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Over the years the Denver dance community has been derided as backward and insignificant; in an interview that was printed in this very publication earlier this year ("DJ Keoki, Superstar," July 18), recent Colorado immigrant Superstar DJ Keoki largely dismissed the scene. Chamie chooses not to dis Keoki--"He's making a lot more money than I am, so he must know something," he jokes. However, he respectfully disagrees with Keoki's opinion. "A lot of people don't realize what's happening around here," he says. "It's really a growing monster, as far as the electronic scene, with DJ Dealer and people like that. That's why we're so excited by Terraform--and we think it's going to keep getting better and better."

Singer-songwriter Beth Quist, another individual profiled recently in these pages ("The World According to Beth Quist," August 29), is hitting the high road. She's signed with Original Artists, a New York-based management company that also represents folks such as Laurie Anderson, Cyndi Lauper, David Byrne and Bobby McFerrin (with whom Quist recorded in June). But instead of relocating to the City That Doesn't Sleep, she's moving to Marin County, California, to study Indian raga. Makes perfect sense to me. Once Quist begins touring again, she promises to make Colorado one of her regular stops.

Musician magazine is accepting applications for its 1997 Best Unsigned Band Competition; the deadline is December 31 of this year. Participants are asked to send a two-song cassette of "their best material" (not the material that really reeks) along to the folks at Musician. Those who make the final cut will then be evaluated by a panel that includes Tori Amos, Joe Satriani, Bob Mould, Vince Gill and Buddy Guy. If you make something that appeals to each of these performers, you'll then be hailed as the god of all music--or something like that. Call 1-888-BUB-2WIN for more details.

Wait: Details is another magazine. On Thursday, November 7, juju-music expert Sir Shina Peters makes his triumphant return to the Mercury Cafe, and the Damn Shambles tidy up at the Skyline Cafe. On Friday, November 8, the Mood Express celebrates the release of its new CD at the Sloan's Lake Event Center, 2045 Sheridan Boulevard; the Snatchers and the Rok Tots count on Area 39; and D Mama's Lava pours at the Mercury, with Mucis. On Saturday, November 9, Trickett, Bok & Muir reveal their first names at Cameron Church, 1600 South Pearl; Grant Lee Buffalo charges to the Fox Theatre; and Marshall Crenshaw appears some day, some way at Herman's Hideaway. On Sunday, November 10, the LaDonnas and the Hectics storm the 15th Street Tavern; Leo Kottke and the Del McCoury Band visit E-Town at the Boulder Theater; intriguing new popster Jason Falkner joins Suzanne Vega at the Bluebird Theater; and George Clinton & the P-Funk All-Stars begin a two-night run at the Fox. On Monday, November 11, Los Lobos howls at the Ogden Theatre, with the Wild Colonials. And on Wednesday, November 13, Alias Records signee Trunk Federation previews its upcoming CD, The Infamous Hamburger Transfer, at the Lion's Lair. Sounds delicious.

--Michael Roberts

Backbeat's e-mail address is: Michael_Roberts@ westword.comMichael_Roberts@

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