#UMS – Underground Music Showcase

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A blurry, retro-hughed, denver music festival – through the eyes of instagram:

Editor’s Note: This was a tough weekend for Denver.  I’m not going to chime in with my take on the recent tragedy rather, I offer a slideshow celebrating Denver’s worst kept secret: our bubbling music scene.

[dropcap1]T[/dropcap1]he yearly celebration of music known as the UMS has always been at the forefront of Colorado’s burgeoning local music community. The festival started out as a delicately curated night of music at the Bluebird Theater with 100 percent of ticket sales going to the bands. The first year was modest, with 300 people coming out to hear four bands. But after a number of years bouncing between the Bluebird and Gothic theaters, the UMS moved to South Broadway in the summer of 2006.

The first year after we moved up Broadway started simple: 25 bands in five rock clubs, all within walking distance of each other. A couple years later, the UMS was a different beast entirely: About 4,000 fans in attendance to see 150-plus local artists in more than 20 venues across two days – and with ticket revenues still going directly to the artists.

This years crowd was estimated at 25,000+
See you next year!
 

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#UMS – Underground Music Showcase

A blurry, retro-hughed, Denver music festival – through the eyes of Instagram:

Storified by Ryan Estes · Mon, Jul 23 2012 09:34:16

#umsSteven Yasgar
Nathaniel Rateliff #umsShane
#flobots.org #umstheums
UMS: Bear Antler.Brandy DeLange
RT @OpenAirAlisha: #UMS FAVORITE MOMENT DAY 4: Anchoring live on both @openaircpr & CPR News across CO w @OpenAirBrandee from mainstage! http://pic.twitter.com/w3hMIRliOpenAirBrandee
The Outfit has blood rushing to the swimsuit area. #UMS http://pic.twitter.com/24y9Ll3tweneedthedude
UMS: Paper Bird.Brandy DeLange
Slim Cessna’s Auto ClubShane
#racheljames #ums #breckbrew #illegalpetestheums
Evergreen boys stealing Sunday at the #umsdatfatdatty
#dadanddaughter #startrekgenerations #atlassound #umssamuraibuck
#inthewhale #umschristyjtaylor
Pacific pride. #umsScott Kaplan
Ill Cativo #afterparty #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
#youmeandapollo #umschristyjtaylor
#achillelauro #danceparty #umschristyjtaylor
@stephaniedorman & Johnny Lamb #umschristyjtaylor
Zebroids #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
Zebroids #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
#timeflyslikeanarrow #denveraaron tarlini
Tjutjuna killing it. #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
Skeleton Show @HighDive #ums #milehighlive #denvermusicsexysaxmansaxton
The Hate @ moe’s for umsSteve Michaels
Back to OLYMPIA!!! #ums #milehighlive #denvermusicsexysaxmansaxton
This thing smells like dog breath #umsJon Labadie
#ums u tha fuckin bestSelene Locke
great set by Shit Tuna (Tjutjuna) to finish the #ums this yearRande Kamolz
#UMSsantinowhatley
The Outfit #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
Late night Sunday @theums w @theyawpers @openaircpr #ums #comusicKyle James Hauser
#ums #theums #atlassoundbegbie9
#ums #theums #nathanielrateliffbegbie9
#ums #theums #nathanielrateliffbegbie9
Chimney Choir. Non-stop switching instruments and swapping places. #umsBrittany Fitzgerald
#ums #theums #furry #shaggydabegbie9
#ums #theums #goddamngoldfishbegbie9
#ums #theums #pacificpride #goddamngoldfishbegbie9
#inthewhale thanks for ending #ums the right way. #rock&roll #loveKrista Ahlgrim
#ums #theums #safeboatingisnoaccidentbegbie9
Until next year #mainstage #ums.Ńįx°
@questionblock #umsSteven Yasgar
@in_the_whale shakin the walls of #3kingstavern #denver #ums @theumsŃįx°
Peanut Butter Chocolate Stout Swirl by @sweetactionic & @breckbrew #UMS #icecream #deliciousnessAnastatia
#umsSteven Yasgar
until next year #ums. its been real. #underground #music #showcase #denver #live #instagood #instalove #instagramhub #iphonesiaKrista Ahlgrim
The Hate at Moe’s BBQ #UMS #milehighlive #denvermusicsexysaxmansaxton
#ums #denver #biotchSteven Yasgar
#atlassound #ums #denver #musicleah b
