Every year for the past five years, Concerts for Kids has put on the Denver Day of Rock on a Saturday in late May. The first year I knew of it was in 2010 when I saw that Fishbone was playing – FOR FREE. That’s right, the DDoR is a free show, every year. It had been years since I’d been ‘Boned, so I decided to take the family to the 16th Street Mall in downtown Denver and see one of my favorite bands.
|Note to self: Start taking my real camera to shows|
Of course they rocked, they’re Fishbone!
I wasn’t able to make it to the fest in the ensuing years for various reasons, so I missed out on lots of other bands, including local faves Bop Skizzum, Air Dubai, and The Samples (what? They were great when I was in college).
I always look for the lineup, though, and when I skimmed this year’s list of bands it went something like this: “Plain White T’s…ok, I think my kids like them…Wallflowers…interesting, a Friday night show…Oh, cool! Calder’s Revolvers!…Oh, cool! Rachel and the Kings…The Hold Steady…THE HOLD STEADY?!?” It quickly dawned on me that my first Hold Steady show would be a free show and I was incredibly psyched.
Someone at DDoR must have similar musical taste to Your Older Brother, because when the schedule came out, there were NO conflicts of the bands I wanted to see! That’s not an easy task when you’ve got 5 stages going. I passed on seeing The Wallflowers Friday night because it was pouring rain and I wanted to save my energy for the following day. If I was going to get soaked seeing a band, I’d rather it be a band I really love. Like The Hold Steady.
So, Saturday afternoon we made our way once again to downtown Denver for an afternoon of music. First up: Calder’s Revolvers.
|Fierce Bad Rabbit|
|Rachel and the Kings|
|Craig Finn & Tad Kubler|
|Steve Selvidge & Tad|
|More Craig & Tad|
|Steve’s a badass|
|Not a great pic, but that bright thing in the middle is a full-chest washboard!|
|The “Hey There Delilah” moment|