Dec 072015
jeff nyc

Hello, friends and music lovers,

As you can tell, The Oomph has been quiet for some time now, and for my friends in the Denver music scene, you’ve probably noticed I haven’t been around to local shows as much. However, things have been anything but quiet in my world, and I felt it was high time to share a bit about what’s been happening around here. To give some context–let me share a bit about me and why I started The Oomph.

As many of you know, I’m not just a writer or a music lover–I’m a musician as well. I’ve been a composer and singer/songwriter for nearly four decades now. (Man, that makes me feel old.) But when my family and I first came to Denver just over 6 years ago, the music in me was nearly dead. I won’t go into details here as to why, but let’s just say I was burned out, disillusioned. The passion for writing and playing was virtually gone. In fact, when I first arrived here, I barely wrote a note for the first couple of years; I simply didn’t feel like I had anything left to say musically.

What I hadn’t lost however, was my love for music in general, nor my abiding love and respect for the people who create it. I understand how competitive the field is, and I admire musicians who continue to plug away at it, even in the face of disappointment, rejection, income challenges, and so on. I also understand the amazing moments when everything comes together, and the great sense of accomplishment when musicians succeed. I wanted to cheer these people on in any way I could–to be a voice to help encourage promising artists to keep at it, and if possible, to help them polish their gifts and better position them for success. This is why I started The Oomph when I moved to Denver. The Oomph represented the search for that intangible “it” factor among musicians, to identify “it” and encourage “it” wherever I saw it. And although I created the blog to review music from anywhere/everywhere, I made a point of getting to local shows in the Denver music scene, to get to know the local artists and encourage them however I could.


As I began going to shows, reviewing local music and interviewing local bands and artists, something amazing happened. As I began attempting to encourage others, I began to find myself inspired and encouraged, as well. I met songwriters whose songs began inspiring me to write. I saw performers whose exuberance onstage reminded me of what it was like to make music for the sheer love of it. I was inspired by the camaraderie and community and mutual respect I found within the Denver music scene, and I found friendship and community for myself as well.

And in the process, the music started to come back to life inside me.

Slowly but surely, I began to find my voice again. I started writing new songs, and I began looking for outlets to perform them. I started going to open mics and playing with other musicians at my favorite coffee shop. Nothing huge–but I didn’t want anything huge. I just wanted to play again. For the fun of it.

While this was happening, I began to find an even more exciting personal outlet. Those of you who know me personally know my son Joshua is an emerging filmmaker, and each of his projects over the last few years has needed an original score–and since Dad is a musician….well… :) I have a degree in music composition, and as I began to draw on that training to produce that music, I tapped into a place of creativity I hadn’t experienced in many, many years. For the first time in I don’t know how long–I loved what I was doing. I remembered why I got into music in the first place. Not only that–I saw the potential for a whole new career in music, one that could keep me busy for the next 30 years or more.

Of course, this created something of a dilemma for me. Between taking additional paid gigs in freelance writing and taking more of my spare time time to work on my own music in the studio, I found myself without a lot of extra time or energy to write about the music scene as much as I wanted to. For a couple of years, I managed to stay on top of major events like Westword Music Showcase and the UMS, but beyond that–not many reviews, and not many shows. I eventually put this blog on indefinite hiatus until I could figure out my priorities and come up with a plan.


For about the past year or so, our family has become increasingly aware that the next step of our artistic journey was going to require us to relocate, most likely toward one of the coasts, to find more opportunities and connections. We considered both New York and Los Angeles extensively, but since Joshua’s next film project is a feature-length film that calls for location shooting in New York, it makes more sense for us to be there to connect with the talent pool and potential investors who can hopefully help us get the film made. And serendipitously, we bought our townhome right at the beginning of Denver’s housing boom, and that is providing us with seed money to make the move.

So…after nearly seven years in this great city that welcomed us so graciously, we are planning to move to New York City in February 2016.

It’s the biggest, scariest thing any of us has ever done (although, believe it or not, it’s not the riskiest thing), but we are convinced that it’s time to make this move now. As for The Oomph–obviously, since this blog is so Denver-centric, and because of the time constraints otherwise, I won’t be on here much anymore, although I plan to leave the site up for awhile to continue to give my favorite bands the online presence they deserve.


