Fascism In The Denver Music Scene – 2019 Report

This post was contributed by Safe Scene Denver.

This is a 2019 year-end report on the state of the Denver music scene as fascism creeps across the globe. The music scene in general is part of the battlefield in a propaganda war being pushed by white supremacists.

The current situation with a white supremacist in the White House, economic uncertainty, and a lack of communication between elements of the music scene has resulted in a situation white supremacist bands have been able to exploit. Inexperienced and/or desperate club owners, inexperienced and/or lazy talent buyers, and naïve ideas about private business’ duties to host hate speech in the guise of free speech, have created gaps in procedures that should be in place to keep the music scene inclusive for all types of humans, regardless of race, religion, disability status, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other factors that people have been discriminated against for. Having Nazis at shows excludes people. No one is under any obligation to “include” Nazis like they are a traditionally disenfranchised group- they have made the poor choice to be Nazis, and that should not confer privileges.  No one has a “right” to performance space in private businesses.  Businesses are required by law to be accessible to all the types of humans Nazis would like to see eliminated from the planet.  Businesses should be given support for this, not for enabling Nazis.  A diverse music scene is a strong music scene.  Larger venues book touring bands that are profitable.  Smaller venues need to keep an eye on who they have in there, not just the profit motive, because it can have a lasting impact on the community in which they are situated.

Fascist Black Metal Comes to North Denver via Derek Pettinelli (Updated)


Derek Pettinelli’s Permanent Dusk Productions has renamed themselves and their Facebook page to Death Potion Productions.

A post for a show booked by Permanent Dusk Productions

When we hover over the “Permanent Dusk Productions” text, it shows us the Death Potion Productions page, which tells us they simply renamed the PDP page after we exposed it as another Metal DP front.

Metal DP promoting the same show.


November 17, 2019

Derek Pettinelli aka Metal DP moved his fascist black metal fest to The Roxy Theatre in Five Points under the alias Metal Wolf Booking on November 16th after Antero Hall cancelled on them in response to our reporting. A number of bands dropped from the lineup and the festival was cut to one day, but due to the fascist sympathizers at The Roxy Theatre, the show went on.

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Bad Aktors: How White Supremacy Hijacks Music Scenes

From Rocky Mtn Revolution

For generations, social movements have relied on the power of songs. From Woody Guthrie to Anti-Flag, left-leaning activists have used music as a medium to convey messages of social change and bring people together. However, this tactic has not gone unnoticed or unduplicated by members of the reactionary right. Members of music scenes, especially those in the more aggro of genres, rock, punk, metal, are no strangers to having their movements hijacked by members of the reactionary right. Continue reading “Bad Aktors: How White Supremacy Hijacks Music Scenes”