Best Concert Photos 2016 - Denver Music Photographer - Aimee Giese - Greeblehaus
Dec 2016

Best Denver Concert Photos 2016

It’s been another fantastic year for me on this blog, even though 2016 hasn’t been the best year all around. I have been lucky to shoot Denver concert photos with some of the greatest photographers around, at some of the best venues Colorado has to offer. I attended 97 concerts total and worked at most of them. Eeks! I even sprained both my ankles in July (during They Might Be Giants) and managed to plow right into Riot Fest in August.

So yeah, it was a great year for Denver music and I have thousands upon thousands of photos to prove it. It was incredibly hard to whittle them down, so I hope you forgive me for being indulgent and sharing full-on 76 of my favorites with you.
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Not So Silent Night Denver - Concert Photos 2016
Dec 2016

Not So Silent Night Denver – KTCL Channel 93.3’s End of Year Concert

Every year, Denver’s alternative station, KTCL Channel 93.3, throws a holiday party for their fans. It’s called Not So Silent Night, and every year gets more crazy. The 2016 lineup included 888, Jr Jr, The Strumbellas, Kaleo and Empire of The Sun. All of which put on great sets, but I would have to say my favorites were openers 888 and headliners Empire of The Sun.

Not So Silent Night Denver 2016 Concert Photos


Denver band 888 won last year’s Hometown For The Holidays contest, and the biggest prize from that is opening next year’s NSSN. But this band didn’t sit around waiting for Christmas. They have been touring just about everywhere and their hit song, “Critical Mistakes” has racked up over 2.2 million listens on Spotify. I can’t wait to see what they are up to for 2017.

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The Fray Concert Photos from 1stBank Center Denver in 2016
Dec 2016

The Fray Concert with American Authors at 1stBank Center

This week, 303 Magazine asked a bunch of Denver music people questions to round up 2016 and one of them was “who is your favorite Denver band that has made it big?” I almost said The Fray but didn’t, because that just seemed like *too* much of an obvious choice. But the truth is, these guys remain one of my all-time favorite bands, so I jumped at the chance to see and photograph them when they returned home over Thanksgiving weekend.

They played an intimate show at the Boulder Theater on Friday night and then the grander affair at 1stBank Center on Saturday, which was, of course, easier to get tickets to. American Authors accompanied them both nights, a perfect match for the mood of the concert.

Isaac Slade and Joe King talked sentimentally about how they had to desperately save a few hundred bucks for their first recording time 10 years ago, and how they signed their first recording deal literally inside the Boulder Theater. Hard to believe it’s been a decade for The Fray, but the proof is in their new greatest hits album, Through the Years: The Best of The Fray. They started the night with the only new song on that album, “Singing Low,” and truly did run through all the hits.

Thanks for all the music, guys. Here’s to another 10 years!

The Fray Concert Photos 2016

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Denver band The Yawpers perform at Bluebird Theater in 2016.
Dec 2016

The Yawpers Unleash Gritty Rock at Denver’s Bluebird Theater

The Yawpers have been around so long, so it’s crazy to think their show last month at the Bluebird was my first time photographing them. I can’t even count the times I have seen them live; it’s been many. And they are so good.

Lead singer Nate Cook is all over the stage while drummer (and friend) Noah Shomberg pounds the drums. Jesse Parmet rounds out the trio with his slide guitar. I am continually amazed how bands with small-ish numbers can completely fill a room with sound, but The Yawpers are great live. Full on American rock and roll, although their bio is more eloquent and effusive than that.

The band is playing on New Year’s Eve at The Oriental with Other Black. That will be an incredible way to ring in 2017!

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FIDLAR concert photos from Gothic Theatre Denver
Dec 2016

FIDLAR and SWMRS Concert at Gothic Theatre

I’ve seen FIDLAR once before, at a small club, and the crowd was raucous. But their November 2016 show at the Gothic Theatre with SWMRS was way different. Bordering on out of control – in a good way. Perhaps it was angst over the recent election, but the air was electric. (SWMRS lead singer Cole Becker added to the atmosphere with his hand-painted “Fuck Trump” t-shirt.)

Yeah, it was nuts. People were crowd surfing before the bands even started! And after they came out? The entire Gothic was shaking. Not to get too esoteric about it, but I definitely needed that night of rock n’ roll.

FIDLAR and SWMRS at the Gothic – Concert Photos


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