Westword Music Showcase 2004

Fifty bands. Ten stages. Five bucks. Be there.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Gee...lately, that would have been last week, for the City Park Series. The organizers estimated about 5,000 folks. What a blast!

Favorite places to play?
As Scotty says, "I'll play anywhere, anytime!" We all agree. It's such a gift to be able to move people with what you love to do. And then they give us money! Yes!

Why music?
Any person who truly has it in their soul will find a way to get it out. Genre doesn't matter. Race and color don't matter. Blind or deaf, doesn't matter. It will get out.

If not music, what else?
Something creative.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Since E's been doing it for so long, how about "Shakin' That Moneymaker?" (grin...) Actually, none, really. The band was the Love Bandits for a while, but we changed it to just Erica Brown Band.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
It's not a gig story, but when Erica did her Maris the Great interview.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Probably doing three shows over two states in fourteen hours.

Worst gig?
The worst day playing beats the best day working.

What do you love about the local scene?
We think three things. The support of our fans! When they love you, they love you! The diversity of the scene here. We've all been to local shows from opera to Yo, Flaco! to GT and the Sidewinders to Sam Mayfield. The fact that local acts get airplay here. KUVO, KRFX, The Mountain, KBCO, KGOAT, KGNU -- all the regional radio stations support us.

What bugs you about the local scene?
The lack of blues venues. Denver has a thriving blues scene, but not enough places dedicated to blues. So we go anywhere we can to play. It makes for an interesting playing experience -- especially if you play somewhere that normally doesn't book blues and then you bowl them over.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That E is a lot younger than she looks. That Scotty was bald, even as a child.

Any random facts we should know?
E is a lot younger than she looks. Scotty was bald, even as a child.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Both. Why not? They are all sports entertainers who give the best they've got each time they do it.

Parting shot/final comments?
We'll let each person fill in the blanks: The EBB are...?

THE FRAY
NOMINATED IN ROCK v8 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

And you are...?
The Fray.

Website?
www.thefray.net

How long has your act been together?
Two years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Nominated Best New Band of 2003 by Westword. Recorded in KBCO Studio C. Headlined the Gothic Theatre with 400-plus crowd.

Recent recordings of note?
Reason EP.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Three of the members run their own businesses. Dan is a cab driver; he works for Yellow Cab. Isaac's company, Filament Productions, produces a TV show called the Noise Floor(www.noisefloordenver.com). And Joe runs a combination wholesale/retail company and deals in investments and real estate; he also has a travel-agency business. The remaining two members are currently in college.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
The largest crowd was 50,000-ish. However, they were running by, because it was during the Bolder Boulder. In reality, a show with a crowd coming to see us perform: roughly 500 people.

Favorite places to play?
Gothic Theatre, Fox Theatre.

Why music?
It's something we all have done for most of our lives. We all want this to happen; we want music to be a career that has the means to maintain an enjoyable life and family, because we love it. Reality is harsh, but it is certainly more devastating to a person who doesn't pursue what they love to do.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Belladonna and Stratford.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
The funniest gig was for a local film production that wanted a real-life battle of the bands scene featured in their movie. We were the last band; we were supposed to close the night out in a specific time slot. There were some delays over the course of the night. And by the time we were set up and ready to perform, they signaled to us that we had five minutes left. We all lost it, started one song.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
We performed at a wedding in Evergreen that paid very well. The bride and groom were from Wyoming, so the only music they -- and everyone else there -- knew was country. So we pulled out "Freebird" and good old "Sweet Home Alabama" for an hour or so. They loved those two songs and stared at us for the rest of the set.

Worst gig?
Virgin Megastore. They set us up in the middle of the store, which was completely awkward. Nothing went right.

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