Yet again, KTCL Channel 93.3's Hometown For The Holidays concert pretty much was the Christmas party for our Denver music scene. The three finalists (Iolite, VYNYL and Wildermiss) from the annual song contest performed, and every single one killed it. But in addition to the performances, many local musicians showed up to cheer on and hang out. I have no idea how Nerf was able to tell the difference in the crowd (he actually used an app to measure the noise level and I know it was really close) ... but in the end, the "live crowd fave" was Wildermiss, who walked away with the top prize from the music survey votes too. In my opinion, any of the three could have won - or any of the top ten, for that matter. 2017 was stellar for Denver bands. Congrats to everyone involved, and here's to another great year!
Have you heard about the Hometown For The Holidays song contest from KTCL Channel 93.3? Every year, our local DJs like Alf and Nerf are sent hundreds of entries and then a panel of local music peeps vote anonymously to help narrow down the entries. The result is ten songs that are played on air for a week and then voted on by any music nerd who has signed up for the KTCL surveys. The prize? Personally, I think it's the radio airplay - but the band that comes out on top plays at next year's Westword Music Showcase and Not So Silent Night - as well as winning valuable studio time in Colorado's famous Blasting Room.
Obviously, I love local Denver music, and especially the celebration that is Hometown For The Holidays. KTCL Channel 93.3 hosts an annual contest that encourages submissions from Colorado bands, who are then narrowed down to ten finalists for us to choose from. The top three play a concert together at Summit Music Hall and two different prizes are announced. There is the Performance Award - gauged by applause - which was narrowly won by former finalists Pandas & People. (Seriously, Nerf had to use a noise-measuring app to figure it out.)
Hometown For The Holidays 2016 WinnerThen there is the Song Contest winner, who will open next year's Not So Silent Night. Redlands took that prize for their song "Big Talk" and have had a steady stream of shows since then (Next up: February 4th with Shatterproof). [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] DJ Alf holding the sign for Redlands during HTFTH 2016.[/caption]
It's officially the holiday season in Denver! Alf announced the top ten bands for this year's Hometown for the Holidays song contest at Not So Silent Night this weekend. They are listed in alphabetical order below with their song and social media links. I am lucky to know several of them but can't wait to cheer them all on as KTCL Channel 93.3 starts putting their songs on the air. The free HTFTH concert (unless you want the VIP upgrade) is December 17 at The Summit. Previous winners AMZY are headlining and the top three bands (as voted by us music nerds!) will battle it out for the top prize. See you there?
It's a big tradition at Channel 93.3's Not So Silent Night concert: the Top Ten finalists of Hometown For The Holidays are announced. This song contest has become such an ingrained part of the Denver music scene that some bands specifically record songs just for it. Every year, after musicians from all over Colorado (not just Denver) have submitted their songs to KTCL, a committee that represents a wide variety of music professionals gets together to listen and rate. The list is narrowed down to the Top Ten which is, as I mentioned, announced by DJ Alf during the annual Not So Silent night music festival (which was last night... I think... if I can remember through my massive hangover).
Every year, Denver's alternative station, KTCL Channel 93.3, throws a holiday party for their fans. It's called Not So Silent Night, and every year gets more crazy. The 2016 lineup included 888, Jr Jr, The Strumbellas, Kaleo and Empire of The Sun. All of which put on great sets, but I would have to say my favorites were openers 888 and headliners Empire of The Sun.
Not So Silent Night Denver 2016 Concert Photos
888Denver band 888 won last year's Hometown For The Holidays contest, and the biggest prize from that is opening next year's NSSN. But this band didn't sit around waiting for Christmas. They have been touring just about everywhere and their hit song, "Critical Mistakes" has racked up over 2.2 million listens on Spotify. I can't wait to see what they are up to for 2017.
I counted up how many concerts I will have attended in 2016 by the December 31st: 97. Ninety-seven. That included several multi-day festivals, so more than 25% of my year was spent at shows. OMG. Which band did I go see the most? AMZY.