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.
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:
SOFI TUKKER today share their exuberant new single “Kakee,” an ode to persimmons in Brazilian Portuguese full of double entendres.
The playfully seductive track opens their forthcoming second album, WET TENNIS, out April 29th on Ultra.
The group shares, “Kakee, which means persimmon in Portuguese and in many other languages, is a song, quite literally, about persimmons. Soph had been talking about how obsessed she is with persimmons for a long time and so she and Chacal (the Brazilian poet we have made a lot of songs with) wrote a poem about them. The lyrics literally translate to “I don’t go by car or by foot. I go by persimmon…. I’m not Sophie, I’m persimmon…. The juice of the persimmon is on my nose and on my chest, so sexy.” We started it as a techno track and then with the guitar it really took a turn. No idea what genre this is. We just know that we love it. “
The “Kakee” video was filmed in Hawaii and is full of visual double entendres that correspond with the lyrics. Persimmons are squeezed until they gush and drip everywhere culminating in an ecstatic Sophie laying in a field. It was directed by Aerin Moreno with creative direction from Amber Park and styling by Johnny Wujek who were also the team on the “Original Sin” video.
“This is one of our favorite videos we’ve made. The experience being in Kualoa Park in Hawaii was… awe. Being in that environment is so inspiring, and really gives us a sense of our beautiful insignificance (lol that’s a Sophie line of course).” shares SOFI TUKKER on the making of the video, “In the first take, Tuck started clapping and that became a fun theme throughout the video. We ran through the valleys, squeezed persimmons… squeezed tennis balls filled with persimmon juice. And it climaxes with Soph quite literally climaxing, on the top of a mountain–she turns herself on by playing the guitar on the top of the mountain, with a persimmon between her legs. It’s as absurd as the lyrics of the song.“
LAS VEGAS DJ RESIDENCY:
Sun, April 10 – Las Vegas, NV @ TAO Beach Dayclub
Fri, April 15 – Las Vegas, NV @ TAO Beach Dayclub
Sat, April 23 – Las Vegas, NV @ Marquee Dayclub
Sat, May 14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Marquee Dayclub
Sun, Aug 21 – Las Vegas, NV @ TAO Beach Dayclub
SOFI TUKKER LIVE:
North American Tour
Sat, May 21 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
Sun, May 22 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
Mon, May 23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
Wed, May 25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Avant Gardner – The Brooklyn Mirage
Thu, May 26 – Boston, MA @ Roadrunner
Sat, May 28 – Quebec City, QC @ Imperial Bell (SOLD OUT)
Mon, May 30 – Montreal, QC @ MTELUS
Wed, June 1 – Toronto, ON @ HISTORY
Thu, June 2 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre
Fri, June 3 – Chicago, IL @ Radius
Mon, June 6 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
Wed, June 8 – Denver, CO @ The Mission Ballroom
Thu, June 9 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
Sat, June 11 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater (SOLD OUT)
Sun, June 12 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Tue, June 14 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre
Thu, June 16 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Sat, June 18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Shrine Exposition Hall
Mon, June 20 – San Diego, CA @ SOMA
Sat, July 23 – Melbourne @ Forum
Sun, July 24 – Sydney @ Roundhouse
Thu, July 28 – Adelaide @ Lion Arts Factory
Fri, July 29 – Perth @ Astor Theatre
Mon, Sept 5 – Warsaw, Poland @ Progresja
Wed, Sept 7 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Roxy
Thu, Sept 8 – Leipzig, Germany @ Werk 2
Fri, Sept 9 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
Sun, Sept 11 – Hamburg, Germany @ Fabrik
Mon, Sept 12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
Tue, Sept 13 – Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Thu, Sept 15 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire