How I Spent My Summer Vacation

 How I Spent My Summer Vacation
            Do you remember having to write those essays in school? I do. The summer has been a blur. Even as it becomes to come to an end, I feel like I’m still moving really fast. I’m hoping by Thanksgiving to have time to slow down…we’ll see.
 
            In July I had 2 big festivals: The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase and Vans Warped Tour. At UMS I saw 30 bands. At WT I saw 10. I also had a lot of smaller shows and even some I was too exhausted to make. I caught Lake Street Drive for the first time and a small band called Freakabout who had amazing energy and a killer drum kit.
 
            In June I saw Halestorm, Nneka, Little Hurricane, Jack & Eliza, Royal Thunder and a number of friends at the Westword Music Showcase. I also attended a show of Women in EDM which allowed me to see Church Fire.
 
            In May I saw Wolf Alice, War on Women, Meg Myers, Jessie J and Speedy Ortiz. I also saw Edison and saw Megan Burtt play with the Colorado Symphony. I also added a bunch of smaller shows at the last minute.
 
            For September I’m eyeing Diet Cig, On an On, Mynabirds, Beth Hart, Tei Shi, and The Hinds. As I write this I’m behind on my planned Back To School issue focusing on mentoring & development. You may see many of those interviews appear in September, just not on the first day.
 
            I’m already beginning to work on my end of year…Best Of issue and hope to see many entries for that in the coming months.  
September 1st, 2015