The Humbuckers' Chuck Montera on his Herman's Hideaway show - Reverb

The Humbuckers’ Chuck Montera on how to attend a Herman’s Hideaway show

Reverb chatted with the Humbuckers' Chuck Montera in advance of the band's Herman's Hideaway show. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Reverb chatted with the Humbuckers’ Chuck Montera in advance of the band’s Herman’s Hideaway show. Photo courtesy of the artist.

On Saturday, Herman’s Hideaway at 1578 S. Broadway will spotlight three Denver-based bands: The Humbuckers, Chris Daniels & the Kings and Hazel Miller. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Guitarist Chuck Montera riffed on a few questions with Reverb in advance of the show.

How did The Humbuckers come to open for this triple bill? 

Mike Roth and Chris Thomas at Herman’s like to pair us with heavy hitters in the Denver music scene, like Hazel and Chris Daniels. This is our 23rd show at Herman’s, and we play there almost exclusively. We’ve also shared the stage with The Samples, Opie Gone Bad, and B.J. Thomas.

Why is this show a cool warm-up for Valentine’s Day? 

All three bands will play dance-heavy sets. If you like to dance with your significant other, this is the show for you. And if you happen to be single, you’ll have no problem finding a dance partner.

What’s your earliest musical memory?

Around 1971, when I was 5, my mom was running errands. She left me in the car with the radio on. “Light My Fire” by The Doors came on.

When did you first take up guitar?

I was at CSU; I was 19, bought a cheap Yamaha acoustic and learned guitar by playing along with the Neil Young album “Decade.”

What’s your dream guest gig with any band? 

Foo Fighters, hands down. Dave Grohl loves to collaborate. Plus my wife has a huge crush on him.

What’s your favorite compliment to the Humbuckers?

The best comment I’ve ever received is, “You sound like my iPod because of the variety of music you play.”

Any tips about attending shows at Herman’s Hideaway?

Arrive early if you want a table. Or, for an addition $10 per person, Herman’s offers reserved VIP seating that includes a free round of drinks, but those tickets need to be purchased online in advance. Wear shoes you can dance in: Herman’s has a large dance floor.

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Colleen Smith is the author of the novel “Glass Halo” and the gift book “Laid-Back Skier” by Friday Jones Publishing.