Jul 202013

Underground Music ShowcaseMomentum for the 2013 Underground Music Showcase is definitely increasing. More crowds, more bands, comfortable evening weather and dynamic performances were the norm last night at the UMS, as the Baker district filled with music and music lovers.

I tend to focus on local talent, so to my shame, I missed headliner Mudhoney at the main stage, although I heard from several sources that the band was outstanding. (I had “mudhoney” ice cream at Sweet Action–does that count?) I did, however, manage to catch a few minutes of LA-based girl pop-punk band Bleached on my way from one local act to another–and that was worth the detour.

Some other highlights from Day Two:

Indie-rockers The Belle Jar started off playing to a sparse crowd at 3 Kings Tavern, but by the end of the set the venue area was full–partly because people finally started navigating through Denver’s Friday night traffic, and partly, I think, because word was spreading about them while they played. A great way to kick off the evening.

The Belle Jar

The Belle Jar

Guitarist Ryan Chrys has a well-established reputation in Denver for his crazy guitar work in The Demon Funkies, but his newly formed country act, Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts, is gaining traction as well. I managed to catch a few minutes of their set at The Hornet.

Ryan Chrys

Ryan Chrys and the Rough Cuts

New Denver “supergroup” Hollow Talk (comprised of members of d.biddle, Il Cattivo and Ideal Feathers) played a loud and raucous set at the Hi-Dive. The backlighting was cool live but hard to catch on the iPhone…but you can see ’em if you squint a little.

Hollow Talk

Hollow Talk


Besides the main outdoor stage, it seems the place to be last night was the Irish Rover. Absolutely packed with people for most of the night. I couldn’t get close enough to get pics of Sweet Tooth Meat Tooth or The Raven and the Writing Desk, but both sets were awesome. (I would have loved to see how TRATWD managed on that tiny stage with six people, a keyboard, drums and a marimba–but I just couldn’t get close enough to find out.) I did manage to squeeze to the front just enough to grab a picture or two of Science Partner, who also killed it.


Science Partner

Science Partner

Other acts I caught in passing that are worth mentioning last night were Gristle Gals at Illegal Pete’s (caught the sound check on my way to Belle Jar), and Ivory Circle and Shenandoah Davis at Gary Lee’s. All worth checking out. Also, the few minutes I caught of Common Anomaly’s set at Skylark Lounge were impressive.


Mudhoney (obviously)
Esme Patterson
Thee Dang Dangs
Chimney Choir
Princess Music
A. Tom Collins
Bop Skizzum
Ark Life


Big day today: Day 3!!

  One Response to “Highlights from UMS 2013 (Day Two)”

  1. I went to see Bop Skizzum after the line to see A. Tom Collins was too long. Walked all the way down to Brendan’s 404 and arrived 10 minutes after the scheduled start time to see them still setting up. When they finally started playing, none of the microphones worked. They eventually gave their female lead vocalist a guitar mic to sing into, and it worked for about half a song before it too cut out. The band was understandably frustrated, and they ended up just doing an extended cover of “Let Me Clear My Throat” in the middle of the crowd. Everyone was jumping around and making the best of it. SF1 (the band’s new addition as MC) ended up tap dancing. He actually had tap shoes on and broke it down. It was completely unexpected. Even though their show did not go according to plan it was still a blast. I think the band deserves a hat tip for that at least. Still wish I could have seen A. Tom Collins though, especially considering on my way back from Bop Skizzum I caught them leading a parade from 3 Kings to the Hi-Dive for Zebroids while playing “There Goes The Sun” and waving sparklers. Even though I wasn’t in the crowd it was still something to see.

    Sorry for rambling. Nice blog, dude.

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