I just returned from The Underground Music Showcase in Denver, Colorado, and what a treat it was. What seemed to feel like a million band choices in this three day event turned out to be pretty easy to navigate. All the music was great.
While wandering around with just the right amount of beer in us, we walked into a basic storefront of the typical hipster “curiosity” shop selling whatever feels or looks ironic. Much to my surprise, something really cool was taking place; a pop up “make your own record” studio was set up in a little room in the back of the shop. It became the one off, must do thing for the musicians at UMS.
When we were there, a young girl was getting ready to make her vinyl. She sat in a little room, more like a broom closet, with vintage microphones and headphone ready to croon her song with her haunting voice, and she did just that. We were hanging out with the tech guy and the artist friends. It had such a great ‘Oh Brother,Where Art Thou’ feel, I got super excited.
Here are a couple of photos (photos by Glenn Smith) of the guy, the machine and vibe of the day…
I hope you enjoy these photos!
South by SouthWest is an exercise in excess to say the least. Unless you have a problem eating Tex-mex and BBQ for breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as more music than one person could or should digest in one seating.
I can proudly say that I gorged on all of it. I present two different offerings;
First, my leftovers from Guero’s on South Congress which I ate 3 out of the 4 days that we were there:
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What is cool about The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is that Denver has become a shining light in promoting new and creative bands with multi-day event in the most hipster part of the big-d is The Baker District on South Broadway. Be sure to hit this link and learn about what it is all about.
Again, just like my previous posts about The Specials and Iggy Pop, this is not a full song of each band. This is a sample of their work and me not being a prick and holding up my phone the entire set. I will once again stress, please don’t be one of those people watching the screen of your phone and not the show right in front of your face. You are there, enjoy the show! Make memory movies not evidence that you where there.