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President Trump

117 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI can’t believe I am even typing those words. What started out as a joke on a gold elevator will be, in about 15 minutes, our commander and chief. I am not going into the reasons he is unqualified; there are many. Nor I am going into all the bad things
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Hometown For The Holidays: Photos of Iolite & Redlands

48 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailObviously, I love local Denver music, and especially the celebration that is Hometown For The Holidays. KTCL Channel 93.3 hosts an annual contest that encourages submissions from Colorado bands, who are then narrowed down to ten finalists for us to choose from. The top three play a concert together at
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Outlook Lodge: Mountain Resort Near Colorado Springs

89 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailRight before Christmas, we were invited down to Outlook Lodge, a quaint getaway near Colorado Springs. The building itself has been there since 1889 but was completely renovated with modern upgrades that still reflect its original character. Think rich wood, luxurious fabrics and pine trees all around as you settle in
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Alice In Winterland: Photos of Fitz And The Tantrums & Gavin DeGraw

83 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI would say that Fitz and The Tantrums are becoming my muse, but if you look at any concert photo of them – it’s not me, it’s them. They are one the most photogenic and fun bands on the planet. Which is why I was absolutely thrilled they were headlining Denver’s
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Sara Watkins & River Whyless Give Beautiful Performance at Larimer Lounge

40 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailSara Watkins was (and is) an original member of the band Nickel Creek, but has released several solo albums over the years. Her latest, Young In All The Wrong Ways, really touched me and I listened to it on repeat many a day last year. Thus, I jumped at the
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Best Denver Concert Photos 2016

457 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIt’s been another fantastic year for me on this blog, even though 2016 hasn’t been the best year all around. I have been lucky to shoot Denver concert photos with some of the greatest photographers around, at some of the best venues Colorado has to offer. I attended 97 concerts total
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The Palm Denver Brunch + Bus for Broncos Games (Free Valet!)

26 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailOK, yeah, so… 2016 doesn’t seem like the Broncos’ year. But they are rebuilding, right? Not that I even know what I am talking about since I an about as unknowledgeable about sports as they come. But one thing I *do* know about: BRUNCH! It’s pretty much my favorite thing if
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Not So Silent Night Denver – KTCL Channel 93.3’s End of Year Concert

146 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailEvery year, Denver’s alternative station, KTCL Channel 93.3, throws a holiday party for their fans. It’s called Not So Silent Night, and every year gets more crazy. The 2016 lineup included 888, Jr Jr, The Strumbellas, Kaleo and Empire of The Sun. All of which put on great sets, but
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The Fray Concert with American Authors at 1stBank Center

105 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThis week, 303 Magazine asked a bunch of Denver music people questions to round up 2016 and one of them was “who is your favorite Denver band that has made it big?” I almost said The Fray but didn’t, because that just seemed like *too* much of an obvious choice. But the
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The Yawpers Unleash Gritty Rock at Denver’s Bluebird Theater

19 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe Yawpers have been around so long, so it’s crazy to think their show last month at the Bluebird was my first time photographing them. I can’t even count the times I have seen them live; it’s been many. And they are so good. Lead singer Nate Cook is all over
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FIDLAR and SWMRS Concert at Gothic Theatre

48 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI’ve seen FIDLAR once before, at a small club, and the crowd was raucous. But their November 2016 show at the Gothic Theatre with SWMRS was way different. Bordering on out of control – in a good way. Perhaps it was angst over the recent election, but the air was
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Slow Caves at Lost Lake in Denver

53 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email2016 has been a weird year all around, but there are still many things to celebrate. A great example is Slow Caves. This band from Fort Collins (who have been all but adopted by Denver) made some major waves this year. They released a new video and were nominated for
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Best Songs of 2016 Playlist: Alternative, Indie, Rock + Pop Music

88 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIf you follow me on Spotify, you know I am ALL about my playlists. I start a new one at the beginning of every year and add to it religiously every week. My “Best Songs of 2016” playlist ended up being nearly 300 tunes, my largest yet! When people say there
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The Faint and Gang of Four at Gothic Theatre

16 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe Faint has been together as a band since 1995 (what!) but I discovered them in the mid-2000’s. I especially love the song “I Disappear” but there is plenty of great stuff from their most recent albums. I enjoyed them in concert too, although I will say the show was
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Lovely Family Suites in Lisbon: Martinhal Chiado

77 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI was recently in Lisbon, Portugal, for Web Summit and had planned to stay near the conference the whole time. It was a wonderful surprise when Martinhal Chiado Family Suites reached out and asked if I would like to stay with them for part of my time in their town. They had
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Christmas Music Playlists: Indie, Rock, R&B and Chill

