Collective Soul and Gin Blossoms Bring Nostalgia To Denver

Collective Soul showing they still got it. ( Photo Credit: Kate Rose)

This past Wednesday was quite a treat as the Gin Blossoms and Collective Soul respectively took to the stage at Mission Ballroom. This is the 25th anniversary tour for Collective Soul properly titled, Now’s The Time Tour. Both bands lit up the stage with their presence, constantly moving around with energy and flair; including some pretty amazing jumps from the mic stand by Collective Soul frontman Ed Roland. Mission was filled with all ages, gleefully singing along to the songs that many of us had the pleasure of growing up with. This was certainly a show to check off the bucket list, a much needed trip down memory lane.

Words and Images: Kate Rose

Gin Blossoms (Photo Credit: Kate Rose)

Collective Soul

Gin Blossoms

Gods of Summer Tour ft. Ra Ra Riot, Jimmy Eat World and Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

On a cold rainy Saturday, Denver witnessed the Gods of Summer Tour featuring Third Eye Blind and Jimmy Eat World. Anybody growing up in the mid to late nineties got to witness two of music post grunge pioneers. The tour stopped at Levitt Pavilion this past Saturday, with rain forecasted throughout the night concert fans got lucky as the stormed only played havoc for about 20 minutes before the skies cleared and the bands belted out all the classics we have come to love. Ra Ra Riot opened up the festivities to get things started. Followed shortly by the band from Tempe, Arizona. Jim Adkins and company rallied in the rain to give us a dose of nostalgia from albums such as Bleed America, Static Prevails and Futures. Fan favorites included “The Middle”, “Sweetness” and “Pain”. The band has maintained its cult following for years now and luckily for us we have had the chance to follow them throughout their fabled careers.

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World slaying in front of a packed Levitt house. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

As the rain stopped it was time for bay area rockers Third Eye Blind to hit the stage. Adorned in a bright yellow hoodie with matching sneakers frontman Stephan Jenkins and company opened with “Screamer”, which happens to be the name of their forthcoming album set to drop in July. Playing out like the soundtrack to any 90’s teen movie the band ripped through classics such as “Never Let You Go”, “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”. The band managed to show its relevance with Jenkins commanding the stage, some brief audience banter about the show feeling like a basement show due to its intimate setting and lack of production lighting (weather uncertainties caused them to stay in their trailers). For some it was a show that featured two bands that had a major impact in their teenage adolescent years, while others basked in the comfort knowing that good music still exists even if they achieved popularity in the 90’s.

Ra Ra Riot (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

The Kali and Jorja Tour Arrives In Denver

Jorja Smith and Kali Uchis perform in Denver on Saturday night. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

As the weather starts to heat up in Denver, the temperature inside the Fillmore Auditorium was already Summer-like this past Saturday night. The co-headlining tour of Kali Uchis and Jorja Smith made a stop to a packed house. The Kali and Jorja Tour kicked off with Kali Uchis going first. The Colombian-American sultry singer has made a name for herself the last few years with her work as a solo artist and frequent collaborations with the likes of Tyler the Creator, Gorillaz, Daniel Caesar and more. Last year she released her full length debut album Isolation to much acclaim. She played a few songs off Isolation as well as a couple note-worthy covers of Beautiful by Pharrell Williams and Creep by Radiohead. Kali was born to be an entertainer and she showcased that as she won over the crowd with her sultry dance moves as she owned every inch of the stage.

Kali Uchis gave the crowd what they deserved. (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

After a quick change over Jorja Smith came out to a raucous ovation as she got right into her opening song Teenage Fantasy. The English R&B singer who cites Amy Winehouse as one of her biggest influences ripped through her set with an almost hypnotic appeal that resonated with her jazz laced production and heartfelt lyrics. Smith dazzled with Lost and Found setting the whole venue into a trance like vibe as she showed her vulnerability in capturing the essence and feel of the emotional song. As an encore Smith brought out Uchis as they performed a few medleys including their song Tyrant. They playfully fed off each others energy to end the night in grand fashion as they both exited hand in hand to a loud applause.

Jorja Smith captivated during her set. (Photo credit: Robert Castro)

Words and images: Robert Castro

First Look: Tyto Alba "Shadow Monster"

Tyto Alba (Photo Credit: Robert Castro)

Filmed by Colin Anders of Slice Cinematics and edited by Danny DiMarchi, this lighthearted video shows the band gearing up and facing off against an opposing baseball team all consisting of members of other local Denver bands. The childlike energy of the video and music deceitfully contrasts the dark lyrical content in which the singer, Melanie Steinway, talks about her younger sister's downward spiral into heroine addiction, personified through a shadow monster, and the loss of childhood innocence.  

We are also super excited to share “Shadow Monster” the first single off their upcoming album. The band is set to kickoff off their tour and if you live in any of the cities below please come out and support this amazing band. Be sure to come out to Pon Pon tonight to see the video release and send the band off on their tour, we heard they will have some limited goodies.

The Velveteers Set To Invade Europe (Again)

The Velveteers consists of sister-brother duo Demi and John Demitro (Photo: Sierra Voss Photography)

The Velveteers consists of sister-brother duo Demi and John Demitro (Photo: Sierra Voss Photography)

Our favorite rock band is headed to Europe. Local rock band The Velveteers announce UK tour in October of 2018. The Denver locals led by siblings Demi Demitro and John Demitro are thrilled to be crossing the pond for the second time, this time on a headlining tour playing clubs across the UK. In 2016, the band was a support act for Los Angeles duo Deap Vally, playing to sold out UK theaters on their very first tour. The Velveteers released their first 6-song EP back in February of 2018 and are now excited to announce they are releasing the EP to vinyl. To celebrate the bands departure and vinyl release, The Velveteers will be holding two local kickoff shows. October 5th at Hodi's Half Note in Fort Collins and October 6th at Larimer Lounge in Denver.