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!