Westword Music Showcase 2011

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


Nominated in Electronic

3:45-4:15 Opal

Fingers of the Sun
Fingers of the Sun

A staple of the experimental electronic-music scene in Colorado for the past seven years, CacheFlowe continues to advance his craft with new sounds, an integrated audio/visual show, an internationally acclaimed record label and new collaborations with an array of local superstars, including members of Flobots, Paper Bird and A Shoreline Dream. He's played for the local experimental, dubstep, techno, improv jazz, hip-hop, ambient and indie scenes, and shows no sign of homogenizing. With several imminent releases, videos and more, be sure to look for interesting new entertainment from CacheFlowe.

Kal Cahoone

Nominated in Singer-Songwriter

6:00-6:30 Rooster & Moon

We are aging musicians who are not cool and just like to play together and have been writing together this year, hoping to record with Colin Bricker because we like him. We also like Bob Ferbrache. Thanks, Kal.

Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels

Nominated in Country

5:15-5:45 Sutra

Casey James Prestwood, formerly of Hot Rod Circuit and Drag the River, plays and sings his heart out. His band, the Burning Angels, play true two-stepping classic honky-tonk country music infused with crying steel guitar, spanking Telecaster guitar licks and ripping fiddle. Beware: This isn't new or alt. It's just plain honest country.

Cavem Moetavation

Nominated in Hip-Hop — MC (Male)

1:00-1:30 La Rumba

Straight out the garden, representing the Historic Five Points, DJ Cavem is an O.G. — Organic Gardener, teachin' hip-hop history and how to grow greens (and not the ones you roll). He is hip-hop: Higher Inner Peace, Helping Other People, an award-winning activist, founder of the Brown Suga Youth Festival, a Green For All Fellow, b-boy and midwife. This vegan chef is producing more than just beets, harvesting two albums, Deep Rokc and The Teacher's Lounge, as well as working with Dead Prez, Digable Planets, KRS-One and Bun B, to name a few. See him in the "Produce Section," coming soon!

The Centennial

Nominated in Pop — Alternative

6:45-7:15 Curious Theatre

Local musicians Nathan and Patrick Meese, formerly of the band Meese, recently formed a new band called The Centennial. The trio is rounded out by Patrick's wife, Tiffany. The debut EP from the group, Second Spring, is available now for free digital download via the band's official website or for purchase through iTunes. The Centennial is a mellow, melodic, family-rock band from Denver. Consisting of husband, wife and brother, the trio mixes ambient guitar and synthesizer tones with towering, borderline-tribal drums and percussion. "We've played in a lot of groups before this," says songwriter Patrick, "but there is a very different dynamic playing with people you're related to. Sometimes it's more difficult, but it also can be satisfying in ways I haven't experienced with other bands."

Choke the Word

Nominated in Gothic

12:00-12:30 Sutra

Fun Facts About Choke the Word: They are a band made up of six people (three guys and three girls), some drums, a sampler, two bows, and 21 strings of various sizes and gauges. Most of their songs have time changes or non-traditional time signatures. They only cover songs from Batman movie soundtracks. They all hate the band they get most frequently compared to. They used crowd-sourcing to finance their CD. Their album was recorded using solar power. Their name has no particular significance. Cellos and violins don't traditionally have lights on them.

Russ Christiansen (Surplus Cheaper Hands)

Nominated in Rock — Roots

3:00-3:30 Rooster & Moon

Simple songs from complicated origins.

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light

Nominated in Singer-Songwriter

5:15-5:45 Curious Theatre

Local fixtures John Common and Blinding Flashes of Light are about to embark on a U.S. tour in support of their Beautiful Empty album, which was released nationally this year. Recorded in Denver and featuring such local musicians as Jess DeNicola, Daren Hahn, Scot McCormick, Wesley Michaels, Adam Revell, Casey Sidwell, Carl Sorensen, Jimmy Stofer and Jon Wirtz, John Common's Beautiful Empty has ridden a wave of critical acclaim onto the national music scene this year.

Cysko Rokwel

Nominated in DJ — Hip-Hop

3:00-3:15 La Rumba

I am a hip-hop junkie with a passion for scratching and flipping beats. I would consider myself a versatile DJ who can spin many genres, but always hip-hop influenced. I am passionate about my craft and eventually want to take the world on an international level in the DJ battling circuit. I have placed high in national battles — USA DMC Showcase (2nd USA Finals 2007), USA DMC Supremacy (2nd 2010 Supremacy Finals) and Guitar Center Spin Off (top 6 USA 2006). I will never stop until I come out on top! Shouts to my crews: Prime Element, Basementalism, House of Waxx, Hip-Hop Congress and The Crunk Bros.

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Nominated in Singer-Songwriter

6:45-7:15 Rooster & Moon

Danielle Ate the Sandwich: I'm a girl. I write songs. I try to not suck.


Nominated in Pop — Traditional

5:15-5:45 Stoney's

Are you here for a casual encounter or a relationship? Like a date set up through Craigslist, Della will fill this awkward first date during our courtship. Whether it's a one-night stand or an engagement, we will make sure that you leave satisfied. This five-piece pop phenom will not only tickle your senses with high-energy rock-guitar harmonies and unparalleled soulful vocals, but it will also make you strip naked with anticipation as you wonder what is coming next. Bring a fresh pair of undies, because we will rock your world!

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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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