The Underground Music Showcase 2017 just announced their second round of artists for this year's festival! Additions include: Headliner Zola Jesus and artists like Bad Licks, Chocolate Diamond, Dear Rabbit, Decatur, Edison, HERESTOFIGHTIN, The Hollow, innerspace, The Kinky Fingers, Ned Garthe Explosion, Retrofette (we should mention here we're premiering something awesome from this band this Friday), Sleepy Sun, SIR, Sugar Skulls & Marigolds, Sur Ellz, Treehouse Sanctum, Turvy Organ, & more! Make sure to get your tickets for the July 27th-30th festival in the heart of Denver here. And see our previous story for initial lineup announcements at our original announcement link.
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The long-awaited and highly anticipated Underground Music Showcase 2017 lineup has arrived. With headliners Benjamin Booker, Red Fang, & Esmé Patterson, this year's fest will take place July 27th-30th. Colorado’s Bandits, Britt Margit, This Broken Beat, Bud Bronson & The Goodtimers, Brent Cowles, The Burroughs, Chloe Tang, CITRA, Coastal Wives, Colfax Speed Queen, Corsicana, déCollage, Dirty Few, Dragondeer, Wolf van Elfmand, Evan Holm & The Restless Ones, Gasoline Lollipops, Get Along, Jilly.FM, Joseph Lamar, King Cardinal, Last of the Easy Riders, Loretta Kill, Mawule, Modern Leisure, One Flew West, The Other Black, Povi, RL Cole, The Savage Blush, Silver and Smoke, SIXXXD, Slow Caves, SYCDVK, Television Generation, The Velveteers, Whiskey Autumn, Whole Milk, Wildermiss, and Yasi are just some of the acts on the bill we've featured in the last year, so needless to say, we're stoked on this lineup. And there are more artists still TBA!
Stay tuned for more UMS info and get ready to join us on Denver's South Broadway for one of our favorite events of the summer! Tickets here.
Reminiscing on last year's UMS? Peek back at our coverage of 2016:
Rapper Trev Rich has blown open the door on Denver’s hip-hop scene. All eyes are now on the Mile High City’s hip-hop community thanks to Rich’s announcement in 2016 of signing with Cash Money Records (Drake, Nicki Minaj, Young Money). Denver has already been spotlighted in the national music scene with breakout artist like Nathaniel Rateliff, The Lumineers, and now, rapper Trev Rich has also made this shortlist.
Watch Trev Rich’s music video for “Gossip”:
Last week, Trev Rich took the stage at The Gothic Theatre, wrangling up all of his fans, friends and family from far and wide to celebrate his musical journey thus far. Trev has a reputation of being a genuinely happy dude who knows how to rhyme, and his performance was true to form. The venue was packed and buzzing as the night's openers took the stage, which included sets by Squizzy DJS featuring DJ Squizzy Taylor + DJ Hollywood Cook + DJ KDJ Above, Trayce Chapman, and Povi.
Trev sang hits off of his most recent mixtape, including popular favorites like “Flex Sumn.” He worked the entire stage, backlit by an LED screen which displayed an array of graphics behind him with short video clip interludes between songs. Standout graphics included drone images of Denver’s cityscapes and Rich’s classic portrait from the cover of his 2016 album To Make a Long Story Short.
Rich’s set was short but fierce, marked by explosions of fog and vocal tags including the classic airhorn sound. Fans ate it up, dancing and singing along as he crushed through his set. Trev Rich ended the show by inviting a fan up onstage to take the mic as he smiled, “I know she knows every word to this one!” His charisma during his performance and his involvement with the crowd proved this is an artist who has the spirit needed to represent Denver hip-hop and take it to the national level.
Denver's Jerney is dropping music fast and we're listening.
Maybe you were lucky enough to catch local hip hop artist Jerney’s recent set at CU’s Homecoming Concert (he opened for Radical Something). Or maybe you’ve seen Jerney at a show down in Denver, where he’s based. Or maybe this is your first time hearing about the man behind the mixtape “Motion Picture Season One ep. 1-8.” But in any case, this guy has been snapping up a lot of attention lately. So we wanted the chance to chat with him his big move west, what it was like working with Netherlands-based producer Thovobeats (Thomas Vos), and what his plans are for the fall. And we got it! Here’s what Jerney told us:
Hey man- thanks for sitting down with us. We’re pumped to be diving into the local hip hop scene. First off- where was it you moved from?
East Coast. That’s cool.
Yeah growing up in New Jersey, I was introduced to a variety of genres. And that variety has really helped me to shape my own sound that I think is pretty distinct to just me.
Sweet. Speaking of genres, we noticed that there are some definite jazz elements happening in “Motion Picture Season One ep. 1-8.” Tell us about that.
I think the jazzy production elements definitely compliment my style and bring out my best lyrics. And my fans seem to really like it!
Nice. Diving into your sound a bit more, we are really diggin’ “Nobody.” It feels like this dark turn in the album that we want to keep going back to. Tell us about your writing behind this track.
Thanks! Actually the making of “Nobody” was a long process because of how complex the beat is. Once we had that, I actually struggled with writer’s block for the lyrics. After a few days, I just freestyled most of the verse, which made the creation of the song a lot more natural. “Nobody” is about police violence, and how in the end, we are all just pawns in the eyes of the government.
A dark, but really cool turn indeed then. So we noticed that Thovobeats produced a majority of your songs on this mixtape. What was it like working with him?
I first linked up with Thovo on a previous project, which inspired me to reach out to him when I created this mixtape. His style stood out to me the most, especially considering he is only 19 and lives in the Netherlands.
That had to be interesting working with him at such a distance. So what’s it been like getting involved in Denver’s hip hop scene? And what has been your favorite venue to check someone out at since moving there?
Since arriving in Colorado, I actually believe Boulder has the best music scene. But overall there are really talented rappers coming from all over the state- Lily Fangz and Povi rep Denver and then the No Coast guys rep from literally all over. But there are just so many good rappers out here- I can’t name them all. And my favorite venue thus far has been the Fillmore.
Well that’s awesome to hear! So what are your plans this Fall? Any upcoming shows? A tour? A music video in the works?
Right now we are in the process of filming a music video for “Nobody” with a great team- shout out to Lance. We’re planning to drop it by the end of the year or early 2016. I also just dropped a new EP this week called “Three Piece Suit” and it’s a collaborative project with Boog, the New Jersey based artist featured on “Motion Picture Season One ep. 1-8.” I’m also working on booking a few shows in Denver and in Boulder, but nothing I can announce yet.
Sweet. We hope to catch one soon. In the meantime listen to “Motion Picture Season One ep. 1-8” here:
And Jerney's Most Recent Drop, “Three Piece Suit” can be streamed here: