I remember a few years ago, my friend Amy said, "you NEED to go see The Revivalists." Sadly, that didn't happen for me until this summer's Westword Music Showcase, but she was absolutely right. We all NEED to go see The Revivalists. Lead singer David Shaw has a commanding presence and an incredible voice. The rest of the band was right there with him, and so was the sold-out crowd. Denver's Fillmore holds 3,500 people and the whole place was pulsating - not just for that one (awesome) song that hit the radio ... People knew every word to every song. It's rare you get to see such a great band twice in one year, but I am already looking forward to the next time.
On the first day of every year, I create a new playlist and add new songs I like along the way - for the entire year. I will still add a few from now until the end of 2017, but it's mostly holiday songs being released this month (check out my Christmas playlist too). My "Best of 2017" playlist is primarily Indie and Alternative music, but I will add anything that I take a fancy to - especially local Colorado bands (and I look forward to getting the Hometown Top Ten in there). Some of these songs have already made it to my "All Time Faves" playlist because I've listened to them so much. And of course, I was honored to photograph several of these artists this year - I'm compiling my best of photographs right now too.
Have you heard about the Hometown For The Holidays song contest from KTCL Channel 93.3? Every year, our local DJs like Alf and Nerf are sent hundreds of entries and then a panel of local music peeps vote anonymously to help narrow down the entries. The result is ten songs that are played on air for a week and then voted on by any music nerd who has signed up for the KTCL surveys. The prize? Personally, I think it's the radio airplay - but the band that comes out on top plays at next year's Westword Music Showcase and Not So Silent Night - as well as winning valuable studio time in Colorado's famous Blasting Room.
I'm almost sad that this is my last post of photos from Lost Lake Festival 2017. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely consider going back next year. I also loved how each day had a tone for the style of music - Day 3 was geared towards EDM and hip-hop fans. I got to see a bunch of bands all together that I might not go see separately and all of them blew me away. I particularly enjoyed headliner Odesza, who brought the drums - marching band style. I was also impressed how several acts worked through intense heat that was causing technical glitches - even after equipment was wrapped up in solar protection. And everyone was friendly - for example, Murs came out to the pit and shook fans' hands before his set.
You know a band is killer live when the photographers in the pit are making OMG faces as each other during our three songs. That was the case when Future Islands played Fillmore Denver recently. Frontman Samuel Herring was all over the stage - and not in the usual "oh yeah, the frontman was all over the stage" way we usually talk about. He was like a caged animal pacing back and forth, as well as doing some moves that can only be described as speed skating while he belted out Future Islands' indie pop sound. I like Future Islands 100 times more after seeing them live, and that is always a good thing. (Bonus points for being from my hometown of Baltimore, too.) 😁