The Best Images Of The Westword Music Showcase 2016

This year's Westword Music Showcase brought out the big guns to headline their main stages. Not only were the two main stages packed all day with amazing bands, but the other venues in The Golden Triangle played hosts to some of Denver's best acts. Despite a mid-day power outage (rumors from thunder to Donald Trump setting it off) were rampant, not to fear as the bands took it to the streets and many improvised with acoustic sets. With record breaking attendance and music to satisfy every genre the Golden Triangle epicenter was bustling with music lovers. A sectioned off VIP area played refuge from the mild heat and brief showers. Headliners such as Black Pistol Fire, Cold War Kids and Dillon Francis gave the audience mesmerizing sets while locals such as 888, Brent Cowles, Eldren, One Flew West and more played to their own audiences at the various indoor venues spread out across Broadway. Luckily we had a slew of Ultra5280 shutterbugs covering ground to take these amazing photos. (Photo Credits: Robert Castro, Matt Smith, Andrew Rios and Amber Kaye)

Westword Music Showcase Photo Slideshow.

Music | SHOW ALERT: Dead Rocks Pre-Party | July 1st, Larimer Lounge

Denver, CO – On July 1, the night before Dead Rocks, Zeds Dead’s annual summer concert at Red Rocks, Hooks of Zeds Dead returns to Larimer Lounge to paint another one-of-a-kind mural for the venue. For a second year, the Official Dead Rocks Pre-Party will follow Hooks’ live painting at Larimer Lounge. The pre-party will feature a live DJ set by Hooks and DC of Zeds Dead along with some very special guests. Doors at 8 PM, Show at 9 PM.

To attend, fans must RSVP for free entry to: Please include full name. One RSVP per email. 

 A nod to the exploding street art scene in Denver’s River North (RiNo), Larimer Lounge has invited Hooks to create another mural to accompany the outdoor mural he painted last year. Over the past year, Larimer Lounge has continued to invite notable street artists and art collectives, such as SoGnar, to use the venue’s exterior as a canvas, turning Larimer Lounge into a street art centerpiece in RiNo. Larimer Lounge is thrilled for Hooks to create another electrifying mural on the venue’s back patio.
DC will join Hooks at Larimer Lounge that evening to play a live DJ set with special guests, celebrating their return to Red Rocks the following night. This year, Dead Rocks is poised to sell out and have its biggest year yet. The massive Dead Rocks performance also features Dillon Francis, Paper Diamond, Haywyre, Mija and Hunter Siegel.


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Video: Live painting "Bombing Rooftops with Zeds Dead" by Thump - Vice