Westword Music Showcase 2011

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


Nominated in Rock — Psych Rock/Shoegaze

1:30-2:00 Broadways

Fingers of the Sun
Fingers of the Sun

Vitamins first formed in Greeley in 2005, and has since relocated to Denver, playing and performing in the Colorado area as well as on tour as a four-piece since 2008. Vitamins has amassed a modest yet powerfully inventive discography full of smart songwriting, tight execution and sparkling production of music that is completely self-composed, arranged, recorded, mixed and mastered. The band has performed alongside many of today's finest indie artists, including Man Man, Citay, Birds & Batteries, Chairlift, Gauntlet Hair, Woodsman, Tjutjuna, Tennis and many others. The band was also recently hand-picked by the Flaming Lips to open its show at the Belly Up in Aspen this past December. Vitamins has traveled on tour to the West Coast and performed at SXSW 2010.

Wheelchair Sports Camp

Nominated in Hip-Hop — MC (Female)

12:45-1:15 City Hall, Street Level

What Denver never knew about the four of us until now: Abi has a birthmark on her left butt cheek that reads "diva." Nice guy DJ B*Money stabbed a fool for mixing one of his 5th Dimension records into his 8th Creation section of the crate. Isaac was pronounced "drummer" for the band after he clogged the toilet and flooded a party. For being so little, Kalyn passes more gas than rest of the band combined. But most of all, we would like Denver to know that we love this place, and none of this would be possible without your hometown support.

Whiskey Tango

Nominated in Rock — Jam/Improv

12:00-12:30 City Hall, Amphitheatre

As Whiskey Tango gears up for only its third summer as a band, the group can be proud of what it has already accomplished. The members have crafted a high-energy, original live sound and developed a dedicated fan base at Quixote's, where they've played a weekly gig for a year. Bluegrass, rock and roll, psychedelic, funk, jazz and electronica are all well within their repertoire. While the act continues to play in Denver, it is branching out around Colorado and beyond this summer, with stints at the Waterfront Music Festival at the Mishawaka Amphitheatre. There's much more music to come.


Nominated in Hip-Hop — MC (Male)

2:15-2:45 City Hall, Street Level

I am Whygee, a rapper from Denver, Colorado. I helped create the Suicide Watch series with Sunkenstate (aka Quiz Spits), Kid Hum and B-Money. Dispensary Music is one of the best Colorado hip-hop albums ever, and I created that with King FOE. I'm all about good music, simple and plain. I'm trying to be the Spike Lee of this Denver rap shit.

The Widow's Bane

Nominated in Gothic

12:45-1:15 Sutra

What can be said about the Widow's Bane that hasn't been said already? We've all heard that it is the best and most well-endowed band in town. We've all heard that the guys once saved a school bus full of children from an untimely demise. We all know that quite frankly every other band in Denver pales in comparison — figuratively speaking, of course. Honestly, the only thing that can be said is that we would personally like to announce that any citizen that arrives at Sutra on Saturday, June 18, at 12:45 p.m. sharp will receive a kitten and a lollipop.

Yerkish (now known as Lexigram)

Nominated in Rock — Progressive

6:45-7:15 Opal

Formerly known as Yerkish, Tim Kaminski (vox), Nate Huisgen (guitar), Brent Moran (bass) and Alvin Ramos (drums) sought to rename their band in May 2011. A fortuitous partnership with Sprint put the band in front of more than a hundred million YouTube viewers, and the band chose a new moniker from over 54,000 suggestions. With a clap of thunder and the rattle of a paint can, one of Denver's best progressive rock bands re-emerged as Lexigram. At live shows, the outfit performs mind-altering rock and roll against a backdrop of thematic imagery to enthrall audiences.

Young Cities

Nominated in Pop — Alternative

3:45-4:15 Stoney's

First and foremost: We love Denver. Colorado is where we want to be. We are stoked to be able to be a part of the music scene here and are very grateful to readers of local press and listeners of local music. We're pretty sure national acclaim is almost a lost cause these days, so we are doing this purely for the challenge and for the fun of it. We like playing our music to people. So thanks for being awesome, Denver. Don't change your hair.

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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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Maybe you shouldn't live downtown if you don't like the commotion--go back to the suburbs

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