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No “Both Sides” to Charlottesville

22 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

119 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

23 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

42 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

131 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

17 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

20 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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

88 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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!

100 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest 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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The Unlikely Candidates in Fort Collins

26 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailDenver likes to adopt bands. Not that we really need to, since we have a robust music scene right here in the Mile High City – but after bands start coming back over and over, we tend to think they are ours too. This is true for The Unlikely Candidates,
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Westword Music Showcase (WMS) 2017 Promo Code

62 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIt’s almost here! Westword Music Showcase (WMS) is right around the corner and you better have your tickets. Wait, you don’t? I can help! Use discount promo code GREEBLE at checkout for $30 off GA (General Admission) and VIP tickets. Better hurry; prices will be rising soon! You don’t want
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Interview with Glen Phillips of Toad The Wet Sprocket: New Album & New Life

663 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailWhen I checked Glen Phillips’ Wikipedia page (just to make sure I had my facts straight), I realized I am only about 6 months older than him. So, while I was working at the mall, he was starting Toad The Wet Sprocket. I discovered them in college (didn’t we all?) and
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Denver Nerd Prom 2017 – MC Lars, MegaRan & Andy Rok

38 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI have to apologize to Nerd Prom Denver for the lateness of this post, seeing as the geekfest actually happened in April. But their founder Andy Rok is out at the Wonder Woman movie with my husband this very moment, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to catch up
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Photos: Minus The Bear with Beach Slang at Summit Music Hall

29 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI fell in love with Minus The Bear on their 2010 album Omni, but that was actually their fourth. In 2017 the band released Voids, their first album without drummer Erin Tate. Leader singer Jake Snider’s vocals are just as distinctive and the group is just as good live. They played
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Treefort Music Festival is a Great Way to Discover Boise (Concert Photos)

186 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailNote: My trip was sponsored by Visit Boise. However, all words and images are mine. I had heard of Treefort Music Festival in recent years because Denver bands have been steadily playing it, and speaking highly of it. I was thrilled when the Boise Visitor’s Bureau asked me to come in,
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Family Fun at Great Wolf Lodge Colorado Springs

98 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailNote: Our stay was sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge. However, all words and images are mine. We had never been to a Great Wolf Lodge before they asked a bunch of Colorado bloggers to visit for the opening weekend of their Colorado Springs resort a few months ago. They chose the Centennial
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Green Day & Against Me Concert Photos from 1st Bank Denver

260 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI have wanted to see Green Day in concert for a good long while. It was insane to finally photograph them along with Against Me at 1st Bank Center recently – this band may have been around for over 30 years, but they are still kicking much ass. This was the
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Why Hillary Lost & Where We Go From Here

11 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailThe post-mortems on why Hillary lost are finally in full swing and I’m in agreement with the gist: the media misrepresented her, didn’t correct lies about her, and the Comey letter sealed the deal. She also, of course, made mistakes herself, especially by misreading the angst and mood of the
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24 Hours in Paris: Plan The Perfect Day!

487 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailWhen I attended the Web Summit in Lisbon last year, I was having trouble getting a straightforward flight. So, I decided to take advantage of the proximity to other countries in Europe plus the fact that I had never been to France, and route myself through Paris for a one day
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Music Lover

14 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailClearly I love music. Sometimes I feel like a freak because of how much I love music. My first job was in a record store. I can’t stand it when there is silence in the house; I have music on all the time. Growing up, my mom didn’t care one
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Hummel Nights

13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI picked up my habit of collecting Hummels from my German family and my mom in particular. I was able to take a few of hers home with me after she passed last month and my favorite is on the mantel. I have been doing fairly well with her loss,
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Keggs & Eggs Concert Photos 2017: Green Beer & Great Music

97 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailSt. Patrick’s Day is a big holiday in many cities. In Denver, it means Keggs & Eggs, a morning concert put on by KTCL Channel 93.3. Morning… meaning REALLY REALLY REALLY early. This year, the show moved to Blake Street Tavern but continued to be as packed as ever, even with
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Dashboard Confessional with Vinyl Theatre at Summit Denver

22 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailAnother band I have always wanted to photograph but somehow always missed was Dashboard Confessional. Everyone told me how great Chris Carrabba and his crew were… and yup. Denver’s Summit Music Hall was full and ready to rock out to nearly 20 years of music. Vinyl Theatre was a perfect opening
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Under The Bus

12 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIf you know my husband Bryan, he had crazy hair throughout his teen years. He got grief about it and swore he would let our kid do what he wanted. So, Dex had his hair longer for a while. Every single time I talked to mom, she said he needed
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DNCE Photos From Sold Out Denver Concert

55 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailIs it “Dance” or “D-N-C-E?” … I have asked myself that since Joe Jonas started his new project and the song “Cake By The Ocean” was on constant repeat. It’s “D-N-C-E”, for the record, as I found out at the band’s sold out show at the Summit in January. While
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Railroad Earth Concert Photos from Ogden Denver

38 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailI’m slowly catching up on life, and diving back into photo editing. Railroad Earth had three shows at Ogden Theatre in January and I was lucky to attend the final one. The band is full of talented musicians and their fans are truly devoted. Railroad Earth continues to tour throughout the
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For Mom

235 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailMy mother passed away this week after her third battle with cancer. This is what I said at her memorial service. — My name is Aimee and I am Greta’s eldest daughter. My sister Karrie, my aunt Heidi and I thank you for joining us today. My grandparents emigrated from
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The Dustbowl Revival & Treehouse Sanctum at Larimer Lounge

13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailWhen I heard The Dustbowl Revival was playing at Larimer Lounge, I wondered how they all would fit on stage. The answer? Barely. There are eight members in the band and Larimer is one of the best intimate concert venues in Denver. But they did it, and sounded great. If you
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Fun Colorado band: Modern Suspects

34 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailWe are lucky here in Colorado, that our local music scene extends in all directions. Modern Suspects, a band based in Colorado Springs, plays up in Denver frequently, and they are a lot of fun live. Seeing as I am an old lady, most of my musical references go back
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Dressy Bessy with Wheelchair Sports Camp and SPELLS at Hi-Dive

35 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailDressy Bessy was one of the first Denver bands I followed when we moved here in the 90s. Their infectious mixture of pop, rock and punk was (and still is) intoxicating. The band has been playing again lately, with a new album too, much to the delight of our local
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Photos and Signs from Women’s March Denver

529 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest EmailToday, people from all over the world gathered in their cities in a show of solidarity for equal rights. It was called the “Women’s March,” but in my opinion, it should have been the “People’s March,” because it put on display all the issues we have been wrestling with since Donald Trump
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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

49 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

99 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

91 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

830 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!)

25 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

277 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

18 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

515 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

55 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

13 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

79 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

64 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. 64 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

427 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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