Photos by Krystal Ramirez
James Woodbridge, co-founder of local indie-music festival Neon Reverb, was happy with March 9–12’s outcome, saying there were “fantastic, high-energy shows, new music discoveries … and a great turnout from enthusiastic crowds.”
Friday’s bill at Backstage Bar & Billiards brought a lively performance by garage band Night Beats and a solid set by sassy British band Temples. Meanwhile, Beauty Bar held it down for the hip-hop sect with a showcase of some of the city’s sharpest spitters and a captivating presentation by Denver’s Wheelchair Sports Camp. L.A. beat scene veterans Mndsgn and Peanut Butter Wolf kept b-boys’ heads spinning long into the night.
The Bunkhouse Saloon’s Saturday show saw a strong set by local act Same Sex Mary, who dressed as Simpsons characters, plus a pure performance by Le Butcherettes that inspired a rare real-deal connection with the crowd.
On Sunday, The Bunkhouse featured LVL UP’s guitar-heavy sounds and the feedback of the Acid Sisters. And while the Soul Clap closing party at Oddfellows started off a little slow, the dance floor soon filled with people getting down to the soulful sounds spun by New York City DJ Jonathan Toubin. The dance contest brought out moves good and bad, and even those without hopes of taking home the $100 prize had a righteous time.