Despite the time constraints of recent months, I still have a passion to encourage artists–not just musicians, but creatives of all types–and in what little spare time I’ve had, I’ve been working on a new outlet to bring that help and encouragement. Additionally, I live in a family of artists, and there are some elements of our shared story that we feel need to be told. So sometime soon, I’ll be launching a new blog and podcast called The Clan Artiste, which will address issues and topics that I believe will be of benefit to artists of all stripes. So if that’s something that interests you–stay tuned. Another announcement will be coming soon.

I’ve rambled long enough, so let me close by saying a great big THANK YOU to the Denver music scene and the greater Denver artistic community for welcoming us in, offering us friendship, and giving us a home here. Your passion, community and love of the art have given me fresh inspiration and helped me find my voice, and I couldn’t even imagine taking this next step if not for you. In the meantime–I’ll still be around for a couple more months, so don’t be surprised if you see me hanging out at a show here and there.

And if you do see me–come by and say hello, so I can thank you personally.

All my best,


Jul 272014

UMS logoGonna try to keep this one short and sweet–I have a gig myself this morning, and still have to get down to the Underground Music Showcase for Day 4 after that.  Meanwhile, while exhausted, I’m still enjoying 2014s version of the UMS, just like I do every year.

Yesterday for me was a combination of catching some great acts I hadn’t seen before, and catching up with a few of my favorites. Among the ones I heard for the first time:

Sarah and the Meanies–a great pop/rock vibe with a bit of soul thrown in.
Pull the Alarm–my friend Nick has been trying for months to get me to catch his new band. Finally got the opportunity. Wasn’t disappointed. Solid, heavy rock, well-played.
Idlewhile–This Longmont-based act offers an eclectic twist on Americana that makes them both interesting and enjoyable–and they don’t limit themselves either. (I think even heard something akin to Tejano in there.)  Only unfortunate thing about their set at SoBo Church was that there weren’t more people there to hear them.
Wiredogs–Holy crap. That’s all.
Lara Ruggles–Another friend in the scene that I’ve known for awhile, but our paths never crossed for me to see her perform live.  An awesome songwriter with a great voice. Glad I caught her this time.
The Griswolds–I didn’t know who these guys were–I didn’t know they weren’t local (they’re from Australia)–I just saw a bunch of buzz on the Twitters and dropped by to see what everyone was going so nuts about.  Seeing them play 3 Kings Tavern, I had a feeling I was witnessing history, because it’s pretty obvious these guys won’t be playing intimate venues much longer.  Watch this band. Seriously.

As the day progressed, I also had the chance to catch a few of my ongoing favorites.  Megan Burtt drew a healthy crowd to the Irish Rover for her set with a full band–which, by the way, ought to become a thing.  These guys were, as we say in the “biz” when they’ve got a solid groove, “hitting the pocket.” Jen Korte’s Dirty Femmes performed in a warehouse setting (perfect fit for ’em), and they killed it as always. And Dan Craig and Jessica Sonner (Craig) basically took up residency at SoBo Church for multiple sets in various incarnations (Dan solo, Jess solo, and later the two of them as Oh, Starling)–and I managed to catch at least part of each set, ’cause I’m just loyal that way.

So…one more day to go.  Here are some promising picks for the last day of UMS (NOT a comprehensive list):

In the Whale (Hi-Dive, 3pm-Reverb Day Party)
My Body Sings Electric (Hi-Dive, 4pm-Reverb Day Party)
Petals of Spain (The Hornet, 4pm)
Wire Faces (3 Kings Tavern, 6pm)
Land Lines (Irish Rover, 6pm)
Vices I Admire (Illegal Pete’s, 6pm)
Ivory Circle (SoBo Church, 6pm)*
*yes, there are lots of great acts at 6pm…I have no idea where I’ll end up
Red Fox Run (Illegal Pete’s, 7pm)
Poet’s Row (SoBo Church, 7pm)
Wiredogs (3 Kings Tavern, 8pm)
Edison (Moe’s BBQ, 8pm)
Instant Empire (Blue Ice, 9pm)
The Parlor Pickers (Gary Lee’s, 10pm)
John Common Superheart (Irish Rover, 11pm)

So, okay–not so short and sweet. Enjoy the last day of UMS 2014!


Jan 312014

jeff mcqIf you have been following this blog for awhile, you’ve probably noticed that my posts have been a bit sparse lately. I think a bit of explanation is in order, particularly for the benefit of my friends in the Denver music scene who might be wondering where I’ve been and what I’m up to these days. So if you’ll indulge me, I’d like to share some personal thoughts with you.

