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Photos of Gary Numan from 2017 Savage Tour

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailIn the beginning of the year, I walked out of the DNCE show amazed at the performance I had just witnessed. It was incredible. I feel like Gary Numan wrapped up 2017 just like that for me – with an electric display of music and charisma at Denver’s Gothic Theatre. Most
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Hometown For The Holidays Photos 2017 #HTFTH

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailYet again, KTCL Channel 93.3‘s Hometown For The Holidays concert pretty much was the Christmas party for our Denver music scene. The three finalists (Iolite, VYNYL and Wildermiss) from the annual song contest performed, and every single one killed it. But in addition to the performances, many local musicians showed
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Say Anything Photos From Summit Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThe band Say Anything was formed in 2000 by Max Bemis and has released seven albums to date. This year marked the 10th anniversary of In Defense of the Genre, so the band spent two nights at Summit Music Hall playing three albums. I was there for the second night
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My Body Sings Electric 10th Anniversary with Slow Caves + Modern Suspects

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailTen years is a long time for anything – especially a band. My Body Sings Electric celebrated a decade together this month with a series of shows up and down the front range, including Denver’s Marquis Theater. They shared the festivities with Slow Caves and Modern Suspects, who made the
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Too Many Humans + CITRA at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI 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
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Riu Palace Las Americas Cancun: Luxury All-Inclusive For Adults Only

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailNote: Riu Hotels provided my stay, however all words and photos are mine. I saved my fave for last with my Cancun resort reviews of the year. I really enjoyed my stay at Riu Palace Las Americas, an adults-only paradise on the north side of the hotel zone. Slightly smaller
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The Revivalists Return To Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI remember a few years ago, my friend Amy said, “you NEED to go see The Revivalists.” Sadly, that didn’t happen for me until this summer’s Westword Music Showcase, but she was absolutely right. We all NEED to go see The Revivalists. Lead singer David Shaw has a commanding presence
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2017 Indie Music Playlist (375+ Songs!)

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailOn the first day of every year, I create a new playlist and add new songs I like along the way – for the entire year. I will still add a few from now until the end of 2017, but it’s mostly holiday songs being released this month (check out
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Channel 93.3 Top Ten Hometown For The Holidays (HTFTH) 2017

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailHave you heard about the Hometown For The Holidays song contest from KTCL Channel 93.3? Every year, our local DJs like Alf and Nerf are sent hundreds of entries and then a panel of local music peeps vote anonymously to help narrow down the entries. The result is ten songs
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Photos: Lost Lake Festival Phoenix Day Three

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI’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
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List of Denver + Colorado Travel Blogs

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThere is so much to do here in Denver, and it’s also a great hub for travel bloggers to visit parts unknown. Below is a list (in alphabetical order) of Denver and Colorado blogs that write about travel or the best adventures to have locally. shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+
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Future Islands at Fillmore Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailYou know a band is killer live when the photographers in the pit are making OMG faces as each other during our three songs. That was the case when Future Islands played Fillmore Denver recently. Frontman Samuel Herring was all over the stage – and not in the usual “oh
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Muse, Thirty Seconds To Mars + PVRIS at Red Rocks: Another Stellar Lineup

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThis year at Red Rocks has to be the one for well-matched trios of bands playing together. In September, Muse returned to Denver’s favorite venue after a 10-year absence with a very, very, very sold-out show that also included Thirty Seconds To Mars and PVRIS. I had never seen Jared
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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Photos From Denver With Trombone Shorty

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThe first time I ever saw Red Hot Chili Peppers live was Lollapalooza 1992. I don’t remember much else about that day besides the Chili Peppers, and how good they were live. I’ve seen them several times since – including their 2012 stop that we brought our then 10 year
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Authority Zero Photos From Denver’s Summit Music Hall

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI 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
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Photos: Lost Lake Festival Phoenix Day Two

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailWow. 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 –
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Foster The People Photos From Fillmore Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI have a weird obsession with tracking how many times I have listened to songs and I can tell you that Foster The People’s “Houdini” is way, way up there for me. Embarrassingly so. The whole Torches album just makes me happy and I love the latest Sacred Hearts Club too
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Concert Lighting Advice For Bands from a Photographer

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI have been a concert photographer around Denver for about eight years and it’s been an amazing ride. I love photographing every kind of band in every kind of venue – and I have even started traveling to do it. Here in Denver, we have venues of every size, which
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Hotel Riu Palace Peninsula Review: Luxury and Ease in Cancun

