By Team Backbeat
By Amber Taufen
By Jon Solomon
By Tom Murphy
By Jesse Livingston
By Alejandra Loera
By Stephanie March
By Tom Murphy
What's your idea of "making it"?All you can remember is that there was a bottle of Courvoisier, that new-car smell in your hair and some guy named Joe.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Born in the Flood, DeVotchKa, Meese, Gann Matthews, etc.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?If it weren't for Simply Red, I'd have nothing to sing at karaoke.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Birdflu.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?I have a VCR, records, a typewriter and a Polaroid camera. What's an iPod?
NOMINATED IN ROOTS/AMERICANA
Native or transplant?Three natives, two transplants.
Releases/discography:Dual Mono (Big Bender Records, 2005); Greenhorn (Big Bender Records, 2004); Loose and Prosperous (Independent Release, 2001).
Describe your music in a sentence:It is a hybrid of rock and roll and bluegrass, but we like to just call it Rocky Mountain guerilla grass.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We just got back from doing a 7,300-mile tour through sixteen states, and we are still breathing all right.
What's your idea of "making it"?Playing music every day instead of twisting the monkey's wrench.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?Zebra Junction: D.I.Y. done right. Watch out for Angie Stevens. And let's not forget the legends like Pete Wernick of Hot Rize.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?I think we all wanted to be in the Muppet Band. However, we are influenced most by artists who have earned success and stuck to their guns, creatively. You know who they are.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?www.myspace.com/ oakhurst -- make your own judgment.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now?The short list of what's not on there: Jessica Simpson and any American Idols.
OPIE GONE BAD
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL
6 P.M., LA RUMBA
Native or transplant?Natives.
Releases/discography:Opie Gone Bad I, Opie Gone Bad II and Live at Red Rocks.
Describe your music in a sentence:Rock with a driving funk edge.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We're trying!
What's your idea of "making it"?Hearing our music in cities other than Denver and being in control of our destiny and products. Not out-of-control selling out just to get famous.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?The Fray.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you?Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prince, the Police and Rammstein.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Just another funhouse to get lost in.
NOMINATED IN REGGAE/SKA
4 P.M., LA RUMBA
Native or transplant?All of the members of Peace Officer are Colorado transplants, but the band itself was formed in Fort Collins.
Releases/discography:Home EP (2005); More (2006).
Describe your music in a sentence: Peace Officer plays a blend of reggae, rock, ska and punk. We are heavily influenced by roots reggae, but don't try to sound like we're from the islands. We hope to be on the forefront of a developing North American reggae sound.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver?We already have. We play constantly up and down the Front Range and in the Midwest. For us it's more of a question of making it into Denver.
What's your idea of "making it"?When the music and the band can support us, our families and our extended "family."
What local artist(s) are you most excited about?We're extremely excited about the entire Fort Collins scene: 12 Cents for Marvin, Whitewater Ramble, Wasabi, Prism and Caleb Riley, just to mention a few. There are a lot of talented and successful bands based out of Fort Collins, and they all work to help build a vibrant and friendly scene.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you?Everything recorded by Bob Marley; 40 oz. to Freedom, by Sublime; Clandestino, by Manu Chao.
Myspace: godsend or the devil?Myspace is a godsend! There's no better way to keep in touch with bands and fans in our scene and all over the country.
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