I have not fallen off the earth, nor have I abandoned the music scene here. Not at all. I happen to believe the Denver music scene is one of the best and most affirming music communities in the nation, and I remain committed to doing what I can to help local artists succeed.  However, after blogging about this music community for four (!) years now, and trying to juggle full-time writing responsibilities with this labor of love–and also feeling like my role in this scene is changing and expanding–I have felt a need to take a little time off to breathe, regroup, and do some soul searching about how I can be more effective in supporting this awesome music scene.

Part of this soul searching has involved a fresh exploration of my own creative gifts. The truth is, I have a rather unique approach to being a music blogger in that I am a lifetime songwriter and musician myself. When I began covering the Denver music scene, I never intended it to be my only role within it. When I first moved here, I was taking a breather from making music, but lately I’ve begun rediscovering this part of my life. Thus, for the past couple of years, I’ve spent a bit less time reviewing shows, and a bit more time actually playing them. Currently, I play two Sundays per month at a local coffee shop with some friends, just for fun, and I’m even taking a paid gig here and there as a keyboardist.  I have also been working on composing (some of you reading this have heard the film score I wrote for my son’s short film). Additionally, I’ve spent about a year apprenticing in a local recording studio, learning audio engineering in order to hone my skills within my own home studio.  So there’s all that.

But there’s more.  For some time, I’ve been pondering how I might offer more to this music community than just writing good things about good musical artists–I want to do something a bit more tangible.  I have a few things still in the incubator that I’m not quite ready to talk about yet. But if you’re a Denver musician or a Denver music fan, and you’ve wondered or cared whether I’m still around, please know that my recent lapse in activity has not been for the purpose of doing less, but rather, looking for ways to do more to support the music scene here. I look forward to sharing some of these ideas with you in the near future.

So what can you expect over the next few months? Here’s what I can tell you:

1. My self-imposed break from writing here at the The Oomph will last for the next couple of months. When I return around the end of March or beginning of April, watch for a new look for the blog, and a slightly different format.

2. I will very likely be discontinuing my writing for That outlet has served its purpose. My old articles will still be available there as far as I know.

3. I am still writing and editing over at Music Is My Oxygen, and will be for the foreseeable future. Just posted an interview with Priscilla Ahn there this morning, in fact. My pet project over there is the DIY Music category, where I share helpful information for indie artists similar to what I have done on my sister blog The Developing Artist. Just reposted an interview with Jessica Cole of Lyric House that’s worth reading.

4. Speaking of indie artists, here’s something that might be helpful:  I’ve written an e-book for DIY musicians as a work for hire for a client of mine, The Recording Connection. It’s a 58-page e-book about thinking like a musical entrepreneur, and it features interviews with LA producer Warren Huart and Denver’s own Katey Laurel.  It was just released last week, and right now, The Recording Connection is offering the e-book for free. If you’re a DIY musician, you may find some valuable info in there. All you have to do is go to the web page and download it.

5. I hope to have more to share about my plans for a deeper involvement in the Denver music scene within the next few months, probably sometime this spring.

Meanwhile–don’t be surprised to find me popping up here and there at Denver shows, and don’t hold me to complete radio silence on this here blog. If I’ve got something to say, I’ll say it. :)

Also, if you are in the area, feel free to drop by La Dolce Vita Coffee in Olde Town Arvada the second and fourth Sunday mornings of each month. I’m there playing and singing under the moniker “Jeff and Friends.” My good friends Mark Asimus and Monica Sales are regularly there to help out, and we’ve also had friends from the Denver scene like Dave Preston and Rachel James drop by to play.

Finally–it’s been awhile since I did any Live Music Weekend Picks here, but if you want to brave the cold to see some great shows in Denver this weekend…my friend Angie Stevens has a great show planned tonight (Jan. 31) at Soiled Dove Underground, and tomorrow night (Feb. 1) is the new album release show for My Body Sings Electric over at the Marquis Theater, and also Lara Ruggles’ birthday show at Leon.  You can’t go wrong with any of these shows. :)

So here’s to the future! Please stay tuned…

Jul 222013

Underground Music ShowcaseSo another Underground Music Showcase is in the bag. I’m exhausted, but it was completely worth it. Here is the last round of highlights.



I couldn’t make it in to the UMS until 4pm or so, but I managed to catch the last few minutes of The Whicker and Pine at Illegal Pete’s. This band has grown considerably in size and sound since I last reviewed them here.

