Photos from Day 2 of the 2014 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, July 25, 2014. To see the full photo gallery, click here. Photos by UMS co-founder John Moore, now Senior Arts Journalist for the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. Find more of his work at MyDenverCenter.Org The UMS is Denver’s premier indie festival,… Continue reading Photos: 2014 Underground Music Showcase
By John Moore Hey, look: It’s sort-of an ex-Czars “partay” in front of a couple of humping deer at the Deer Pile in downtown Denver on Nov. 16, 2013. Roger Green, Jeff Linsenmaier, Chris Perason, Andy Monley and others showed up to show off what they are up to post-Czars. The Czars were unquestionably one… Continue reading Photo: The Ex-Czars Reunion Partay
To see this photo gallery on a mobile phone, click here. By John Moore Aug. 16, 2013 Photos from Traci Kern’s birthday concert Aug. 12, 2013, at the Vintage Theatre. She performed with Donna Debreceni on keyboards, Larry Ziehl on drums, Jason Tyler Vaughn on guitar, Scott Alan Smith on bass, and singers Jalyn Courtenay… Continue reading Photos: Traci Kern Comes of Age
To see caption information for any photo above, or to see the gallery if watching on a mobile phone, click here. (The information is posted on the lower-left corner of each photo.) Or just click the “show info” option on any photo. By John Moore July 21, 2013 Photos from the 2013 Denver Post Underground… Continue reading Photos: 2013 Underground Music Showcase: The UMS
By John Moore July 23, 2013 When he first became Denver’s mayor, I saw now Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper sneak into the Lion’s Lair at midnight to catch a little bit of a John Doe set. He has introduced the Avett Brothers the past two years at Red Rocks. A few years ago, he introduced… Continue reading Video: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper introduces Nathaniel Rateliff at the UMS
By John Moore July 21, 2013 Easily the most aggravating hour of this or any other UMS was the (Not) “Funny Face-Off: Comedians vs. the Media,” during which one contradictory comic lambasted the largely friendly media coverage comedians receive here. First he gave it to them for somehow destroying the life work, hopes and ambitions… Continue reading UMS comedians on their hate/hate relationship with critics
Ranger Miller of the Duke Street Kings and Dot Wright, hip chick from the Arvada Chamber of Commerce, talk about the 16th annual Blues ‘n BBQ block party coming to the streets of Olde Town Arvada on July 14. $10 for 18 bands on three stages. All proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. For more… Continue reading Video: 16th Blues n BBQ fest coming to Arvada July 14
By John Moore July 6, 2013 Here’s my review of the Avett Brothers’ opening night of two sold-out shows at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison for the Denver Post’s music website, Reverb. Photos by Seth McConnell.
By John Moore June 11, 2013 Please join me in welcoming to Denver Chloe Veltman, who has been hired as the first editor of Colorado Public Radio’s forthcoming new arts bureau, a game-changing journalism initiative made possible by a $900,000 grant from the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation. The appointment of the San Franciscan was announced by CPR… Continue reading CPR names Chloe Veltman editor of new arts bureau
By John Moore May 21, 2013 These are 18 songs by Colorado bands that just make me gotta dance. Like for reals, shake your tail-feather, you can’t stop the beat, dancing. They are very different kinds of songs … Sometimes poppy, sometimes reverent, sometimes angry. But always irresistible. I have no defense against their booty… Continue reading Shake it: What Colorado bands make you get up and dance?
Video of Elin Palmer at the Walnut Room on March 14, 2013. By John Moore March 15, 2013 The handful of sagacious local-music aficionados who are not in Austin for South by Southwest were treated last night to sets by two of Denver’s most admired and crushworthy artists, Elin Palmer and Joshua Novak, at… Continue reading Video, photos: Elin Palmer and Joshua Novak at the Walnut Room
Here’s a video I shot of The Lumineers performing their encore from the balcony of the Bluebird Theatre in May 2012. By John Moore Feb. 6, 2013 It’s great to see all the love coming The Lumineers’ way, most recently today’s fine piece by the New York Times’ Jon Parales on the ever-blossoming Denver music… Continue reading The Lumineers’ Colorado theater connection
Mikeal Macbeth has created this this video montage of Angela Johnson performances. Used by permission. By John Moore Feb. 4, 2013 Though she was just a young woman, Angela Johnson was known as “the queen of community theater” in Northern Colorado. She was a classically trained vocalist who accepted any role given to her… Continue reading Sudden death of singer Angela Johnson has Northern Colorado reeling
By John Moore Nov. 29, 2012 The Arvada Center has the distinction of being one of only two regional theaters in the country invited to join current Broadway companies performing on the 14th annual “Carols for a Cure” double-CD, a mix of holiday classics and original material benefiting Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Right alongside the… Continue reading Arvada Center joins Broadway bigshots, Perez Hilton on “Carols for a Cure” CD
The English Beat performs “I’ll Take You There” at the Gothic Theatre Nov. 18, 2012. Dave Wakeling: “As far I was concerned, the 1980s were two or three of the best years of my life.” Video by John Moore’s crappy iPhone.
In this ongoing web series, arts journalist John Moore interviews prominent visitors to Denver. Here, Quincy Jones, producer of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” the best-selling album in history, and international spokesman for the Global Down Syndrome Foundation, talks with Moore before Jones’ fourth annual gala in Denver, which raised $1.5 million on Oct. 13,… Continue reading Video: Five minutes with … Quincy Jones
By John Moore Oct. 1, 2012 Churchill celebrated its recent major-label signing with two headlining shows at the Bluebird Theater in Denver on Sept. 29-30, 2012. On Day 2, the set included “Ark in a Flood,” above. The lineup included Navy and Barcelona. Video by John Moore. Barcelona: Seattle’s Barcelona played in support of Denver’s… Continue reading Video: Churchill, Barcelona and Navy at the Bluebird Theater
By John Moore Sept. 21, 2012 Just two weeks after signing with national label A&M Octone Records, home of Maroon 5, Denver acoustic indie-rock band Churchill played a down-low private party on Sept. 20 at a Denver art studio. The evening of mostly casual, unplugged goodness included a rendition of the popular new radio hit… Continue reading Photos, video: Churchill performs “Change” at Denver party
Jack White’s secret Denver show at Isdajo Automotive, West Colfax Avenue and Julian Street. Video by John Moore. Aug. 8, 2012.
Mike Marchant performs atop the Loweinstein CulturePlex rooftop at a Denver FilmCenter block party with Tattered Cover and Twist & Shout. Aug. 9, 2012. Video by John Moore.