By Alan Prendergast
By Michael Roberts
By Michael Roberts
By Amber Taufen
By Patricia Calhoun
By William Breathes
By Michael Roberts
By Melanie Asmar
Welcome to the eleventh annual Westword Music Showcase. That’s right, boys and girls: On Saturday, June 25, the Showcase officially become a tweenager — which means we’re finally tall enough for the scary rides. To celebrate, we’ve invited all of Denver to our party, the largest celebration of local music in the city, and have even taken pity on not-ready-for-prime-time folk by adding an all-ages venue at Scooter Joe’s and making the Outdoor Stage all-ages, too. There will still be plenty of adult entertainment on that main stage, though, including performances by Love.45, Rose Hill Drive, Matson Jones, Hot IQs and Melissa Ivey.
But this year, all of our stages across the Golden Triangle boast must-see lineups, pulled from the ninety acts that were nominated by a jury of their peers for this year’s Westword Music Showcase Awards. (For the complete list — and to vote for your favorites — see page 23.) Upstairs at Serengeti and on the patio at Vinyl, you’ll find the hip-hop superstars. At all hours, Two AM will feature punk/metal all-stars, while Mootown’s top electronic DJs will throw down at Vinyl. A second stage at Serengeti, as well as perennial favorites La Rumba and Acoma Center, will shine with stellar bands and performers.
In fact, choosing which venue to visit when could be as difficult during the Showcase as it was for Showcase artists to determine who’s more important in the pop-cultural pantheon — Weezer or Winger, Jay-Z or Z-Trip. To make your decision-making process easier, we’ve queried all of the nominating bands about their past and present. The responses of those who will perform at the Showcase (and who sent along their answers) are reprinted below, with minimal editing for clarity and maximum hilarity. (Responses of acts that won’t be at the Showcase are available online.)
See you at the Showcase. APOSTLE
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC
3:30 P.M., VINYL PATIO Website: www.coloradohiphop.org
Intelligent Movement Society (IMS) is the crew.
Native or transplant?
My family is originally from the South, though I've been in Colorado most of my life.
What's in a name, particularly yours?
It's an acronym for: Ascending Power Over Secular Territories Liberating Earthlings or Awesome Presence of Spirit Transforming Living Energy; or Advocating Protesting Officially Serving True Life Equality; or Attributing Progress Offering Solutions to Life's Experience; or Analyzing Proof Observing Scientific Thought Learning Evolution. I could go on, but you get the point. I'm an MC.
When did you form, or, if you're a solo act/DJ, when did you start performing?
Twenty years ago.
The Chosen One (1994); Dayz of Darkness (1997); Last of a Dying Breed (2000); Survival Guide for the End of Time (2002, with Heavyweight Dub Champion).
Who or what do you think you sound like?
Old school hip-hop (classic or renaissance style).
What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?
The Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition is in its eighth anniversary year. Our promotional DVD for the CHHC was nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the music category. This year, the CHHC received a grant of $2,500.00 at NBA All-Star festivities from Michael Jordan's Foundation. Youth participants of CHHC were placed in a commercial for next year's All-Star Game in Houston.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?
I Got Next (KRS-One); It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy); The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Makaveli, aka 2Pac); The 18th Letter (Rakim); The New World Order (Poor Righteous Teachers); and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?
KRS-One, Rakim, Poor Righteous Teachers, 2Pac, Bob Marley, Sade, Prince, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Trent Reznor, Run DMC, Terence Trent d'Arby, Sly and Robbie, Kraftwerk, Alpha and Omega, Immortal Technique, Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Brains, James Brown, Queen Latifah, Saul Williams, Michael Franti, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall and Lauryn Hill.
How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?
Founder and Executive Director, Colorado Hip Hop Coalition.
Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...
Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...
In the studio or on tour.
Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?
Dave Chappelle -- or so I hear, these days. "I'm Apostle, bitch!"
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Managing artists or owning a venue, or both.
What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?
That I'm a "Christian rapper."
Give us a random factoid about yourself:
I promoted a show for Tupac Shakur on December 31st 1991 in Sacramento, California.
Weezer or Winger?
Englewood -- represent!
Jay-Z or Z-Trip?
Football or foosball?
Which one has cheerleaders?
Peace to Van Glorious, Seraiah, Illnaughty, Stero Lion, HDC+, DJ SD, Epiphonic Booking, Dominique and Holly (House of Mesha), Cafe Nuba crew, Lady Speech, Panther, Ashara, Ward Churchill, Dustin Craun, Shareef Aleem, and Marilyn Megenity and the whole Mercury Cafe staff and Slam Team. Peace to HOBY, DCLF, Just Media, and the rest of those who believe in me and support me as an artist, educator and activist. IMS. Peace to all the talented artists in Colorado. Respect.