The Whicker and Pine

The Whicker and Pine

I had a band interview during the five o’clock hour, but I still managed to grab a few minutes of The Outfit at the Hi-Dive (great band, high energy), along with Rachel and the Kings at the Main Stage, who are always in fine form.

The Outfit

The Outfit

Rachel and the Kings

Rachel and the Kings

One of the highlights of the night–for that matter, one of the best moments of the UMS in general–I basically stumbled on when I was having dinner at the Punch Bowl Social. The Dirty Femmes (the Violent Femmes tribute act fronted by Jen Korte) absolutely knocked it out of the park. I later found out that original Violent Femmes member Gordon Gano was actually sitting in on violin for the set. Too many people in the space for me to grab a good picture, but trust me, this is a tribute band worth seeing.


Folk act I’m With Her put on one of their best shows at South Broadway Christian Church. Best to see them at a show soon–the act officially ends with the close of summer as Haley E. Rydell (shown left) will be moving to (gasp!) Minnesota.

I'm With Her

I’m With Her

Indie-rockers Petals of Spain had a fun performance over at Illegal Pete’s. This is where I discovered that the gorilla I hi-fived on Night One was one of the bandmates in costume.

Petals of Spain

Petals of Spain

The final performance on the Main Stage was definitely worth seeing. Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff closed the stage down with the reunion of an early Denver act he fronted, Born In the Flood, featuring the Meese bros. on guitar and drums. UMS director Kendall Smith came out beforehand to thank all the UMS team, sponsors and volunteers–and then to the delight of the crowd, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper came onstage to introduce Born In the Flood.

John Hickenlooper

Gov. John Hickenlooper introduces the band.

Born In the Flood

Born In the Flood

Born In the Flood

Born In the Flood

Shows on the last night of the UMS continued past midnight. After four days, I was too exhausted to stick around that long, but I had to stay and see my friend John Common take the stage at the Irish Rover with his band Blinding Flashes of Light.

John Common

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light



Natalie Tate
Megan Burtt & The Cure For Love
Chimney Choir
Something Underground
John Wirtz
Wire Faces
Residual Kid
In the Whale
Rob Drabkin

All told, I’ve been to this festival three years running, and this year’s was the best by far. Kudos to Kendall Smith, the team of volunteers, the Denver Post and OpenAir CPR for all they did to make the weekend awesome. If you are not from Colorado and are an indie music lover, you owe it to yourself to make plan’s for next year’s UMS. If you live in Denver, you have no excuse. Just saying.

Jun 072013

There’s so much great live music going on in Denver this weekend that, even more than usual, the weekend picks are simply designed to help you narrow the search down a little, rather than pick the best of the best. If you want to catch some great music this weekend in the Mile High, this should at least get you started. Good luck!


The MarchFourth Marching Band is making a tour stop at the Bluebird Theater, 3317 E. Colfax in Denver. Opening the show are Denver’s own Bop Skizzum and In Due Time. Tickets are $20, available from Bluebird Theater. Service charge may apply. Doors at 8:00 PM. Ages 16+.

HomeVibe Presents is celebrating its 7th anniversary with a special show at The Walnut Room. Featured headliner is Tony Lucca (from The Voice Season 2), along with Reed Foehl and the HomeVibe House Band. Tickets are $30 each, available from The Walnut Room (reserved tables for 4 also available for $130). Service charge may apply. Doors at 7:00 PM. Ages 21+.


Colorado’s own Big Head Todd and the Monsters make their annual homecoming trek to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, this year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their album Sister Sweetly. Opening the show is Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. Remaining tickets are $45.50-$55.50, available from Ticketmaster. Service charges apply. Show starts at 7:00 PM.

Local dance/punk band The Photo Atlas are headlining a show at the Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway in Denver. Opening acts include Hollow Talk and Izcalli. Tickets are $8 each, available from the Hi-Dive; service charge may apply. Doors at 8:30 PM; show starts at 9:30. Ages 18+.

Happy weekend!


May 312013

It seems to be the season for great, FREE live music in Denver. Last weekend it was the Denver Day of Rock; this weekend, it’s yet another of Denver’s finest traditions: the annual Capitol Hill People’s Fair, which takes place June 1-2.

Every year round about this time, the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods (effectively Denver’s largest HOA) takes over Civic Center Park in downtown Denver, in the shadow of the state capitol, with what could arguably be considered the best block party ever. Hundreds of exhibits from local artists and crafters (including a juried art competition), great local fare…and five stages featuring some of Denver’s finest local performers. All of it FREE. There’s no better place this weekend to take in some great Denver music than at the People’s Fair, which is why it is my pick for this weekend.

