As I keep plowing through my thousands upon thousands of photos from Denver’s Underground Music Showcase, I now have Day 3 ready to go. Saturday at the music festival is ALWAYS my favorite because of the SpokesBUZZ party. This non-profit does so many great things for the Colorado music scene, not the least of which is hosting a special day at UMS. They are a music incubator that helps train and launch bands in all areas of the music business. I love to support them, so Irish Rover became my second home.
My two big music discoveries that day were The Burroughs, a soulful group that were pretty much too big for the stage, both physically and musically (so we made sure to see them at the church later in the evening)… as well as Itchy-O, a bad-ass marching band that took over the unofficial Mutiny area between Broadway and Lincoln Streets. As with most things in life, Monika was already well aware of both these groups, and in fact – had she not grabbed me by the ear and pulled me into the street – I would have missed Itchy-O’s Rio De Janiero party atmosphere of giant monsters and flames right here in Denver.
Also in abundance (again) were appearances by violin player Josh Lee, who just this week won a long-fought immigration battle. If you saw “Free Josh Lee” t-shirts around any previous UMS, you know what I am talking about. We’re glad it’s all worked out so he can continue with his band Eldren, as well as sitting in with pretty much EVERYONE else in town.
Basically, Saturday at UMS was awesome. Well done, Denver bands!