It's the most wonderful time of the year! Sure, Christmas and all, but for Denver music fans, it also means KTCL Channel 93.3's Hometown For The Holidays contest. In a nutshell, Colorado bands submit songs to Alf, who has the "Locals Only" show on Sunday…
Obviously, I love local Denver music, and especially the celebration that is Hometown For The Holidays. KTCL Channel 93.3 hosts an annual contest that encourages submissions from Colorado bands, who are then narrowed down to ten finalists for us to choose from. The top three play a concert together at Summit Music Hall and two different prizes are announced. There is the Performance Award - gauged by applause - which was narrowly won by former finalists Pandas & People. (Seriously, Nerf had to use a noise-measuring app to figure it out.)
Hometown For The Holidays 2016 WinnerThen there is the Song Contest winner, who will open next year's Not So Silent Night. Redlands took that prize for their song "Big Talk" and have had a steady stream of shows since then (Next up: February 4th with Shatterproof). [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] DJ Alf holding the sign for Redlands during HTFTH 2016.[/caption]
It's a big tradition at Channel 93.3's Not So Silent Night concert: the Top Ten finalists of Hometown For The Holidays are announced. This song contest has become such an ingrained part of the Denver music scene that some bands specifically record songs just for it. Every year, after musicians from all over Colorado (not just Denver) have submitted their songs to KTCL, a committee that represents a wide variety of music professionals gets together to listen and rate. The list is narrowed down to the Top Ten which is, as I mentioned, announced by DJ Alf during the annual Not So Silent night music festival (which was last night... I think... if I can remember through my massive hangover).