As the city of Denver continues to grow, so do the options for shows on any given weekend. Although many were available on Sunday, May 7th, I found myself at The Summit Music Hall to see the world’s best cover band, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. I had never heard the two opening bands, Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds or together PANGEA, so I was pretty excited to see what the night would bring me for this sold out event.
Opening the night was Kid Congo and the Pink Monkey Birds. With a name like that, I was not sure what to expect – but I will say, I loved it. Front man, Kid Congo Powers, has a long history in punk rock, and has put together a new group that has a great sound and great presence. I would definitely recommend checking these guys out if you have a chance, because you’re certainly in for a fun time.
Next up, together PANGEA, from my hometown of Los Angeles, California. I had heard of this group before, but had not heard them. Again, I was definitely impressed. A solid rock set with fantastic energy and sound, these guys will be touring with Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on many of their upcoming west coast dates.
Finally, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes came out and welcomed the crowd to their party. After releasing their newest record, “Rake It In: The Greatest Hits,” last month, they’ve been making the rounds. Calling themselves the “greatest cover band in the world,” The Gimme Gimmes never disappoint. There’s nothing quite like watching the audience swoon over frontman Spike’s sweet vocals, or the incredible talent of this all-star supergroup. They played a great range of tunes from their seven albums, and all in all, it was a great performance by the masters of cover songs.
An eclectic mix of musicians certainly made for a fabulous Sunday night, and I hope that Me First and the Gimme Gimmes continue to cover songs and tour for many years to come.
* all photos by Jackie Wilding
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Catch Me First and the Gimme Gimmes touring the Western United States before they head off to Europe!
|05/10/17||Scottsdale, AZ||Pub Rock||w/ Together Pangea||BUY|
|05/11/17||San Diego, CA||House of Blues||w/ Together Pangea||BUY|
|05/12/17||Santa Ana, CA||The Observatory||BUY|
|05/13/17||Los Angeles, CA||The Fonda||w/ Together Pangea||BUY|
|05/14/17||Berkeley, CA||The UC Theatre||w/ Together Pangea||BUY|
|05/27/17||Las Vegas, NV||Punk Rock Bowling||BUY|