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Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

What do you love about the local scene?
Those who are in the local scene are extremely supportive.

What bugs you about the local scene?
There are not many who are involved with the local scene.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we have only one lead singer, when we have two.

Any random facts we should know?
Our bassist has a concealed-weapons permit, is nocturnal and is on prescription speed.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Broncos.

Parting shot/final comments?
We desperately want to perform at Lollapalooza or Red Rocks, so please vote for us to do so.

FUTURE JAZZ PROJECT
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING
7 P.M., LA RUMBA

And you are...?
Future Jazz Project.

How long has your act been together?
Four years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Finally getting a record out, our debut release, called Check One. The record has been getting a lot of airplay on KUVO. Rodney Franks has really been helping us out.

Recent recordings of note?
Check One, 2004, self-released.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
The entire band is made up of professional musicians. In addition, Dameion is a massage therapist. Venus is a bilingual space-science facilitator: She dresses up like an astronaut and walks around on Mars. Paul Matthews, aka PAAS, recently founded ASR Entertainment, a Denver-based promotion and production company.

Favorite places to play?
Dazzle, every Thursday night, and Round Midnight in Boulder.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
The Seeds, Black Steel, Big Wheel.

What do you love about the local scene?
There are a lot of amazing players in this community. We are just blessed with a disproportionate number of world-class musicians.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we're a jazz band.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Case: There is only one team like the Denver Broncos.

THE GAMITS
NOMINATED IN PUNK
10 P.M., SERENGETI

And you are...?
The Gamits.

Website?
www.gamits.com

How long has your act been together?
Eight or nine years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
We have toured Europe twice, Japan twice, and we just released our best record to date. We go back to Japan on July 4th and then a five-week tour with the Queers in the States.

Recent recordings of note?
Antidote, on Suburban Home Records.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Our other jobs include studio engineer/producer, flower-shop manager and novelty distribution.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Either Weezer's crowd in Denver or a show in Tokyo. Both were pretty big shows for us.

Favorite places to play?
I liked Tulagi in Boulder a lot until they shut it down. That was my favorite local venue. Also the Gothic, the Ogden and the Bluebird, locally. We like Austria, Italy and anywhere in Japan quite a bit, too.

Why music?
Why do we play music or why does it exist?

If not music, what else?
Sandwiches.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
The Pieces of Work, Two Jacks and a Jill.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Last time we played two shows in one day, it was pretty funny. Both shows were at the Larimer Lounge, and by the second set, I could barely stand up. People kept bringing us drinks. I have never played so bad. I thought it was funny at the time, but now that I think about it, it was really sad. More funny (?) strange stuff happens on tour, I guess.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Well the funniest ones cannot be printed in this publication. Here's a tame one. Again, we were playing at a bar. It was a place in Missoula, Montana, called Jay's Upstairs. I don't think they do shows anymore, but when they did, they would always give the bands free rein on the bar. That particular night it was Jäger shots. We were on tour with the Nobodys, and it was our turn to play. The stage was really tall but very small. We were all in rare form when we got up there. After a couple songs, I somehow stumbled forward and tripped over the monitor. I went flying off the stage, and without thinking about it, I did a front flip to protect my guitar. I landed flat on my back and kept on playing. The guys in the Nobodys laughed so hard that they fell off their chairs. I was not laughing.

Worst gig?
A pizza place in southern Italy. They turned off the power because the show was too loud for the pizza-eating patrons. It was also one of the funniest shows ever!

What do you love about the local scene?
I love almost everything about it. Of course there are always some bad apples and some jackasses that can ruin your night, but you really get to appreciate how great Denver is when you tour around the rest of the country. There's lots to offer here. Some great bands and some great people involved with every part of the scene.

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