Here are just a few of the great artists who will be performing around Civic Center Park this weekend:

Olivia Rudeen
Monroe Monroe
Vices I Admire
Wendy Woo
Coles Whalen
The Foot.
Left Foot Green
Buckner Funken Jazz
Green River Vibe
Something Underground
Tequila Mockingbird
Demon Funkies
PJ Zahn

….aaand many others!

The Capitol Hill People’s Fair Kicks off at 10:00 AM both Saturday and Sunday, with music going on throughout both days. The weather looks to be awesome, so come on out and enjoy! For information about the People’s Fair, click here; for a full lineup of acts and start times, click here.


If two days of great live outdoor music is not enough for you, you can head over to the Hi-Dive (7 S. Broadway) Saturday night after the fair closes to catch Nate Rateliff and the Night Sweats, who are releasing a 7″ vinyl record with a special show there. DJ Jason Heller will open the show. Tickets are $10 plus service charge, available from the Hi-Dive. “Formal attire is encouraged.” Doors at 9:00 PM; show starts at 10:00. Ages 21+. (Word to the wise: this concert is likely to sell out, so get tickets early.)

Happy weekend!

Apr 052013

Guitarist Dave Preston

There’s plenty of great live music going on in Denver for the first weekend of April–far more than one person could take in. So…here are a few suggestions among the many great alternatives to help you make up your mind, including a few hidden treasures. Good luck deciding. :)


Singer-songwriter/guitarist Ryan Chrys is having a CD release show at The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. in Denver. Opening acts include Little Goose and Brent Loveday (of Reno Divorce). Tickets are $8 each, available from The Walnut Room. Service charge may apply. Doors at 8:00 PM. Ages 21+.

Local dream-pop band Shady Elders are releasing an EP as well, with a show at the Hi-Dive, 7 S. Broadway in Denver. Also performing are Hindershot and Wild High. Tickets are $8 each, available from Hi-Dive; service charge may apply. Doors at 8:30 PM; show starts at 9:30. Ages 18+.



Local singer-songwriter/guitarist Dave Preston is performing at Swallow Hill’s Tuft Theatre, 71 East Yale in Denver. The show is a benefit in support of The Kasisi Children’s Home in Zambia, Africa, and will include musical guests Rachel James, Eddie Turner and Kenny Passarelli. Tickets are $10 advance, $12 day of show, available from Swallow Hill. Discount rates for Swallow Hill members. Show starts at 8:00 PM, and is all ages.

Denver alt-rockers The Epilogues are headlining a show at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake St. in downtown Denver. Also performing are Eldren, Vetta Star and We Like Monsters. Tickets are $10 each, available from Soda Jerk Presents. Doors at 7:00 PM. This is an all-ages show!

Have a great weekend!

Mar 012013

Yep, it’s not just a new month, it’s the weekend–and Denver has lots of great live gigs going on as usual. If you need help narrowing down your choices…well, that’s what we’re here for. You’re welcome.



Synthpop act Passion Pit is making a tour stop at 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Ln. in Broomfield. Opening the show are Matt & Kim. Tickets are $35-$40, available from TicketHorse. Service charges may apply. Doors at 6:30 PM; show starts at 7:30.  This is an all-ages show.

Folk rocker Dan Tedesco is also stopping in Denver on tour, at The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street in Denver. Opening the show are local acts Sarah & the Meanies and Shelby Britton. Tickets are $8, available from The Walnut Room; service charge may apply. Doors at 7:00 PM. Ages 21+.


Local indie rock acts Foxfield Four and Petals of Spain are having a dual CD release show at the Moon Room at Summit Music Hall, 1902 Blake in Downtown Denver. Also appearing are Vetta Star, Viretta and Leftmore. Ticket are $8 advance, $10 day of show, available from Soda Jerk Presents. Doors at 7:00 PM. This show is all-ages.


EXTRA TIP: If you’re into Denver music and “secret shows” with news spread by word-of-mouth and social media, you might want to hang out at Lost Lake at 3602 E. Colfax this weekend. Word is that Nathaniel Rateliff’s old band Born In the Flood will be playing a set there Friday night, and Dan Craig’s new band NAVY will play there Saturday night. Just saying…

Dec 282012

The Photo Atlas

Since New Year’s Eve 2012 falls on Monday, it seems a lot of Denver’s best acts are gearing up for big parties at local venues. As usual, there are plenty of great live shows going on around town all weekend, but this week’s picks include some of the more promising New Year’s Eve shows, as well. That said–here are the picks for this weekend!


