Now that we’ve got two, fat and sassy days of the Underground Music Showcase under our belts, the real monster is being unleashed. This weekend, as in festivals past, begins the real UMS proper, and there are more bands, artists, venues, drinks and awesome food today than both of the previous two days combined!
Today also brings out the two-day visit of Lucha Libre Mexicana – a wonderful experience by any standards – in the Groove Automotive Stage at 3:45 & 5:15. If you haven’t seen the masked luchadores before – don’t dare miss this act! You’ll definitely regret it. . . .
As always, here are some preview haikus – or “pre-kus” – for DenverThread recommendations for Day 3:
Lucha Libre Mexicana – 3:45 & 5:15 PM @ Groove Automotive Stage
A fantastic move,
the two-legged, all-in drop
kick shatters his mask!
RIYL: Wild, fast paced wrestling with a latino flare, think Jack Black’s “Nacho Libre,” on steroids, and watch out for sweat, spit and blood!
Slakjaw – 4:00 PM @ the Irish Rover
That fingerless glove,
soaked in whiskey and bloodied,
is my handkerchief.
RIYL: Tom Waits, 32-20 Jug Band, Denver Gentlemen, listening to drunken tales of heartbreak alongside a smoldering oil can fire.
Snake Rattle Rattle Snake – 7:30 PM @ Cartoys Stage @ Goodwill Parking Lot
Fog curling around
your feet might just as well be
RIYL: Grace Slick, Joy Division, dark psychedelic rock, a lost weekend magic mushroom binge
Maraca Five-0 – 8:00 PM @ 3 Kings Tavern
desert highway, and the rock
is all in my dreams.
RIYL: Dick Dale, The Astronauts, Link Wray, pauses in high-speed chases behind burned out gas stations, miles from anywhere, and you’ve only got one smoke left. . .
Murder Ranks – 10:00 PM @ 3 Kings Tavern
What looks like dried blood
on the dancehall floor, turns out
to be spilled sloe gin.
RIYL: The Clash (Especially Sandinista era), Yellowman, Ranking Joe, searing, sex-charged and homegrown dancehall dub