Every year, when I attend Denver Comic Con, I try to lurk in the shadows. Mainly because I like catching people in candid moments rather than setting them up all posey-posey. Not that there is anything wrong with smiling straight into the camera for photos - I just love observing the wide variety of people at DCC and how they interact with each other. 2017 brought the geek out for 115,000 attendees and again makes Denver the third largest Comic Con in the country (behind San Diego and New York). There were some rule changes and lots of space reorganization that bewildered folks at first (including me) - but once we got the hang of it, all was well.
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It's that time of year again! We are close to Halloween, which means Zombie Crawl takes over Denver's 16th Street Mall with some really outrageously creepy costumes. Given the state of our election, I expected an onslaught of Trumps, but only saw a few and they always had a Hillary on their arm. The zombie zeitgeist this year was full-on Day of the Dead, with multiple examples up and down the mall. It's the 11th anniversary of Denver Zombie Crawl and this year it also fell squarely on founder Danny Newman's birthday. Personally, I can't think of a better present than tens of thousands of costumed creatures taking over downtown.
Here is it, finally. My final post from the final music festival in Denver this year. Riot Fest Denver Day 3 culminated with the reunion of the *ORIGINAL* Misfits, who have pretty much hated each other for 30 years. I have no idea how they pulled this off, other than perhaps some massive therapy. They sounded great, but sadly, no photographers were allowed in. It happens... and also allowed me to run over and catch NAS, who put on a killer final set of the day. My other standout, of course, was Chevy Metal. I was surprised as I listened to the crowd discussing the band, reading directly from Riot Fest's description. "A 70's rock cover band?" I wanted to scream back at them: "WITH TWO FOO FIGHTERS, YOU GUYS!" I ain't gonna lie. Photographing Taylor Hawkins, perhaps my favorite drummer ever... that was f-u-n, FUN. Everyone else I got to that day was incredible as well. Bleached, Flatbush Zombies (including their awesome romp through the crowd), Bad Religion and especially Gogol Bordello rounded out a day that started great and just kept going. Thanks again for an awesome weekend, Riot Fest. Can't wait to see what tricks you pull out of your sleeve in 2017.
The second day of Riot Fest Denver was full of surprises for me. Sure, I liked the bands playing, but none of my absolute favorites happened to be on the schedule. What surprised me is that many of the bands I did see on day two blew. me. away. In particular, Sleater-Kinney became a highlight of the whole festival. THEY KILLED IT. Rock and roll at its finest with those ladies, to be sure. It was also fantastic to see Denverites DeVotchKa play to such a warm reception, so high on the bill. I am loyal to this band forever - they contributed to my former elementary school concert fundraiser way back in its early days. Set Your Goals, a band I had never heard of before (lame), threw down earlier in the day by running all around the stage and getting the crowd to a frenzied pitch. I almost forgot to take photos because I was having so much fun watching the guys performing, and their fans having fun. So Riot Fest continues to be exactly what we want it to be. Lots of music out in the dust on a hot day in Denver.
At the end of August, I took some time to attend the 360iDev conference here in Denver. 360iDev is the leading indie iOS/Mac developer conference in the U.S. and possibly the world. Over 4 days, iOS/Mac developers gather in Denver to share tips and techniques on everything topics like Xcode tricks, connecting iOS devices with Azure, and getting started with AudioKit.
Why go to the 360iDev iPhone Developer Conference?To be honest, I’m not actually an iOS/Mac developer. I have a few projects that I’m working on, but I have a full-time day job that I took time off from to attend this conference. I love the tools and work with them when I can, but it’s not my primary thing. So why would I want to attend a conference that doesn’t totally apply to me? The first reason is simple: I know the organizers from the Denver tech community. Denver Startup Week (happening right now), Denver Open Coffee Club, and multitudes of meet-ups, unconferences, co-working spaces, and happy hours introduced me to an amazing community of talent and experience. I’m always up for a chance to be around this group and learn more, and I want to support them in any way I can. The second reason is the reputation of the conference. Friends have gone in past years, and it gave them a new perspective on the tech industry. They told me the speakers and sessions weren’t just about the code and optimization techniques - there was always something more about how what developers create can have a larger impact beyond just their applications.
Last month, I interviewed Young The Giant's drummer in advance of the Denver Bud Light Party. It was a fun night - full of music, the arts - and of course, beer. Young The Giant released their latest album Amerika that same week, and if you haven't listened to it yet - be sure to check it out. It's their best yet (in my opinion) and I was blown away by their live show. Young The Giant returns to Denver for two nights at the Ogden Theater in early November. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="700"] Live street art at Denver's Bud Light Party[/caption] Opener The Strumbellas were also lots of fun, and big crowd pleasers. These guys return in December for KTCL Channel 93.3's annual Not So Silent Night music festival - and tickets for that go on sale this Friday.