The Exodus

19th and Lincoln st, Denver, CO

The Exodus was one of Denver’s most prominent nightclubs for its folk scene in the middle of the 20th century.  They had a level referred to as the “Catacombs” where the majority of the people socialized and could listen to local and traveling music passing through Denver.  For the majority of the 60s and 70s the club hosted a wide array of musicians from Judy Collins to Doc Watson and became a staple in the folk scene.  In 1964, the club starting introducing more rock and roll acts to attract more that their standard folk audience, which upset a number of loyal customers, and it is thought to be one of the reasons the Exodus closed in 1982.


Written by: Kaleigh Coleman



Judy Collins performs at the Exodus

Judy Collins rose to fame for her classically trained piano skills while she was a child, however it was not until she began singing folk music in her twenties that she became a house-hold name.  During the 1950's she performed many shows at the hotspot, The Exodus, and it was there where she was discovered and signed to her record deal with Elektra Records of New York City.  The Exodus was a known location for up and coming folk singers to gain exposure and a following, which Collins used to her advantage.   Written by: Kaleigh Coleman

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