You're invited to a Kitty Crimes show and taping for Open Music Sessions this Friday

Tomorrow, Westword, Open Media Foundation and Greater Than Collective will co-hosting a live performance by Denver's Kitty Crimes at the Denver Open Media studios at 7th and Kalamath.

It's a continuation of our Open Music Sessions, where we will create several videos based on regular live tapings of exceptional bands from Colorado and beyond. The critical thing to know right now, however, is that this Friday, August 1, Kitty Crimes will play a show in the heart of the Sante Fe Arts District that will also feature comedian Kristin Rand. Admission is free and beer and snacks will be available by donation. Doors are at 7 and the taping starts at 8; you can RSVP via Facebook.

See also: Introducing Open Music Sessions, a live video series featuring bands of all genres

Kitty Crimes is the performing moniker of Maria Kohler — a driving force of Denver's music scene who has played in Paper Bird and Harpoontang, among others. Kohler is coming off a prime-time set at the hi-dive at last week's Underground Music Showcase. At it, she showcased the growing versatility of the Kitty Crimes project, which started with hip-hop and now includes R&B, electronic, pop and even some elements of folk. She also has pretty killer "Give it Away" cover.

Tomorrow's Open Music Sessions performance will feature Kohler solo, with backing tracks, occasional guitar and an unbelievably compelling stage presence. Test out her chops by listening to "Grades," the music video for which will be out soon.

Open Music Sessions Featuring Kitty Crimes and comedian Kristin Rand Friday, August 1 Doors at 7 p.m., taping from 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Denver Open Media: 700 Kalamath Street Beer and wine for donation RSVP

See also: Kitty Crimes, Maria Kohler's alter-ego, is the diverse musician's latest creative endeavor

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Kiernan Maletsky is Westword's music editor. His writing has appeared in alt-weeklies around the country as well as Miley Cyrus's mom's Twitter feed.
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