The 13th annual Underground Music Showcase is coming soon — July 18-21, 2013!
Cults, Mudhoney, Born in the Flood, Bleached, The Fresh & Onlys, and Baywood announced! Psyched is an understatement!
2012 = WOW!
What a weekend! 4 Days packed with Goodness. The 12th UMS topped all previous years with the largest showing of bands and fans alike. With a musical lineup including Black Moth Super Rainbow, Atlas Sound, Shabazz Palaces, A Place to Bury Strangers, Cloud Nothings, Big Freedia, Nathaniel Rateliffe, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Paper Bird, Gauntlet Hair, Signal Path, THEESatisfaction, Ezra Furman, Shovels and Rope, The Epilogues, Ian Cooke, and attendance of 14,000 music-loving people, the Historic Baker Neighborhood was the most vibrant neighborhood in Denver from July 19-22, 2012.
The UMS is a unique event in many ways, from the sheer number of performing bands, dj’s, comedians and singer-songwriters, to the duration of the event (four days), to the convenience of staging it all within a few blocks along Broadway. It’s where the city of Denver and its music fans convene every July. It’s a congregation, an event, and a place where you’ll not only hear established performers, but those who are just about to break. Past performers also include Lumineers, Devotchka, Isaac Slade of The Fray, and 16 Horsepower.
With a musical lineup including artists such as Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Sage Francis, The Epilogues, El Ten Eleven, Generationals, Bear Hands, The Black Heart Procession, Ian Cooke, Achille Lauro and Danielle Ate The Sandwich, and an attendance of 11,000 music-loving people, the Historic Baker District was the most vibrant neighborhood in Denver from July 21-24, 2011.
A Little History
Our friends, of which there are many, know our proud history. If you are new to the UMS, welcome, and, please read on.
The 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.
In 2009, the UMS expanded to a four-day music and art festival that included 225-plus local and national-level performers in its fold of rock bands, comedians and singer-songwriters.
In 2010, the UMS was four days of exceptional goodness from July 22-25 — featuring more than 300 skilled bands and artists in over 25 venues.
This year we plan to have the largest showing of local and underground bands ever — with approximately 375 performing! An expecting crowd showing over over 12,000 music fans will sure to make