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Music, Fashion, and Westword Music Showcase

Oh, dear!  This will hopefully be the most depressing post concert wise of the summer.  This was an event I didn't have a ton of fun at.  First, here's the context for what this was: a Denver publication (Westword) puts on a music festival every June where mostly local acts take over the bars in a neighborhood called The Golden Triangle and some national acts play on a main stage that is set up for the event.  I've been to this event twice and have had fun both times.  This year...not so much.  For one, there was a TON of electronica and that's just not my jam.  Throw in a bunch of bros running around and it's even less fun.  Add in that me and the lady that I've dubbed my concert going "lesbian life mate" for the summer, Jeanice, were completely whipped out from going to several shows that week already making it not the most ideal concert going experience.  If that weren't enough, this was the first week in Denver that it was 90-100 degrees.  But what I really mean by that was that it was 60 and raining for 6 weeks straight, so being outside almost all day in this weather was very shocking to the system.  Seriously, I never complain of the heat, but all of my likeminded friends and I were having a little bit of difficulty adjusting to the suddenness of summer weather.  Having fun at Westword this year doesn't seem super meant to be in retrospect....
Personal style wise, this was one of the easiest outfits that I've picked out for a show yet!  I knew I wanted to wear a crop top to not mess with tan lines and sandals with ankle support since I'd be walking a lot.  I had just gotten this Hell Bunny via ModCloth skirt on sale in the mail and matched it with an elephant top, my purple sandals, and pink almost purple Kate Spade bag.  Admittedly, in my heart of hearts I wanted to wear gray wedges...and likely would have if I hadn't been walking a ton already that week and been on my feet a lot. Common sense luckily won out and I reached for my Forever 21 sandals.  I also strongly considered a purse with a should strap so I didn't have to hold a bad, which is something I'd recommend for festivals and concerts alike, but I decided it would go against my no tan line rule and there were a few things I wanted to pack for an all day event (like sunscreen, for instance) so I wanted/needed a bigger purse for that.
Hair Flower- NicCoco Creations via Unique Vintage
Continent Necklace- ModCloth
Top- Love Culture
Bracelet- Banana Republic

Okay, so I'm going to possibly say some less than popular things here:  I don't love music festivals.  There's so much to deal with that kind of cancels out some of the fun that is being had.  For one, trying to meet up with people is like herding cats.  Everyone is showing up at different times, some people can't even commit one way or the other to the event, cell service can be difficult once an event hits critical mass, etc.  All of the above happened, but frankly I was just as guilty as well.  One of my favorite people was a mile or so away and not going to the festival.  He broke his foot in 3 places this winter and this was his first trip to Denver (he lives an hour away) since Valentine's day weekend.  I had seen him since then, but not in Denver and wanted to celebrate him being in town again.  Jeanice and I planned on leaving the event an hour after we got there to have lunch with him and some other friends, and we brought two people from the festival with us.  The whole time we were in downtown Denver and away from the festival I was fielding "where are you?" text messages and trying to coordinate with people.  So when I say these festivals are a sh*t show and it's hard to pin people down, I say that with no anger and complete self awareness that I'm just as guilty as the next person; it's jus the nature of these things.  And of course leaving the event came back to bite me when we came back to the showcase because we lost two of the people and then bumped into our friend Kevin who had lost another group of our friends, and basically walked around like lost puppies for a half hour trying to find some kind of middle ground.
A fun mirror I found while dilly dallying around town.
When Jeanice and I found our friend Kevin, when we all lost different people.

In regards to the music, meh.  Like I mentioned a lot of just wasn't my scene.  To be fair, unlike past times I've gone, I didn't just mosey on into different bars and give whatever was playing a chance.  Our lunch break took at least two hours and then trying to find people took away from a lot of that.  The only two bands that I made an attempt to see and was actually paying attention to when they played were Kissing Party and The Black Angels.

