I 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 Denver’s Summit Music Hall with the super loud and super fun group Beach Slang.
Note: 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, cover the festival and explore what the city had to offer.
Boise is a small city nestled in the Idaho mountains, with a ton of charm. Its population is approaching 225,000 – so there is enough hustle and bustle to feel the energy but not so much to be overwhelmed. Especially “during Treefort time,” a phrase I heard many locals say as they met up for drinks before bands started each day. Continue reading…
I 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 first stop in Denver for the Revolution Radio tour; they return to Fiddler’s Green in August.
Nope. Age has not slowed these guys down. It was hard to keep up with Billie Joe Armstrong and he ran all over the stage as well as up and down the catwalk. Several times he brought fans up on stage and encouraged them to stage dive.
I admit that *I* showed my age, tearing up as I thought about how any of those kids could have been my own 14 year old son.
St. 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 an overflow parking lot and jumbotron to broadcast out there. There was tons (and I mean tons) of green Coors Light and great bands to enjoy it with. American Authors, Bishop Briggs and Bryce Fox played throughout the day and Denver’s great weather delivered – with temperatures near 80. Spring has officially arrived! Continue reading…
Another 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 back to set the mood.
Dashboard Confessional is often called an emo band, and sure – the emotion is there in the lyrics. But no one was sad that these guys are back together and touring again.