Airplane Mode and The Outer Vibe - Concert Photos from Denver
Oct 2017

Airplane Mode and The Outer Vibe: Coming Home To Denver

Technically neither Airplane Mode nor The Outer Vibe are Denver bands, but we claim them. Dave Wiskus from Airplane Mode used to live in Colorado – we first met during that time – although he and his bandmates are now based in New York City.  And I met The Outer Vibe on Twitter but finally got together at a festival several years ago. Since then, they have played here often – we adopted them as well.

Both bands joined up at the Marquis Theatre this summer for a show that was full of friends and family. The Marquis is one of my favorite venues in Denver and not just because the bartenders know what kind of beer I like. It’s a small place that can hold a lot of people – or a lot of balloons, as in the case of Airplane Mode. Continue reading…

Interview with Anna Morsett of Denver's The Still Tide
Oct 2017

Interview with The Still Tide – Getting Ready For Red Bull Sound Select

Feature photo by George L. Blosser

As Denver’s music scene continues to grow, it’s always a pleasure to chat with people you have admired but never got a chance to meet. Case in point is Anna Morsett, who I did actually see and photograph when her band, The Still Tide, played at Treefort this year – but we didn’t really meet-meet. This week, we ended up hanging out on the phone for over an hour, and having quite a few laughs while I was supposed to be interviewing her about their upcoming appearance at a Red Bull Sound Select show.

Red Bull Sound Select

Have you heard about this program? They are in 18 cities with over 200 shows a year and highlight new music with the help of local curators. Tickets are discounted to support both the artist and the fans – RSVP here for Margaret Glaspy, Pearl Charles and The Still Tide at The Bluebird on October 20th.

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311 and New Politics - Concert Photos from Levitt Denver
Sep 2017

311 + New Politics Crush Levitt Pavilion Denver

Sometimes a concert can simultaneously be awesome and a pain in the ass, right? That was the case for 311 and New Politics in Denver recently. Both bands sounded great, especially New Politics – who are starting to be somewhat of an obsession for me to photograph.

But as this was one of Levitt Pavilion’s first really big shows, there were some organizational kinks – like a reeeealllly long wait for beer. Let’s be fair, though. Most of that was not Levitt’s fault seeing as that weekend had four major festivals going on (so bartenders were spread thin all over the city) and 311 had requested no cans – meaning all the servers had to take the time to pour beers into cups.

This made the crowd a little edgy, myself included – so, for example, I pretty much was tearing my hair out at the lady in the pit with her point and shoot camera. (???) She had a photo pass, so I have no idea how she got there – whether by fan contest or accident – but tripping over her while she took selfies was pretty aggravating.

Weird issues aside, these two bands highlighted why Levitt will become one of Denver’s next great venues. They are fun, excited to perform, sound great live – and their fans love them right back. The entire bowl at Ruby Hill was shaking. That doesn’t exactly make sense, but you get what I mean.

Watching David Boyd breakdance is incredible – but all three of New Politics work it. (In a good way.) Continue reading…

Green Day - Denver Concert Photos - Fiddler's Green Englewood
Sep 2017

Photos: Green Day Returns to Denver for Second Time in 2017

I was pretty damn excited when I was able to photo Green Day at the beginning of the year and then they came back to Denver again during Revolution Radio? Awesome.

Billie Joe Armstrong was in rare form at Fiddler’s Green, as you have probably seen by the videos of him smashing his guitar on a promotional Subaru in the ampitheatre. OK, maybe it wasn’t an exactly rare thing for Billie Joe to do, but the crowd went nuts. Personally, as much as I do adore Subarus, I wish the dude had gone after the karaoke car that sits out in the food area – something I have often tweeted that drives me nuts.

The show itself was fantastic. Exactly what you want from a Green Day concert. Lots of loud music and opinions. Continue reading…

The Big Moon & Marika Hackman - Concert Photos - Denver, Colorado
Sep 2017

The Big Moon + Marika Hackman at Lost Lake Denver

What is not to love about a bunch of ladies who jump out on stage wearing “Kum ‘N Go” t-shirts? English band The Big Moon did just that in Denver recently declaring they couldn’t believe we get away with such a store here (I can’t either, honestly) and they had to dress accordingly. Their album Love In The 4th Dimension has been in my sidebar recommendations all year and I was thrilled when they asked me in to photograph their Lost Lake concert.

The Big Moon also serves as the backing band for Marika Hackman and the interplay between these talented ladies was a real treat – both musically and personally. They are all on tour in the UK for the rest of the fall, but I look forward to their American return as soon as possible. The Big Moon is also up for a Mercury Prize this week … we’re crossing our fingers for you!

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The Big Moon & Marika Hackman

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