The year Colorado Musicians Union got his first big public victory.
Jay Bianchi, Grateful Dead entrepreneur and venue owner accused of sexual assault by one woman and rape by another – claims he denies and calls’ a witch hunt ‘,’ lies’ and ‘attack vicious ”- just announced on Facebook that he is ending his 26-year career as an independent music promoter.
No doubt, it has been a marathon. Bianchi leaves the company with many good memories, but also a record of bad losses and burnt bridges.
But first, he’ll have one last hurray this weekend, at the Melvin Seals and JGB Independence Celebration at So many roads, the last of many places he has been involved with. After that, Bianchi will hand over the reins of the reservation at So Many Roads, which he describes as “the pink highlight of all my creations”, to bartender Erica Morris; restaurateur Tyler Bishop will remain the sole owner.
“Over the years, I’ve always looked for Charlie to inherit the Chocolate Factory, but only one returned the Everlasting Gobstopper to me when I handed it to them,” wrote Bianchi, who thinks he’s a hippie Willy Wonka. “Only one called me every day, or checked in, no matter what, to make sure I was okay. Only one never took for granted what could have been assumed. took me a while to find Erica Morris (had to go through a few false friends), and although she’s a Phish Kid, she’s steadfast and true. She knows, learns and enjoys the fine nuances of Grateful Dead …
“I have found her to be a steadfast and steadfast friend as well as a hardworking and compassionate worker,” he added. “She can’t help but tell the truth no matter the outcome or who it hurts.”
Outside the So Many Roads Brewery and Museum.
In this article, Bianchi offered a poetic reflection on his late brother, Phil Bianchi, and the many sites he ran. “The energy of Quixote’s True Blue made the creation of Sanchos Broken Arrow possible. We filled the places with Grateful Dead atmospheres and we extracted a little bit of happiness. Oh the smiles that emerged from these unpretentious bars fueled by so many dreams and miracles. Those smiles in turn made us smile and we became hungry for smiles, “he wrote.
“We kept looking for what would make more and more people happy,” he continued. “We did festivals, we did events, we did bus rides, we imagined more ways to make people happy in more places and more ways. The Donkey OT / New Speedway Burger , Be On Key Psychedelic Ripple, Owsley’s Crazy Diamond as well as appearances at the Oriental Theater, Sculpture Park and Civic Center Park. We took risks and we made mistakes. Sometimes mistakes were financial disasters and emotional. “
One of Bianchi’s high-profile disasters occurred in 2018, when he “kicked” staff, as he described the incident to Westword, and later took a hit with musician Aidan Pagnani, one of the union’s founders.
At a protest last month outside So Many Roads, where dozens of protesters chanted “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Jay Bianchi has to go,” Pagnani told him: “My name is Aidan , and you tried to punch me. Everyone in Denver hates you. ”
When Pagnani asked Bianchi if he would commit to leaving the Colorado music scene, the entrepreneur remained silent and unmoved. But now Pagnani has his answer.
“It’s a victory for the community,” said Sarah Mount, saxophonist and co-director of the Colorado Musicians Union. “It’s a victory for Denver, for the musicians, for the potential victims who could have been.”
Mount acknowledges that Bianchi has had a huge impact on the scene, but says her legacy has been tarnished by her inability to pay fair rates (and sometimes anything, she says, an accusation Bianchi denies) as well as her bad treatments. staff and musicians.
“All of these horrible people have the ability to do creative things,” says Mount. “It doesn’t change the fact that they’re awful people and they use these creative things to manipulate, like a blow of force. It’s still disappointing. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone tried to do this. its better and not to do that shit? “
Bianchi, in turn, accuses Mount and Pagnani of attempting to launch a political career through false accusations and their work with the union. He took advantage of his departure announcement on Facebook to throw a few punches at the union and its accusers, lamenting that the charges against him have not been withdrawn.
Morris, who is still in talks with Bianchi over the details of the transition, backs him, noting that in the five years she has known Bianchi, she has never seen him engage in predatory behavior. She was frustrated at how quickly the accusations spread on social media, she adds, and as a sexual assault survivor herself, says it hurts to see people accuse Bianchi of aggression.
“Jay has always been nice to me, and I’ll be the first to say, yes, he can be an asshole, but there’s a difference between being an asshole and being a sexual predator,” Morris says. “They are two very different things.”
The Colorado Musicians Union, Morris, and Bianchi have one thing in common: They all wonder if there really is a Denver Police Department criminal investigation into Bianchi.
The DPD has repeatedly refused to comment on such an investigation in order to Westword. And Bianchi, who says he heard rumors that police are planning to raid So Many Roads on July 1, insists he wants to take a lie detection test and have the whole body examined. case in court.
“I have a feeling that the truth will eventually come out, and I will have… everyday will be pretty good,” Bianchi said. “Who knows? I mean, maybe it won’t come out. Maybe what I think is right isn’t. You know? I feel like I’m doing as well as I can. Being the face of a place for 26 years – and it’s rock and roll – things can get weird. So, yeah. Me, being the lonely face of a place isn’t useful, you know? “
So where is he going to take his face next?
“I don’t feel like I have to do anything,” Bianchi replies. “I can go write a book. I don’t want to be hassled. I definitely don’t want to be hassled for something I haven’t done.”
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