#ShadyElders #UMS #Sunday #finalshow for #GaryLees #livemusic #nofilterAnastatia
M and the Gems #latenight #ums #theums #mariakohlerglennrossphoto
#TheConstantTourists were a lot of fun for the room. #UMS #Sunday #merchAnastatia
#ums #inthewhaleaaron tarlini
Ezra Furman! #hi-dive #ums #illegalpetestheums
Sweet freedom! I’m almost surprised I don’t have a tanline. Goodnight #ums, see you next year.don_horn
Really proud of my buddy Kendall for putting together a great music festival in Denver. #umsonetonaden
The Mayan. #southBroadway #Denver #umsEric Lubbers
Flash marching band that I can’t remember the name of. #umsEric Lubbers
@mandthegems @theums @openaircpr #comusic #umsKyle James Hauser
Strange Americans #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
The sidewalk poetess of the #ums.Eric Lubbers
OMG. @in_the_whale just destroyed at 3 kings! #ums love that band.Bop Skizzum
#atlassound #deerhunter #umsclackmon
In The Whale #umsllounsbery
#ums # theums #newyorkriflesbegbie9
And that’s a wrap….Big thanks to @theums @illegalpetes @brekbrew @openaircpr …Huge thanks to all the Denver bands that repped us and gave us shout-out @airdubai @mrrightband @in_the_whale you guys rock. | Check www.ultra5280.com this week for our recap and amazing photos | #ums #theums #openair #breckbrew #illegalpetes #ultra5280 | Goodnight!Ultra5280
Atlas Sound #UMS #Bradford Cox #denverCelina Duran
Nice ending to the weekend! #atlassound #theums #umsSarah
Post-show embrace w the wonderful Ian Cooke. #ums brings together Denver’s best Colorado bands! XXdjalisha
The glorious @openairjessi has arrived at #umsdjalisha
Grainy Emily Wells at #ums! We love her at #openair Packed house at hi-dive. Love the loops!djalisha
Wheel Chair Sports Camp @ #UMS #milehighlive #denvermusicsexysaxmansaxton
@freejoe76 got the #ums sidewalk poet to write an ode to tacos. $5 of epicness #theumsJohn Moore
In the Whale #UMSMatthew V
Attic Attack one of our favorites #theums #ums #denvermusic #colorado #ultra5280 #atticattackUltra5280
? #UMSMatthew V
You Me and Apollo #UMSMatthew V
Deaf Pay Rent! #umsbmcordy
Lama live – live #ums – Megafauna B.I.G Smalls teeCassie Stevens
Wheelchair Sports Camp at #theums #ums Worth a look.John Moore
Marrow #umsShane
Atlas Sound. #umsScott Kaplan
@megamarsh doin his thang. #umsShelly Rollison
Left side. #umsShelly Rollison
Jay J Matott & The Arctic @ Gary Lee’s. #umsShelly Rollison
Atlas Sound on the #ums main stageRande Kamolz
The church of @in_the_whale about to begin…#ums #theums #denvermusic #church #dapper #coloradoUltra5280
Want. Need. #umsbmcordy
Wheelchair Sports Camp #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
Even got @in_the_whale reppin the @ultra5280 shirt!!!! #ums #theums #denver #denvermusic #colorado #inthewhaleUltra5280
#atlassound @theums #ums #needsfog #notahologram #nooneuseskelvin #hashtag #livemusic #denverMegan Wood
Solid end to an awesome weekend #umssperrywatah
#mallman #umsericabeegle
Luckily we made it to come here.. @alynnt @zafyrahzakyRose AS
Emily Wells. #umschngngclrs
Glass Hits crowd!!! Hell yeah!!! #umsllounsbery
Nathaniel Rateliff et al make it very, very hard to stomach the idea of leaving the Colorado music scene. #ums #denverrocks #nathanielrateliff #tear #imsadWeenakin
<3 Glass Hits!!! #umsllounsbery
Atlas Sound #umsAndrew Hoffman
Glass Hits #umsllounsbery
<3 Glass Hits #umsllounsbery
Princess Music at the Rover #theums #umsJohn Moore
Atlas Sound, the final outdoor headliner of 2012 #ums #theumsJohn Moore
Atlas Sound @ the main stage. Beautiful. #ums #openairLilly Scott
Turner Jackson #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
Atlas Sound, from a distance. #umsn_rippe
#atlassound @theums #breckenridgebrewery #ums @illegalpetesRyan Workman
#UMS#AtlasSoundwildgardengnome
Atlas sound. Your cheating heat #umsShane
Atlas Sound #umsShane
Closing out @theums main stage Atlas Sound #ums #theums #atlassound #colorado #denver #breckbrew #illegalpetesUltra5280
@luketru3o3 gettin shit started at Club 404 with Rubedo #UMSsexysaxmansaxton
Bradford Cox via Atlas Sound via #umsBrent Willard
Brought me to tears. That’s ok. I probably needed it. #UMS #youmeandapolllo #music #hidive #denverprimam2
