Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

Avalanche or Broncos?
I have always been a fan of Shjon Poedin; then he got traded. Now, neither. But I still like Shjon Poedin.

Parting shot/final comments?
Thanks for all the support from Westword during the course of my career. I like these music awards. I like to see things get stirred up in the Denver music scene. Thanks for having me again!

VICTORIA WOODWORTH
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
5 P.M., DAZZLE

And you are...?
Victoria Woodworth & the Heroes

Website?
www.TheHeros.com (Be sure and spell it right or you will not find us.)

How long has your act been together?
I wouldn't say that our act is together, if you want the truth, but we've been enjoying each other's company and noise for about two years or so.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
I just won Westword's Best Female Singer-Songwriter of the year, and I probably never would've done that without the band kicking my ass to finish something/book shows/get out of bed. I will also be opening solo for John Hiatt on June 19 in Boulder, which will be a noteworthy feat when it happens, if that counts.

Recent recordings of note?
Faultline, which took three years. So it's not recent, but it's the most recent.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
I am a receptionist, the drummer is a carpenter, the lead guitarist is independently wealthy, and the bass player is a specialist of some kind.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
People's Fair 2003 was big. CD-release at the Larimer Lounge in October of last year was pretty packed, too. I played for a full house at the Bluebird, opening solo for Dan Hicks & the Hot Licks a while back. Sorry, I can't decide. It all seems larger than life to me.

Favorite places to play?
Anywhere with a real wood stage. We like wood. We even have wood guitars; each one has a name and a personality.

Why music?
Why not? Because we can't really do anything else that well?! I think that's kind of a goofy question.

If not music, what else?
A formless void. Inertia. Ennui. Overeating. Prozac. Death.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Guano Americano.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
It would have to be the time that I was booked as a solo to open at the Bluebird for the Hate F--k Trio. Would've been kind of like Nanci Griffith opening for the Sex Pistols. It was canceled at the last minute and never actually happened. Frankly, all of our gigs have been a little strange, if you want to get right down to it. We're always amazed to find ourselves there in the first place.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
We have only been to Louisville, but a woman did show us her boobs there. Full on! I personally was quite impressed, because we're not even that kind of band.

Worst gig?
We played a Cancer Society benefit at the D Note in Arvada -- which is a lovely, lovely venue -- but the sound guy kept leaving the board unattended (like he was just embarrassed to be there). There was brain-rending feedback about every two minutes, and we were subsequently catatonic for most of the set. It was not particularly magical.

What do you love about the local scene?
It's like a box of chocolates: You never know, etc.

What bugs you about the local scene?
It's definitely taken on the trappings of legitimate business in recent years. I think that has sucked a lot of the fun out of it. Too many publicists and cell phones and crap now. And it seems like everyone has the same hair anymore, no matter what kind of music they play! But that's probably just me.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we are mellow, artsy types with no particular agenda, and that we are not wildly attractive.

Any random facts we should know?
I am the only person in the band, and perhaps in the world, who does not drive or have a credit card. I can't be trusted with these things.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Neither. The guitarist has a green SUV of some kind (it's like a Subaru or something). The drummer and bass player drive non-specific, broken-down gas hogs that look like washing machines to me. I have a very cool bike from Gart's. Oh, my God, I just realized this question is about sports, not cars! Hee, I don't know. I'd say the band is probably Broncos. I'd rather get my teeth cleaned, personally.

Parting shot/final comments?
Twangy music has the power to separate your body from your soul, if that's what you're looking for. Handle with care.

YO, FLACO!
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
4:45 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

And you are...?
Adam Bartczak, trombone player from Yo, Flaco!

Website?
www.yoflaco.com

How long has your act been together?
Around seven years (one year with this current lineup).

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
Yo, Flaco! was named one of the "Bands to Watch in 2004" by JamBase.com and was recently chosen by Budweiser for sponsorship as a part of its national "True Music" campaign.

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