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailNote: Riu Hotels provided my stay, however all words and photos are mine. I was lucky enough to add a day at the beginning and end of my recent trip to Tulum to visit Cancun for the first time – and two Riu resorts: The Riu Palace Peninsula and the
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The Lumineers at Fiddler’s Green in Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailA Denver band that I am shocked I had not seen live until recently is The Lumineers. They moved here from New York in 2010 and played the Meadowlark’s open mic night regularly, so I definitely missed out. It took two nights of sold out shows at Fiddler’s Green for
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My Body Sings Electric + Chemistry Club at Levitt Pavilion

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailRemember summer? And how the new Levitt Pavilion had a bunch of local Denver backs to kick off their first season? Yeah, totally! That’s just me, catching up on photos right on time for a band’s next show. My Body Sings Electric in particular will be celebrating their 10th anniversary
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Photos: Lost Lake Festival Phoenix Day One

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThe 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
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Young The Giant, Cold War Kids + Joywave: Perfect Red Rocks Lineup

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailLate 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
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Airplane Mode and The Outer Vibe: Coming Home To Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailTechnically neither Airplane Mode nor The Outer Vibe are Denver bands, but we claim them. Dave Wiskus from Airplane Mode used to live in Colorado – we first met during that time – although he and his bandmates are now based in New York City.  And I met The Outer
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Interview with The Still Tide – Getting Ready For Red Bull Sound Select

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailFeature photo by George L. Blosser As Denver’s music scene continues to grow, it’s always a pleasure to chat with people you have admired but never got a chance to meet. Case in point is Anna Morsett, who I did actually see and photograph when her band, The Still Tide,
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Photos from Denver Zombie Crawl 2017: Blood and Clowns

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailDenver Zombie Crawl returned to the Mile High City with a vengeance this year. Sure, since the date for the event was a bit earlier than normal there was perhaps a bit lighter attendance (not much), but our Colorado undead were no less enthusiastic. In fact, I would say the
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So Much Love: Amy + Nick Wedding Photos

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI don’t often photograph weddings but when I do – it’s the most fun when it’s friends. Nick and Amy are half of a fantastic band in Fort Collins named Post Paradise and we have been going to their shows for years. I was honored to capture their special day
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Tulum Mexico Hotel – La Zebra: Luxury in the Heat

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI just returned from Mexico and it’s exactly what I needed. Rest, relaxation, sun, great food, drink and, most importantly, friends. The lovely Andrea was about to turn 40 years old and had a terrific idea. “How about I gather as many gals as possible from around the world to a
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Dear Mom

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailFirst of all, happy birthday! Normally at this time, we would be sleepily gathering around the speaker phone to call and sing as off-key to you as possible. Secondly, we miss you. It’s been a rough seven months since you passed, both for our family and for the world. I
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311 + New Politics Crush Levitt Pavilion Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailSometimes a concert can simultaneously be awesome and a pain in the ass, right? That was the case for 311 and New Politics in Denver recently. Both bands sounded great, especially New Politics – who are starting to be somewhat of an obsession for me to photograph. But as this
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Interview With Tim McKeon, Co-Creator of Odd Squad + Will Vs. The Future

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI used to be an ambassador for PBS KIDS and the only reason I stopped is because my son is now a teenager in high school. Of course, that doesn’t stop us from watching PBS KIDS shows. But working with that group afforded me all kinds of amazing opportunities, including
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Photos: Green Day Returns to Denver for Second Time in 2017

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI was pretty damn excited when I was able to photo Green Day at the beginning of the year and then they came back to Denver again during Revolution Radio? Awesome. Billie Joe Armstrong was in rare form at Fiddler’s Green, as you have probably seen by the videos of
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The Big Moon + Marika Hackman at Lost Lake Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailWhat is not to love about a bunch of ladies who jump out on stage wearing “Kum ‘N Go” t-shirts? English band The Big Moon did just that in Denver recently declaring they couldn’t believe we get away with such a store here (I can’t either, honestly) and they had
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The Ripple Effect of 9/11

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailAround this time 16 years ago, Bryan and I had just decided we wanted to try to have a baby. This is a big decision for anyone, but even bigger for us, who spent a decade swearing we didn’t want children. Then 9/11 happened. It made us question everything, especially
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The Suffers + Other Black at Levitt Pavilion