Biggest weirdo of the weekend. Atlas sound #umsJon Labadie
#UMS #denverseethesounds
#AtlasSound #UMSAaron
Princess Music #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
Nathaniel killing it @theums with @illegalpetes #ums #breckenridgebreweryBreckenridge Brewery
#openair studio sesh alum @emilywellsmusic rockin the @hi_dive on day 4 of #theums. #umsopenaircpr
Dylan goes electric. #ums #nathanielratelifftheswayback
These assholes @questionblock and @vdubb at @theums #ums #apple #assholes #friendsRobert Castro
Glass Hits #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
#RKC #UMS #GODSetinho
@nathanielrateliff @theums @openaircpr #ums #comusicKyle James Hauser
the morning cloud. #ums day 4christinerippe
Sam Lee #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
What a way to end a crazy fucking weekend. @nrateliffe and Fairchildren. #ums #ums #umsNate Meese
Gora Gora Orkestar marching into the rover… #ums so crazy!don_horn
#umschristinerippe
Drunken Arrows #umsllounsbery
Day 4 #umsn_rippe
Nathaniel R. Killing it. #theums #ums #denver #colorado #indie #amazingWoof B
#umsLindsey
I really love Paper Bird. Great set at #UMScacheflowe
Waited all weekend! #nathanielrateliff #ums #theums yes.Sarah
science partner. #ums day 4christinerippe
One more Rateliff #theums #umsJohn Moore
More Rateliff #ums #theumsJohn Moore
Is this storm coming!? #umsEmily Meder
Nathaniel Rateliff on #theums mainstage. He called out his mom, listening live to @openair1340 live broadcast in Missouri. #umsJohn Moore
Nathaniel Rateliff #UMSjarreddotterer
Quick peak into the church for @glowinghouse. #UMS #Sunday #live #music #nofilterAnastatia
Nathaniel Rateliff #ums #theums #denvermusic #coloradomusic #colorado #breckbrew #illegalpetes #music #livemusicUltra5280
I forgot your name, Cat Dude, but I support what you’re doing. #ums #catpeopleEric Lubbers
To get a feel of #ums mainstage, here’s tonight’s guest Nathaniel Rateliff #openair is broadcasting live!djalisha
an ode to the dickskinJeff
22 July 2012. #nathanielrateliff #umsgregdaniels
Hailey of @snakerattlerattlesnake #myhero #foxyladycatiferous
#vitaminwater #umselyse
@kylejameshauser @theums @philnormancello @openaircpr #ums #comusicKyle James Hauser
Reckless Nights, featuring my former high-school student, Joaquin Liebert at #theums #umsJohn Moore
#UMS#NathanielRatliffwildgardengnome
You Me & Apollo #UMSjarreddotterer
#ums @theums #achillelauro #rain #easyloverbegbie9
#icecream #cone #ums #waffle #wafflecone #sweetaction #rootbeer #bottle #303 #denver #chicken #kfc #bockbock #yummmRuth Ann Laramee
#paperbird #UMSLindsey
C’mon now you know I wouldn’t #UMS without seeing Rubedo!???wheelchairsportscamp
The ladies of Paper Bird out themselves as Hanson fans… I plead the 5th. @openaircpr #ums #denverrocksWeenakin
Science Partner! Full band! #umsKyle Freeman
Morning Clouds at #theums #ums Theater peeps, that’s John Fate’s band. He’s the unseen drummer.John Moore
Act cute, I said. #umsAnna Erickson
Rubedo #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
@sciencepartner @theums @openaircpr #ums #comusicKyle James Hauser
Dragondeer @ Gary Lee’s. #umsShelly Rollison
3 assholes at #ums #denverSteven Yasgar
The lazy balloon balloon blowing method. #umsAimee Giese
Day four of UMS. Funnest weekend of music #UMSnitaralauren
@vitaminwater keeping me cool at #UMScarissa_not_clarissa
#openair #ums #theumsopenaircpr
Paperbird soooo good!!! #ums #theums #breckbrew #denver #denvermusic #coloradomusic #colorado #illegalpetesUltra5280
@vitaminwater #ums thirsty and yummy!onetonaden
#broadway #UMScestclare
Probably the greatest tshirt ever made. Period.Illegal Petes
#umsSteven Yasgar
tune #ums #theums #nathanielrateliffglennrossphoto
After hours at Fancy Tiger. About to hit up #UMS #DenverChryssi
#weirdbuttrue fact: no one in history has ever left a Jen Korte show without even a small crush on #jenkorte #umsMegan
#ums @questionblock @vdubbSteven Yasgar
You, Me and Apollo #ums #theums #illegalpetes #youmeandapolloglennrossphoto
Pedal power #ums #fuckyeahdenver #thecentennial #indie #irishrover #5280 @ultra5280Max Winkler
Paperbird #umsShane
The Sentinel #umsShane
