About The UMS
“Like that old friend you only see once a year, The UMS will wreck your house, get you drunk and ultimately save your life in one sweaty blur, leaving you reeling and exhausted and a few days away from wishing it would come back again already.”
The Underground Music Showcase (The UMS) is Denver, Colorado’s premier indie festival, now in its 14th year. The UMS is known not only for its focus on local talent and the local community (its a non-profit event and benefits the Denver Post Community Foundation) but also for the diversity and crazy high energy of the performances you can see throughout its tenure.
This yearly celebration of music 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 the move 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. In 2009, The UMS expanded to a four-day music and art festival which has continued to grow, all while still keeping its original spirit intact.
See you out there.