July 10th, 2022

UMS

22nd Annual: The Underground Music Showcase 2022

Denver, CO

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

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 FretBlack 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:

Alysia Kraft*

Bevin Luna

Big Richard

Claire Heywood

iZCALLi*

Kayla Marque*

N3ptune*

Sickly Hecks

Veronica May

Zoe Berman*

*indicates playing 2022 UMS

 

 

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March 10th, 2022

Seratones

Seratones recently announced their latest album Love & Algorhythms, out on April 29th via New West Records. Today, the Shreveport, Louisiana-based band, fronted by the gospel-trained powerhouse frontwoman and activist A.J. Haynes, share new single “Two of a Kind.”

Of “Two of a Kind,” Haynes notes:

The lyric “both of your eyes” refers to the spiritual eye and the material field of vision, both gazing toward the cosmos for signs to guide the human journey on planet Earth. The rest of the lyrics came to me after a beloved friend shared with me their pansexual identity, an identity with which still they seem to struggle. This vulnerability, this invitation into a trusted space helped me truly reflect and interrogate my own wants, needs, and desires, thereby realizing and actualizing my own queerness. Living my truth, and holding them in love, honors our collective humanity.

James Baldwin, who I cherish as queer divine ancestor, says that “Love is where you find it–you don’t know where it will carry you.” In the face of institutions that would rather he not exist beyond their violently restrictive white imaginations, he dared to love himself and protect his peace. The song ends in dancing ecstasy, mirroring how James Baldwin taught me to love freely, tenderly, and without apology.

SERATONES TOUR DATES

Mar 15 Austin, TX – Paste Magazine Showcase @ The Pershing (4:30pm) +

Mar 15 Austin, TX – Highroad Touring Showcase @ Cheer Up Charlies (11pm) +

Mar 16 Austin, TX – All Together Now – The Current Radio/Sheros @ Hotel Saint Cecilia +

Mar 17 Spicewood, TX – Luck Reunion @ Luck Ranch (5:40pm) +

Mar 18 Austin, TX – NPR Day Stage @ Convention Center (5pm) +

Mar 18 Austin, TX – SXSanJose @ San Jose Hotel (7pm) +

Mar 19 Austin, TX – Relix / Brooklyn Bowl @ Empire Control Room (2pm) +

Mar 19 Austin, TX – NewWestParty @ Mohawk (10pm) +

Mar 20 Austin, TX – Still Austin Distillery Party @ Still Austin Distillery (4pm) +

Apr 23 Waverly, AL – Standard Deluxe Festival

May 7 New Orleans, LA – JAZZ Fest – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 13 New York, NY – WFUV Party at City Winery Pier 57

Jun 1 Asheville, NC – Rabbit Rabbit *

Jun 3 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amp *

Jun 4 Wilmington, NC – Riverfront Amp *

Jun 5 Richmond, VA – Meadowbrook Park *

Jun 7 Burlington, VT – Shelburne Museum Green *

Jun 8 Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point *

Jun 9 Holyoke MA – Race Street Live

Jun 10 New Haven, CT – Westville Bowl *

Jun 11 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony *

Jun 12 Bethlehem, PA – Steelstacks *

Sep 11 St. Louis, MO – Music at the Intersection

+notes SXSW performances

*notes dates with Fitz and The Tantrums + St. Paul & The Broken Bones

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February 10th, 2022

Shreveport, Louisiana’s Seratones—fronted by the gospel-trained powerhouse frontwoman and activist A.J. Haynes—have returned with the announcement of their third album Love & Algorhythms, out on April 29th via New West Records. Seratones dive into the joyful struggle to find pleasure in a world designed to destroy you on Love & Algorhythms, which was produced by Paul Butler at Sonic Ranch Studios in Texas.

Along with the album announcement comes Love & Algorhythms’ celestial burst of a lead single, “Good Day.”

Today, they also announced a string of spring tour dates including stops at SXSW and June tour dates with Fitz and The Tantrums and St. Paul & The Broken Bones.

SERATONES TOUR DATES

Mar 5 Denton, TX – She Rock 2022 Festival

Mar 15 – 20 Austin, TX – SXSW

Apr 23 Waverly, AL – Standard Deluxe Festival

May 7 New Orleans, LA – JAZZ Fest – New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

May 13 New York, NY – WFUV Party at City Winery Pier 57

Jun 1 Asheville, NC  – Rabbit Rabbit  *

Jun 3 Nashville, TN  – Ascend Amp *

Jun 4 Wilmington, NC – Riverfront Amp *

Jun 5 Richmond, VA – Meadowbrook Park *

Jun 7 Burlington, VT – Shelburne Museum Green *

Jun 8 Portland, ME – Thompson’s Point *

Jun 10 New Haven, CT – Westville Bowl *

Jun 11 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony *

Jun 12 Bethlehem, PA – Steelstacks *

*notes dates with Fitz and The Tantrums + St. Paul & The Broken Bones

#seratones

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March 4th, 2020
Seratones and Emma Mayes and the Hip at Larimer Lounge
Denver, CO
February 28, 2020
Photos by Lisa Dibbern
 
https://www.larimerlounge.com/
http://www.seratones.band/
https://www.facebook.com/emmamayesandthehip/

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