Your may notice that it's August and Westword Music Showcase happened in June. I hate it when people make excuses for late posts, but hopefully I can get a pass after the year I have had? Pretty please? Either way, my lateness is no reflection on the awesomeness of WMS. The style of headliners shifted a bit this year - whereas the end of the night has usually been full of pumping beats and lights... and for 2017, Shakey Graves torn down the house (err, parking lot) with just his voice and a guitar. Personally, I welcome the change - particularly with The Revivalists romping around just as the sun was setting on a gorgeous Denver day.
It's almost here! Westword Music Showcase (WMS) is right around the corner and you better have your tickets. Wait, you don't? I can help!
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You don't want to miss the 2017 WMS!
The problem with being a part-time concert photographer and full-time web developer is that you are constantly trying to catch up on editing photos. Denver's indie newspaper Westword held its annual music festival in June and I had thousands of photos to get through! The show itself is always awesome - chock full of a huge variety of local bands during the day and national headliners who play into the night. For me, it's one of my very favorite days of summer because you hear so much music, as well as discover new bands you have wanted to see for a while. There is no way to get around to everything, so check out the lineup from 2015's WMS. Below are bands I was able to photograph, all of whom were amazing. (DJ Alf agrees).
2016 UPDATE: USE "GREEBLE" FOR $5 OFF GENERAL ADMISSION!It's no secret that I am a big fan of our local indie paper, Westword. I especially love how their new(ish) music editor Kiernan Maletsky has evolved his section into a mix of local and national talent - which is a good overall description of the Westword Music Showcase. Headliners include Flume, The Black Angels, MisterWives, Robert DeLong, Wave Racer and Roadkill Ghost Choir. Over 100 local bands will also be playing, including some of my favorites like: Bianca Mikahn, Bud Bronson & the Good Timers, Chemistry Club, Dirty Femmes, Edison, Filthy T, Glowing House, Ian Cooke, In The Whale, Joy Subtraction, Modern Suspects, The Outfit, Post Paradise, The Raven & The Writing Desk, SF1, Strange Americans, Vices I Admire, Wheelchair Sports Camp and Wiredogs.
Sometimes ideas are born of frustration. The past few years Bryan, Monika and I have been attending festivals and having trouble accessing schedules in the moment due to poor cell service and/or apps that are full of graphics. At one point last year we started making Google Doc spreadsheets that had the times, bands, venues and twitter handles available - just to make our lives easier. This morphed into FanPlan.Info, which is a text-based micro site best viewed on mobile phones. It shows (and sorts) the schedule of major festivals by time, band and stage. And when you click "tweet this," a pre-populated tweet pops up with band name, twitter handle (if they have one), venue name, venue handle (if they have one), the time the band is playing, official festival hashtag, and, of course, #fanplan.