Photos: 2017 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase

2017 Underground Music Showcase

Our photos from The Denver Post’s 2017 Underground Music Showcase, otherwise known as “The UMS.” To see more photos, click the forward arrow on the image above.

Now in its 17th year, The UMS is Denver’s largest homegrown, indie-music festival, featuring 400 performances over four days at more than 25 venues on a 10-block stretch along South Broadway in the Baker neighborhood.

The UMS continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday – actually until 2 a.m. early Monday. For information on bands, venues and tickets, click here

All photos by Denver Center for the Performing Arts Senior Arts Journalist John Moore, who founded The UMS in 2001. Read more.

Video bonus:

Tyler Despres, co-founder of the popular Denver band Gin Doctors, died of an aortic aneurysm in November 2016. He was 34. On the final day of the 2017 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS), headliner Esmé Patterson sang a song dedicated to (and written by (Despres), backed by Jessica DeNicola, Maria Kohler and her band. Her is a portion of that song.


“You coulda rode you shoulda rode the waves, you coulda walked yah you shoulda walked the beaches, but now you’re an angel floatin downstream — oh now you’re the cosmos in a beautiful beam.”

Video bonus 2:

This is what happened when Benjamin Booker took a liking to a superfan named Ford at the 2017 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase (The UMS). The music is not Benjamin Booker’s because, you know … YouTube and copyright and all. But it’s fun. Video by John Moore for the DCPA NewsCenter. 

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