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The Beatdown

John Huntington's Club Rubber bounces into town.

Um, you mean Mardi Gras?

"Yeah, Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras and Carnival are the only two that beat us. Pimp 'n Ho was number three."

According to Ticketmaster, Denver is the fourth-largest ticket-buying market for Pimp 'n Ho -- so this city seemed a natural when Huntington decided it was time for Rubber to hit the road. "I used to live in Vail," he says. "I froze my freaking...I've never felt anything like Summit County cold. Anyhow, once I did the licensing deal with Rubber, this is the first place I was coming for."

He's also taking Rubber to San Francisco on Thursdays, Seattle on Fridays and Phoenix on Sundays. But in Denver, the night gets added energy from Roulier. "I think it has the opportunity to be really cool," Roulier says. "We don't want this to be a four-week thing or a two-month thing. We want this to be a year of continuing to evolve, of Rubber continuing to evolve."

The only thing that won't change? Huntington himself. "You can't get me out of T-shirts and Dickies," he says with a laugh. "It is what it is. I'm just a greaser at heart."

Upbeats and beatdowns: It's time to start getting hyped for the 2005 Westword Music Showcase. Now that our little shindig is a tweenager (it turns eleven this year), we've put together the biggest event in Showcase history -- with the help of nearly eighty committee members comprising past nominees, fans and various luminaries in the local scene. You can see the results of all their hard work on page 23, where you'll find the 2005 Westword Music Showcase Ballot. More than half of the acts listed on the ballot will perform at the Showcase itself, slated to take place on Saturday, June 25, in the Golden Triangle. Sixty of Mootown's best and brightest artists and DJs on ten stages -- for just five bucks! And for the first time ever, the outdoor stage will be all-ages. So cast your vote and clear your calendar: You don't want to miss this.

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