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.
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
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.
Yet 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 up to cheer on and hang out. I have no idea how Nerf was able to tell the difference in the crowd (he actually used an app to measure the noise level and I know it was really close) ... but in the end, the "live crowd fave" was Wildermiss, who walked away with the top prize from the music survey votes too. In my opinion, any of the three could have won - or any of the top ten, for that matter. 2017 was stellar for Denver bands. Congrats to everyone involved, and here's to another great year!
KTCL Channel 93.3 Announcing the HTFTH 2017 Winner
I 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 the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix that I recently covered). Lost Lake is one of my favorite music venues in Denver - but it's dark and small. Which makes for a great show - and tough photography. No matter for bands like TMH and CITRA. They had the whole place raging along with them. Be sure to check out Too Many Humans' excellent new album You're On Your Own. Also, CITRA has their own album release party on February 3rd at an equally small, dark and fun Denver venue, Hi-Dive on South Broadway.
CITRA Concert Photos
Have 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 that are played on air for a week and then voted on by any music nerd who has signed up for the KTCL surveys. The prize? Personally, I think it's the radio airplay - but the band that comes out on top plays at next year's Westword Music Showcase and Not So Silent Night - as well as winning valuable studio time in Colorado's famous Blasting Room.