If your idea of a sporting event is ironic facial hair, v-neck t-shirts, nerd glasses and PBR, then the Denver Kickball Coalition (DKBC) is a home run. The loose collection of beer-swilling, mustache-waxing base runners started as a way to prove to some Norwegians that Americans could do more than drink and smoke. Nearly 10 years later, it’s a genuine phenomenon among a group of people who, by and large, sucked at sports in high school.
But you don’t have to give a damn about kickball to get excited about tonight’s DKBC fundraiser at the Hi-Dive. Dubbed Bandimals, the event includes musicians from hot Denver bands of the present and past, including A Tom Collins, Hot IQs, Hello Kavita, Taun Taun,
Bandimals — the brainchild of musicians, kickballers and scene fixtures Rob Burleson and Ben Desoto — is no local music showcase though. Instead of wowing the crowd (and there’s sure to be a crowd) with the original music they’re known for, this talented crew of musicians will be playing covers that are sure to delight and occasionally offend. Like its cousin, Stand By Your Band — a nearly annual cover band event that always draws a throng — Bandimals will give these luminous locals a chance to try on new songs, new personas and new instruments, all for a good — if somewhat frivolous — cause.
“The whole reason is to raise money for the kickball league to pay for fields, balls and anything that needs to be paid for,” explains current Denver Kickball commissioner (the league prefers the term “the Commish”), Morgan Hofmann. “We don’t ask people to pay to be in the league. Just show up every week and bring beer.”
Hofmann, the league’s first female commish, joined Denver Kickball in 2008, while she was working as promotions director for Radio 1190. Having relocated to Colorado from Michigan, Miss Hofmann was eager to get to know some new people. “It was nice to hang out with people who didn’t take themselves too seriously,” she recalls.
Three years later, Hofmann is no longer employed at 1190 (though she does volunteer), but kickball is still a big part of her life, and she couldn’t be more excited about the fundraising event. She thinks you should be excited too.
“We are so much fun as a league,” Hofmann boasts. “We like to meet people and make sure they have fun.”
For the Commish, Bandimals is simply an extension of the fun that she and her kickball comrades have on the field. She hopes the event will not only raise money for the league, but recruit a few new players as well.
“If you’re bored on a Sunday and hate waking up on Monday, you might as well distract yourself on Sundays with kickball.”
Eryc Eyl is a veteran music journalist, critic and Colorado native who has been neck-deep in local music for many years. Check out Steal This Track every Monday for local music you can HEAR, and the Mile High Makeout every Friday. Against his mother’s advice, Eryc has also been known to tweet. You can also follow Steal This Track on Twitter. Sorry, Mom.