Where to Park at UMS (Dude, Where’s My Car?)

By Friday, July 25, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Ever walk out to where you left your car, freak out that it isn't there, only to realize you parked on a different street? Yeah, that didn't happen to me this morning. Being the responsible adults that we are, Aimee and I took a cab back to her house after the first night of the Underground Music Showcase (UMS) last night. On our way, we stopped at my car so I could grab my laptop and bag of clothes. There was a small discussion about if my car was good to leave there, and we all agreed it was. This morning, Aimee and Bryan and I go to ...

Lists, Lists and More Lists. Lists of the 2014 UMS Bands and Venues!

By Thursday, July 24, 2014 1 Permalink 0

I love lists. Whether it is daily to-do lists in my many notebooks, list of places to go, or upcoming concerts, I love making lists.

I also love making lists on Twitter. They are underused and so incredibly helpful for keeping track of people and events! For the Underground Music Showcase (starting TONIGHT!) I made a list of the bands playing each night AND all of the venues hosting these 400 bands.

Kill the Artist Hype the Trash – Wiredogs EP

By Tuesday, July 22, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Obviously I'm a little biased here as my bro is the drummer, but I absolutely love this Kickstarter video Wiredogs did for their upcoming campaign. Watch it now: Iggy Pop Did you watch the video? No? Well, there is a great story about Stefan working at Riot Fest last year and driving around Iggy Pop. While Stefan has MANY stories about Iggy Pop (buy him a drink sometime, I'm sure he will gladly tell you about his time spent driving Iggy around), I really like this one as it is the inspiration for the title of their new EP. I'd repeat the story here, but you really ...

The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) 2014 with SpokesBUZZ and FanPlan!

By Monday, July 21, 2014 2 Permalink 0

The Underground Music Showcase (also known as UMS or #UMS2014 on Twitter and Instagram) is almost upon us! I really love festival season here in Colorado that is kicked off by FoCoMX in April and continues with Denver Day of Rock, Westword Music Showcase, Big Gig, UMS, Riot Fest and I'm sure some others that I'm forgetting. UMS is no exception! Starting on Thursday, July 24th, UMS kicks off at 8pm and continues through Sunday, July 27th at midnight. There are over 400 local and national bands playing over 4 days down on Broadway in Denver at more than 20 venues. That's right 400 bands! Single day passes ...

KTCL Channel 933′s #BigGig14 Social Stats

By Sunday, July 20, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Yesterday was awesome! As I said before, I love Big Gig and have been going since before it was called Big Gig (used to be Big Adventure). While I didn't tweet much during the event, it was because I was having too much fun running between the local stage and main stage and watching the bands! Bands In case you missed the lineup for #BigGig14: Panic! At The Disco Walk The Moon Twenty One Pilots MSMR American Authors Brick+Mortar Bad Suns Magic Man Locals Stage Rumours Follow Post Paradise Chemistry Club Pandas & People Glowing House Videos Sitting in the lawn wasn't the best for video and since Aimee was in the pit taking pictures, I figured that would be better than my ...

Riot Fest 2014 – From Byers to Mile High Stadium

By Friday, July 18, 2014 2 Permalink 0

Riot Fest just announced a new venue for the festival in 2014: the parking lot of Mile High Stadium. My initial reaction was "Really? From a farm to a parking lot?" Can't say I'm too happy about where @RiotFest moved to: Mile High? Really? http://t.co/yGDTZMkNyo— Monika McMahon (@monikarun) July 18, 2014 Then I re-read the post about how they were going to make the parking lot more 'Byers-like': However, I do like that @RiotFest is turfing the parking lot so it won't be hot as balls! http://t.co/yGDTZMkNyo #milehigh— Monika McMahon (@monikarun) July 18, 2014 The reason I was annoyed they were going to hold it in the parking lot ...

Tips on Creating Successful Kickstarter Campaigns

By Friday, July 11, 2014 1 Permalink 0

Last night, I attended a fun event all about Kickstarter, put on by Arts for Colorado (AFC) and WESTAF (Western States Arts Federation) at Deer Pile in Denver. I’ve never personally launched a Kickstarter (considered it for Noiselace, but instead built an online store), have supported many local artists in their campaigns, been a follower of Kickstarter for years and was definitely interested in learning more. Especially after potato salad happened this week. The speakers included 2 local individuals, Brigid and Robert, who each had successful campaigns and Stephanie Pereira, Kickstarter’s International & Civic Partnerships Lead. There was so much great information that I took over 4 ...

Boulder Startup Week – Plan Your Summer Music Adventure With Me!

By Sunday, May 11, 2014 0 Permalink 0

We can all agree on this - Colorado is a great place for music lovers, especially during the summer. Between Red Rocks, the Greeley Stampede, Fiddlers Green and the events that take place in every mountain town and local city each weekend, every single music lover can find something to fulfill their musical desires each weekend this summer. Tomorrow I'm talking on a panel at Boulder Startup Week about planning your summer Colorado adventure and my expertise will be music and more specifically, music festivals happening in Colorado this summer. So, what makes me qualified to talk on such a subject when I'm not a musician, or ...

FoCoMX 6 – April 25th and 26th, 2014

By Thursday, April 24, 2014 0 Permalink 0

Friday, April 25th marks the beginning of FoCoMX 6. I can't believe it has been 6 years already! I've been attending (and writing) about this festival since the beginning. I love the music scene in Colorado (besides Boulder of course) and FoCoMX is one of my favorite festivals as it is held in my hometown of Fort Collins. It helps that my brother's bands have always played, giving me further incentive to attend. Here's my schedule, although I'm sure this will change based on venue capacity and recommendations: (more…)

New Music Tuesday – Hometown for the Holidays 2013 #HTFTH Winner – Claymore Disco!

By Tuesday, December 17, 2013 0 Permalink 0

Well, Hometown for the Holidays #HTFTH, has come to a close. I'm sure you are all excited that my constant #HTFTH tweets have ended, but wow! What a contest! In case you missed it, the top 3 bands as voted by Music Nerds all over the US were: The Photo Atlas Pandas & People Claymore Disco Those three put on a great show at Casselman's on Saturday night. If you've never attended a #HTFTH event, I highly recommend it. This event is pretty much the 'company' holiday party for local musicians. I can't even begin to count the number of bands that were in attendance. On to the music. Today ...