By Isa Jones
By Mary Willson
By Brian Turk
By Drew AIles
By Taylor Boylston
By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
Myspace: godsend or the devil? It works for me, but the parents of high school students need to step off trying to come down on the site, as it wasn't intended for teenagers anyway. It is intended for young adults.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? It's fully loaded, from MF DOOM, to Joy Division, to Slayer, to Misfits, and on and on and on!
WHITE WATER RAMBLE
NOMINATED IN JAM/IMPROV
8 P.M., MILK BAR
Personnel: Patrick Sites (mandolin); Brian Coddington (acoustic guitar); Howard Montgomery (upright bass); Joe Turman (fiddle); Alex Jacobson (drums).
Native or transplant? Both.
Releases/discography: Red Alert, Live (2005).
Describe your music in a sentence: High-octane jamgrass.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? We're out of Fort Collins, thank you. We always seem to be making it out of Denver really early in the morning.
What's your idea of "making it"? Record deal, quality road gigs. Buses instead of vans.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? The Railbenders, Oakhurst and Peace Officer.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? The Grateful Dead, Johnny Cash, Phish, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Miles Davis and the Allman Brothers.
Myspace: godsend or the devil? Good stuff!
THE LEGENDARY WILLIE HOUSTON & THE BLUES PROWLERS
NOMINATED IN BLUES
Personnel: Willie Houston, Hubert Blues Lawhorn, Jim Beckstein, Tim Mahoney and Mike Ray.
Native or transplant? Grande Cane, Louisiana.
Releases/discography: Bluesman Willie Houston (2003).
Describe your music in a sentence: Electric Delta seasoned blues.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Of course.
What's your idea of "making it"? National CD release, national appearances, festivals, etc.
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Dan Treanor & African Wind.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and John Lee Hooker's recordings.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Same as above.
Myspace: godsend or the devil? What? We're old!
Do you have an iPod? No.
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
8 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE
Personnel: Brandon Martin (guitar); Ethan Raczka (sax); Jon Piazza (emcee); Matt Piazza (keys); Mike Stone (bass); Nate Graham (emcee); Neil McIntyre (emcee); Seth Murphy (drums); Steve Jones (trumpet).
Native or transplant? The band was originally formed here in Colorado, though many members are transplants from around the country.
Releases/discography: Yo, Flaco! (1998); Skeptimistic (2000); Goin' at It (2001); Bring the Battle On: Live (2001); The Skinny (2004).
Describe your music in a sentence: Take six formally trained jazz musicians, add three quick-witted MCs, sprinkle in some funk and soul, shake and serve, and you have the tasty sound of Yo, Flaco!
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Sure!
What's your idea of "making it"? Being able to live and work as a musician, without having to have the obligatory "day gig." Of course, playing to sell-out crowds in stadiums across the country would be nice, too!
What local artist(s) are you most excited about? Kinetix.
What albums have had the biggest impact on you? The Roots' Organix; Brand New Heavies' Heavy Rhyme, Vol. 1; D'Angelo's Voodoo.
What artists have had the biggest impact on you? Kanye West, Mars Volta and Grant Green.
Myspace: godsend or the devil? Godsend.
Do you have an iPod? If so, who's on it right now? I have 1,500 artists on my iPod. Wanna take a listen?
NOMINATED IN JAM/IMPROV
Personnel: Zeb, Flitz Alan, Micah Lundy.
Native or transplant? Band was first formed at the Olde Town Pickin' Parlor in Arvada. Micah grew up on a small town ranch in Washington State, where he spent most of his time as a recluse in the woods. Now he lives in the heart of Denver, carefully avoiding bum dung. Flitz is an ex-cow-tipper from the backwoods of New Hampshire, who's no longer avoiding cattle dung. With the money he's raised from playing music, he got a new pair of boots and will step in anything that's in front of him! Eat your heart out, Jessica Simpson!
Releases/discography: Orange Porridge (2001); the PeaceJam soundtrack (2002); Waterborne (2005); Oskar Blues/Marquee Magazine Singing 12-Pack (2006).
Describe your music in a sentence: From funked-up jamgrass to Tin Pan Alley ragtime to rootsy psychedelia, Zebra Junction is a duo of sextet proportions. Imagine Tom Waits fronting the White Stripes with Radiohead technology.
Do you think you can make it out of Denver? Yes. 2006 is the year we go global! Actually, we've been a traveling band from the start. Soon after releasing our debut CD Orange Porridge, we headed to Europe for a month, playing in the streets and a few pubs. Having already traveled to Texas, Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, 2006 marks our first official touring outside of Colorado. We have plans to return to the Northwest twice this year, as well as New England and Europe tours in the fall.
What's your idea of "making it"? Supporting ourselves, families and road crew solely from our original music -- both live and recorded -- and traveling the world playing our music -- and maybe a solid-gold toilet seat for the bus.