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UMS: Underground Music Showcase

June 16th, 2018
UMS

I know we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when the Underground Music Showcase announced business will continue as usual this year. The 18th annual festival floods the streets of South Broadway July 27th-29th. This musical monstrosity is always one for the record books, and this year will be no different. The UMS started in 2001 as a way to give Denver underground bands some well deserved attention. The beginning was humble; four bands, five-dollar tickets, and a packed Bluebird Theater. From there it rapidly grew each year eventually becoming a three-day festival with hundreds of bands... Read More

fooLPRoof

June 9th, 2018
fooLPRoof

There’s a wonderful new addition to the art district in Rino. Now at 3240 Larimer street, fooLPRoof is a contemporary art gallery, and it really is a must-see. The creative Director behind fooLPRoof is Laura Phelps Rogers. She’s a highly accomplished artist whose work has been featured nationwide. Her numerous achievements include the 2016 Award of Excellence from The Sculptural Precedent, The 2013 Emmanuel Gallery Juror’s Choice Award, and the   Colorado Artists Guild’s Best Sculpture in 2012 among many others. Rogers has worked closely with the local art community for a number of years.... Read More

Westword Music Showcase

June 2nd, 2018
Westword Music Showcase

Since 1995, the Westword Music Showcase has been bringing Colorado’s top bands to the Golden Triangle. This much anticipated event is returning once more on Saturday, June 23rd. Because of the number of bands, attendees, stages, and the sheer size, it blurs the line between a concert and a festival. Two main stages are set up for some big name headliners, but the focus is mostly on local music.  Months in advance hundreds of bands and solo acts are nominated and voted on by fans to find the crème de la crème of the Colorado music scene. It is, of course, a democracy. The top 75 get a chance... Read More

Arise

May 26th, 2018

Once again summer has come. The season of tan lines, patios, dog parks and feature hikes. The bicycle shops are stocked up on spandex and everyone and their mother is training for a 5k (I believe in you and you’re killing it). A-Basin has once more closed for the season, so the parking lot volleyball games will be moved to Cheesman Park until two weeks before Halloween when everyone becomes preoccupied with costume ideas. I have a kind of Groundhog Day test for summer, it’s not official until you hear someone say “You call this hot? I’m from Texas!”. Not to worry though, when ski season... Read More

Girls Rock

May 19th, 2018

I have this friend, Elle, and she’s a saint. She’s always volunteering and bettering the world. So, I wasn’t surprised when she said she was working with a summer camp for kids. The more she told me about Girls Rock though, the more impressed I became with the entire idea. I’ll describe it as not your typical summer camp, but that definitely doesn’t do it justice. Girls Rock is a music day camp for girls and non-binary individuals ages 8-14. They strive to get instruments into the hands of the youth and help them achieve their musical aspirations. Kids are dropped off at camp and split... Read More

Five Points Jazz Festival

May 12th, 2018

Annual festivals remind me of holidays without the cooking hassle. I get that magical childlike excitement not so different from long ago Christmas mornings. I remember the good times from prior festivals and all the food truck delicacies I consumed. I think of sunshine and the subsequent sun burns. I think of the friends I made in beer lines. I think of great music, dancing bodies, and smiles on every face. All of these wonderful things and more can be found at the upcoming Five Points Jazz Festival on May 19th. Since 2003 we’ve enjoyed this fantastic all ages celebration of jazz music and the... Read More

7th Circle Music Collective

May 5th, 2018

DIY venues are the lifeblood of the local underground scene not just in Denver, but in cities everywhere. They give people spaces to exhibit their artistic expression in ways that aren’t just commercial. They keep live music accessible and introduce the next generation to bands they would never have heard on the radio. When you go to a one of these shows, you’re not just part of the crowd, you’re part of the experience. They’re typically found in more industrial parts of town. Usually the stage is a section of floor in a living room or a garage or the corner of a warehouse. The band members... Read More

Grandoozy

April 28th, 2018

Denver has long been in need of a giant music festival. Several have been attempted in recent years, but nothing has stuck. Lucky for us, Superfly is giving it a shot this summer. They’re sponsoring a new event called Grandoozy, September 14th –16th. With huge names and more than 35 artists already announced, it’s looking pretty epic. Festivals of this magnitude tend to book artists from a bunch of different genres. Grandoozy follows suit with a focus on rap and rock. The full daily schedules haven’t been announced yet, but we do know the headliners. Friday night features Kendrick Lamar,... Read More

Spectra Art Space

April 21st, 2018

In the spirit of journalistic integrity, I have to admit I have a slightly biased opinion about this week’s location. I already knew how rad one of the owners was prior to writing this. But don’t let my conflict of interest dissuade you from checking out Spectra Art Space on South Broadway, it deserves all the praise I can bestow. I stopped in for the first time a few days ago and saw my friend Sadie Young, the mastermind behind the operation. Spectra opened just last year at 1836 S Broadway and its already well established. The entrance to the gallery opens up into a large main room. There... Read More

Lion’s Lair

April 14th, 2018

I try to spread the word about a wide range of places to see art or music or even just grab a quick drink.  Everyone has different taste pallets when it comes to entertainment. That being said, my cup of tea is a glass of whiskey, preferably at a dive bar. Nothing beats a small, grungy hangout with cheap drinks. Throw in some local bands and save me a bar stool by the weirdos. The Lion’s Lair fits the bill perfectly. Naturally it’s on Colfax, the proverbial Vegas strip of dive bars. It sits at 2022 East Colfax Avenue next to End of Days Tattoo. The faded blue and gold storefront with its roaring... Read More