Be The Ant #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
#paperbird #ums #theums #openairopenaircpr
#UMS#JenKorte&theLosswildgardengnome
"are you associating our band with sweetness?" #umsSelene Locke
Ok, well, my FAMILY is awesome. #umsAimee Giese
Sbina #umskorrise
Sbina #umskorrise
Clouds above the hi-dive. #umsJoe Murphy
I want to be this dude when I get old. #umsAimee Giese
Sbina #umskorrise
They should live in Black & White #PaperBirds at #theums #umsAmanda Boyle
Sbinakorrise
Love this fan. Go check them out #umsthejesscraig
Safe boating is no accidentkorrise
God damn I love Pacific Pride so much. #umsEric Lubbers
Even @cosmicSlim is letting it hang out tonight #umsBryan Bugfrog
Paper Bird at #theums #ums Colorado’s sweetest, sexiest collectiveJohn Moore
#UMS porch pops, listening to @paperbird on the main stage. #ColoradoCyndi Ortiz
We are being well represented at @theums this year…Mr. Right rocking Moe’s!! #theums #ums #denver #denvermusic #coloradomusic #mrrightUltra5280
Candidate for Face Of The Day: Achille Lauro. #umsEric Lubbers
.@Youmeandapollo #UMS #Sunday #live #music #nofilterAnastatia
From sea to shining sea #umsprouddolphindad
@hollymlovell playing the #UMSEric Yochim
Brent from #youmeandapollo loves his whiskey and water. Separate of course. @theums @breckbrew #umsIllegal Petes
Mark Star Karaoke #ums just messed his penis. It’s for the bestShane
Hot Apostles #umsShane
Nothing says #UMS like #FamousPizza onna hot afternoon…denverthread
flashlights #umschristinerippe
#ums via Irish Rover roof topShane
#UMS Parking lot…. Sunday afternoondenverthread
#dedication #umsAndrew Noonan
#umsAndrew Noonan
Michael Donner and the Southern Renaissance. #umsAndrew Noonan
@mrrightband #umsannaa1207
You Me and Apollo you guys are unbelievable. #ums @theums @breckbrewIllegal Petes
seems legit #umsSelene Locke
#umsericabeegle
LilF and I are letting our hair down at #ums this weekend.Bryan Bugfrog
Carl Carrell & the Consequence #ums #theums #denvermusic #denver #coloradomusic #ultra5280 #moesbbqUltra5280
#sky #walk #umsBran carter
Carl, Eric, and Cole getting sexy as Dragondeer #ums #day4 #hungoverbutstillragingLilly Scott
Safe Boating is No Accident plays "My Baby’s on a Government Watch List @hidive #theums #umsJohn Moore
@vitaminwater resting from a day of rocking out! #umsEmmanuel Luna
Safe boating is no accident #UMScashalot
Dragondeer #ums #Dragondeer #music #primam2
Ian Cooke and the band are absolutely rocking it.Illegal Petes
SBINA. #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
@jalonso @theums @delite @openaircpr #ums #comusicKyle James Hauser
2009 Denver Post #UMS champ Ian Cooke Band on #theums mainstageJohn Moore
Alisha and Brandee representing in 1340AM and 90.1FM where we’re broadcasting Ian Cooke, Paper Bird and Nathaniel Rateliff live from @theums! #ums #openair #theumsopenaircpr
Hot Apostles #UMS #theums #wreckedglennrossphoto
Church music. #ums #carlsorenson #sobochurch #music #drums #churchprimam2
#IanCooke #UMS #Sunday #live #music #rattailAnastatia
My kid is crazy awesome. #umsAimee Giese
#UMS#IanCookewildgardengnome
#umsericabeegle
@safeboating @hi_dive @theums #ums #comusic @openaircprKyle James Hauser
@jameswilliamsdrums and @meganburtt at #umsajoyfulgirl
.@inthewhale is hot & sweating & wants you at 3 Kings at 10pm tonight. #umsAimee Giese
Gata Negra #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
@bellejarmusic at #UMSMatthew V
Dan Craig at the Rover #theums #umsJohn Moore
Acoustic say so. #umsannaa1207
ums streets #umsPANAL S.A. DE C.V.
In A Whale. #UMSpetewynn

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I am a reader of bedtime stories, Brazilian jiu jitsu player, sportsman, volunteer, and friend. Hosting the Denver Business Podcast has revealed that I'm not alone in the pursuit of profit and purpose. Current obsessions include nootropics, fingerstyle blues, and simulation hypothesis. I book speaking engagements on occasion, but I prefer listening engagements. If you are interested in being featured as a guest on our show please email l i v e @ d e n v e r b u s i n e s s p o d c a s t . c o m Estes on Twitter

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