Ten 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 night three times as fun. We've been friends with MBSE almost as long as they have been a band, so there was no way we were missing this show. I have talked about them so often, you'd think this blog was solely about them. But perhaps my favorite was this interview with Jason from a few years ago, where we find out how stinky Jeff is and that Brandon is missing some socks. Congratulations guys, on ten years - and here is to ten more! ❤️
I 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 beautiful beach?" I had been to Tulum several times before and it's one of my favorite places in the world - and Andrea is one of my favorite people in the world - so, of course, the answer was a resounding yes. Lucky for us, Andrea did the legwork for the trip and found our hotel in Mexico and took care of the logistics. We stayed at the gorgeous La Zebra, about 20 minutes from the ruins. It's a small luxury hotel and restaurant right on the beach, where rooms have splash pools and beautiful views. (I spent most of the day alternating between the pool and the ocean ... my idea of heaven.)
I 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 nine months but I'll link back to this post for you then, pal. If you have never seen AMZY live, I encourage you to head over to the Engage Festival at Summit Music Hall tomorrow. Of course, since there are more concerts in Denver this weekend than bikes in the Colorado Classic (who is holding a music festival too), I can't be there. But, trust me, I wish I could be. The guys are great live. Fun, talented, nice people.
We 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 to 80's bands and Modern Suspects remind me of Depeche Mode, Soft Cell and Simple Minds wrapped up together. These guys also happen to be super nice people, so we try to see them whenever they are in Denver, or we are in Colorado Springs. Modern Suspects are playing with another fun Denver band, Midnight Club on Saturday, February 11th at the Marquis Theatre. Be sure to go check them out!
2016 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 a 2016 Westword Music Award. The guys (comprised and two brothers and four friends) have played all over the state all year long. Just last month, the band landed a deal with Old Flame Records. I got to see them at Denver's Lost Lake recently - an intimate room in the Bluebird District that is bringing in great acts after shaking off its dive bar roots. Slow Caves is a great rock n' roll show; the band is young, talented, and sincerely nice people. They embark on a quick West Coast tour in January and then return to Lost Lake in March. Guess who will be there???
Slow Caves Concert Photos
I 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.
I really had such a fun night recently. Denver bands AMZY and SF1 played together at the Gothic, my son came with us, I was photographing, Bryan was there too, along with a ton of friends. What more can you ask for? We have known SF1 and his crew for a long time and I swear, every time I see them, I am more impressed. There was no tap dancing at this show, just some good old fashioned hip-hop, rock, R&B and pop music. Is there an old fashioned version of that? Because SF1 merges all those styles together with a fantastic undertone of drums, all while leaping around the stage. SF1 will be at Larimer Lounge tomorrow night with Jen Korte and SIR. Go see them! Our headliner was AMZY, who - did you know - was named after their guitarist's mother? Just like I stole Greeble from Dex (it was his nickname as a baby), the band has appropriated their name from a family member. I certainly acted like their mother that night when Brennan sang from the rafters of the Gothic, meaning I yelled at him to GET DOWN RIGHT NOW YOUNG MAN IF YOU KNOW WHAT'S GOOD FOR YOU. Heart attacks aside, AMZY sounded great and I loved hearing their new songs. The band is celebrating a successful Pledge Music campaign for the next album, which should be released in a few months. In the meantime, "Words" is available on iTunes and I look forward to seeing these guys again real soon. AMZY's shows are always a treat and this one was no different.