Mile High Life

Hold it right there, expert tells Jay Z

Column by Penny Parker
Posted 6/9/15

Mega music mogul Jay Z's claim that "water is free" in a March New York Times article prompted Denver Water spokesman Steve Snyder to set the rapper straight in an open …

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Mile High Life

Hold it right there, expert tells Jay Z


Mega music mogul Jay Z's claim that "water is free" in a March New York Times article prompted Denver Water spokesman Steve Snyder to set the rapper straight in an open letter posted on the Denver Water blog. You could say that Snyder was madder than a wet hen over the misguided remark.

Here's part of the letter:

"Dear Jay Z,

First of all: Big fan! I've listened to your music for years; I've admired how you've become much more than an entertainer, and you have perhaps the coolest line I've ever heard, 'I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man.'

But recently, you made a comparison about water and music. And since water is my business, I have to say, 'Stick to your own business, man!'

I get what you are saying. Artists should be paid for the music they create. But to say that 'water is free while music is $6' isn't exactly true ... Right now, Denver Water customers pay an average of less than $3 for 1,000 gallons of water. When you think about how much a gallon of milk or a liter of soda costs, water is a pretty good value. And if you compare your monthly water bill to your other bills like electricity and phone, the value is even better ...

To put it in perspective, here are some examples of how much water you could buy with the money you have:

  • Your last album, 'Magna Carta Holy Grail,' sold 528,000 copies in its first week on the market. At $6 each, that's more than $3 million. You could buy 1 billion gallons of water for that, enough to fill 1,600 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
  • At one point, you were reported to have a net worth of $510 million. When trying to calculate how much water you could buy with that, my calculator short-circuited. But I think we are getting into ocean territory with that figure. Or at least a good-sized gulf.

Yours in rap, Steve Snyder"

Oakwood Homes concert series

Oakwood Homes has announced the lineup for its Annual Summer Concert Series, a five-concert series at the Community Amphitheater in Town Center Park at 4890 Argonne Way.

The Oakwood Homes Concert Series is a community gathering, concert and celebration. Guests may bring a picnic dinner and soft drinks in cans or plastic bottles. Pets and barbecue grills are not permitted at the amphitheater on concert days. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the amphitheater in accordance with Denver Parks and Recreation ordinances.

All concerts are free, open to the public, and subject to rescheduling because of bad weather. Plenty of free parking is available next to the amphitheater in the Oakwood Homes parking lot. Visit for more information.

City gets sandy

In partnership with 9News, the Arvada Chamber of Commerce's annual Sand in the City Festival is June 27-28 at Ralston Park off 64th Avenue and Simms Street. It offers free fun for the whole family, including:

  • Access to view giant sand sculptures
  • Live music on a full stage
  • Local vendors offering tons of shopping, food and beverage choices
  • The Kid Zone with activities for kids of all ages including a giant sandbox, bouncy castles and games
  • Craft beer from local breweries
  • VIP area in which to relax and enjoy Arvada's own sand beach

The event raises funds and awareness for the chamber and the city's many business, nonprofit and community offerings. Don't miss out on your chance to play in the sand and sun!

For more information, visit

Golden celebrates Ansel Adams

Foothills Art Center in Golden hosts "Ansel Adams: Masterworks," a traveling exhibition of photographs by legendary photographer Ansel Adams (1902-1984). The exhibition, which begins June 12 and runs through Aug. 30, consists of 48 works from the Museum Set, a portfolio hand-selected by Adams to represent his best work.

Adams long has been recognized as one of America's premier photographers. Born in 1902, Adams grew up in San Francisco. He was introduced to California's Yosemite Valley during a family vacation at age 14 at the same time he was given a No. 1 Brownie Box camera. 

Foothills Art Center is located at 809 15th St in Golden. For hours or more details, visit or call 303-279-3922.

Rocky Mountain Pinball Expo

Lone Tree is the place to be for you pinball wizards or wannabes from June 12-14.

The Denver Marriott South at Park Meadows, 10345 Park Meadows Drive in Lone Tree (near Interstate 25 and Lincoln Avenue) is hosting the event that will feature more than 150 pinball and arcade video games to play for free. Play for fun or in tournaments for all ages and skill levels. See the latest pinball and classic arcade movies and attend PinChat seminars hosted by big names and local favorites.

Admission: $25 adult; $15 ages 7-12; children 6 and younger free.

For more information, visit or call 303-938-9889.


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Penny Parker's "Mile High Life" column gives insights into the best events, restaurants, businesses, parties and people throughout the metro area. Parker also writes for You can subscribe and read her columns (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) at She can be reached at or at 303-619-5209.


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