My Name Is... Joe Barnholt

Lakewood resident and band member

Posted 10/31/19

About me I was born and raised in Denver, but I moved out to Lakewood five years ago. I went to Colorado School of Mines, but I am currently a project manager with a software company. Over the …

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My Name Is... Joe Barnholt

Lakewood resident and band member

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About me

I was born and raised in Denver, but I moved out to Lakewood five years ago. I went to Colorado School of Mines, but I am currently a project manager with a software company.

Over the summer, I did quick recap videos of Lakewood City Council meetings on my Facebook page. It was a great experience for me, because it gave me the opportunity to understand the facts of what’s going on. I want to start doing them again.

I think things like local politics and community involvement motivates the people that have been in a community forever. It’s the people who have lived in a community for 50 years who want to build the community for the next 50 years. For me, I believe we need the people who are going to be here for the next 50 years to build the community for the next 50 years.

A lot of people my age might not know the night of when a city council meeting is, or where it might be at. I don’t have any agenda. I just want to be a beacon of knowledge.

Rocket Surgeons

I didn’t start playing guitar until I was 20. I picked it up when I was a resident assistant in college. I figured I was going to be sitting around a lot by myself, and I needed to pick up a hobby that didn’t involve staring at a screen.

One of my friends growing up was into music production and thought we should start a band. Our band Rocket Surgeons has been around for 10 years after a few lucky breaks.

We put out a song called “The Broccoli Song.” Somehow, a vegan backpack company found the song and shared it on its Facebook page. The backpack company only had 22,000 followers, but it got shared on there. Now, the video for the song has 50 million plays on Facebook and half a million on YouTube.

We play around four shows a year and luckily for us, we’ve never had to make it big. It gives us a lot of freedom. When I have time, I teach kids in the neighborhood how to play guitar.

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