Late in the summer, music lovers had a special treat. Young The Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave teamed up for an incredible night at Red Rocks. I'm pretty sure it was the best overall lineup of the season, as each band is uber-talented in their own right. Together? Pure magic. I was lucky enough to interview Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, last year and it's been marvelous to watch their continued rise as on the best indie bands around. The new Cold War Kids album is by far my favorite and Joywave is that quirky fun band you can't wait for everyone to discover. Or maybe not, because you also want them to be just yours alone, right?
Last month, I interviewed Young The Giant's drummer in advance of the Denver Bud Light Party. It was a fun night - full of music, the arts - and of course, beer. Young The Giant released their latest album Amerika that same week, and if you haven't listened to it yet - be sure to check it out. It's their best yet (in my opinion) and I was blown away by their live show. Young The Giant returns to Denver for two nights at the Ogden Theater in early November. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] Live street art at Denver's Bud Light Party[/caption] Opener The Strumbellas were also lots of fun, and big crowd pleasers. These guys return in December for KTCL Channel 93.3's annual Not So Silent Night music festival - and tickets for that go on sale this Friday.
You guys! I was lucky enough to chat with Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, ahead of their appearance at Denver's convention stop on the Bud Light Party tour. We only had a few minutes, but he was super nice as we talked about their new album Home of the Strange and working with Bud Light. If you aren't sure what the "Bud Light Party" is, exactly - they have been throwing FREE concerts all over the country with all kinds of bands and artists to highlight diversity and fun during this crazy election season. It's not about politics, it's about getting together with your pals and caucusing for a good time. Rules to win tickets differ by city but check out the site to get yours (21+ only). In Denver, we were lucky enough to have The Strumbellas and Young The Giant perform at the Fillmore Auditorium, with art installations, photo booths and lots of free Bud Light. All while seeing two great bands most of us would absolutely have paid to see. Thanks Bud Light!
There have been a lot of great double-header shows coming through Denver lately. Vinyl Theatre and Finish Ticket were at the Bluebird for a sold out show that pretty much made the street shake.
Finish TicketI have photographed Finish Ticket before, at the Higher Ground Music Festival in 2014, and they were even better the second time around. Their new single "Color," is picking up steam but the previous album Tears You Apart is a killer listen as well. Added to the fun tunes is a GREAT live show. Lead singer Brendan Hoye is expressive and all over the stage, which frankly makes is hard for me to catch the other members of the band. (i.e. I promise I am not obsessed with him, as most of the shots are of him). Finish Ticket has several more tour dates this summer, including Bonnaroo - so be sure to check them out.
Note: Nokia provided travel to Firefly Music Festival but all words and photos are mine.Have you heard of Firefly? I grew up near Annapolis, but this music festival in Delaware had started well after I moved to Colorado. My friends from Nokia Lumia asked me to join them there, allowed me to invite Monika, and introduced me to more of their friends while we all proceeded to try out glamping. No typo there. Glamping. Meaning a fancier version of camping, which suited Monika and me just fine.