It's apparent I love local music, so, of course, I loved the first ever 303 Music Fest from 303 Magazine - which celebrated our local Denver scene. Sure, just as is true of any first-time event, there were some snags, like the whole thing kicking…
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 love the Denver music scene, right? I love it even more when every band on a show is local, and awesome. In particular, when long time friends In The Whale put on a show, since they are out on tour so much lately, it's a priority to go see them no matter who they play with. But they had One Flew West and CITRA on the bill too - basically trifecta of awesome. In The Whale are just two guys who somehow fill the room with great rock and roll. I still have no idea how they do it, but I think it has something to do with talent and grit. It's been a thrill to watch them build a following all over the country at music festivals like Austin City Limits and Lollapalooza or supporting mega-acts like Jane's Addiction and The Toadies. But when they come home, it's still just two guys having fun playing music to a room full of friends.
In The Whale / One Flew West / CITRA Concert Photos
Recently I sat down with 3/4's of a new Denver band called CITRA. Brandon, Augie and Sean met me for margaritas at Mezcal while Dan was home with the flu. I had been enjoying their debut EP Ocean and was excited to chat.
Welcome to Denver, CITRABrandon and Augie are recent transplants from Milwaukee but didn't know each other before arriving in Denver, while Sean is from Philly and Dan grew up in Florida. I thought they were joking as they called themselves a "Craigslist Band" - but it's true. For the most part, Brandon put an ad out and found the others that way. It came together quickly though; they started playing in October and finished the EP in four months. Personally, I couldn't believe how polished it sounded but the guys explained how they had all been playing in bands for years and also, Augie is an audio tech for his 9 to 5. Ahh - it all makes sense now.