Michael Trundle and two others created Lipgloss 20 years ago. He’s still there getting everyone to dance, and it’s still one of the absolute best parties in Denver. Here’s their description from the website:
Lipgloss is the USA’s longest running indie dance party and takes place every Friday night at Milk Bar in Denver, CO. We play the best in indie & alternative, both old & new, as well as the occasional guilty pleasure. Plus, we have an arcade with 25+ video games, Skee Ball, pool, a photo booth, air hockey and two other dance rooms with monthly rotating themes.
On this week’s show, Michael shares the journey of Lipgloss from inception at a lesbian bar on Broadway, through its various homes in other venues, and finally at its re-emergence post-pandemic just recently. It’s a fascinating story filled on its own, but what strikes me most about this episode is Michael’s candor, the perils of drinking that much alcohol as part of his job, the strangeness of being “Denver famous,” dealing with burnout and fatherhood, and how all of those factors play a role in this story. And of course, the music! He’s pointy and opinionated when talking about how he curates his set and how he deals with requests. I suspect maintaining a strong degree of editorial control no matter anyone else’s feelings plays a key role in his success and longevity.