The sidewalks of South Broadway swelled once again for the annual Denver Post Underground Music Showcase, which featured four-days of music in venues spread out throughout the Baker neighborhood.
As always, there were countless memorable moments that came courtesy from a steady stream of talented acts. One of the most memorable moments came on Saturday night from the band Altas (pictured above), which set off the smoke alarm with its fog machine at Illegal Pete's and kept right on playing, even as fire officials showed up with lights flashing. Not only did the outfit finish its show, but it turned in one of the most satisfying sets of the weekend.
Codename: Carter also turned in a captivating, high caliber set on Friday night at the Irish Rover in front of a capacity crowd. Everybody on hand was equally as enthusiastic for Bud Bronson & the Goodtimer's closing set Saturday night at the hi-dive, which seemed to have lines stretching down the block to Archer almost the entire weekend. The scene was similar at Mutiny Information Cafe, which hosted free shows all weekend as part of its annual Mile High Parlay.
In other news and notes, there is plenty of new music and new projects to tell you about and to keep an eye out for later this year.
Guitar great Steve Goldberg from the iconic Denver metal band Cephalic Carnage says his group is in the midst of writing new songs with plans to start recording a new album by the end of the year.
Ghosts Gone Quiet, meanwhile, a brand new band featuring former members of the heavy Denver-based psych act Rainbowhead, made its Denver debut at The UMS. The outfit, which is made up in part by Dave Meyer, who played most recently with Emerald Siam, and Josh Wambeke, the former frontman of Fell, played a pair of sets at the festival.
Speaking of new bands, Fear Before frontman David Marion was at Illegal Pete's on Saturday night and said there's possibly a new project on the horizon for him, as well. Keep an eye on this space for updates.
In the meantime, Mike Mitchell of Thief River and Rexway, who played a solo set at Think Tank, has a new album in the works. Mitchell says the sessions are still in the rough stages, but the new songs should see the light of day within the next few months.