If you had asked me just a few months ago, I would have been unsure if the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) would be happening this year. But the lineup was released this week, and indeed Denver’s showcase of hidden musical talent is going down! A month later than usual and a bit smaller than past years – but given the continuing pandemic concerns, I am pretty impressed by the number of bands and venues. Sure, there are some Denver faves who didn’t get a slot this year, but there is also a lot of new talent I can’t wait to see live. Such is the problem with these sorts of things – you can’t make everyone happy.
That’s been my attitude about UMS in general. Show up and see who is there. It’s gritty, sloppy, but most importantly – really fun. For me, the best part is just wandering around seeing friends and listening to music. Period. It can be an overwhelming weekend of music and heat, so drink your water, apply that sunscreen, but get yourself down to Broadway in August!
(From 6th Ave to Alameda)
Start: Aug 27, 2021 – 3:00pm
End: Aug 29, 2021 – 10:00pm
Weekend Pass: $60
Weekend Pass 4-Pack: $220
Pinegrove • Remi Wolf • Allah-las
Shannon & The Clams • Neil Francis • Goth Babe • Dām Funk • Yoke Lore • Sofía Valdés • Kamauu • Mike • Thee Sacred Souls • Ekkstacy
Underground Music Showcase Lineup 2021
I can’t wait to see so many of these bands! Especially the ones who are new to me.
But here are my recommendations of must-see acts during UMS:
Adiel Mitchell, Augustus, Bellhoss, Bison Bone, CITRA, Claire Heywood, CRL CRRLL, Eldren, Elektric Animals, Float Like A Buffalo, The Grand Alliance, Glass Cases, Hellgramites, Holdfast, Izcalli, Kayla Marque, Levi Double U, Los Mocochetes, Mile High Soul Club, The Milk Blossoms, Motion Trap, Navy, Neoma, Oli McCracken, One Flew West, Paul Dehaven, Retrofette, Slow Caves, Strange Americans, The Still Tide, VYNYL, Wes Watkins, Wildermiss and Yasi.
Check out my other posts about local bands.
See you at UMS!