Photos: 2014 Underground Music Showcase


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.


Shake it: What Colorado bands make you get up and dance?

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 power.

This is not a definitive “best” list, or intended to be in any way comprehensive. It is a conversation starter. And I’ve missed some new stuff, so help me out: What songs would you add to the list?

My iPoddable playlist of irresistible dance songs by Colorado bands, past or present:

  1. Dressy Bessy: “Shoot, I Love You”
  2. The Heyday: “Come In or Stay Out”
  3. The Hollyfelds: “Bad Timing”
  4. Hot IQ’s: “Duck and Cover”
  5. Churchill: “I Still Remember”
  6. Chairlift: “Bruises”
  7. Hearts of Palm: “We Have No Water Here”
  8. Meese: “This is the Start of It”
  9. These United States: “I Want You to Keep Everything”
  10. Kissing Party: “Lets Face These Times”
  11. Jim McTurnan and the Kids That Killed the Man: “Give Up Suffering”
  12. A Tom Collins: “Pants Off Dance Off”
  13. The Knew: “Company”
  14. Matson Jones: “Good Advice”
  15. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club: “Pine Box”
  16. Houses: “Mr. and Mrs. Kelly”
  17. DeVotchKa: “Gasoline Serpent”
  18. Me Llamo Rosa: “If John Cusack”

PS: The 13th annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase is coming July 18-21. Do not miss it.

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I defy you to defy Tammy Ealom: Dressy Bessy at the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS). Denver Post file photo.

I defy you to defy Tammy Ealom: Dressy Bessy at the 2009 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS). Denver Post file photo.