News: Legendary Englewood music hub to close its doors this weekendBy Reverb Staff | November 24th, 2011 | 1 Comment »
Acoustic Music Revival — the downtown Englewood guitar shop where musicians jammed, took lessons and got guitars strung — is closing.
Its website, acousticmusicrevival.com, says some instruments, fixtures, posters and memorabilia are still available.
Doors will be open for the last time from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The stock includes a custom Robert Benedetto archtop guitar, priced at $19,999. Benedetto is one of the foremost makers of archtop guitars in the world.
Shop owner Bob Laughlin wasn’t available for comment but said on his blog that the demise of AMR will put 12 people out of work.
The dean of Denver’s folk scene, Harry Tuft, owner of the Denver Folklore Center on South Pearl Street, lamented the loss of one of the three acoustic-music stores in the metro area. Arvada is home to the Olde Town Pickin’ Parlor.
“It’s a great loss for the community. The community is better when there are more shops,” Tuft said. “I think he fought the good fight. I think expenses versus income just didn’t make it.”
Tuft, who founded Swallow Hill Music Association, will celebrate 50 years in business at the Folklore Center in the spring.
Steve McMillan is the Business editor at The Denver Post.