Westword Music Showcase 2011

The Westword Music Showcase celebrates seventeen years, a lifetime for some of 2011's performers


Nominated in Rock — Alternative

5:15-5:45 Bar Standard

Fingers of the Sun
Fingers of the Sun

Denver is a city that doesn't overpower the moon, doesn't choke out the breeze or speak in uppercase letters. It has an older, more successful brother, but it will live to 103.


Nominated in Rock — Progressive

5:15-5:45 Opal

PANAL S.A. DE C.V. is an instrumental rock band based in Denver. In 2008, the band hit the local music scene with a blend of experimental rock. Since then, the group has played extensively in Denver, blowing audiences away with an electrifying live show and anthemic instrumental music. In 2009, PANAL released its debut EP Cortometraje, which was well received by fans and the local press. Although the music has often been labeled as post- or experimental rock, PANAL S.A. DE C.V. has crafted a signature sound that will not be ignored.

The Photo Atlas

Nominated in Post-Punk

6:00-6:30 Bar Standard

The Photo Atlas is a party band! We've been dancing our way around the country/world, touring hard for the better part of six years, building an underground following and making a good name for the Mile High City. We're an indie/dance/punk band who appreciates every soul in the room, and we wanna make you sweat! We're the lover you don't have to love. We'll play in a bar. We'll play in a basement. We'll play anywhere things can get crazy. Expect to see flying tambourines. Expect to feel pounding dance beats and grinding guitar riffs, and it'll all end in one hip-shaking, fist-pumping on-stage dance party!

Pink Hawks

Nominated in World

1:30-2:00 Curious Theatre

Pink Hawks tickle your roots/make feet uncontrollable/like moths in the light — and it makes world music cool. With African drums, jazz horns and a sound that is 100 percent born in Denver, Pink Hawks is a joyful sprinkling of rhythm, noise, lament and celebration. Come prepared to pick up your ass from the floor because you're guaranteed to dance it off.

The Pirate Signal

Nominated in Hip Hop — Group

5:15-5:45 City Hall, Street Level

The Pirate Signal is the bright, shiny future. The Pirate Signal is not who we are. It is what we do, and the people who do it now are an MC/Producer named Yonnas, a DJ named Sam, a drummer named Hogans and a Unicorn that plays guitar and keyboard, that for now, for this, we will call Chez. Ever since 2000, The Pirate Signal has existed in some form or another, but this, by far, is the best one. After putting out a number of releases since 2004, The Pirate Signal is finally everything it is meant to be. Having won best hip-hop from this publication four times now, toured the nation several times, The Pirate Signal needs you to know one thing. We are just getting started.

Ploy for Extinction

Nominated in Metal — Extreme

3:45-4:15 Rockstar Lounge

Unofficially labeled heaviest band of the Westword Music Showcase, Ploy for Extinction is pure METAL from Denver and recipient of delectable accolades ranging from induction into the Pandora Music Genome to hearty mounds of tasty reviews by Westword, Colorado Music Buzz and KBPI 106.7. The true marrow of the Ploy Bone is the sensation rendered from witnessing their awe-inspiring live performances. With a vicious vocal array complemented by highly technical and blazingly fast guitar riffs, machine-like double bass and multitudes of facial expressions, Ploy for Extinction holds the potential to unite genres, inspire listeners and induce labor.

Port Au Prince

Nominated in Pop — Indie

12:00-12:30 Bar Standard

Since the band's debut performance at SXSW, Port Au Prince has captivated the attention of tens and tens of listeners. Drawing on a diverse range of influences such as Okkervil River, Belle and Sebastian and Roy Orbison, Port Au Prince offers auditory surprises at every turn. The band also likes turtles.


Nominated in World

12:45-1:15 City Hall, Amphitheatre

Potcheen (Poitin') means "the Illegal Moonshine Whiskey," and the elixir sometimes contains impurities and off flavors. On rare occasions, it may contain dangerous levels of toxic alcohols — just like the Colorado Celtic Pirates that have scorched the throats of crowds from New York to San Francisco with one helluva kick. Potcheen's campaign began in 2003 and has continued unabated, even surviving a near-fatal bus crash in '09. The outfit has produced five albums and performed over 2,000 shows. The group has honed its high-energy shows, which mix Celtic traditional with flavors of bluegrass, zydeco, punk, jam, blues and rock, all rolled up with a pirate sensibility. What doesn't kill 'em just makes 'em stronger!!! 

Prime Element

Nominated in Hip-Hop — Group

6:00-6:30 La Rumba

Prime Element is the leading example that proves hip-hop is alive and well here in the heart of Colorado. The mix of world-class turntablism from DJ Cysko Rokwel, production and engineering from Es-Nine, and the vocal energy of A.V.I.U.S. is unparalleled in the region. Prime Element's live set continues to gain accolades across the underground hip-hop community. In its three years as a group, Prime Element has garnered three years of Westword Showcase Award nominations. There is no substitute for the combination of two turntables and a microphone.

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Dovekins really stole the show this year! They were definitely the best act I saw.


When does the MUSIC STOP??? Just a bunch of loud noise...someone should put a ban on this for next year. A true disturbance to the neighborhood!!!!


the westword music fest sucks ass an is a major annoyance to the neighborhood!!!!!


Is there an updated schedule somewhere? Some of the bands appear to have changed stages. Sauna, for one.


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