Neil Street’s Aroma Café was once an acoustic hotspot for the CU community. The coffee shop and eatery hosted a series of performances appropriately titled Acoustic at Aroma, from 2005 until 2008 before taking a brief hiatus from its status as a primarily unplugged venue.
Following recent music-centered visits—the most current being Friday, May 22’s book reading and song performance by the Outnumbered front man turned Pansy Division superstar Jon Ginoli, Aroma will return to a regular series of performances starting on Monday, June 8 with Road Song and Megan Johns at 8 p.m.
As explained by booking collective The Red Crate, the new initiative will be called the Music Maker series, and aims to “bring music lovers together and encourage singer/songwriters to strut their original stuff.” Though the previous Acoustic at Aroma series was a weekly venture on Thursday nights, the Music Makers series is geared towards the preferences of the participating singer/songwriters with performances throughout the week. The hour long time slots are for original music and those that want to “tell their stories in venues that feel like home.”
Performer Megan Johns shared her enthusiasm, stating “I’m extremely excited to be coming back to Aroma! Playing outside in the cafe’s alleyway is one of my favorite things to do in the summer, and the atmosphere is always laid back and enjoyable.”
For more information on the Music Makers series and The Red Crate, visit www.red-crate.com. Don’t miss the first installment on Monday, June 8 at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge for the performance, however, Aroma Café does have a wide selection of both hot and cold beverages, as well as food ranging from sandwiches and wraps to salads and cheese and hummus plates.
“Get out and enjoy the weather, some live music, and some tasty Aroma treats and refreshments!” Johns said.

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