Cold War Kids – PHOTOS – Cultivate Fest

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Cultivate Fest by Chipotle in City Park proved to be wildly successful once again. The production coordinators really have the free festival logistics down, easy to get up close to the stage, tons of food options, celebrity chef tents, and you could bring your dog. Cold War Kids put on a note perfect set, mixing the setlist with old hits like “Hang Me Up to Dry” and new material from their latest release. The last few times I’ve seen them have been little SXSW shows, kind of forgot they are really, really popular, everyone knew every word. Expect to see more of Cultivate Fest here in the future, looks like a keeper.

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My Schedule and Picks for The UMS

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Starting tomorrow in Denver, The UMS aka Underground Music Showcase explodes into every venue down Broadway. I’ve spent years going to SXSW in Austin, and have learned that the key to getting the most out of festivals like this involves lots of planning and research, then willingness to throw your schedule to the side when your ear hears something it likes. I’ve created a schedule of the bands I’d be seeing if I were going (I’ve got Phish in Chicago). Drink lots of water, and jot down notes of bands that stand out to you, it can be a whirlwind! Check out the lineup and purchase passes here: The UMS

Time/Venue/Band
(I didn’t put genres, most are under indie rock)

Thursday
8- Brendan’s 404- Kinky Fingers
9- Skylark- MEGA GEM
9- 3 Kings- Residual Kid – young teenagers from Austin making more credible garage punk than people twice their age: Video
10- Moe’s Original BBQ- Lionized
10- Illegal Pete’s- The Shilohs
10- Skylark- Phox
11- Illegal Pete’s- Bonnie and the Beard
11- Hi Dive- South of France: video
11- GOZO- Prism Waves
12- Skylark- eye and the arrow

Friday
6- Main Stage at Goodwill- School Knights
7- Goodwill- The Omens
8- Gary Lee’s- Sawmill Joe: one of my favorite voices right now
8- Goodwill- Bleached
9- Goodwill- Mudhoney
9- Hornet- Ned Garthe
9- Irish Rover- Science Partner: video
9- Hi Dive- Thee Dang Dangs
10- Moe’s BBQ- Champagne Charlie
10- Hi Dive- Jux County
11- Illegal Pete’s- The Yawpers
11- Skylark- Rubedo
12- Gary Lee’s- Princess Music: video
12- 3 Kings- A. Tom Collins

Saturday
1- Punch Bowl Social- Ben Hanna: video
3- Illegal Pete’s- A Shoreline Dream
4- Illegal Pete’s- The Royal
5- Goodwill- Caramel Carmela
5- Hi Dive- Vitamins
5- GOZO- Spooky Folk
6- South Broadway Christian Church- Patrick Dethlefs
6- Hi Dive- Sauna
7- Moe’s BBQ- We Like Monsters
7- Goodwill- Hockey: video
8- Hi Dive- The Blue Rider
8- Goodwill- Small Black
8- Compound Basix- Wheelchair Sports Camp: ridiculously catchy song
8- Illegal Pete’s- Hindershot
9- Blue Ice- Mancub (final show)
9- Goodwill- Cults
9- Skylark- Goldenboy: video
11- Hi Dive- Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
11- Illegal Pete’s- SWIMM
11- Skylark- Applied Music Program
12- Hi Dive- The Fresh and Onlys
12- Skylark- Dressy Bessy: video

Sunday
12- Irish Rover- Esme Patterson
1- Hi Dive- Indigenous Robot
2- 3 Kings- Clouds and Mountains
5- Illegal Pete’s- Vices I Admire
6- Punch Bowl Social- Dirty Femmes (with Gordon Gano)
7- Goodwill- Baywood
7- Moe’s BBQ- Foxfield Four: video
8- Goodwill- Lord Huron
8- 3 Kings- Tjutjuna: video
8- Hi Dive- In the Whale
10- Illegal Pete’s- Flashbulb Fires

Riot Fest in Denver Lineup is Awesome!!

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Check out that line up. We don’t have too many festivals around here with bands like Rancid and Yo La Tengo, so I’m ecstatic! Replacements reunion is worth the admission alone. Here’s the link to tickets, I’m thinking VIP is the way to go: Riot Fest Website

LoHi Festival 2013 a Wild and Wonderful Neighborhood Celebration

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I had no idea Kyle Hollingsworth was so fancy, check out the detailing on that jacket.

LoHi Festival was even stronger this year than last year! Even though it was pretty jam-packed with people, the logistics were wonderful, and a great mood was in the air. The day started out really, really hot. Too hot to really be hanging out on the asphalt. Eforquestra kicked things off with a bang though. I wasn’t expecting that much awesome organ at 1:00p.m.!

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Immediately following their set, Springdale Quartet started up on the smaller stage. I went into this festival pretty blind, and assumed they were bluegrass. Nope, pretty seering rock and roll, actually. The crowd that had seemed roomy before was now crowded together, but the staggering in the time of the sets worked well, no one was in a rush.

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Toubab Krewe was up next. Fantastic band, with interesting stringed instruments, they continuously played ever layered grooves This was only 3:00 p.m. and it was full and everyone was getting down. I love my neighborhood.

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After being out in the heat since the get go, I went home and took a breather. Which meant living around the corner from the OTHER Highlands Festival, very interesting trying to navigate two multi stage street festivals in a two mile radius. When I came back the weather was all nice, the sky was pink, and the whole place turned up a notch for Kyle Hollingsworth Bandwith Michael Kang from String Cheese Incident.

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All in all, the festival was a total success. Seemed like everyone in there was one degree of each other, I guess as to be expected in a block party! I even forgot my wristband when I came back for Kyle, and got me a VIP wristband. Thank you, everyone, it was great seeing all of you!

