Westword Music Showcase 2011

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

Easier experienced than described, Air Dubai is a bustling seven-piece hailing from the burgeoning music scene of Denver. With disparate musical backgrounds and indiscriminate influences, the boys of Air Dubai have truly created something new: pure, melodic cacophony. Named Westword's Best Hip-Hop Band, this young band has the world ahead of it — working efficiently and successfully to catch up to it. 

 

ALERT Nominated in Electronic 12:00-1:00 Vinyl Rooftop

Halloween is the only day I care about.

 

Amazing Twin Nominated in Rock — Indie 3:00-3:30 Broadways

Amazing Twin is a four-man guitar-based band that plays songs. Remember those?

The Big Motif Nominated in Rock — Traditional 2:15-2:45 City Hall, Amphitheatre

A Denver-based power trio emerging onto the scene, the Big Motif plays rock music in a way that can be described in one word: naked. The band has molded a sound combining elements of many genres, including rock, blues, jazz and reggae that is stripped down and raw, for a powerful musical concept that appeals to a diverse demographic. With the recent release Does It Weigh Heavy, the Big Motif has been tapping into the Colorado music scene while continuing to expand its original repertoire. The always fresh and exciting live performances leave audiences with an experience they won't soon forget.

 

Peter Black Nominated in DJ — Progressive 5:00-6:00 Vinyl Rooftop

A seasoned promoter, designer, DJ and record-store nerd, Peter Black has been a constant fixture in the Denver nightlife scene for over twenty years. Known for working with local bands, orchestrating music events and independent festivals or discovering new ways to foster local talent, Peter is a extremely versatile individual who aspires to "connect the dots" on multiple levels. Operating under the promotional platform Analog Space, Peter's primary focus is on championing Denver's music scene as well as providing an independent forum for local DJs and artists to cross-pollinate and perform. "Music without boundaries" describes his mission, futurism his modus operandi.

 

BLKHRTS Nominated in Hip-Hop — Group 4:30-5:00 City Hall, Street Level

BLKHRTS is three MCs that were actually born in the pits of hell, but you can't put that on a birth certificate, so we will say they are from Denver. King FOE, Karma The Voice and Yonnas can not only rap circles around you, but they also would have no problem punching you in your shit if you got out of line. BLKHRTS is inspired in equal parts by Morrissey and E-40, Joy Division and Brotha Lynch Hung, Robert Smith and Robert Diggs. Their hearts are not black because they are jaded, cynical or any of that garbage; they are black because black is the combination of all colors in one, and that is beautiful, and the three of them are the most beautiful things you have ever laid your sore, bleeding eyes on (blkhrts.tumblr.com).

 

Boa and the Constrictors Nominated in Blues 1:15-2:00 Dazzle

"I love blues music. Blues bands are not hard to find. But a band that can play blues music with complete precision and purity and in such a way that one watching is compelled to get up off one's ass is! Enter Boa & the Constrictors. Erik Boa's vintage blues vocals and stellar guitar work intertwined with the slammin' solid rhythm section of Jodie Woodward bass and Tim Molinaro drums combine to create a blues sound that is both contemporary as well as traditional. I witnessed it all at the Jazz Aspen Festival." — Ashton D. Allen, JAZZIZ Magazine

 

Boldtype Nominated in Punk 5:15-5:45 Bannock Street Garage

We thought long and hard about how best to describe what Boldtype is in one hundred words or less. Besides being a band whose live shows play like an alcohol-induced sing-a-long in the drunk tank with friends and fans chanting along, we decided to write this like we write our songs, a five-way split. So here we go (with remaining words available): Mike: Why do you ask? Jeff: Fierce. Honest. Determined. Drew: Exciting. Melodic. Bodacious. Chris: Two words one hyphen "all-inclusive." Manuel: Fast and awesome.

Bop Skizzum Nominated in Funk 6:00-6:30 City Hall, Street Level

We are on a mission to save the funk and get people on the dance floor. Our name is not Bob Skizzum, but Bop Skizzum. No one in this band is named Bob, so please get down with the bop!

 

Boulder Acoustic Society Nominated in Americana 4:30-5:00 City Hall, Amphitheatre

Boulder Acoustic Society is a band of four young musicians ready to take audiences to the edge of American roots music. Americana, gospel, and the blues all combine with a muscular indie-rock edge to craft music that is rooted deeply in the past but pointed directly toward the future. The energy these players bring to the music results in an incredibly varied live performance. One tune may conjure up an apocalyptic hurricane while the next may take your hand and lead you directly through the eye of the storm.

 

boyhollow Nominated in DJ-Progressive 4:00-5:00 Vinyl Rooftop

Boyhollow is an old goth DJ/producer that plays electro, indie, dubstep, rock and '80s music for hipsters, bass-heads, ravers, gays, party kids, trannies, meat-heads, woo girls and the occasional hippie. He doesn't believe in writing bios containing clichés about what an awesome DJ he is. He'd rather be making you dance. He is resident DJ and founder of Lipgloss, which celebrates its ten-year anniversary on Friday, June 24, with guest DJ Baio of Vampire Weekend. Lipgloss has won more than ten Westword Best of Denver awards, and boyhollow has been nominated for "Best DJ In Denver" nine times.

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24 comments
kale_co
kale_co

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

Mary
Mary

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!!!!

larry
larry

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

Kyle
Kyle

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

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Guest
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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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