What's the music and musician scene like in the Denver/Boulder area? Any members here from there? Any jazz or R&B or funk or soul? Or is it strictly rock? The wife is interested in moving there.
There's a thriving "indie" scene here. Original bands are doing fairly well. Cover bands are really struggling though. Very few places willing to pay enough to make it worth it, and the market is flooded with hack 'weekend warrior' hobby bands willing to play for next to nothing. As said above it can be tough to find decent musicians to play with; there's a small local group of serious musicians, but a lot of them have been driven out of town by the flood of hobbyists and guys who just want to be in a band to drink and try to score points with the girls in the bar. There are quite a few good outdoor festivals and fairs in the summer, but the winters are a bleak affair for bands.
If you're talking about getting into playing in the local scene weddings and special events are where it's at. There are tons of conferences and retreats in the metro area, and up in the foothills and there are good gigs and good money to be made in that market.
I have a childhood friend who plays in Denver. He's in a band that's pretty well-known from what I can tell, and it's how he makes his living. He gigs a LOT. I don't believe they are a cover band either. I think they do originals and throw in some dance covers, depending on the venue.
I've seen Wendy...she opened for Eric Johnson years back when he came to Colorado Springs. She's good.
Wendy Woo Band
Hahaha that's awesome.... we've shared a bill with them a few times. They are great... I actually lent Wendy my amp once when she had issues with her's during a gig. They are a very successful band with a loyal following... you should be proud of your friend!