117 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI love Christmas music, and I have been building my main playlist for years. It’s now nearly 375 songs or almost 22 hours. For 2017, I promise to get it over a day’s worth! For 2016, I spent some time splitting out the styles, so now I have an “Upbeat Christmas” and
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AMZY at Denver’s Bluebird with Popfilter and Hive Riot

61 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI 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. 61 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Email

 

Denver Bands: In The Whale, One Flew West and CITRA

66 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI 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
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Tiny Home Vacation in Colorado: Wee Casa

403 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailYou have seen the shows about tiny houses, right? Have you ever stayed in one? Have you ever thought about a tiny home vacation? A tiny home is typically under 500 square feet and they have become popular because of their small impact on the environment and our wallets. We have
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Top Ten Bands: Hometown For The Holidays (HTFTH) 2016

23 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIt’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
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Grouplove and Muna at Ogden Theatre in Denver

28 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI fell in love with Grouplove with Never Trust a Happy Song in 2011 but I had never seen them live. I had no idea what to expect. This indie band is pretty eclectic and has evolved quite a bit over the years. I certainly wasn’t expecting the explosion of
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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at Denver’s Ogden

35 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailEveryone has always said how great Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (BRMC) was in concert. They are right up my alley music-wise, with a cool mixture of American and English alternative rock, and have been recording since 2001. What the hell was I thinking waiting until 2016 to see them live?
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Concert Photos: Phantogram at Fillmore Denver

39 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailPhantogram in concert was exactly what I thought it would be and the photos prove it. Dark, moody, sexy and fun. The duo released their third album, aptly titled Three this year, but I have to say the song “Fall In Love” from 2014’s Voices is the one that really
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Bastille + Andrew McMahon: Jeep on The Rocks Concert Photos

60 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI have been lucky enough to photograph both Bastille and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness separately before – but what a treat to have them play together for this year’s Jeep On The Rocks. This season at Red Rocks was phenomenal, and this show was a definite highlight. Andrew McMahon
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The Cult Concert Photos from Denver’s Ogden Theatre

73 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe first time I saw The Cult was in 1987 when they opened for Billy Idol. My husband was there too, but we had not met yet. It was back in Maryland and I always wonder how close we were to each other in the crowd. I was thrilled to
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Media Literacy for Parents, Teens and Seniors

203 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI am not exactly part of the “Sandwich Generation” because I do not care for elderly relatives, but we have been in charge of our parentals’ technology for at least a decade… and while our 14-year-old son is starting to compete with our knowledge on the subject, we have been on his case
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Coming Home To A New World

23 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe last two weeks have been a flurry of flights and European cities. I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon for the first time, a conference where the world’s tech community comes together to exchange ideas. I was there by myself, which was a bit isolating and overwhelming, but also
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Last Night In Lisbon

5 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailTonight is my last night in Lisbon (technically I am in Sintra right now). I leave for Paris tomorrow and then home Sunday. I have been here for the Web Summit, with its 53,000 attendees. Sure SXSW is big but this is international big. It was also highly focused on
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Interview With The Band Streets of Laredo

16 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailRecently, I got on the phone with Dan from Streets of Laredo to talk about their album, their tour and our mutual love of Neil Finn. This kiwi band is actually the culmination of several other bands when brothers Dan and Dave came together to make new music. Disillusioned from his
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Tears For Fears and Robert DeLong at Red Rocks

23 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIt was such a thrill to photograph a Tears For Fears concert – for the second time – but this go-round at our amazing Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Last time was just a year ago, my first time ever seeing them. For 2016, we photographed from the soundboard, which is always a challenge
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Nothing But Thieves and July Talk: Photos from the Marquis

41 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe self-titled debut album by Nothing But Thieves was one of my favorite albums of 2015. Since it’s release, I have been lucky enough to see the band twice, and took photos the second time. They have a gritty live show, with the rest of the band rocking out behind
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Photos from Denver Zombie Crawl 2016 – Creepy Fun on 16th Street Mall

96 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIt’s that time of year again! We are close to Halloween, which means Zombie Crawl takes over Denver’s 16th Street Mall with some really outrageously creepy costumes. Given the state of our election, I expected an onslaught of Trumps, but only saw a few and they always had a Hillary
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Garbage at the Fillmore in Denver

115 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailGarbage. When I say their name, invariably someone starts singing a line from their favorite song – usually “I’m only happy when it rains.” Personally, my fave is “I Think I’m Paranoid,” and while there are a ton of great tunes to choose from, be sure to go listen to
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Hall and Oates Sing Their Hits at Red Rocks

27 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailHall. And. Oates. You guys! As a teen of the 80s, I could sing along with every song this duo played during their stop at Red Rocks, and most of the crowd was right there with me, even in a torrent of rain. Yeah, it was pretty clear they have
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YMCA Snow Mountain Ranch: New Yurt Village + Fall Activities

