Classic UK punk band The Damned is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year and stopped by Denver earlier this year to include us in the fun. Significantly younger but definitely kick-ass band Bleached joined the party. Damned lead singer Dave Vanian had dislocated his shoulder earlier…
Another band I have always wanted to photograph but somehow always missed was Dashboard Confessional. Everyone told me how great Chris Carrabba and his crew were... and yup. Denver's Summit Music Hall was full and ready to rock out to nearly 20 years of music. Vinyl Theatre was a perfect opening back to set the mood. Dashboard Confessional is often called an emo band, and sure - the emotion is there in the lyrics. But no one was sad that these guys are back together and touring again.
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.
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.)