Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

LOVE .45
NOMINATED IN POP
5:45 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

And you are...?
Love .45.

Website?
www.love45.com

Love .45
Love .45
DJ Vajra
DJ Vajra

How long has your act been together?
Five years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Signing a record deal with Studio E Records. Signing a management deal with the same firm that handles several multi-platinum acts such as 3 Doors Down, Puddle of Mudd and Chevelle.

Recent recordings of note?
The Seattle Sessions EP; the single "Don't Ask Me" has been featured on Channel 93.3/KTCL and has recently charted as high as #2 on the Top 8. National debut on Studio E Records slated for release this fall.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
Unemployed/Love .45.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Favorite places to play?
The Ritz in Colorado Springs, Herman's Hideaway, the Blue Mule and the Soiled Dove.

Why music?
Our love, passion and insatiable appetite for the music and performing. It can be compared to a pirate's curse!

If not music, what else?
A college education and beyond!

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
The Spiral Network.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Halloween night, we dressed up in ghoulish costumes and performed as the backup band for Maris the Great, playing "God of Thunder," by Kiss. Maris sang lead vocals.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
On a spring/summer tour, driving through the Mojave Desert during the day with no air-conditioning had everyone going delirious. This had the guys taking off T-shirts, putting them on their heads as turbans and singing gospel hymns.

Worst gig?
At a gig in Texas, our gear was stolen overnight from the hotel parking lot where we were staying.

What do you love about the local scene?
The camaraderie among the bands is awesome, as well as the local support from all the fans! What an incredible, supportive environment!

What bugs you about the local scene?
Our local scene is not getting the attention that it deserves nationally. There's lots of great talent here that deserves some of the national spotlight, recognition and opportunities!

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That a record deal means an instant cash windfall. That's false! All record-company monies are recoupable, so you gotta work even harder, stay smart and sharp and keep your eyes wide open as you write, record and perform the best music possible at all times! Having your heart and motivation in the creative process of creating art and music is the good stuff while keeping the brain on the biz aspects, too! We're blessed to have a good team with a good plan, and we'll let the music do the talking!

Any random facts we should know?
Mick and Paul are originally from Loveland, Colorado. Jim and Danny are currently roommates.

Avalanche or Broncos?
The majority of us would say Broncos, except Danny Elster, who is a major Kansas City Chiefs fan.

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks to Westword (and its committees) for taking the time to recognize and acknowledge the Colorado music scene through the Westword Music Showcase and awards! What an amazing opportunity to showcase local talent and give readers and music fans the chance to voice their opinions and catch some great live entertainment! We're grateful for the opportunity to participate, and for Westword's continuing commitment to covering the wide variety of unique talent and styles that Colorado has to offer. See ya on Saturday, June 26! Cheers from Love .45! -- Paul, Danny, Mick and Jim.

THE MAGIC CYCLOPS
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE
4 P.M., SERENGETI

SAMMY MAYFIELD
NOMINATED IN BLUES

RON MILES
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING

And you are...?
Ron Miles, trumpet player.

How long has your act been together?
Different bands, different times. Rudy Royston seems to be the constant, and we've played with each other over ten years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Just steady practicing.

Recent recordings of note?
Ron Miles Quartet: Laughing Barrel; Jo Henry: Tiny Voices; and Fred Hess: The Long and the Short of It.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
Teaching at Metro State College.

Favorite places to play?
Colorado.

Why music?
A chance to contribute.

What do you love about the local scene?
The bands, the camaraderie between musicians and the passion of the listeners. KUVO and KGNU. And our great local record and CD stores. Dolly Zander.

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks for including us in this distinguished group of musicians.

MATTHEW MOON
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER

And you are...?
Matthew Moon.

Website?
www.matthewmoon.com

How long has your act been together?
Eight years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Played in London, England, recently.

Recent recordings of note?
KBCO Studio C (Locals Edition). 99.5/The Mountain (homegrown compilation).

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
Music only, for the last four years.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
65,000

Favorite place to play?
Cricket on the Hill.

Why music?
Because it's really, really fun, and super, super nice.

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