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Underground Music Showcase 2014 promises to be best yet

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Over 400 bands. Nearly two dozen stages. Four days of music. $50 for access to all of it. Not only is Denver’s annual Underground Music Showcase the most extensive music festival in the Mile High, but it also happens to be one of the best bangs for the buck.

On July 24-27, 2014, the UMS returns for its fourteenth year, filling South Broadway with some of the best independent music you’ll hear all year. While headliners such as Blonde Redhead, Real Estate, People Under the Stairs, Tanlines and Unknown Mortal Orchestra grace the outdoor main stage each evening (moved this year to the Security Service Federal Credit Union parking lot, which should afford more shade), literally hundreds of other local and visiting indie acts will be performing at both established and makeshift venues, all within walking distance of each other. Among the many, many great local acts to watch for this year:

• Ark Life
• Shady Elders
• Rachel and the Kings
• My Body Sings Electric
• The Epilogues
• Sarah & the Meanies
• Covenhoven
• Chimney Choir
• Petals of Spain
• Instant Empire
• Poet’s Row
• Flashbulb Fires
• The Belle Jar
• Post Paradise
• The Outfit
• Disgrace the Traitor
• NAVY
• Ian Cooke
• John Common Superheart
• In the Whale
• …and many others!

In addition to great music each afternoon and evening, “The Sesh” returns this year with multiple afternoon panel discussions and workshops designed to help indie musicians advance their careers. This year’s UMS will also feature several sponsored “day parties” with even more bands and artists performing to entice concertgoers to come out a bit early.

One of the best new additions to the UMS this year actually has nothing to do with music. Given the thousands of attendees that flock to the area each year, parking is always an issue. This year, in addition to the street parking you’ll find here and there, designated parking can be found in the Kmart parking lot at 363 S. Broadway, just south of where most of the venues are. Even better, UMS sponsor Schomp MINI will be offering free rides from the parking lot to the UMS and back in their Mini Coopers.

Four-day wristbands and single-day passes are still available, but act quickly if you want to attend. Wristbands are $50 until Wednesday, at which point they go up to $75—and even then, they’re likely to sell out. For all the details, a full lineup, and to purchase wristbands, visit the UMS website.

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