Izcalli, The Velveteers, Thundercat, Ramakhandra, Zanib, Roka Hueka, Nay Renee, N3ptune, Dafna at Westword Music Showcase
September 18, 2021
Photos by Justine Johnson
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For over 20 years this music festival has brought big names to Denver while also showcasing the local scene. This year over 170 artists will appear on 15 stages over 3 days. Last year the festival was a virtual 3 hour event. This year’s showcase includes Pinegrove, Remi Wolf, Shannon & The Clams, Sofia Valdes among its 13 headliners. Local acts include returning artists of Bellhoss, Slow Caves, Wildermiss, Izcalli and more. There are also new faces including Lnlygirl, The Grand Alliance, Deadluv and more.
“After 20 years of Underground Music Showcase, we were thrilled to be able to carry-on our tradition virtually last year by raising $75,000 for independent musicians” shares Casey Berry, owner of the festival. “With that said, we couldn’t be happier to be in-person for 2021 to not only support live music and local bands, but to support more than a dozen independent bars and restaurants on Broadway!”
UMS is working closely with city and state officials to make sure we rage safely in 2021. This might include reduced capacity (especially at indoor venues), and potentially limiting ticket sales to ensure proper distancing as required. UMS has every intent to become a good example of how to return to in-person, live music festivals in a safe and celebratory manner, and will be monitoring health directives in real time as the big weekend approaches.
Colorado is our hometown and we’ve been receiving some videos in the past couple of weeks that we wanted to show.
Danya River has two albums out. It has been a while since we’ve heard from her. She presents “Together We’re Safe” to remind people how connected they are in these uncertain times. https://www.danyariver.com/
Emilie Brandt at one time called Boulder home. She has strong followings in NY, CA, and WI. Her debut album Freeform came out in 2018. “Feel It All” is a playful pop song compared to her older electropop style. https://www.emilie-brandt.com/