Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Why music?
It's what we fucking love to do. And we're fucking good at it. It's a great form of release.

If not music, what else?
There is nothing else. Music will always be a part of our lives, even when we're ninety years old, shitting and pissing ourselves, in a nursing home somewhere in God-knows-where, U.S.A. We'll be jammin' on kazoos.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Anaconda Smelter, Spostakoff and Circle of Wetness.

Love .45
Love .45
DJ Vajra
DJ Vajra

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
Sherman Street Complex: Jerry wore a fat lady's dress from Wal-Mart, a pink bouffant wig, old lady's glasses and a red boa and had lipstick smeared all over his face.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
We haven't been on tour yet. This is our fucking year, goddamnit!

Worst gig?
Back Alley Lounge, Fort Collins. Jerry had just joined. Five people were there. We got paid $16. Not even enough for gas money home. Lame.

What do you love about the local scene?
The fucking fans, baby, hot girls and the camaraderie between most of the bands.

What bugs you about the local scene?
People and some bands like to talk shit. Sometimes it's like high school drama all over again. And people outside Denver don't take the music scene too seriously. There's a lot of kickass bands here that need to be discovered.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we've got our shit together. We're about the most disorganized motherfuckers we know. But we still make it to our shows on time -- most of the time -- and kick ass.

Any random facts we should know?
Scott, aka Slippy Long Cocking, and Jerry, aka Ass Master Flex, are porn stars.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Scott likes both, but Avs all the way. Jerry says, "Fuck sports. Music and Ultimate Fighting -- gotta have the blood." Dugan digs the Avs. Igor could care less.

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks, Denver, for the Tyfoid Love. You guys fucking rock. Hopefully we can get out to other states, put Denver on the map and make all you fuckers proud.

WENDY WOO
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
3:45 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

And you are...?
Wendy Woo, also appearing with the Woo Band, also known as the Woo Crew and the Woo Band Trio!

Website?
www.wendywoo.com

How long has your act been together?
I have been playing since 1997; but this particular group, The Woo Crew, has been playing together for two years.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Releasing the new album Walking the Skyline, performing at the Smoky Hill River Festival for six concerts, performing at the Hotel Cafe in L.A. and the Durango Songwriter's Expo in Santa Barbara. A summer of great events ahead!

Recent recordings of note?
Walking the Skyline is our fifth album.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
I do all the booking, publicity and promotions for this band. It keeps me busy full-time.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
18,000 people, at the Lilith Fair at Fiddler's Green in 1999.

Favorite places to play?
Smoky Hill River Festival in Salina, Kansas, and Red Rocks.

Why music?
It was a path that presented itself to me. I wasn't really good at anything else, so I was able to put all of my time and energy into this one thing.

If not music, what else?
The only other thing that I was good at was bartending, so it pretty much had to be music.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
I have always been Wendy Woo, although I have been in the process of changing the Woo Band to the Woo Crew. The Woo Crew was a name I had given my band and the group of people that follow us around. I have a joke I tell my hard-core fans. I tell them if they come to one show, I learn their names. If they come to two shows, I memorize their names. If they come to three shows, I put them to work. My Woo Crew is made up of bandmembers, friends and family who walk into a festival, set up, play, sell and tear down in the fastest and most efficient way. The people who work with me to help make this happen are the Woo Crew. They are my friends and family.

Worst gig?
Seven painful nights at a lounge in Bend, Oregon.

What do you love about the local scene?
The support of both fellow musicians and the fan base. The people who continue to come out and support bands night after night and show after show.

What bugs you about the local scene?
The gossip. But, hey, I'm probably instigating it.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
Being from Boulder, that I play folk music, eat vegetarian and date girls.

Any random facts we should know?
I love funk music, eat red meat and love boys -- although I prefer the company of my thirteen-and-a-half-year-old lab/chow mix, Sadie (shown on the inside of my CD cover). She has seen me through four major relationships, and she is still hanging in there.

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