Kissing Party:
Kissing Party is a local band with a funny connection to me.  I'm from a small town in Pennsylvania.  About a year or so after moving to Denver, I was at a roller derby bout with a girlfriend.  This one girl on the local team, "Boo Boo Radley" looked an awful lot like this girl I had known since elementary school.  She graduated a few years ahead of me but grew up literally around the corner and I was in the same year as her brother.  I kept telling my friend "I think I know that girl" but she kept shrugging it off, as what are the odds that some chick from my 80 kid per grade high school is not only living in Denver, Colorado but is on a roller derby team, all while I'm at this bout and living in this city as well.  Sure enough, a few months later at another roller derby event, there were programs for the event and I saw her name under her derby name.  I found her on Facebook not long after and some years later got to see her band, Kissing Party.  I really dig them and try to see them when they play, but admittedly I fail at that very often.  I wanted to see them for sure at Westword Music Showcase and made that happen.  I'm glad I got to see them, and they were awesome, but I was super wiped out.  Jeanice and I found big plushy booths to sit in towards the back and we kicked back and relaxed for half the show while waiting for our other friends to join us.  This is the first of two times this summer where I've been at a show more relaxing to the music than being an active listener.  But as always, they put on a great show!
Kicking back and relaxing in the plushy booth.

By the time we left and came back, we were dehydrated from a nearly two mile walk in 95 degree weather.  After we finally met up with some people, it ended up being my friends Jeanice and Katie who accompanied me to a bar to drink some fancy waters and diet cokes (haha) so we could hydrate and get some energy back!  Party animals....I know!  (And that was a tall order as most places were blasting super annoying music and had nowhere to sit).  Per my request, we made our way back to the main stage to see the Black Angels...a band that I've been foaming at the mouth to see for years.

When the Black Angels took the stage I immediately knew we had a problem.  They sounded great, in that I could tell their musicianship was tight.  But the sound guy working the booth kept changing the microphone levels and it was super annoying.  This is another reason why I don't love outdoor music festivals; the sound is super hit or miss.  I've grown more sensitive to these kinds of issues from over the years of going to so many shows.  Knowing that the Black Angels would TOTALLY kick a$$ at a more intimate venue and taking into consideration that my friends didn't know this band and wanted to go home but were basically humoring me, after two or three songs I turned to them and said, "Look, it's your call.  I hate this sound guy.  If you want to leave, I'll leave with you."  In response to that they stared at me for five seconds, looked at each other and said, "Um yeah, let's go."  I didn't get any photos of the Black Angels because I just didn't want to document such a let down.  When I get the chance to see them again, (I'm going to see to it that it happens) I will take plenty of photos to document the experience.  Sometimes you just have to fold in life, folks.  Westword Music Showcase was one of those moments for me.  There were other bands playing for the next two hours, but the whole day was more or less a bust and we didn't care enough about any of the other acts.  I can't see myself returning to this event unless no less than 5 acts I want to see go.  I think it's just officially not my scene anymore.  Oh well!
The lovely ladies who stuck it out with me until the end because I asked them to!

In case you missed other concert going stories:
Music, Fashion, and The Jesus and Mary Chain
Music, Fashion, and Surfer Blood
Music, Fashion, and The Sonics
Music, Fashion, and Fitz and the Tantrums

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  1. Love your bag and dress, looking good (: x

  2. You are so beautiful! This dress looks stunning on you! :)


  3. How cute is your outfit! That top is adorable!

  4. You look beautiful in this dress dear :D


  5. Lauren, this is such a fun post! I adore the pink midi skirt on you! So so so pretty!!!
    Sending you much love & I hope your Wednesday is as marvelous as you are!!!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  6. Hope you had fun! ^-^

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  7. Totally bummer that it was kind of a blech experience. I haven't actually been to a music festival because I am a lame-o (I really have no other excuse), but I would imagine that it would be hard in the heat and hard to meet up with people. Local bands can go either really good or really bad--it's such a toss up. I am DEFINITELY not an electronica fan either so I hear you there.

    Sartorially, you look SO DARLING though! I am in LOVE with your elephant top (my favorite!!!) and it goes great with that pink skirt!

  8. Sorry to hear the festival wasn't a wonderful time. But I hear you on the whole festival thing - it can be more overwhelming than fun..especially if you're going with more than one person..then lordy does that get stressful! On a positive note, though, you're outfit is absolutely darling! Love your skirt and top and we're necklace twins (except I have the silver version)! :)

    Hope you're having a great week, Lauren!


  9. What a crazy experience... so glad you recovered and got much needed hydration!!
    Very cute look... especially loving the skirt!

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  10. Hello beautiful Lauren!! I love this look, You know that I think you have a great style, so fun and happy!! I am not a big fan of music festival, and now with the little ones, I can't even think about it ahaha!
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  11. Cool pictures! love the concert ones and your style :)


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