Denver, Colorado is the de facto capital of the Rockies region of the United States, as it is by far the largest city in the Mountain time zone and serves as a cultural and economic hub for that part of the country. Known as the "Mile High City" due to its elevation above sea level, Denver has grown significantly over the past 50 years and now truly rates as a "major league" American metropolis. However, for many people, the closest they'll ever get to experiencing Denver is through a dish consisting primarily of eggs, i.e. the Denver Omelet. As with many worthwhile creations, the birth of the Denver Omelet is shrouded in mystery. It isn't mentioned in connection with the city's birth in 1858 and in fact isn't seen in any kind of written accounts until approximately a half century later. The most common belief is that the Denver Omelet is a descendant of what is known as a "Western Sandwich." This was a food popular with cowboys in the latter half of the 19th century, consisting of egg, diced ham, onion and bell peppers (other ingredients, such as cheese, have also been added over the years, but this is the basic deal) served on a sourdough roll. The Denver Omelet came into being when Eastern visitors to Denver asked to hold the bread. Some believe that the Denver Omelet was first created by Chinese railroad workers in the American West, a theory proposed by noted chef and food writer James Beard among others.
Regardless of what you believe about its history and birth, the Denver Omelet is an example of the simple rising to the level of the sublime, at least when prepared with precision and style. As with many of our favorite foods, the Denver Omelet first arose out of necessity and was comprised of easily obtainable foods in situations where not much fit that description. It is a classic example of taking what you have and making something great with limited resources.
On Friday, March 7th at Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado, Electric Six will walk upon a stage and make the best of the tools at its disposal in an attempt to entertain the Crazies of Denver for approximately 70 minutes, inclusive of encore. Much like the cowboys of the 19th Century, Electric Six travels the country lightly, taking only what it absolutely needs to ply its trade and survive from one day to the next. Many rock bands have compared themselves to cowboys but in some of these instances, the correlation falls flat. No cowboy was ever jetting from town to town in a mechanical bird fllled with groupies and pornographic films and leather pants. No, cowboys were struggling from place to place, fighting their way through an inhospitable environment to carve out a living and, in the process, a nation. This is much closer to what Electric Six goes through on a daily basis. Electric Six is fortunate that in the modern era, one has the Cracker Barrels, the Jason's Deli's, the Noodles & Company's of the world to sustain it. It is not limited to surviving off what meager elements might be available on the trail as those cowboys were 150 years ago. Yet, Electric Six can relate to the story of the Denver Omelet and thus Denver itself. Electric Six does not have fancy pyrotechnics or a spinning drum ball within which Percussion World plays. Electric Six instead draws upon a limited palette to create its art, but in the end the sublime arises from simple components. On Friday night, Denver Crazies will see this happen in front of their very eyes. How could you live with yourself if you fail to pay witness?