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!

Concert Photos:
The Big Moon & Marika Hackman

Big Moon + Marika Hackman at Lost Lake Denver Continue reading…

The Suffers - Concert Photos from Levitt Denver
Sep 2017

The Suffers + Other Black at Levitt Pavilion

“What’s our name?!” THE SUFFERS. “Where are we from?” HOUSTON.

It’s a shout-out that lead singer Kam Franklin repeats all through their show, to make sure we know what is going down on stage.

This band’s love for their hometown definitely took on a sense of poignancy given the destruction of Hurricane Harvey last week. Kam spoke on Twitter about how hard it can be to evacuate and her personal experiences from Hurricane Rita.

When The Suffers played here in Denver at Levitt Pavilion, Harvey was nowhere on the horizon and the night was all about fun. They were great the last time I saw them, even more so this summer. If you have never seen this band live, it’s definitely hard to stay in your seats – or on the grass, in the case at Levitt.

Denver band (and close friends) Other Black opened the show with their unique blend of R&B, funk, rock, jazz and whatever else Wes Watkins feels like putting into the mix for the night. Continue reading…

Together Pangea
Sep 2017

Interview with Together Pangea’s Danny: Growing Up But Still Having Fun

The band Together Pangea recently released their fourth LP, Bulls and Roosters, and for those paying attention – it sounds a bit different. Perhaps a little less punk and maybe more straight-up rock and roll? I chatted with bassist Danny Bengston about their evolution and all the venues they have played in Denver.

Where does the name come from? Pangea, like the continent?

Yeah, we were originally called just that. But when we were signed, the label made us change the name because there were so many trademarks on just that word. At the time, we had created a MySpace page called “togetherPANGEA” for the same reason – so many pangeas. But that’s what we went with for the name change.

You have been together for almost a decade, how have you changed over the years?

We didn’t used to use tuners, so we always played out of tune (laughs). No, honestly, in the past all we wanted to do is have fun and party. We liked to play but didn’t care how we sounded. But other people started to care, which forced us to care. It’s been about growing up and taking it more seriously. I do feel lucky that I still get do something I love with my friends, though. Continue reading…