Denver Zombie Crawl returns to 16th Street Mall for Halloween fun in 2016
Oct 2016

Photos from Denver Zombie Crawl 2016 – Creepy Fun on 16th Street Mall

It’s that time of year again! We are close to Halloween, which means Zombie Crawl takes over Denver’s 16th Street Mall with some really outrageously creepy costumes. Given the state of our election, I expected an onslaught of Trumps, but only saw a few and they always had a Hillary on their arm. The zombie zeitgeist this year was full-on Day of the Dead, with multiple examples up and down the mall.

It’s the 11th anniversary of Denver Zombie Crawl and this year it also fell squarely on founder Danny Newman‘s birthday. Personally, I can’t think of a better present than tens of thousands of costumed creatures taking over downtown.

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Garbage and Shirley Manson at Denver's Fillmore Auditorium in 2016
Oct 2016

Garbage at the Fillmore in Denver

Garbage. When I say their name, invariably someone starts singing a line from their favorite song – usually “I’m only happy when it rains.” Personally, my fave is “I Think I’m Paranoid,” and while there are a ton of great tunes to choose from, be sure to go listen to their 2016 album Strange Little Birds, because it stands up to any of the old records.

I had never seen Garbage, much less photographed them, so I was pretty pumped for the Fillmore show. It was the perfect venue for them – large enough to accommodate all of us who had waited forever to see them, yet small enough to still feel intimate. It was pretty clear the stage was almost inadequate for Shirley Manson – just because she was quite the tigress as she prowled back and forth with immense stage presence and a killer voice. (Although perhaps I should have said like a cheetah, since that’s the animal all over the album.)

Manson was in the mood to chat as well, and goof around with her bandmates. As you can see from the photographs below, her dress was all fringe and apparently she was leaving pieces of it everywhere. In between the camaraderie, there was some great rock and roll music.

The band continues their tour here and abroad through almost Christmas, so be sure to get out and see them.

Garbage Concert Photos

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Hall & Oates headline Red Rocks with Trombone Shorty and Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings
Oct 2016

Hall and Oates Sing Their Hits at Red Rocks

Hall. And. Oates. You guys! As a teen of the 80s, I could sing along with every song this duo played during their stop at Red Rocks, and most of the crowd was right there with me, even in a torrent of rain. Yeah, it was pretty clear they have slowed down as they approach their 70s (no one informed their hair of their impending age), but I never thought a Hall and Oates show in 2016 would be anything other than a trip down memory lane.

What did surprise me was the choice of highly hip and energetic openers, Trombone Shorty plus Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Sharon is 60 herself and battling cancer, but you would never have guessed that as she bounced around the stage. I have photographed Trombone Shorty once before, and he continues to be an absolute powerhouse.

Thank you all for the night of fun and nostalgia!

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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village and Fun Fall Activities
Oct 2016

YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village + Fall Activities

Recently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new “yurt village” at YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away.

The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have some luxuries… you know – like electricity and beds. Each yurt can sleep up to 6 people, with one queen bed and two bunked beds.

And! You can bring your dog. Something I will definitely keep in mind for next time.

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Riot Fest Denver Day 3 - Concert Photos
Oct 2016

Riot Fest Denver Photos: Chevy Metal, Bad Religion, NAS

Here is it, finally. My final post from the final music festival in Denver this year. Riot Fest Denver Day 3 culminated with the reunion of the *ORIGINAL* Misfits, who have pretty much hated each other for 30 years. I have no idea how they pulled this off, other than perhaps some massive therapy. They sounded great, but sadly, no photographers were allowed in.

It happens… and also allowed me to run over and catch NAS, who put on a killer final set of the day.

My other standout, of course, was Chevy Metal. I was surprised as I listened to the crowd discussing the band, reading directly from Riot Fest’s description. “A 70’s rock cover band?” I wanted to scream back at them: “WITH TWO FOO FIGHTERS, YOU GUYS!”

I ain’t gonna lie. Photographing Taylor Hawkins, perhaps my favorite drummer ever… that was f-u-n, FUN.

Everyone else I got to that day was incredible as well. Bleached, Flatbush Zombies (including their awesome romp through the crowd), Bad Religion and especially Gogol Bordello rounded out a day that started great and just kept going.

Thanks again for an awesome weekend, Riot Fest. Can’t wait to see what tricks you pull out of your sleeve in 2017.

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