Festival Season is in full swing, and with the summer of 2015 comes a new, scrappy, homegrown festival called the Bluebird District Music Festival. If you bought a three-day wristband, you'll be spending this hopefully rain-free weekend traversing the five venues and
7 p.m. Lost Lake
SF1 sounds like a Danger Mouse experiment: an MC with exquisite technique spouting sensitive rhymes over pounding drums and guitars. This band has the urgency of a hardcore band with the swagger of the best hip-hop group you know. It's a hybrid that transcends its parts, and the perfect way to start the festival on Friday.
11 p.m. Lost Lake
Things can get a little trippy with Pan Astral. The synth-rock shoegaze act mixes ethereal melodies with '80s pop energy and a drumbeat that will have you instantly dancing. After a few drinks, this is the perfect band to dance away your Friday night to.
12 a.m. Southside
By the time Reno Divorce takes the stage, you might be intoxicated, and it’ll time to fucking rock. The punk band is deadly serious (the lead singer even has a face tattoo). But as forceful as its music may be, the band is also a fun time, and its classic sound will have you moshing with some of the best punks in town.
5:30 p.m. Southside
Joy Subtraction is loud and fast — really loud and really fast. It's like Joy Division if, instead of feeling sorry for himself, Ian Curtis got properly angry and replaced sad lyrics with a series of insane power chords. Joy Subtraction is a force to be reckoned with, and we reckon you should check it out.
10:50 p.m. Lost Lake
If you’re looking for a party, look no further than the Dirty Few. Grab a few friends, shotgun some PBRs, and fight your way to the front of the crowd to mosh and dance with Denver's premier party-rock band. At the Westword Showcase, the bad threw giant pool floats into the audience, so who knows what the Dirty Few have planned for this rookie festival.
Nuns of Brixton
12:40 a.m. Goosetown
The Nuns of Brixton are a Clash cover band in which the members dress up like nuns. Do we need to say more? Yeah, we didn’t think so.
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7 p.m. Lost Lake
Your will to rally is probably weakening at this point, after two very late nights down on Colfax, so start the final night of the festival off with some acoustic guitars. Glowing House takes the best part of folk, country and simple singer-songwriter aesthetics to create something that is beautiful and moving. This is music that wants to dig into your bones and after a few songs, you’ll be happy to let it.
Men in Burka
8 p.m. Goosetown
At this point you’ve had two nights of loud guitars, so it’s time for something else entirely, which is exactly what Men In Burka offers. Experimental electronic artist Kamran Khan bills himself as the “Ramadan-dadaist of Denver” which makes about as much sense as his music. His work is innovative and invasive, and if you tend to stick to the normal punk-rock shows, you owe it to your hopefully open, music-loving brain to catch his live show.
10:20 p.m. Bluebird