Moern Suspects - Colorado band photos
Feb 2017

Fun Colorado band: Modern Suspects

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!

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Dressy Bessy Denver Band Concert Photos
Jan 2017

Dressy Bessy with Wheelchair Sports Camp and SPELLS at Hi-Dive

Dressy Bessy was one of the first Denver bands I followed when we moved here in the 90s. Their infectious mixture of pop, rock and punk was (and still is) intoxicating. The band has been playing again lately, with a new album too, much to the delight of our local music scene. The show at Hi-Dive this month included Wheelchair Sports Camp and SPELLS, so it was pretty much a dream lineup. Kalyn Heffernan, the emcee for Wheelchair Sports Camp, is mesmerizing while trumpeter Joshua Trinidad blasts along next to her. And SPELLS? They are their own force to be reckoned with – as I have written about before.

Dressy Bessy will be playing Boise’s Tree Fort Music Festival in March and promises more shows in 2017. You betcha we can’t wait.

Concert Photos

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Nerf and B-Large from KTCL Channel 93.3 announce 2016 Hometown For The Holidays concert winners
Jan 2017

Hometown For The Holidays: Photos of Iolite & Redlands

Obviously, I love local Denver music, and especially the celebration that is Hometown For The Holidays. KTCL Channel 93.3 hosts an annual contest that encourages submissions from Colorado bands, who are then narrowed down to ten finalists for us to choose from. The top three play a concert together at Summit Music Hall and two different prizes are announced. There is the Performance Award – gauged by applause – which was narrowly won by former finalists Pandas & People. (Seriously, Nerf had to use a noise-measuring app to figure it out.)

Hometown For The Holidays 2016 Winner

Then there is the Song Contest winner, who will open next year’s Not So Silent Night. Redlands took that prize for their song “Big Talk” and have had a steady stream of shows since then (Next up: February 4th with Shatterproof).

KTCL Channel 93.3 Denver Hometown For The Holidays 2016 Concert Photos

DJ Alf holding the sign for Redlands during HTFTH 2016.

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Alice in Winterland Denver 2016 with Fitz & The Tantrums & Gavin DeGraw
Jan 2017

Alice In Winterland: Photos of Fitz And The Tantrums & Gavin DeGraw

I would say that Fitz and The Tantrums are becoming my muse, but if you look at any concert photo of them – it’s not me, it’s them. They are one the most photogenic and fun bands on the planet. Which is why I was absolutely thrilled they were headlining Denver’s Alice in Winterland concert this year!

Alice In Winterland Denver 2016 featuring Fitz & The Tantrums and Gacin DeGraw

Radio DJs from Denver’s Alice 105.9 at Alice In Winterland Denver 2016

Joining FATT was Gavin DeDraw, who I had never seen live before. He primarily stayed in front of his instrument, which is where you want him. Great voice, great piano player.

This was my fourth time seeing Fitz and The Tantrums, and my second Alice in Winterland… I am of the opinion that both are just getting better and better. Can’t wait to see what Alice 105.9 has in store for 2017!

Alice in Winterland Denver 2016 Concert Photos

Gavin DeGraw

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Sara Watkins and River Whyless concert photos from Larimer Lounge in Denver, Colorado
Jan 2017

Sara Watkins & River Whyless Give Beautiful Performance at Larimer Lounge

Sara Watkins was (and is) an original member of the band Nickel Creek, but has released several solo albums over the years. Her latest, Young In All The Wrong Ways, really touched me and I listened to it on repeat many a day last year. Thus, I jumped at the chance to see her live at Larimer Lounge in Denver – only to discover that her voice is even better live than on her records. I knew that she played fiddle, but that was also mesmerizing to watch.

Extra bonus that night? River Whyless was the opening band – another group I adore.

Sara Watkins Concert Photos

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