It’s no surprise we love Denver here at Lodo Drum Guy — that’s why we even represent our business’ neighborhood in our name. Business-owner Pete Isakovic has been selling top-notch instruments to the Denver area (and beyond) for many years now, watching the local music scene grow into the powerhouse it is today in the process. Every year, The Underground Music Showcase (UMS) is a weekend we look forward to, with hundreds of local and underground performances taking place over three days on Broadway. There’s so much talent crammed into one festival and though there are many acts we’re excited for, here are 10 rock bands we’re looking forward to jamming out to. Tickets to UMS are still available here.
The Hollow easily took the scene by storm over the past couple years with their catchy rock songs and a little help from charismatic frontman Spencer Townshend Hughes. They won’t let you down live, so be sure to add them to your schedule. Catch them Friday, July 26 at 11 p.m. at The Hornet.
If you caught CITRA at UMS last year you probably remember the line around the block at the start of their set. The up-and-coming Denver rockers have big things in store and are known for an entertaining show. Catch them Sunday, July 28 at 10 p.m. at Hi-Dive.
The Velveteers have been making waves in the Denver scene since well before the drop of their self-titled EP last year. Combining all of the necessities of good rock music with hard rock and a badass stage presence, The Velveteers are not to be missed. Catch them Friday, July 26 at 11 p.m. at 3 Kings Tavern.
This Denver psych-rock band have seen some major successes recently. The quartet released an album in April paired with a headlining celebration at the Bluebird, and are currently on a full-fledged tour that includes East Coast stops. Catch them Sunday, July 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Showcase Stage.
And the Black Feathers
Self-described as “Soulful Detroit soul smothered in Colorado Green Chile",” this Colfax-born group are bringing their garage-band sounds to Broadway. That combined with the atmosphere of UMS make for a great pair that aren’t to be missed. Catch them Saturday, July 27 at 8 p.m. at Moe’s Original BBQ
Bud Bronson & The Good Timers
This Denver party-rock band has been known for fun shenanigans at their sets. Grab a beer for this one — their sound is perfect for singing along and , well, a damn good time. Catch them Sunday, July 28 at 3:20 p.m. at the Knockout Stage.
Serpentfoot is a trio from Fort Collins that are gearing up to bring the psych-rock sounds to Broadway for UMS. Their garage-rock elements make them a perfect fit for UMS to add to your schedule. Catch them Friday, July 26 at 8 p.m. at 3 Kings Tavern.
Colfax Speed Queen
Colfax Speed Queen is another Denver (and UMS) staple. Their ability to weave together various elements of rock seamlessly combined with a garage rock personality score them one of our recommended rock shows. Catch them Friday night at 1 a.m. at 3 Kings Tavern.
iZCALLi are a Denver staple having released numerous albums in Colorado over the years. Their bilingual songs are epic rock hits and they sure don’t let up live, either. Catch them Friday night at 1 a.m. at Skylark Lounge.
ALTAS is a Denver instrumental rock band that are sure not to disappoint at UMS this year. They combine elements of post-rock and synth-punk to create a unique sound of their own. Catch them Sunday, July 28 at 11 p.m. at Skylark Lounge.