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.

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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.

All photography by Alden Bonecutter.