Nov 2017

The Lumineers at Fiddler’s Green in Denver

A Denver band that I am shocked I had not seen live until recently is The Lumineers. They moved here from New York in 2010 and played the Meadowlark’s open mic night regularly, so I definitely missed out. It took two nights of sold out shows at Fiddler’s Green for me to finally see The Lumineers and they were worth the wait.

Right now, they have quite a few shows to finish out the year … and I’m putting in a request for more Colorado dates in 2018?

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My Body Sings Electric Concert Photos - Levitt Pavilion Denver
Oct 2017

My Body Sings Electric + Chemistry Club at Levitt Pavilion

Remember summer? And how the new Levitt Pavilion had a bunch of local Denver backs to kick off their first season? Yeah, totally!

That’s just me, catching up on photos right on time for a band’s next show. My Body Sings Electric in particular will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in December with three shows: Fort Collins, Colorado Springs and Denver. Ten years! That’s seriously amazing – congrats, guys!

They were joined by Chemistry Club for a co-headlining spot at Levitt in August, which was one of my favorite shows at the venue so far.

Denver band Chemistry Club at Levitt Pavilion

Andy Thomas, Associate Director of Levitt Denver, talks about the organization’s mission.

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Concert Photos from Lost Lake Festival Phoenix 2017
Oct 2017

Photos: Lost Lake Festival Phoenix Day One

The people behind Bonnaroo and Outside Lands (as well as another festival coming to Denver next year) have created a new event in Phoenix called Lost Lake – not to be confused with our local dive bar Lost Lake.

Lost Lake, the festival, attracted over 45,000 attendees in its first year to see over 50 performances. Headliners included The Killers, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer and Odesza. I was thrilled to photograph the 3-day extravaganza that also highlighted local chefs, breweries, and artists.

Having attended many music festivals, I was super impressed with Lost Lake’s organization and staff. The three stages were nicely stacked one after the other so you could easily flow back and forth, with food and drinks lined up along the way. Cell service was a little spotty – much like it always is when you cram that many people in one place – but you could hang out in sponsor Miller Lite‘s pop-up bar to charge your phone, upload photos and, oh yeah, chug beer.

People warned me the weather would be scorching hot in Phoenix, and sure it was warm, but 80s-90s is perfect for music spectating – especially in October as the temperatures start to drop here in Denver.

Beyond that – the lineup was insane. As with any good music festival, I discovered new (to me) bands that I now love like Striking Matches and Playboy Manbaby… and just as I expected, groups like Haim and Pixies plain old killed it. Thanks for the fun, Lost Lake and Superfly – we’ll be back next year!

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Young The Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave - Concert Photos from Red Rocks Denver
Oct 2017

Young The Giant, Cold War Kids + Joywave: Perfect Red Rocks Lineup

Late in the summer, music lovers had a special treat. Young The Giant, Cold War Kids and Joywave teamed up for an incredible night at Red Rocks. I’m pretty sure it was the best overall lineup of the season, as each band is uber-talented in their own right. Together? Pure magic.

I was lucky enough to interview Francois Comtois, drummer for Young The Giant, last year and it’s been marvelous to watch their continued rise as on the best indie bands around. The new Cold War Kids album is by far my favorite and Joywave is that quirky fun band you can’t wait for everyone to discover. Or maybe not, because you also want them to be just yours alone, right? Continue reading…

Airplane Mode and The Outer Vibe - Concert Photos from Denver
Oct 2017

Airplane Mode and The Outer Vibe: Coming Home To Denver

Technically neither Airplane Mode nor The Outer Vibe are Denver bands, but we claim them. Dave Wiskus from Airplane Mode used to live in Colorado – we first met during that time – although he and his bandmates are now based in New York City.  And I met The Outer Vibe on Twitter but finally got together at a festival several years ago. Since then, they have played here often – we adopted them as well.

Both bands joined up at the Marquis Theatre this summer for a show that was full of friends and family. The Marquis is one of my favorite venues in Denver and not just because the bartenders know what kind of beer I like. It’s a small place that can hold a lot of people – or a lot of balloons, as in the case of Airplane Mode. Continue reading…