for the ladies, responding to famous love songs

Esme Patterson discusses the inspiration behind her new album, “Woman to Woman” in this interview with Westword’s, Jon Solomon. We are so excited to be releasing this album on LP, CD, and digitally on April 1st.


Our end-of-the-year transmission

2013 has been a wonderful year for Denver music and comedy. This year’s Denver Music Summit was incredibly well attended and inspiring for all; and the same folks responsible for the Summit, WESTAF, also successfully executed the IMTour grant, which helps Colorado bands tour the West. Our music scene was talked about in the New York Times, and even on MTV. Our local coverage in Reverb and on OpenAir just gets better and better. And our comedy scene is experiencing a Renaissance right now, with more local talent than ever, the smashing success of the inaugural High Plains Comedy Festival, and a stable of quality comedy nights. Speaking of which, we launched Greater Than Social Club in February of 2013, a cabaret night of the region’s finest comedians and bands, all in the glitzy Lannie’s Clocktower. It’s only getting bigger and better in 2014.

We wanted to take a look back at our year to see how much we’ve grown, and yes, maybe boast a little. But we can’t take all the credit - we owe it to all of you, too, Denver. If you haven’t yet, sign up for our damn newsletter so you can see what we’re up to in 2014 - it only comes once a week.

Click here to read what we’ve been up to.

Happy New Year! Pete, Virgil, Erin, ‘n Amy Greater Than Collective


You may not know this, but Illegal Pete’s runs its own record label, The Greater Than Collective. In partnership with KTCL and their Hometown for the Holidays, we’ve produced this downloadable mix tape featuring tracks from 4 of Greater Than’s artists, The Epilogues, A. Tom Collins, Esme Patterson, and Ian Cooke. We hope you enjoy the music and if you would be so kind, please share this mix with friends. All 4 artists are always playing around the Denver area so make sure you come out and see them sometime. Thanks KTCL for supporting local music and for the opportunity to be on this release.


Video: A Tom Collins “Hospital” Premier via Open Air CPR

A Tom Collins just released a music video for “Hospital”, the first single from their debut album, “Stick and Poke”. Directed by Colin Floom, the video shows Aaron’s death and a New Orleans style funeral procession with friends and fellow band mates. You might even recognize a few faces. Visit Open Air CPR to be the first to watch this video. Hope you enjoy!

The guys leave for tour today and will be playing shows in Texas, Arizona, California, and Utah before heading home to play some year end shows with Reverend Horton Heat and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club. If you know anyone in any of the following cities, please tell them to go and check out A Tom Collins.

Nov 22 - Amarillo, TX at The GoldenLight Amarillo
Nov 24 - Phoenix, AZ, The Lost Leaf
Nov 25 - San Diego, CA at Soda Bar
Nov 26 - Santa Monica, CA at Trip
Nov 27 - Hayward, CA at The Bistro
Nov 29 - San Francisco, CA at Thee Parkside
Nov 30 - Sacramento, CA at Fox & Goose Public House and Restaurant
Dec 01 - Salt Lake City, UT at Burt’s Tiki Lounge
Dec 28 - Colorado Springs, CO at The Black Sheep w/ Reverend Horton Heat and Old Man Markley
Dec 30 - Denver, CO at The Oriental Theater w/ Slim Cessna’s Auto Club
Dec 31 - Denver, CO at The Oriental Theatre w/ Slim Cessna’s Auto Club


Esmé Patterson to perform at TEDxMileHigh on Nov 16!


People all over the world are embracing big ideas with newfound access to information, new concepts, new businesses and new pursuits through the internet and communication technology. Numerous organizations have brought ideas and inspiration to millions, accelerating humanity’s shared vision for a better world.

TEDxMileHigh: Women 2013 is designed to be another piece of the puzzle, bringing big ideas to Colorado through the lens of this year’s theme: “Values and Instincts.” Extraordinary women from various sectors will come together and give the talk of their lives on what they’ve been learning and discovering, sharing it with attendees, and joining the community of action in the Mile High region.

This year’s event will take place on November 16 at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the DU campus, an extraordinary Colorado venue. You’ll experience ideas and action from 10 brilliant thinkers and doers, eat delicious food, and mingle in a post-event cocktail reception with 700 like-minded attendees.

TEDxMileHigh have announced half of their speaker lineup here!

Register to attend the event here!


Adam Cayton-Holland interviews Aaron of A Tom Collins on My Dining Room Podcast

My Dining Room Podcast with Aaron Collins of A Tom Collins

Adam Cayton-Holland has this really great podcast called My Dining Room Table. He invites guests to come chat at his house and he records the conversations. Today, he posted his conversation with Aaron Collins of A Tom Collins which makes him the first musician to be on the podcast. We highly recommend listening to the episode as the guys talk about Aaron’s past band, Machine Gun Blues, the story behind songs “Hospital” and “Us”, as well as music and comedy in Denver.


Not following the traditional label model, Denver-based Greater Than Collective works with a small selection of artists and offers them help with anything the band may need, including but not limited to: promotion, album duplication and music licensing.

Greater Than is run by Illegal Pete’s owner Pete Turner, Suburban Home Records founder Virgil Dickerson, and publicist and founder of the Donnybrook Writing Academy, Erin Barnes.

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