I used to do birthday posts for friends and I am not sure why I stopped. I also used to post a whole lot more, but that is whole 'nother story. Today is the birthday of two AMZY members, another has one next week... and well... Nick's isn't for like nine months but I'll link back to this post for you then, pal. If you have never seen AMZY live, I encourage you to head over to the Engage Festival at Summit Music Hall tomorrow. Of course, since there are more concerts in Denver this weekend than bikes in the Colorado Classic (who is holding a music festival too), I can't be there. But, trust me, I wish I could be. The guys are great live. Fun, talented, nice people.
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.
I really had such a fun night recently. Denver bands AMZY and SF1 played together at the Gothic, my son came with us, I was photographing, Bryan was there too, along with a ton of friends. What more can you ask for? We have known SF1 and his crew for a long time and I swear, every time I see them, I am more impressed. There was no tap dancing at this show, just some good old fashioned hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop music. Is there an old fashioned version of that? Because SF1 merges all those styles together with a fantastic undertone of drums, all while leaping around the stage. SF1 will be at Larimer Lounge tomorrow night with Jen Korte and SIR. Go see them! Our headliner was AMZY, who - did you know - was named after their guitarist's mother? Just like I stole Greeble from Dex (it was his nickname as a baby), the band has appropriated their name from a family member. I certainly acted like their mother that night when Brennan sang from the rafters of the Gothic, meaning I yelled at him to GET DOWN RIGHT NOW YOUNG MAN IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU. Heart attacks aside, AMZY sounded great and I loved hearing their new songs. The band is celebrating a successful Pledge Music campaign for the next album, which should be released in a few months. In the meantime, "Words" is available on iTunes and I look forward to seeing these guys again real soon. AMZY's shows are always a treat and this one was no different.
"I bet you think you're here to see X Ambassadors, right?" That was Sean from AMZY as I walked into Larimer Lounge a few weeks ago, ready to photograph, yes, X Ambassadors. Seems that band, as well as the previous first opening band had to cancel at the last minute and there was a major shuffle in the lineup. Fellow Denver band Medic was brought in and now AMZY would be headlining. Phases (you'll recognize their song "I'm In Love With My Life") continued on with their set, although their night was a little less frenetic as planned - the show had been way sold out. The good news is the place stayed about half full, and more importantly - everything now took on a "secret show" air. There was a certain sense of camaraderie between the bands and the crowd, and I have so say - it was one of the best AMZY shows I have ever seen. The guys even pulled off a cover of X Ambassadors big song "Renegades" with about 10 minutes of practice. Well done, y'all.
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?