Westword Music Showcase returned this past Saturday for its 23rd annual day-long festival featuring national and local bands alike. Taking place in the Golden Triangle, the event included two outdoor stages, as well as taking a day-long residency at Broadway bars and venues like City Hall Amphitheater, Club Vinyl, Bar Standard and many more. Trev Rich performed a short and sweet set celebrating his signing to Cash Money through performing the record labels classic hits alongside his own material. Denver’s CRL CRRLL played a DJ set at Club Vinyl in the middle of the day. It was a great break from the heat — but even though we were indoors we were still sweating away. CRL CRRLL played a hip-hop and electronic fueled DJ set that kept the dance floor moving. Did I mention it was at 4:20 p.m.? Eldren and Slow Caves played back-to-back in Stoney’s Bar and Grill — both impressing the sizable crowds — especially Eldren who brought along quite the dedicated local fan base. But that’s not all — over 100 local bands played throughout the day at Westword Music Showcase from church fire tearing it up on the main stage to ATOMGA jamming out at La Rumba.
Though their name may make you think otherwise, Boston group A R I Z O N A kicked off the national headlining sets at 2:40 p.m. on the Mike’s Hard Lemonade Stage. It was immediately clear Westword Music Showcase wasn’t fucking around with any bass limits. Concert goers were blown away — not actually blown away by the bass, but metaphorically. COIN and then Bob Moses followed suit with equally impressive sets. Then, The Revivalists took on the Coors Light Stage with a crowd-pleasing performance but the sound wasn’t as good as it could have been. Cut Copy played at sundown for a packed audience — the front of which was getting down, to say the least. Shakey Graves closed out the main stage acts to a packed crowd before turning it over to the after parties for those who still had it in them after a full day of drinking, dancing and live music.