The Show(case) Must Go On!

Both Daisey and Biddle spin solo as well as under the moniker Floorfillerz. They describe their collective sound, in fugue, as "Chicago-inspired, disco-jazz-funk house," which translates as a mixture of Biddle's Chicago-rooted soul and Southern California native Daisey's "L.A. dirty kind of sound." Though Biddle and Daisey love living in Denver, they say it's getting harder to find work lately.

"There are a lot of people like us who are fed up, burnt out on the same old shit," says Biddle. "People who want to go out, but there's nowhere to go." The duo plans to begin hosting its own parties (called GO') to supplement regular gigs at clubs like Alley Cat. "I have pretty much given up around here. I'm going to start doing my own thing," says Daisey. And GO' isn't the only thing that's starting up. Colorecordings, the pair's new record label, had its first release in December, of local DJs Pound Boys, with a Floorfillerz remix on the B-side. The tracks will be pressed on colored vinyl as a signature of the Colorecordings label. The two DJs plan to release music of their own along with that of local artists such as Sensei, Hipp-e, Miss Audry and DJ Nick. Both Biddle and Daisey have been touring out of town -- and out of the country -- to offset the lull in the local scene, but they have no plans for a permanent move anytime soon. "We love playing in Denver for people who like us," says Biddle. "It's a great place to live -- it's Denver." -- Carpenter

Upon moving to Denver in the final days of the second millennium, Ty Fury would loiter at the Guitar Center on Colorado Boulevard and "play all day long." But this guitarist had no interest in becoming the next Satriani or Malmsteen; he took out ads that read "Lead Guitarist Looking for Band" and soon hooked up with bassist Mike Krening, vocalist Chad Armstrong and drummer Mike "Fred" Schneider.

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Nearly four years later, Fury has his own guitar shop in Arvada, where he can play all day -- and all night, if he's so inclined. And thanks to chops honed by non-stop gigging, FOMOFUIAB -- pronounced "fo-mo-foo-yab," it's a tongue-twisting acronym for "Four Motherfuckers in a Band" -- has grown into one of the tightest and heaviest acts in Colorado. "When we started, we played every show we could get our hands on," says Fury. "We played Tuesday nights. We played Wednesday nights. We played Sunday nights" -- to the tune of 150 dates a year. Released earlier this year, FOMOFUIAB's eponymous debut full-length is dark, unsettling and explosive, an arsenal of unyielding metal underpinned by a dollop of elastic groove.

But for these mofos, it's not all about the Benjamins. "We don't want to be rich rock stars," Fury says. "To play live shows and get people interested in our music -- that's our goal. When people are moving and everybody's moshing, you're doing that to people - it's an incredible feeling."

"We're just four guys who love jamming together," he adds. "We're no different than anyone in the crowd. We're just four motherfuckers in a band." -- Peterson

A rich pastiche of hip-hop, jazz and diverse rhythms, the Future Jazz Project grew out of a 2000 merger between two Front Range fusion jazz acts: Koru and Soul Picnic. Now a collective with guitar, bass, keyboards, horns, drums, MCs and a vocalist, it's become "a group without a leader," says saxophonist Ben Hadwen.

Soon after forming, the Future Jazz Project began playing a weekly gig at Blue 67 in downtown Denver; last year, it moved into a Thursday gig at Dazzle for "more musical freedom."

While its first true album is slated for a mid-summer release, last year the Project put out Kids Are Funky, Too!, which could be the grooviest-ever renditions of children's songs like "The Wheels on the Bus," "Old MacDonald" and "Three Blind Mice." The forthcoming disc, recorded at Boulder's Immersive Studios by Grammy-winning producer Matt Sandowsky, will be more adult-oriented, says Hadwen.

Bassist Casey Sidwell relates "the tale of a fallen MC" that drives the Project: Koru MC Jahson Soberanis was fatally wounded by an accidental gunshot in June 2000. "The rest of us in Koru had this aching need to continue playing," says Sidwell. "That light, that fire, is something that will always be with me." -- Peterson

Stroll by Blue Ice on South Broadway some Tuesday night, and you'll hear the snap and stammer of drums, the gulp of a bass, the cool sizzle of flicked ivories. Hovering over it all is the haunting flash of a saxophone, shooting through the spectral echoes like a hoot owl through the fog. That's the Clark Gibson Quartet.

"I think our strength is in the energy we produce," says sax man and bandleader Gibson. "Unfortunately, jazz has a bit of a stigma attached to it as being a sleepy form of music that only the elderly can enjoy. With this group, we've stayed in the realm of playing straightahead but really focused on producing music that swings hard and catches the attention of all listeners at any age."

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