Pabst Blue Ribbon is an unpretentious beer and fittingly, Project Pabst is an unpretentious music festival. Unlike the large-scale fests that take over acres of land and earn their money back on costly VIP packages, Project Pabst Denver is a day-long block party that features local bands at smaller venues and an assortment of national acts on two outdoor stages.
Now in its second year, Project Pabst is fast becoming one of Denver’s best annual events. Twin Peaks and Deap Vally got the day started on the outdoor stages with their raw indie rock and by the time STRFKR took the stage in astronaut suits and wigs, the crowd was sufficiently primed for their ecstatic performance, which included confetti bombs and inflatables. Danny Brown has one of the most unmistakable voices in hip-hop and his passionate fan base was more than happy to rap along to every verse. Kurt Vile’s no-frills guitar rock is ideal for sitting on the porch with a tallboy in hand, making him a good choice before the home stretch of performers. Phantogram always puts on an amazing live show and their energy and easy chemistry on stage no doubt earned them a host of new fans. And West Coast rap legend Ice Cube closed out the outdoor stages with a set that touched on all of his hits, delivered with the enthusiasm and showmanship of a veteran performer.
That’s to say nothing of the many amazing local bands, DJs and artists that filled the venues along Larimer street. Project Pabst has the unique distinction of feeling both intimate and expansive and those who attended are no doubt already looking forward to next year’s edition of the event.
Check out a slideshow of the best shots from Project Pabst by photographer Kari Cummings above and keep it here on AXS.com for more music news from the Mile High City.