Too Many Humans - Denver Band
Dec 2017

Too Many Humans + CITRA at Lost Lake Lounge in Denver

I have known Mark from Too Many Humans for quite a while. I photographed his previous band, Wiredogs, many times. Recently I finally got to shoot Too Many Humans – and lucky for me, CITRA was the opener.

The place was Denver’s Lost Lake Lounge (not to be confused with the Lost Lake Festival in Phoenix that I recently covered). Lost Lake is one of my favorite music venues in Denver – but it’s dark and small. Which makes for a great show – and tough photography.

No matter for bands like TMH and CITRA. They had the whole place raging along with them.

Be sure to check out Too Many Humans’ excellent new album You’re On Your Own. Also, CITRA has their own album release party on February 3rd at an equally small, dark and fun Denver venue, Hi-Dive on South Broadway.

CITRA Concert Photos

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Riu Palace Las Americas - Luxury All-Inclusive Cancun
Dec 2017

Riu Palace Las Americas Cancun: Luxury All-Inclusive For Adults Only

Note: Riu Hotels provided my stay, however all words and photos are mine.

I saved my fave for last with my Cancun resort reviews of the year. I really enjoyed my stay at Riu Palace Las Americas, an adults-only paradise on the north side of the hotel zone. Slightly smaller than its sister property, the Riu Peninsula, I liked how the Las Americas felt more intimate and cozy while still retaining luxury and service.

Review of Riu Palace Las Americas – Cancun, Mexico

Cancun Luxury All-Inclusive Resort - Riu Palace Las Americas

This was my first visit to an adults-only (18+) resort and while I always enjoy the fun when kids are around – it was nice to just relax with less hustle and bustle.

Check-in was a breeze and I found the staff all over the resort to be very helpful and fluent in English – although I tried my best (poor) Spanish when I could.

Cancun Luxury All-Inclusive Resort - Riu Palace Las Americas

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The Revivalists - Concert Photos - Fillmore Denver
Dec 2017

The Revivalists Return To Denver

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.

The Revivalists Concert Photos – Fillmore Denver

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Dec 2017

2017 Indie Music Playlist (375+ Songs!)

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. Continue reading…

Hometown For The Holidays Top Ten - Channel 93.3 Song Contest Denver
Dec 2017

Channel 93.3 Top Ten Hometown For The Holidays (HTFTH) 2017

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.

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