UMS is upon us!

The Denver Post Underground Music Showcase is upon us! This is the sweatiest, most raucous, most joyful four (actually, five this year) days of music in Denver. It's hard to say what's the greatest thing about the UMS - the spirited performances from favorite acts, or the accidental discoveries. Punk rock mayhem at Three Kings or exquisite folk-pop at South Broadway Christian Church.

I have very clear memories of sitting at the bar at Gary Lee's with Amanda in 2014, listening to a set by a band called the Belle Jar, and wondering whether we'd ever get the chance to play some of our noisy sad bastard tunes as part of this grand event. Well, it's 2016, and here we are, about to play them, with the Belle Jar's own Courtney Wilson! This has easily been the most exciting year of our musical lives, but getting to play a small part in the mayhem and wonder of the UMS has a special significance for me.

We're playing the Hornet Saturday at 6. If you're a UMS regular, you know the drill. If you've never been, there's no better way to discover your new favorite band.

I'll mention just a few friends and favorites playing the festival this year, but again, half the thrill of UMS is planning your ideal festival, while the other half is discovering music you've never heard before:

Anthony Ruptak - South Broadway Christian Church, Sunday at 6
Bison Bone - South Broadway Christian Church, Saturday at 5
Helicopter Copter - Baere Brewing, Friday at 7
Jen Korte & The Loss - Baere, Saturday at 5
Kid Reverie - Irish Rover, Sunday at 8
Kissing Party - Irish Rover, Friday at 9
New Mexican - Baere, Saturday at 7
Patrick Dethlefs - SBCC, Saturday at 9
Poet's Row - SBCC, Friday at 11
Porlolo - 3 Kings, Friday at 8
Safe Boating is No Accident - Gary Lee's, Friday at 7
San Fermin - Main Stage, Sunday at 7:30
Shady Elders - 3 Kings, Sunday at 5
Strange Americans - Hi-Dive, Thursday at 11
Strawberry Runners - 3 Kings, Saturday midnight
The Take - Irish Rover, Sunday at 6
Tomahawk Fox - SBCC, Saturday at 6

That's just a small sample of the amazing talent! I'm feeling sweaty already. Hope to see you at the UMS!

-Michael

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