Two weeks ago I won a pair of passes to attend the Westword Music Showcase, courtesy of the fine folks at Ultra5280. Westword advertised that there were over 150 local bands and I saw the tiniest fraction of them, but I had a friend pointing me in the right direction to start the day.
My day started with The Don’ts and Be Carefuls at Club Vinyl at the recommendation of my new friend Nigel. He tells me that he’s friends with the band, but I don’t think he’d recommend them if they were crap.
They had a ton of energy and a great 4-piece loud pop sound – guitar, bass, synth & drums. I might have missed a song or two, but I’m already hoping to catch them during the Underground Music Showcase next weekend (July 19-22). I’m listening to their song “The Still Favorites” as I write this and wish I had a stand-up desk so I could dance and write at the same time.
It was one of the hottest days of the summer in Denver, and everyone was walking around in shorts, t-shirts and sandals, trying to beat the heat in any way possible. I took off my shirt and twirled it around when walking between venues to try & dry it out. We were smart, though, and parked in the $5 structure near the Denver Art Museum and packed a cooler with our own food & a few bottles of water.
After seeing the Dont’s and Be Carefuls we beat feet over to the Curious Theatre to see Ian Cooke. He plays cello and sings but has a full band with him. I used to work with the guitarist Ian O a few years back and he constantly invites me to his shows on Facebook and I haven’t made it out to see him until now, and I’m so glad I did.
|Don’t be like her, kids. Be aware of your surroundings.|