Another hot day outside, another scorching day of music inside.
Day three of the Underground Music Showcase began right where Friday left off—good bands, cold beer and the best venues South Broadway had to offer.
Tulip Wars kicked it off at 3 Kings Tavern. The five-piece group nailed the band name. The delicate voice of Tara Davis embraces the femininity of a tulip while the power riffs and heavy drums behind her clearly express their rock roots. Davis even tried her hand at comedy with several humorous anecdotes, which the audience was clearly not ready for, needing her drummer to hit rim shots at the end of them.
Down the street at IndyInk, one of the most interesting groups of the showcase was getting set perform. All Liver No Onions includes two drums, two guitars, a trumpet, a trombone, keyboards, bass, and a cute little girl blowing bubbles and dancing throughout the set. All members were wearing colorful shirts and had painted faces. With a sound similar to an extremely happy Modest Mouse, All Liver No Onions entertained the crowd with a mix of spoken word lyrics and moments where the entire band joined in like a choir.
Fort Frances, a trio from Chicago, IL, played to a nearly packed house at the Hornet. They kicked their set off with “Ghosts of California,” the first single off of their new album The Atlas. The band is a multi-talented group, with the guitarist David McMillin and Bassist Jeffrey Piper switched off songs playing keyboards. Fort Frances will be playing a set on Sunday afternoon at three at Wax Trax Records (638 E. 13th Ave.).
Rockabilly group Reverend Red packed the Irish Rover with grungy cowboys and dreadlocked hippies alike. The three-piece band, featuring a bright red upright bass and electric banjo, lived up to the hype. Grumbling lyrics and a dirty southern blues sound delighted those in attendance. Sean Russo, an upright bass player himself, took some notes on showmanship from Myk Marquez, who threw and spun his bass around like a belle at a ball.
As the heat from the long day subsided, the main stage played host to Denver’s own Snake Rattle Rattle Snake. The audience packed into the Goodwill parking lot before the show in order to get the perfect spot to witness SRRS’s brand of high energy music and the band did not disappoint its fans. For the entire hour, SRRS did not let up once. By the end of their performance, those concert goers who had packed the front of the stage were leaving with looks of jubilation and exhaustion their faces.
Other shows we hit up:
Danielle Ate the Sandwich did her best to entertain the crowds at South Broadway Christian Church without cursing on the mic. Her band played several of her songs, debuted a new one and then did a great cover of Sk8er Boy by Avril Lavigne
Denver’s The Knew, rocked the Sailor Jerry main stage.
DEERPEOPLE incorporated a flute and accordion into their set on the Groove Automotive Stage.
Hip-hop/electronica group Sole and The Skyrider Band was a great follow up to Sage Francis on Friday.
Ross Etherton and the Chariots of Fire brought their Southern rock meets gospel sounds to the Irish Rover.
Make sure you check out duo Busman’s Holiday Sunday night at eight. The brothers played an impromptu set on the street Saturday, and if it was any show of what they have to offer while plugged in, it will be a great show.
Additional reporting/photos by Ramsey Scott
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