Westword Music Showcase 2011

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

Mike Marchant

Nominated in Singer-Songwriter

2:15-2:45 Rooster & Moon

Fingers of the Sun
Fingers of the Sun

Mike Marchant, known around Denver as the tall dude with a strange patch of white hair that serves as frontman for Widowers and guitarist for Houses, has been quietly releasing spacey, experimental folk records under his given name since 2009. He's been praised as one of Denver's best songwriters by Westword and the Denver Post, but continues to deflect all praise to his bandmates and those whose music he apes with reckless abandon. Delete a few gigs of pornography and download free records at MikeMarchant.Bandcamp.com.

Monroe Monroe

Nominated in Pop — Alternative

6:45-7:15 Stoney's

We're passionate about music and passionate about people. We hope you feel love when you see us live.

 Mr. Midas

Nominated in Hip-Hop — MC (Male)

2:30-3:00 La Rumba

Given how popular his city anthem has become, it's a bit surprising that Mr. Midas hasn't enlisted a chorus to walk behind him and chant the hook to his über-catchy "Run My Town." The killer single released early from his full-length album Son of the Crack Era, "Run My Town" gave an immediate glimpse into the authentic material that Midas had planned for the record — and he more than delivered on that promise. His account of the struggle and his optimism throughout the disc set his account of 'hood politics apart from the typical crack tales.


Nominated in Hip-Hop — Band

3:45-4:15 City Hall, Street Level

MTHDS — Music That Heightens Different Senses, or, "the methods" — is based out of Colorado and combines the fury of punk, the street-wise soul of hip-hop and funk with an over-the-top, bombastic, roots-party groove.

Musketeer Gripweed

Nominated in Rock — Traditional

3:45-4:15 City Hall, Amphitheatre

Jump up and testify! Musketeer Gripweed is playing the Westword Music Showcase! The Loveland-based blues-fusion band simply explodes on stage with the energy and fervor of a revival preacher out to save a filthy sinner's soul. This group of highly accomplished musicians, however, isn't about pushing religion — unless your religion is drinking, dancing and some damn good music — they're about creating "American revival, stomp-ass, shake and holla" music. With a passion influenced by modern and classic rock and soul heroes, Musketeer Gripweed creates an extraordinarily powerful live energy, and the band's "gasoline intense vibe" manifests in spontaneous, uncontrollable dancing and a compulsion to stand up, run to the stage and testify.

My Body Sings Electric

Nominated in Pop — Alternative

6:00-6:30 Stoney's

My Body Sings Electric should be taken seriously. We are fun guys, but when it comes to our music, we are all business. In the last year, we have sold out the Bluebird for the release of our full-length album, Changing Color, recorded at Interlace Audio in Portland (Dance Gavin Dance, Fear Before, Alesana). We recorded our single "Step Into the Light" at the legendary Blasting Room, and gained statewide recognition as we placed in the top three during 93.3's Hometown for the Holidays. However, our successes have only made us hungrier. Trust us, we aren't slowing down soon.

The New Ben Franklins

Nominated in Country

1:30-2:00 Sutra

The New Ben Franklins began as an experiment in nurturing the darker side of pop music as a three-piece with a drum machine. Through the years, the sound has drifted back to the old, twangy country that David DeVoe grew up listening to. The Franklins now attempt to take old-school country music and marry it with the noisiness of the "shoegaze" wave of the early 1990s. It doesn't always work, but sometimes things turn out just fine.

Night of Joy

Nominated in Post-Punk

5:15-5:45 Broadways

Night of Joy's first incarnation began in the fall of 2008, as the brainchild of two friends — bassist Bree Davies and guitarist Valerie Franz. The two had very different influences, but came together on the notion that the music they were creating didn't have to look or sound like what others wanted. Because of this, it took two years, six drummers (and a drum machine) to find the missing piece in Fez Garcia. The trio's shared love of bands like Shellac, Sonic Youth and Minutemen fuels not only their music, but the necessity to GET IN THE VAN! Fresh off the road from a West Coast tour this past spring, Night of Joy is in the final mixing stages of its first full-length, Hardcore Girls Are a Hoax, which will hopefully reach the listening public, on wax, by the end of this year.

Ninth & Lincoln

Nominated in Jazz

4:15-5:00 Dazzle

Our new album, featuring trumpeter Cuong Vu, was released nationally on June 14 and is available right now at Twist and Shout.

Novus Folium

Nominated in Metal

5:15-5:45 Rockstar Lounge

Few bands from the Rocky Mountain region have been as successful of late as Longmont's Novus Folium. The modern-rock sextet with the Latin name (meaning 'new leaf') are currently 106.7 KBPI's Best Band in Denver and Westword's Best of the West title holder, a feat never before accomplished. In addition to their own headlining performances, they've opened for Korn, Papa Roach and Drowning Pool within the last six months. Having recently signed with national booking agent The Fuel Agency, Novus will soon be touring in support of their debut full-length album War Games, to be released June 25.

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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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