By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
BIG J. BEATS/1984
HIP-HOP — PRODUCER
12:00-12:30 City Hall Street Level
Heavy lyricists originally from Pueblo, Colorado, this Denver-based hip-hop duo is 2010's version of the Fat Boyz. Having lived past lives in heavy-metal bands, 1984 is composed of freestyle champ MarkyBias and Big J. Beats, an amazing producer/digger/drummer. The two, who rock shows and make live beats with laptops, buttons and control pads, are not typical rappers. They don't look like rappers and they don't act like rappers, but they rap better than most rappers.
HIP-HOP — BAND
3:00-3:30 City Hall Amphitheatre
BigWheel Electrosoul is a hip-hop band consisting of musicians and music producers. The trio's instrumentation is Dameion Hines (aka DJ Check One) on drums, Charlie Mertens on bass and Qknox on keyboards. The sound is half live and half pre-produced in a spinning-wheel fashion of live beatmaking. Each musician combines beats with the live show, creating fluid trademark sounds that move the instruments together and keep the crowd dancing.
HIP-HOP — GROUP
6:00-6:30 City Hall Amphitheatre
BLKHRTS is not a rap group, it's a religion. Sex, drugs, violence, money and death are the only things that seem to matter now — or ever, really. At first, King F.O.E., Yonnas Abraham and Karma the Voice were the only real members, but Chez Strong and Hogans Daniel recently converted. We're working on the newest book of our bible: It's called JZBL JNKNS, and it should come out October 31, 2012. How fitting. AMEN.
5:15-5:45 Bannock Street Garage
The year 2012 marks a decade in the punk game for Boldtype, and the boys couldn't be more stoked about the state of affairs of punk rock in Denver. The newest addition to this five-man drinking contest, Chris Tafoya (of Sound Collapse and Dropskots fame), has brought new energy and smellier socks to the group as it stretches its hamstrings and prepares to release its fifth studio album later this year. The band is fresh off its second tour with no-nonsense punkers Guttermouth and kicked off the summer playing with the legendary Pennywise. Partnered with Ronin Press Records, Boldtype is ready to shred in a garage near you.
Bop Skizzum is an eight-piece funk/alternative/rock band with live horns and a hip-hop twist. Music has the power to get people dancing, and Bop Skizzum likes to take full advantage of that fact. Gathering inspiration from every corner of the record store, the band meshes its alternative pop-rock vibe with groove-based funk and dance-laden hip-hop influences, creating an invigorating blend of unique instrumentation and phenomenal vocals to complete its sound. The band is recording its new album this summer at Silo Sound; look for the new release this fall, and prepare yourself to get Bop'd by Skizzum!
DJ — PROGRESSIVE
4:00-4:50 Vinyl Rooftop
Boyhollow is the founder and resident DJ of Lipgloss — the longest-running indie dance party in Denver and second-longest in the country — which recently relocated to Beauty Bar Denver. Lipgloss has won numerous Best Club Night awards from Westword and other press, and Boyhollow is known for his versatility in mixing eclectic, multi-genre sets with an indie flavor. Boyhollow regularly plays other dance parties across the country and has appeared at many festivals, including WMC, SXSW, CMJ and the Sundance Film Festival. This is Boyhollow's eleventh nomination for Best DJ.
HIP-HOP — BAND
12:45-1:15 City Hall Amphitheatre
Broken Tongues is an innovative, alternative hip-hop collective from Denver, Colorado, that has a singular, live-instrumental sound that at times can be funky or thrashy and at others soulful and refined. The result is a genre-bending alchemy that conjures the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Atmosphere. Indeed, the genre moniker "hip-hop" is ill-equipped to fully describe what BT does, an aural amalgamation of hip-hop, progressive rock, jazz and livetronica. The band's latest, Crooked Skyline (available now at BrokenTongues.com), is proof of the outfit's ability to harmonize its varied talents and influences into one artistic statement.
POP — ALTERNATIVE
Carbon Choir put its kettle on the burner in 2007 and in a few short years reached a boiling point in the Denver music scene, turning heads with its lush, emotive, haunting and explosive brand of indie-alt-rock. Fans are treated to a wide range of color and mood at its "achingly beautiful" live shows. At times subtle and melancholy, at others explosive and anthemic, Carbon Choir's music is a full embodiment of the human experience. The group's new disc, Sakhalin, is "richly arranged, expertly performed and beautifully recorded, with a solid soul of well-crafted songs and thoughtful lyrics." (Denver Post, 2012).
CARMEN SANDIM SEXTET
Carmen Sandim began studying the piano at age seven. A native of Brazil, she performed with the Sao Paulo Youth Symphony and won two national competitions, in Brazilian jazz and classical piano performance, by the age of seventeen. She moved to the U.S. in 1996 to continue her training at the Berklee College of Music. After graduating, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she was employed as a music composer for radio and television programs. During her time there, she won several awards for her compositional excellence and ran her own music production company, JAM — JustAddMusic. Currently living in Boulder, Carmen is a prominent performer and music educator. She holds a bachelor's degree in film scoring and a master's degree in jazz performance and pedagogy