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Westword Music Showcase 2004

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

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
We pay our bills with online checking. The day jobs vary from having none to working in bars, hospitals and owning a business.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Arapahoe Basin Ski Resort, last Memorial Day weekend. We set up at the ticket counter platform, had it cranked up, and all the people in line riding the chairlift and coming down the hill had a soundtrack to their day.

Favorite places to play?
Red Rocks, Quixote's, Gothic, Bluebird, Cricket on the Hill and the Goat (Summit County).

Why music?
It's only rock and roll, but we like it, like it, yes we do!

If not music, what else?
Lovin' life and hanging with the band family, since we are all good friends.

What band names were left on the cutting-room floor in favor of your current one?
Crembone, Grapeway, Chin Music.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
After our set at Red Rocks, hanging out in the famous tunnel checking out all of the signatures of people who have played there. It was strange to be able to put our band and names there, too.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
Last winter, leaving Denver for some mountain gigs. We were heading to the Goat in Keystone. The weather was horrendous. We had chains on the bus. Everyone was inside with all of our stuff, and we blew out a tire. We met Destiny that night. She was actually a six-year-old blind girl who was born on Halloween. She was the daughter of the tow-truck guy. We rode in the cab of the tow truck with her singing "You Don't Have to Call Me Darlin,'" by David Allan Coe. Then we were jamming out with Nine Inch Nails. At first she was psyched because she thought we were magicians, not musicians. She got over it.

Worst gig?
A Camel Cigarette event held at the Church in Denver. We hate it when people don't have their shit together. It is even more disappointing when there is a huge budget and everyone's talking a big game, and then nobody gets their part done. No advertising. Lame party. People running around all stressed out. Not fun.

What do you love about the local scene?
That radio is finally seeing that there is a market for music that people like. Including bands from this area. All bands are local somewhere. 99.5/The Mountain. 1610 AM KCUV. Also that there is every kind of music represented in Denver from a wide array of bands.

What bugs you about the local scene?
That people have a hard time paying a $5 cover because they spend all of their money on a $63 -- and up -- ticket for some Clear Channel show. All of the service fees from Ticketmaster are way more money than what bands are charging at the door to their favorite bar.

What's the biggest misconception about your band/act?
That we are a Grateful Dead cover band. During our shows, we play 90 percent original music, and when we do play a cover, we try to pick out some good old random tunes.

Any random facts we should know?
We have the best sound guy in town: Richard Korte. Dave also has two and a half balls.

Avalanche or Broncos?
Go Avs, Go Stars -- kind of the Yin and Yang. With so many people in the band from different towns, the smack talk around sports is crazy. We try to stick to music.

Parting shot/final comments?
It is all about the love.

DAVE CIERI AND
THE ARMS & LEGS QUARTET
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING
9 P.M., DAZZLE

And you are...?
Dave Cieri of Dave Cieri and the Arms & Legs Quartet (now known as General Populace).

How long has your act been together?
One year.

Recent recordings of note?
We're working on a new disc as we speak.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?
All of us, right now, are just playing in the band or teaching.

What's the biggest crowd you've ever played for?
Probably 500 people at the Fox Theatre, opening for Stanley Jordan.

Favorite places to play?
Dulcinea's 100th Monkey and the Fox Theatre.

Why music?
I never knew anything else. It's a different language used to express and study the world that we live in. English falls short many times, and this is a way of digging deeper. I've never had a choice. I've enjoyed it from the beginning -- even though I don't really remember the beginning. It's serious fun; that's probably the easiest answer.

If not music, what else?
I don't know. I'm going back to school to study history, so I'm interested in that. But I'll always love music, whether I make money at it or not.

Funniest/strangest gig story -- local?
They're all pretty strange.

Funniest/weirdest gig story -- on tour?
With this band, we haven't really been on tour at all.

Worst gig?
We played up in Vail once for a political event. That group up there tends to be pretty apathetic.

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