This FREE show at the Oriental Theater features Americana artist Laura Goldhamer, with additional performances by Chimney Choir, Shenandoah Davis, Natalie Tate, Roger Green and others! The Oriental Theater is at 4335 W. 44th Ave. in Denver. Doors at 7:00 PM. Ages 18+.


Local neo-folk act Glowing House is headlining Saturday night at the Larimer Lounge, 2721 Larimer St. in Denver. Opening acts include Eye and the Arrow, Safe Boating Is No Accident, and The Cardinal Grey. Tickets are $8 advance, $10 day of show, available through Larimer Lounge. Doors at 8:00 PM; show starts at 9:00. Ages 21+.


Slim Cessna’s Auto Club is holding a two-night stint at The Oriental Theater, 4335 W. 44th Ave. in Denver. The Sterling Sisters will also perform both nights, with Denver Broncos UK opening Dec. 30, and Munly and the Lupercalians opening Dec. 31. Tickets are $15 on Sunday, $25 on Monday, or $35 for a two-day pass, available through Oriental Theater. Service charges apply. Doors at 8:00 PM nightly; shows start at 9:00. Ages 16+.


The String Cheese Incident is playing the last three nights of 2012 at 1stBank Center, 11450 Broomfield Lane in Broomfield. New Year’s Eve is sold out, but tickets for the other two nights are still available at press time. Tickets are $55-$60, available from TicketHorse. Doors at 6:30 PM nightly; shows start at 7:30. These are all-ages shows!


Local dance/punk outfit The Photo Atlas are headlining at The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut St. in Denver. Openers include Monroe Monroe, The Foot. and Strange Kids. Tickets are $5 each, available from The Walnut Room. Service charge may apply. Doors at 8:00 PM. Ages 21+.


The Samples‘ New Year’s Eve Show will take place at Herman’s Hideaway, 1578 S. Broadway in Denver. Also appearing are On Second Thought (reunion performance!) and Highway 50. Tickets start at $25 (tables can be reserved for up to $240), available from Herman’s Hideaway. Service charges may apply. Doors at 7:00 PM; show starts at 7:30. Ages 21+.

Stay safe, and Happy New Year!

Dec 212012

It’s December 21. Everyone still here? Good. If you’re in Denver looking for some great live shows to attend to celebrate the world not ending, here are a few suggestions to narrow down the many choices available. Here you go…


Local fans who remember Nathaniel Rateliff’s early band Born In the Flood (before he “went national”) are in for a rare treat: Born In the Flood is reuniting for a special holiday show tonight at the Gothic Theatre, 3263 S. Broadway in Englewood–along with Nathan & Stephen and In the Whale. Tickets are $18, available from the Gothic Theatre. Service charge may apply. Doors at 7:00 PM; show starts at 8:00. Ages 16+.

Colorado-based national pop act OneRepublic is headlining “Denver Acoustic Christmas: A Concert For Charity” at the Ogden Theatre, 935 E. Colfax in Denver. Also appearing are Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Flobots and Zach Heckendorf. Proceeds will go toward Children’s Hospital, Food Bank of the Rockies and Denver Santa Claus Shop. Lower-tier admission tickets are sold out, but General Admission tickets are still available at press time for $85 each through AXS; also, VIP tickets (including a meet-and-greet with OneRepublic) are still available for $150 each here. Service charges apply. Doors at 6:00 PM; show starts at 7:00. Ages 16+.


Channel 93.3’s annual Hometown For the Holidays local band competition finale show will take place Saturday night at Casselman’s, 2620 Walnut Street in Denver. The Top 10 Bands (listed below) were announced at Not So Silent Night 2012 last week; the Top 3 (tba Friday at 5:00 PM on Channel 93.3) will perform at Casselman’s, at which time the winner will be announced and prizes awarded. Doors to this show open at 7:30 PM, but it is a FREE show, so get there early to get a place in the building. Ages 21+.

The Top 10 bands for this year’s Hometown for the Holidays are:

My Body Sings Electric
Reno Divorce
Monroe Monroe
Rachel and the Kings
Chemistry Club
Vetta Star
The Photo Atlas
Foxfield Four

Have a great weekend!