Consolation prize for those who missed the Erica Freas in-store!

Well, sorry if you missed it.  Things were thrown together quite last minute.  However, if you were there, you’ll agree that it was a great show.

Things kicked off with Jason Begin (of Christie Front Drive).  It felt a little like the old days of Double Entendre here in Denver.  The late 90’s shows where everyone was crowded in the back room watching punk but not dancing around, arms flailing.  No, back then we all stood around with our arms across our chests, swaying and nodding to the music and feeling like we could feel the same.  Everything was a bit more emotional back then.  Here’s a CFD video from back then to give you an idea (totally awesome VHS recording):

Then Rachael Pollard played.  Rachael has been playing around Denver for more than a decade.  In fact, the first time I saw her was at Double Entendre.  So, there ya go, Denver’s history alive and well!  Last Sunday all 35 people in the store became silent as soon as she began.  It’s as though, no matter how close you sit, or how intently you listen, it’s not close enough.  Anyways, this video from the 2008 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase gives you a near approximation of her ability to capitivate:

Erica Freas played, played, played some RVIVR covers and some originals.  What a treat!  She was much loved by the audience, who mouthed the words along with her and had their arms around each other as they sat crossed legged on the floor.  The room smelled like punk and cheap beer, and it felt like friendship and struggle came together for a moment.  Only Stevie Nicks herself could have this sort of power over me; and by the way Erica kind of sings like Stevie which is fucking cool.  Here are 2 videos from that night, 1 by me and 1 by someone else that was already uploaded on YouTube:

The night closed out with Derek Wegener from No High Fives to Bullshit playing a set.  He left right after the show to move to the northwest, so it was a goodbye set amongst friends.  A touching way to end the show.  Here’s a video of No High Fives, the sound quality is terrible, but definite punk points for playing a bookstore:

And that concludes my show review based entirely upon feelings and sensations.  I hope my sentimentality hit the spot and that you’ll come around for the next in-store show TBA.

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About Growler Distro

Growler Distro, or Growler Record Store, are the same thing: a project aimed at selling records, tapes, CDs, CDRs, zines, books, and cool handmade trinkets in Denver, CO, which I'm proud to say is my home. My name is Molly and I've been tabling at punk shows since 2006 and now I'm expanding to a brick and mortar shop at 742 Santa Fe Drive. (Days and hours TBA) I've always loved underground music for it's freshness and honesty and I want you to feel like you can discover a gem as well. I believe that music brings people together much like a well-prepared meal can. And, I think that underground music and literature often talk about the things in life most important to you, whether that be disenchantment with the state of things or a truly broken heart. I carry a lot of different styles of music, so don't limit yourself to one definition of what underground or punk might mean to you. Growler Record Store has music for quiet, contemplative rainy days, dance parties, and even for the apocalypse. I have music made by women, queers, people of color, and in many different languages. You will find your voice as expressed by talented musicians, just the way it was meant to be. And you will likely leave feeling inspired by and connected to your fellow humans. How to find me: growlerdistro@riseup.net and growlerdistro.tumblr.com
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