74 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailRecently, we headed up the hill from Denver to check out the new “yurt village” at YMCA’s Snow Mountain Ranch. Sometimes we Denverites forget how much beauty is so close to us, just a quick drive away. The yurts are a great option for families that want to camp, but still have
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Riot Fest Denver Photos: Chevy Metal, Bad Religion, NAS

53 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailHere is it, finally. My final post from the final music festival in Denver this year. Riot Fest Denver Day 3 culminated with the reunion of the *ORIGINAL* Misfits, who have pretty much hated each other for 30 years. I have no idea how they pulled this off, other than
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PaintCare “Use It Up” Recycle Contest for Colorado

0 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI love how things come together fortuitously. Recently, I was chatting with friends in the social media world about all the projects I have been doing – and want to do – around the house. A big one for this fall includes painting my bedroom – the first time it will be
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Riot Fest Denver Photos: Ween, Sleater-Kinney, DeVotchKa

52 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe second day of Riot Fest Denver was full of surprises for me. Sure, I liked the bands playing, but none of my absolute favorites happened to be on the schedule. What surprised me is that many of the bands I did see on day two blew. me. away. In particular,
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The Head and The Heart: Red Rocks Concert Photos 2016

11 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI’ll be honest. I came late to The Head and The Heart party. Everyone told me how great they are, and I liked their music, but I didn’t LOVE LOVE LOVE any of their songs till this year’s “All We Ever Knew.” That’s a tune I could play over and
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Riot Fest Denver Photos: Fitz And The Tantrums, Death Cab For Cutie, Jane’s Addiction

375 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailAnother awesome year for Riot Fest Denver! While everyone was highly anticipating the Misfits reunion on Sunday night, I was most excited for Friday. It was jam-packed with alternative rockers and it was impossible to get around and photograph them all. I managed to catch Motion City Soundtrack, The Aquabats, Fitz
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Kool Koncert 2016: Huey Lewis, The Fixx, Go-Go’s, Kool and The Gang

27 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailEvery year, Denver radio station KOOL 105 puts on a music festival called the “Kool Koncert” which brings together some of the best acts from our past into one concert. This year featured The Fixx, Kool & The Gang, The Go-Gos’s, plus Huey Lewis & The News. So, yeah, another stellar
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Young The Giant and Strumbellas at Denver’s Bud Light Party

71 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailLast 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
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Back To School Means Back To Our Front Porch

25 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailMy son turned 14 today. And he started 9th grade a few weeks ago. He is always the youngest in his class, but has always been ready for school. For the first day, we have do a photo on the front steps of our house. Although, as I went back through the
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The Unlikely Candidates’ first time at the Moxi in Greeley

16 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI often talk about how lucky we have been to become friends with bands as I photograph shows and Texas band The Unlikely Candidates are a prime example. Although the joke is, they tour Colorado so much these days, we all consider them Denverites. (Not “native,” of course, because after
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Soul Rocker Michael Franti at Red Rocks

101 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailMany times my music posts aren’t your typical concert reviews, because the photos are my main priority, and also – I almost always come from the position of a fan rather than a music critic. This was especially true for Michael Franti’s return to Red Rocks this summer. It was
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LCD Soundsystem Lights Up Red Rocks

9 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailLCD Soundsystem played Denver’s iconic Red Rocks for two nights this summer and pretty much tore the house down. The large ensemble lead by James Murphy may not have moved around the stage very much, but their music sure made the crowd move – a lot. It’s been a decade
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Family Adventure: River Drift in Costa Rica

56 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThere are so many adventures from our travels over the past year that I feel like I haven’t even been able to get to just because life moves so fast. One of them is the River Drift we did in Costa Rica right after ziplining near the Arenal volcano. Sky Adventures offers
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The Joy Formidable Rocks Out Bluebird Theater

9 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe Joy Formidable is a Welsh band who got together almost a decade ago – but I really clicked with them on their new album Hitch. (If I had it on vinyl or cassette tape, I would have worn it out by now.) I was thrilled to photograph them at Denver’s
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Notes from a DieHard Music Fan (Win Your Own Fan Experience!)

8 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailNote: I was compensated for this post. However, I was happy to write about my love of music and concerts! We’ve all heard of DieHard, right? But did you know everything they actually do? I didn’t – before they asked me to help spread the word for their “From The Start”
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Rob Zombie and Korn at Fiddler’s Green

49 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailEveryone always told me how amazing both Rob Zombie and Korn are in concert, and THEY. WERE. RIGHT. Their recent show at Fiddler’s Green in Denver may be among my favorites of the summer. Talk about a visually stunning, dynamic group of performers. Both bands. Creepy and cool. Korn continues
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