Photos: 2014 Underground Music Showcase

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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, now in its 14th year. Yesterday, The Denver Post said, “The Undergound Music Showcase has become the juggernaut of indie music in the West.” While national acts like Blonde Redhead and Real Estate are  welcome, The UMS is a non-profit endeavor known  for its focus on local bands and for  benefiting the local community.  This year’s UMS will showcase 400 performances at more than 20 venues along South Broadway over four days.

The music continues Saturday and Sunday from noon through 2 a.m.. Single-day passes  still available for $35 per day. Go to TheUMS.Com, or buy a pass at the box office on the corner of Broadway and Archer Streets.

 

Photos: 2013 Underground Music Showcase: The UMS

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By John Moore
July 21, 2013

Photos from the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, a little party I started in 2001 that now offers more than 350 bands over four days on South Broadway. Photos by John Moore for www.CultureWest.Org

 

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Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper introduces one of his personal favorites to the UMS main stage: Sunday headliners Nathaniel Rateliff and Born in the Flood. Read more about it here.

 

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How you can donate to the Denver Actors Fund

The new Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. Photo by John Moore. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):

Video: Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper introduces Nathaniel Rateliff at 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 the Flobots before their headlining performance at the little music fest I started in 2001 — now a sprouting teenager called the Underground Music Showcase. The UMS just featured early 400 bands over four days along eight blocks of Broadway in the Baker neighborhood.

The UMS is now — and I did not know this until Mr. Hickenlooper said so on Sunday night — the second-largest live music conclave west of the Mississippi. I was already in hog heaven when Gordon Gano made an appearance playing violin — in a Violent Femmes cover band.

Hickenlooper was back at the 2013 UMS to introduce one of his personal favorites to the main stage: Nathaniel Rateliff, who is also the frontman for the final-day UMS headliners, Born in the Flood. Hickenlooper’s giddy enthusiasm for music, and the arts in general, are palpable. He sounded just like a kid when he boasted, “I will tell you right now that Nathaniel Rateliff is going to become one of the biggest musicians in this country.” … And the part of the clip where Hickenlooper theorizes on the possible origin of the name “Born in the Flood” is priceless.

The band lineup on Sunday was Rateliff, Joseph Pope, Nathan Meese and Patrick Meese.

(And thanks for the shout-outs to Ricardo Baca and me, UMS Event Director Kendall Smith!)

Here are just a few of the photos I took at the 2013 UMS. I still have two days worth to add — they will be updated by the end of the day.

 

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The new Denver Actors Fund is a modest source of immediate, situational relief when members of the local theater community find themselves in sudden medical need. Photo by John Moore. To donate to the Denver Actors Fund, please go here (with our humble thanks):

Video: Churchill, Barcelona and Navy at the Bluebird Theater

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 Churchill at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 30, 2012. Video by John Moore

 

Navy:

The new band Navy fronted by Dan Craig played in support of Denver’s Churchill at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 30, 2012. Members include Nathan Meese (The Centennial) and Tyler Rima and Joe Richmond of Churchill. Joining in for this song is Churchill’s Tim Bruns. Video by John Moore

 

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Photos from Sept. 30 at the Bluebird Theater:

Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill took to the balcony of the Bluebird Theater. Photo by John Moore.

Churchill played two sold-out shows at the Bluebird Theater on Sept. 29-30. Photo by John Moore.

Tyler Rima of Churchill playing an opening set with Navy. Photo by John Moore.

Nathan Meese of The Centennial and Navy joined Churchill for its set on Sept. 30 at the Bluebird. Photo by John Moore.

Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill took to the balcony of the Bluebird Theater. Photo by John Moore.

Tim Bruns and Bethany Kelly of Churchill took to the balcony of the Bluebird Theater. Photo by John Moore.

Churchill played the Bluebird on Sept. 30. Photo by John Moore.