I'm almost sad that this is my last post of photos from Lost Lake Festival 2017. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely consider going back next year. I also loved how each day had a tone for the style of music - Day 3 was geared towards EDM and hip-hop fans. I got to see a bunch of bands all together that I might not go see separately and all of them blew me away. I particularly enjoyed headliner Odesza, who brought the drums - marching band style. I was also impressed how several acts worked through intense heat that was causing technical glitches - even after equipment was wrapped up in solar protection. And everyone was friendly - for example, Murs came out to the pit and shook fans' hands before his set.
Wow. Day two of Lost Lake Festival really kicked it into gear. The crowds were measurably larger - I am sure in part that it was a Saturday, and also certainly due to the killer (hahaha) lineup. I had so many photos; below is only a fraction of them - I had to cut them significantly to get the gallery to actually load! One of the main reasons I attended Lost Lake was to see The Killers and they did not disappoint. Of course, they have now added a Denver date in February, so I am excited to see them twice in such a short time period. Another big highlight of the day was Huey Lewis. Yes, I am a child of the 80s and I love 80s music and I love how much this hip, indie music crowd loved Huey.
The people behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands (as well as another festival coming to Denver next year) have created a new event in Phoenix called Lost Lake - not to be confused with our local dive bar Lost Lake. Lost Lake, the festival, attracted over 45,000 attendees in its first year to see over 50 performances. Headliners included The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer and Odesza. I was thrilled to photograph the 3-day extravaganza that also highlighted local chefs, breweries, and artists. Having attended many music festivals, I was super impressed with Lost Lake's organization and staff. The three stages were nicely stacked one after the other so you could easily flow back and forth, with food and drinks lined up along the way. Cell service was a little spotty - much like it always is when you cram that many people in one place - but you could hang out in sponsor Miller Lite's pop-up bar to charge your phone, upload photos and, oh yeah, chug beer. People warned me the weather would be scorching hot in Phoenix, and sure it was warm, but 80s-90s is perfect for music spectating - especially in October as the temperatures start to drop here in Denver. Beyond that - the lineup was insane. As with any good music festival, I discovered new (to me) bands that I now love like Striking Matches and Playboy Manbaby... and just as I expected, groups like Haim and Pixies plain old killed it. Thanks for the fun, Lost Lake and Superfly - we'll be back next year!
I have known Mark from Too Many Humans for quite a while. I photographed his previous band, Wiredogs, many times. Recently I finally got to shoot Too Many Humans - and lucky for me, CITRA was the opener. The place was Denver's Lost Lake Lounge (not to be confused with the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix that I recently covered). Lost Lake is one of my favorite music venues in Denver - but it's dark and small. Which makes for a great show - and tough photography. No matter for bands like TMH and CITRA. They had the whole place raging along with them. Be sure to check out Too Many Humans' excellent new album You're On Your Own. Also, CITRA has their own album release party on February 3rd at an equally small, dark and fun Denver venue, Hi-Dive on South Broadway.
CITRA Concert Photos
I have wanted to see Authority Zero for a long time. Even more so since my pal Dan Aid joined the band. I finally got my chance when they came back to Denver's Summit Music Hall recently. (I also just missed them in Phoenix: they played Punk in Drublic which was the same weekend as Lost Lake Festival.) The band is as dynamic as you would expect. Lead singer Jason DeVore was all over the stage with Dan doing his now-patented high kicks right next to him. It was a loud, sweaty, fun crowd who loved every minute of it. Right now, Authority Zero is touring Japan to promote their new album, Broadcasting To The Nations. But personally, I can't wait for them to make a roundtrip right back to Denver.