Raconteur Denver Presents First Adventure

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Raconteur Denver Presents First Adventure
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Raconteur Denver Presents First Adventure says
What was your first most memorable travel experience? Where did you go? What did you hear, see or feel? Hear the tales of Pete Bellande, Oren Silverman, Anika Zappe and phenomenal raconteurs from our audience.

From an early age, Pete has always enjoyed telling stories and making others laugh. He may even be good at it. When not airing dirty family laundry in front of an audience, Pete can be found playing in the mountains or exploring different city neighborhoods. Pete works as a Realtor in Denver and lives in the Five Points neighborhood with his partner and animals.

Oren hasn't traveled a ton, and will tell you all about it. Recent tellings have appeared awkwardly in the break room, Barracuda's, and on Skype. There have also been a few poems. He lives in Denver for now.

Anika started playing music at a young age. And when paired with growing up a punk in the 80’s, it’s easy to see how a performing in bands and finding ways to support that passion came naturally to her. While forming and playing in bands such as the Hectics, the Superbees, and Hemi Cuda, Anika used bartending as her flexible yet dependable enabler. Her years with the infamous band Hemi Cuda lead to world tours, adventures and opening for bands like the White Stripes and Gwar. From her days behind the bar over 20 years ago at the PS Lounge on E Colfax (where a star bearing her name still hangs on the wall today), to managing the notorious 15th St. Tavern venue (where many soon to be famous acts debuted in Denver) to writing the opening cocktail programs at Root Down and Linger and her current job with the world’s largest liquor company, she’s a pioneer in music and cocktails in Colorado. And yes, that Fine Art degree looks great on the mantle next to her award from The Colorado Bartenders’ Guild for Best Dirty Joke Teller (3 years-in-a-row). Can she buy you a drink?
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