UB40 - Denver Levitt Pavilion - Concert Photos 2017
Sep 2017

Welcome to Levitt Denver: UB40 Featuring Ali, Astro + Mickey

I went to college in northeast Florida and we drove hours to see UB40 when they played at the home of the Gators. It was worth the trek, and I saw them several more times in the late 80s and early 90s.

Which is why I was thrilled to see Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue – the true heart of UB40 – were the first ticketed event at Denver’s new venue, Levitt Pavilion. If you haven’t been there, it’s an outdoor stage settled at the bottom of a natural bowl in Ruby Hill Park. Denver is the 7th Levitt Pavilion in the United States, after continuing commitment from the Levitt Foundation to create public/private partnerships that promote music. The City of Denver provides the land, Levitt national provides support, and our local foundation raises the rest to provide 50 free concerts per year.

Levitt Denver also offers ticketed events … partly to supplement their fundraising efforts, and partly to take advantage of this awesome new venue.

Translation? UB40 played in Denver and made a lot of people happy.

The band continues their tour throughout the Fall – including finishing up the US in Florida, which makes me very, very happy.

UB40 Concert Photos – Denver 2017

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Depeche Mode - Concert Photos - Denver Pepsi Center 2017
Aug 2017

Depeche Mode Concert Photos from Denver’s Pepsi Center

In the week prior to Depeche Mode‘s return to Denver, I got very sentimental on Facebook. This was the band I had seen more often in my lifetime and still listen to at least once a week.

“I worked at the mall record store in high school, mainly to fund cassette tapes and concert tickets. In 1987, I bought Music For The Masses on release day and listened to it all the way home from Annapolis. There was a huge electrical storm in the air that night, with lots of lightning, but it was still warm enough to have all the windows of the car open.

I think about that moment often. I know it sounds silly, but it was perfect freedom. Driving at night, with nature raging all around, my music playing, that I chose and earned myself…

Whenever I get a sense of abandon, I am right back there in my little yellow car with “Never Let Me Down Again” blasting as loud as that little radio would go.”

Depeche Mode Concert Photos - Denver, Colorado 2017 - Pepsi Center

I wasn’t the only one feeling nostalgic as the group splashed into the Pepsi Center. This is one of Denver’s biggest venues and not only was the place packed, but every person was singing every word. The setlist (below) was a nice mix of old and new, but I’m sure they’ll never please everyone with such an immense catalog for the band to chose from. Personally, I missed “People Are People” and “Strangelove,” but I’ll admit that I held my friend Jenny’s hand and we both shed a tear during “Question of Lust.” Continue reading…

Goo Goo Dolls Concert Photos - Denver with Phillip Phillips 2017
Aug 2017

Goo Goo Dolls + Phillip Phillips Concert Photos Denver

I love when you attend a concert and are completely surprised by how much you like the band. Such is the case for the recent Goo Goo Dolls show at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. Sure, I know all their hits and like them. Who doesn’t?

But I *loved* watching GGD live. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac were having the time of their lives up on stage and bringing us all with them. How can you not enjoy a band who is clearly enjoying themselves as well? Continue reading…

Westword Music Showcase Concert Photos 2017
Aug 2017

Photos from Westword Music Showcase 2017

Your may notice that it’s August and Westword Music Showcase happened in June. I hate it when people make excuses for late posts, but hopefully I can get a pass after the year I have had? Pretty please?

Either way, my lateness is no reflection on the awesomeness of WMS. The style of headliners shifted a bit this year – whereas the end of the night has usually been full of pumping beats and lights… and for 2017, Shakey Graves torn down the house (err, parking lot) with just his voice and a guitar.

Personally, I welcome the change – particularly with The Revivalists romping around just as the sun was setting on a gorgeous Denver day. Continue reading…

Aug 2017

Happy Birthday AMZY

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. Continue reading…