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LoHi Festival Tomorrow!!!

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LoHi Festival returns to the Highlands and LoHi again tomorrow, July 15th. The weather has been perfect the past couple years, it’s going to be a great day in the neighborhood! Acts include Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang from String Cheese Incident, The New Mastersounds, Toubab Krewe (love, love, love), Tiger Party, and many more. I LOVE my neighborhood, come join us. Here is the link to buy tickets, make sure to get the tickets that include late night, catch Poor Man’s Whiskey playing Dark Side of the Moon with Allie Kral and others at Cervantes.

buy tickets here

Ladies, this is the festival to pull out cute hats, that Colorado sun sure gets bright! Here is a great look:

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Leather shorts, dotted tights, flat shoes, DIY hatband, this chick has it going on.

LoHi Festival 2013 is going to be hot and they still have discounted tickets!

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LoHi Festival returns to the Highlands and LoHi again this year on July 15. The weather has been perfect the past couple years, it’s going to be a great day in the neighborhood! Acts include Kyle Hollingsworth Band featuring Michael Kang from String Cheese Incident, The New Mastersounds, Toubab Krewe (love, love, love), Tiger Party, and many more including artists that haven’t been announced yet. I LOVE my neighborhood, come join us. Here is the link to buy tickets, make sure to get the tickets that include late night, catch Poor Man’s Whiskey playing Dark Side of the Moon with Allie Kral and others at Cervantes.

buy tickets here

Ladies, this is the festival to pull out cute hats, that Colorado sun sure gets bright! Here is a great look:

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Leather shorts, dotted tights, flat shoes, DIY hatband, this chick has it going on.

Shoes for Shows

I’ve been asked about the best shoes to wear at concerts by a few people, so I thought I’d show the ones I wear. There are quite a few schools of thought. Some go barefoot, flip-flops, sporty offroad style sandals, and then the closed toe shoes and socks people. I’m the third one, as I tend to get my feet stepped on a lot, and my bones get tired so I need some support. I LOVE flip-flops, lived in them year round in Texas, but they just don’t cut it when you need to jump over a barrier, one always falls off. Anyway, I don’t like wearing the same shoes day after day, so I’ve found lots of options. Below is an extremely long catalog of shoes I’ve worn to concerts that worked.

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Nike Air Max Sunrise – these are my VIP’s. They’ve seen 50+ shows, great support, good quality, and cute. In Charlotte this standard dirty hippie guy came up to me and said “excuse me, but are those the Air Max Sunrise? Well done!” and in Ohio a venue worker found them on her phone, she wanted them for work. That’s all the approval I need!

sold out, here are a bunch of other color combos though

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I’ve had a pair of checkered Vans in my arsenal off and on since I was a kid. Once you break in the back, these are the best. Cheap, you can toss them in the washer and dryer, and they match everything. These even stood up to the high tide coming up to our ankles at Jones Beach for Phish. Journey’s. I worked there when I was 16 and they were great to work for, thus I buy vans and tube socks there, they have a quota on socks that is tough to make.

checkered Vans

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The lace-up Vans are just as good. Since these come in men’s sizes, you will often meet a dude in the same shoes. This requires you to put your shoes next to each other, then do the Kid’n Play and high five. You will probably see this guy in two more cities and Kid’n Play each time. Journey’s as well.

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Jordans. This is when you want to make a statement. These are pricey shoes to be wearing in sticky arenas, by wearing white ones you are showing you are stupid and frivolous and do not care. When I wore them at SXSW, I got stopped multiple times to get my picture taken for streetstyle blogs. This did not happen in any other shoe. Sold out, eBay with inflated price

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These are for classier shows, where you will be dancing, but people will be older and in control of themselves, like a Medeski, Martin and Wood show or Spiritualized. These all live in their shoeboxes, and it’s taken years to collect. Whatever you do, take care of your shoes.

gold high tops

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Speaking of Red Rocks, it’s slanted, so I like to have a cowboy heel when I’m there. I’m obsessed with ankle boots that don’t make your legs stumpy. I liked these MIA boots so much, I bought both colors. If you like something, buy all the colors, you never regret those purchases. This style is no longer for sale, but these are similar and even better. That’s also a really good price!

MIA ankle boots

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If only they came in more colors.

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Since they don’t come in black, I wear these Vince Camuto Marcin boots. Softest leather I’ve ever felt, they are like wearing a slipper with spurs. They look really funny in the airport x-ray machine.

starting to get low on sizes

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Oh hey! The same boot in a Chelsea style in cheetah print! I had to wear thick ski socks for awhile breaking them in, they are great for running around on steps in the dark.

these were $60 when I bought them, keep your eyes open

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Speaking of running around in the dark, these are great for sneaking around quietly and quickly. However, they get demoted a point because they stain when someone spills their drink on you.

I like all of their stuff

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Here are their fancier cousins, these are so freaking fun for dancing. I thought they were stupid looking, but after I kicked around in them it was on. I can’t recommend these enough, they come in a ton of colors.

that color is no longer available, but these are pretty

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As we get further into taller boots, these get worn to metal shows and anything that’s going to get crazy. Buy Frye boots on eBay for much less, and you get the added bonus of someone else breaking them in.

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Final concert shoe. These are the best boots I’ve ever owned. Frye leather is awesome, if it already looks like they came from the Gold Rush, then they look good forever. Comfortable, cute, and warm, these are my go to for winter concerts.

I hope this helps at least one person, and keeps them from breaking a pinkie toe (happened in flip-flops), stepping on broken glass and bleeding everywhere (happened barefoot at a small outdoor venue), or getting tetanus (hasn’t happened). At a concert, you want to have fun and dance to great music, not complain that your feet hurt. Have fun out there!!