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Karaoke Tips - Feel Comfortable Singing Your Heart Out

Karaoke Tips: Feel Comfortable Singing Your Heart Out

Note: Our evening out was provided by Voicebox RiNo. All words mine.
Do you get intimidated by the idea of karaoke? I sure do. Recently, however, Voicebox Karaoke in RiNo asked me to bring a group of friends over and I realized it's not as hard as it seems. Yup, I am still preeeetty terrible at it, but hanging out with your friends and *only* your friends sure made the experience much more comfortable. Here are some tips that helped us have more fun! Karaoke Tips - Feel Comfortable Singing Your Heart Out #karaoke #singing #karaokeparty #karaokesongs
One Flew West - denver band concert photos at Bluebird Theater

One Flew West CD-Release Show at Bluebird Denver

Denver band One Flew West has been around for several years now, and it's always awesome to see them live in concert. They were at the Bluebird Theater for the release of their new EP Trial and Error last week and the place was packed. Fellow Coloradans Silver & Gold and Compass & Cavern opened the night. The guys played a wide variety of tunes - including songs from the new EP (of course), older faves like "Kind of Love" and "Had It All," as well as a new one that lead singer Linden Jackson had written only a few days before. Videos are something this band is really good at - so be sure to check out their YouTube Channel. Especially since new videos of songs from the show are due out very soon. It's been amazing to watch One Flew West grow as a band. I am lucky to have photographed them several times before, but this was their first headlining show at the iconic east Colfax venue. Based on how much ass was kicked, I know there will be many more.

Concert Photos of One Flew West

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The Wombats - Denver Concert Photos

The Wombats and Future Feats at Gothic Denver

It's be a few years since The Wombats visited us in Denver, and in the meantime they gifted us with a present for 2018: their fun new song, "Cheetah Tongue." The new album, Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life (ain't that the truth) arrives on February 9th. If you have never seen a Wombats show, you will wonder why I was able to catch any of them standing still, at any moment, during the night, at all. Especially bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen. These guys are fun, loud, raucous and cheeky. The Denver crowd adored them and I also adore how much this band loves playing together. Openers Future Feats added a great element to the night. The Wombats tour heads back to Europe right now, but be sure to catch them when they come back to join Weezer and Pixies this summer.

The Wombats Photos - Denver

The Wombats and Future Feats - Denver Concert Photos
Decatur Denver Band

Denver Band Decatur Gives Free Show at 3 Kings Tavern

I definitely believe in paying anyone for work done, especially bands - but I loved that Denver band Decatur recently held a free show for fans when original member Sam Oatts (currently the lead trumpet on the Broadway tour of “American in Paris”) was in town. I had never seen these guys before and I enjoyed how many different styles of music they pull together while putting on a fun concert. I was able to sit down and chat with band member Quinn Cox and he told me their name isn't actually due to the city of Decatur, as one might think - it's from a nickname/mispronunciation of lead singer Sean DeCrescenzo's name. I'm someone who gets both their real and blog name slaughtered all the time - I feel the pain. Decatur has been gaining attention lately, including a session with Open Air and a slot on Spotify's Hot New Songs 2018 playlist. Be sure to check out the single "Shake" as well as their self-titled EP. Also, next time Decatur plays in Denver, count us in!

Decatur Concert Photos

Decatur = Denver band concert photos
Ian Mahan - Denver Concert Photos

Singer/Songwriter Ian Mahan at Lost Lake Denver

I have seen Ian Mahan perform live a few times but hadn't had a chance to photograph him until his show last week at Lost Lake Lounge. Ian recently released a new single, "Breakaway," but was also pretty prolific in 2017 with two EPs. He writes some great songs, but is also fun to see live. It's usually a stripped down concert, which IMO shows off his songs best. Although he's the kind of songwriter that it would be cool to see a full orchestra behind him too. (Maybe later in 2018???) Either way, keep an eye on Ian Mahan and get out to see him when you can. Ian Mahan Photos - Denver Singer Songwriter

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