#UMS2019 Day 2 – Still Pickin’ ‘Em for Ya

#UMS2019 Day 2 – Still Pickin’ ‘Em for Ya

July 27, 2019 Off By Billy Thieme

Now that you’ve had one day to get the idea of the flow, you’re probably ready to tackle the UMS with a certain aplomb, threading in and out of the 30+ venues, rocking the front rows at the outdoor stages, quaffing the best in refreshments, stuffing yourself with great food.

And, hopefully, you’ve taken advantage of our DenverThread picks throughout, so you’ve had the opportunity to see the best the festival has to offer, each and every hour.

So – no reason to give up now! On to our picks for Day Two!

Here are DenverThread hour-by-hour picks for #UMS2019 Day Two, Saturday, July 27 – Best Bets By the Hour!

1:00 p.m.Showcase Stage @ Goodwill

Wheelchair Sports Camp

It doesn’t get much more Punk Rock than Kalyn Heffernan. What more can be said? They ran for mayor of Denver with the only truly enlightened platform on the ballot – likely the only one like it in a century or more. Get outta bed for this set. That’s an order.

1:20 p.m.Knockout Stage @ Punch Bowl Social

Modern Leisure

I gotta say it – when it comes to soothing but crisp, Modern Leisure’s Casey Banker has it pegged. Longtime Denver guitar wiz and band master – definitely worth the stroll from Goodwill. Don’t miss this!

2:20 p.m.Odyssey Stage @ Import Mechanics


Chris Bowers Castillo brings Kiltro from the port city of Valparaiso, Chile in the form of beautiful, surrealistic guitar loops, sweet & strong vocals, and dramatic stories. Perfect for a sipper early in the day.

3:00 p.m.Showcase Stage @ Goodwill

Dressy Bessy

Another of Denver’s longtime muscial anchors, Dressy Bessy brings a solid, rockin’, ‘60s psychedelic sound up into the ‘90s and beyond.

A Brilliant Alternative: Whole Milk – Skylark Lounge

Take home some landlocked surf jazz, part of the Estival Hub Afternoon Party. Well worth it.

4:00 p.m.Showcase Stage @ Goodwill

Don Chicharrón

Playing Chicha – a mixture of Peruvian for, ‘60s psychedelia, Afro-Cuban rhythms, and mountain air – Don Chicharrón promises to slay the heat of this afternoon with an exciting love.

A Brilliant Alternative: Pout House – Hi-Dive

Remember Blondie? Get ready – Pout House will steal your heart, one way or another.

5:00 p.m.Showcase Stage @ Goodwill

Chicano Batman

This band of dark knights rocks a groovy soulful R&B mixed with some healthy psychedelia that’ll cool all the sweat in the Goodwill parking lot for sure.

A Brilliant Alternative: Automatic Iris – Banded Oak Brewing Co.

She’s a little bit alt-country, he’s a little bit garage rock, and the whole mess is damned good. Leave Chicano Batman early. ’Nuff said.

6:00 p.m.The Irish Rover Pub

Leon and the Revival

With rich, guttural vocals and a solid R&B anchor and backbeat, Leon and his Revival play a welcoming brand of soul that stays true to the genre’s roots, while being new and vital enough to sound young. Highly recommended.

7:20 p.m.Showcase Stage @ Goodwill

Yves Tumor

If you’re not careful, this set may be your highlight of the entire UMS. Throbbing Gristle, Berlin, Hip Hop, LA, their seizure-inducing homepage – what more could you ask for?

8:00 p.m.Moe’s Original BBQ

And the Black Feathers

They had us at The Clash… But they really had us with their straight ahead rock ’n roll, which they seem hell-bent to resurrect, one song and one show at a time.

8:30 p.m.Odyssey Stage @ Import Mechanics

Divino Niño

A healthy dose of Latin American influence brings to mind Brazilian psychedelia within this Chicago-based band’s indie rock, in ways that will have you moving from head to toes involuntarily, right from the first measures.

9:00 p.m.Metropolis Coffee

American Grandma

A Denver-based trio that strives to be your connection to post-rock and sleepless nights, swirling in sweaty confusion while trying to figure out just why you’re awake in the first place. Part of the Bluebook Underground Grotto at Metropolis Coffee.

A Brilliant Alternative: Michigander – South Broadway Christian Church

Truly from Michigan, this one. And their stark melodies and quiet visions make it more evident. Perfect for settling into the late hours.

10:00 p.m.Denver Distillery

Lady Gang

Jen Korte has been a force in Denver music for eons, it seems, and she still has the power to move all of us. Don’t miss the chance to catch her in this Uber-intimate setting, singing her own laments to a beautifully warped world.

A Brilliant Alternative: Space In Time – Hi-Dive

Heavy, crunchy, deep-rooted, sludge-er-riffic fuzz-entombed guitar riffs swirling in thick bass and howling vocals like melting concrete and iron girders. And the Hi-Dive is a hot place to begin with.

11:00 p.m.Moe’s Original BBQ


Julie Davis – longtime Denver phenom and standup bassist – and Jess Parsons bring a cool, experimental twist to local music. Headlining the Bluebook Underground Grotto at Metropolis Coffee.

Another Brilliant alternative: Green Druid – Hi-Dive

Just like it sounds. The music your stoner friends are listening to when the trees begin to talk to them in math.

12:00 a.m.Hi-Dive


Finally, a great death metal band sits waiting for you in the prime time slot, to bring you the seeds for a night’s rest you’ll never forget. Go. Sleep.

1:00 a.m.Skylark Lounge

Emerald Siam

Kurt Ottoway – a leader in Denver music since time began – brings his most accomplished and polished music since the ‘80s, some say. You be the judge – but we love it.

Another Brilliant alternative: Its Just Bugs – Hi-Dive

Not a band, so much as a plan to buy a boat. Not sure just what this group thinks they’re doing — but I believe they’ll be taking over the world soon.


  • Billy Thieme

    Aging punk rocker with a deep of all things musical and artistic, enough to remain constantly young and perpetually mystified. Billy has journalistic dreams, but of a decidedly pastoral, Scottish nature.