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ Email“What’s our name?!” THE SUFFERS. “Where are we from?” HOUSTON. It’s a shout-out that lead singer Kam Franklin repeats all through their show, to make sure we know what is going down on stage. This band’s love for their hometown definitely took on a sense of poignancy given the destruction
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Interview with Together Pangea’s Danny: Growing Up But Still Having Fun

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThe band Together Pangea recently released their fourth LP, Bulls and Roosters, and for those paying attention – it sounds a bit different. Perhaps a little less punk and maybe more straight-up rock and roll? I chatted with bassist Danny Bengston about their evolution and all the venues they have
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Welcome to Levitt Denver: UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro + Mickey

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI went to college in northeast Florida and we drove hours to see UB40 when they played at the home of the Gators. It was worth the trek, and I saw them several more times in the late 80s and early 90s. Which is why I was thrilled to see
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A Festival a Day to Celebrate Montréal’s 375th Anniversary

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailNote: Tourisme Quebec provided this trip, however, all words and photos are mine (unless noted). Last year I attended 97 concerts, and in that tally – music festivals were counted as just one. When Tourisme Quebec asked me to join them in Montréal for a “festival a day” over one
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Depeche Mode Concert Photos from Denver’s Pepsi Center

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailIn the week prior to Depeche Mode‘s return to Denver, I got very sentimental on Facebook. This was the band I had seen more often in my lifetime and still listen to at least once a week. “I worked at the mall record store in high school, mainly to fund
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Goo Goo Dolls + Phillip Phillips Concert Photos Denver

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI love when you attend a concert and are completely surprised by how much you like the band. Such is the case for the recent Goo Goo Dolls show at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. Sure, I know all their hits and like them. Who doesn’t? But I *loved* watching GGD
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Tons of Photos from Denver Comic Con 2017

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailEvery year, when I attend Denver Comic Con, I try to lurk in the shadows. Mainly because I like catching people in candid moments rather than setting them up all posey-posey. Not that there is anything wrong with smiling straight into the camera for photos – I just love observing
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No “Both Sides” to Charlottesville

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailLet’s be clear. There is no “both sides” to Charlottesville. Yes, we have free speech in this country and while it’s specifically to stop the government from stopping us from saying whatever we want, let’s not get in the weeds on that one like we always do. Let’s look at
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Photos from Westword Music Showcase 2017

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailYour may notice that it’s August and Westword Music Showcase happened in June. I hate it when people make excuses for late posts, but hopefully I can get a pass after the year I have had? Pretty please? Either way, my lateness is no reflection on the awesomeness of WMS.
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Happy Birthday AMZY

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailI 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
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The 1975 at Denver’s Fillmore – Fun Tunes & Fans

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailSomehow I have missed the band The 1975 on their previous stops to Denver, so I didn’t realize how young their crowd is. I don’t mean that as a criticism; I think it’s awesome that this band’s sophisticated sound appeals far beyond my expectations. Sure, “Chocolate” is pretty pop and
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Project Pabst Denver Photos: Ice Cube, Phantogram + More

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailLife has really gotten in the way of me editing photos lately. Project Pabst Denver happened back in May – I apologize for the tardiness of this post. That is no reflection on the fun; our favorite hipster beer pulled out the stops this year. Headliners Ice Cube, Phantogram, Danny
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40 Years of The Damned – Concert Photos from Denver’s Summit

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailClassic UK punk band The Damned is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and stopped by Denver earlier this year to include us in the fun. Significantly younger but definitely kick-ass band Bleached joined the party. Damned lead singer Dave Vanian had dislocated his shoulder earlier in the tour, but no
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Peelander-Z in Concert is Like Taking Crazy Pills

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailIn a good way, of course. Have you heard of these guys? Peelander-Z is a Japanese pop-punk band and each member goes by the color they wear at the show. Yellow is the ringleader and since they hail from “Planet Peelander,” I can’t exactly tell you his age. Let’s just
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Goodbye Sweet Poe

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailThis is one of those posts I feel I should write, but I don’t have much to say. We’re heartbroken. When Poe came to us, we knew that Bernese Mountain Dogs had an extremely short lifespan, but didn’t quite realize how fast time would fly. Only eight and a half
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Universal Studios Orlando Florida Tips: It’s Not Just Harry Potter!

shares Facebook Twitter Pinterest Google+ EmailNote: Universal Studios Orlando provided two of our six tickets to the park. However, all words and images are mine. Yes, I will admit it. Our original goal in visiting Universal Studios was 100% Harry Potter. We went with our Denver “framily” and all six of us are serious fans,
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