St. Patrick's Day is a big holiday in many cities. In Denver, it means Keggs & Eggs, a morning concert put on by KTCL Channel 93.3. Morning... meaning REALLY REALLY REALLY early. This year, the show moved to Blake Street Tavern but continued to be as packed as ever, even with an overflow parking lot and jumbotron to broadcast out there. There was tons (and I mean tons) of green Coors Light and great bands to enjoy it with. American Authors, Bishop Briggs and Bryce Fox played throughout the day and Denver's great weather delivered - with temperatures near 80. Spring has officially arrived!
My pals at KTCL Channel 93.3 know how to throw a party. So much so that it took me more than a month to recover and finally edit the photos from this year's Keggs & Eggs. If you have never attended, this concert extravaganza starts at 7am on a Friday... in the Spring... in a bar... in LoDo - and as you can see, things get a little crazy. Green beer, Bloody Mary's and tons of great bands. The day is especially fun because these are big bands playing in a space that is much smaller than you would normally see them. Awesome music on St. Patrick's Day = FUN.
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]
Every St. Patrick's Day, our local indie radio station KTCL Channel 93.3 throws a party called Keggs & Eggs. This year it fell exactly on St. Patrick's Day, which happened to be a Thursday, which pretty much created a four-day weekend because who wants to go back to work after drinking at 7am? The bands playing this year were locals AMZY, Saint Motel and also locals Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
Keggs & Eggs 2016 was as awesome as ever!The line started to queue up the day before - who wouldn't want to see these three great bands in a small bar like LoDo's? And green Coors Light (a sponsor of the event) was flowing right away. Nerf kicked the morning off and all the DJs were live from the event all day.
Guys, bear with me for second here. It's going to sound like I am ragging on KONGOS, but I really more raising a question. Not that I expect them to answer, so perhaps it's a bit of rhetorical question, but here goes. Why do bands have crappy lights while photographers are in the pit? Seriously. I'm seeing this more and more and am completely baffled. Do bands want to have bad photos taken? In the case of KONGOS, it was incredibly dark with only strobe lights during the first two songs. As a photographer, that is when you "spray and pray," meaning you just shoot shoot shoot and hope you get something, anything. We only get three songs, but luckily on the last one, the curtain fell and glorious lights came up behind the band, not to mention electronic screens. I know that bands are doing what they feel is right for them and their fans - but I really don't understand why the good lights come on later when no one is photographing. Again KONGOS, love you, you're talented, entertaining, great show... but I walked away from the pit and looked back, then my jaw dropped as all these beautiful lights were floating down on the front row full of cell phones.