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 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.
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! ❤️
Modern Suspects Concert Photos
I don't often photograph weddings but when I do - it's the most fun when it's friends. Nick and Amy are half of a fantastic band in Fort Collins named Post Paradise and we have been going to their shows for years. I was honored to capture their special day - and what clearly is a special relationship between them, their family and friends.
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!