2nd Annual Down In Denver Fest
August 19-21, 2022
Last year a new local festival started Down In Denver. Last year it was held Labor Day Weekend. This year it will be held in August.
The 2nd annual Down In Denver Fest will be 2.5 days of local music, happening Saturday, Aug. 20th and Sunday, Aug. 21st – including a free pre-party Friday night, Aug. 19th – at Larimer Lounge. Tickets are $25/day or $50 for the weekend.
Down In Denver was co-founded in 2021 by longtime Denver musicians Kitty Vincent, Marie Litton, and Michael Trundle of Denver’s legendary dance party Lipgloss. Its mission is to bring together Colorado artists to showcase their work in a collaborative and inclusive environment. Down In Denver aims to provide support for both established and new artists alike for the purpose of creating exposure and building community.
Down In Denver will feature 50 acts on 2 stages, with headliners Pink Fuzz on Saturday and Dressy Bessy on Sunday – and will feature local acts from a wide variety of genres. Pay attention to Friday FREE Pre-Party.
The festival will have Denver veterans like Emerald Siam and Jen Korte, brand new acts like Unicorn Hits, and a very rare appearance from elusive icons like Mr. Pacman, Magic Cyclops, and Andrew Novick’s “GetYourGoing” PowerPoint Project. If you missed Underground Music Showcase you will find many of those acts here including Saturday headliner Pink Fuzz, Moon Pussy, Polly Urethane, Sarah Slaton and the Great Perhaps, The Sickly Hecks and Wave Decay.
Down In Denver is presented by Evergroove Studio and Rupp’s Drums, with participation from Ratio Beerworks and Mi Rey Social Food Truck.
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22nd Annual: The Underground Music Showcase 2022
July 29-31, 2022
Denver’s Underground Music Showcase (UMS) features over 150 acts from all over the nation. The festival, now in its 22nd year has a number of changes. We’re spotlighting 2 of them, and the artists involved here..
Youth on Record was founded in 2008 with the mission to designs and implements strengths-based, music-centered programs intended to equip young people from historically under-resourced communities with the skills needed to find success in life by advancing their academic success, increasing their economic opportunities and career skills, and strengthening their community connections and networks. This year Youth on Record took a 49% interest in UMS. As part of that they’ve brought their own signature events to UMS including:
Impact Show July 30, 2022 – New to UMS this year, the Impact Show is part of a festival-wide focus on supporting mental wellness and the prevention of substance misuse among musicians and an anticipated 10,000 festival attendees. The inaugural show will feature the Seratones, A funk-soul-rock band from Louisiana that marries spirituality, protest, Black feminism, and Afrofuturism.
Youth on Record will also have Impact Days preceding UMS on July 27 & 28, 2022 from 12-6 MST at Youth on Record.
A two-day intensive hosted by Youth on Record and open to all musicians and artists participating in the UMS, Impact Days will serve as an industry-focused kick-off for the festival. Artists, music industry and community leaders will provide skill-sharing workshops, networking, professional development, and wellness coaching opportunities to local and emerging artists. Focused on artmaking, Impact, and Economic Opportunity, Impact Days are designed to build the foundation for institutional resources that will serve musicians, artists, and the creative industries for years to come.
Dozens of industry and arts leaders will host panels, workshops and coaching sessions; industry and arts leaders will be paid for their time. During the pilot year, the event is free to all participating artists. Between sessions, participants will be invited to participate in “care” practices including yoga, access to mental health resources, sober bars, and healthy foods.
Black Fret is a nationwide membership organization with chapters in Austin, Seattle and now Colorado. Black Fret’s goal is to create a global network of connected communities, all supporting their local music economies. And in the process of creating this network, provide opportunities for our Black Fret bands to travel between cities, playing bigger gigs and being paid for shows they would not have had the opportunity to otherwise.
Recently Black Fret Colorado announced its 2022 Black Fret Awardees. The inaugural Black Fret Awardee artists were nominated by local industry experts and founding members in Colorado. They represent a broad spectrum of musical genres and reflect the depth of Colorado’s remarkable talent. They are:
*indicates playing 2022 UMS
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