Westword Music Showcase 2011

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

Katey Laurel

Nominated in Singer-Songwriter

3:45-4:15 Rooster & Moon

Fingers of the Sun
Fingers of the Sun

Folk-pop songstress Katey Laurel crafts both radio-friendly tunes and gorgeous songs for film and TV. Katey has been honored as a finalist in the Tucson Folk Festival Songwriting Competition and as winner of the Walnut Valley Festival New Song Contest. Her music has been featured in Microsoft Windows 7 "Playlist 7" and Heineken's "Ultimate Playlist." She was also one of seven national finalists in the Nine West "Voices of Vintage America" contest. Katey has shared the stage with Matt Morris, Katie Herzig, Braddigan (of Dispatch) and Trevor Hall. She loves sunshine, vintage leather jackets, a good cup of tea and black licorice.

Le Divorce

Nominated in Rock — Indie

4:30-5:00 Bar Standard

Le Divorce is a guitar-driven indie-rock foursome from Denver. The band formed in 2009 from members of Everything Absent or Distorted, Sun Red and numerous other bands. The act's music mixes melody with raw distortion, and the members are inspired by early indie-rock bands like Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey and Joy Division, as well as contemporaries like the National, Blonde Redhead and the Kills. Le Divorce recently played Red Rocks and SXSW 2011. Also, early this year, they opened for Liz Phair at the Bluebird Theater. The band is working on its second EP, which will be released later this summer.

Lil' Slugger

Nominated in Pop — Indie

4:30-5:00 Broadways

The story of Lil' Slugger begins during the summer of 1974 in North Philadelphia. After seeing King Crimson in concert, Fat Albert sneaks backstage, and a flirtatious comment made to Robert Fripp concerning his amazing Mellotron solo quickly turns into a night of passion between two star-crossed lovers. Nine months later, a child is born.

Lion Sized

Nominated in Post-Punk

2:15-2:45 Bar Standard

We have lived with the prospect of early death for the last six years. We're not afraid of death, but we're in no hurry to die. We have so much we want to do first. We regard our brains as computers that will stop working when their components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark.

Lords of Fuzz

Nominated in Rock — Heavy

12:45-1:15 Rockstar Lounge

Lords of Fuzz was formed by frontman Oscar Ross in early 2005 near downtown Denver. Years were spent defining the band before its first full-length LP was released in the summer of 2009. This was met with solid reviews from a number of local publications including Westword and Colorado Music Buzz. The former chose Lords of Fuzz as Best Hard Rock Band in 2010! Their well-produced video from the hit single "The C of B" and all of their music can be experienced at Lordsoffuzz.com.

Lost Point

Nominated in Metal

4:30-5:00 Rockstar Lounge

Music is life, and this band wants to live it all. The five young men that make up Lost Point are influenced by an entire spectrum that ranges from old blues to hip-hop to rip-your-face-off metal and even punk. After only a few years jabbing its way inside the scene, Lost Point has managed to gain airplay on many radio stations, as well as obtaining sponsorships, playing with some of the biggest bands in rock and metal, and traveling halfway through the country infecting people with its unique yet mainstream sound. 

Lyin' Bitch & the Restraining Orders

Nominated in Punk

3:00-3:30 Bannock Street Garage

Lyin' Bitch & the Restraining Orders were conceived out of an unholy marriage of skatin', drinkin' and a love of punk music. We just try to play good old-fashioned punk music with a gnarly hard edge while screwing with people's sense of humor. That said, we're either hated or loved — no middle-of-the-road garbage here! In ten years, Lyin' Bitch has gone through a few lineup changes, but we now feel that we've melded into a band that can press on to bigger and better opportunities. Come check us out some time, if you've got the balls!


Nominated in Electro-Pop

12:45-1:15 Opal

ManCub is a duo from Denver unlike any other band or DJ. Using analog synthesizers, '80s drum machines and a heap of guitar pedals, the outfit mixes the art of analog noise with the sexiness of dance music. Not another kid with a laptop, ManCub makes real music with real instruments, real feelings and love. Catch an early buzz with your favorite day-drinking, DIY noise cadets.

Mane Rok

Nominated in Hip-Hop — MC (Male)

5:00-5:30 La Rumba

Dear, Denver, somehow, Westword made this feel like I'm writing some sort of blurb for a dating service...and my e-dating game is weak. I'm a truth sayer. Some say "my truth"...but whatever you call it, it's genuine, to the point of fault. I will tell you that your police department sucks in accountability just as quick as I'll say some of your rappers are no-talent savages. Stop me when I'm lying. All the same...I'll say "I love you"...because I do. "Direct from my heart that's shaped like a box/The place that made me will be the place that I rot." — Mane Rok

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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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