I have to apologize to Nerd Prom Denver for the lateness of this post, seeing as the geekfest actually happened in April. But their founder Andy Rok is out at the Wonder Woman movie with my husband this very moment, so I thought it was a perfect opportunity to catch up - and relive the fun. This year's headliners were MC Lars and Megaran, who seem to have been put on this earth to perform together. Nerd Prom 2017 also included Rocket Surgeons, DJ Boyhollow, hosts Alf & Rick as well as Andy's own band The Real Deal.
A few weeks ago, I was invited to a Nate Staniforth show here in Denver. I didn't know what to expect, really, because I don't think I have seen a magician live, in person, ever. I mean, other than when I was a kid and stuff. Nate's site specifically warns you the show is not for children, but that is not to imply that it's NSFW other than a stray curse word here and there. What he means is that there are no top hats, or rabbits, or sawing of women in half. It's a Ted talk filled with Nate's personality while he helps us remember to believe in magic again. I was lucky enough to meet him in person after the show and then get on the phone with him last week. He's a friendly guy who is willing to talk honestly about magicians, how he got to this profession and where he wants to go.
I am a huge fan of Mick Rock. Of course I am. "The Man Who Shot The Seventies." Hell yes. You are a fan too, although you may not know the name by heart, as I do. Mick Rock photographed some of the most iconic bands from that time period through today, including Queen, Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, The Ramones, and most famously all those Ziggy Stardust pics of David Bowie. He is clearly one of my idols as a concert photographer, but he also has a new project with the Ovation channel that brings him out in front of the camera. "On The Record With Mick Rock" will premiere on August 2nd, sharing intimate interviews with a wide variety of musicians including Josh Groban, Flaming Lips, Patti LaBelle and Kings of Leon.