By Drew AIles
By Taylor Boylston
By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
CHOKE THE WORD
ROCK — PROGRESSIVE
1:30-2:00 The Church
Fun Facts about Choke the Word: The band is made up of six people (three guys, 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 (watch people try to dance). They all hate the band they get most frequently compared to. They used Kickstarter to finance their album before it was cool. Their album was recorded using solar power. Their name has no significance. Cellos and violins don't traditionally have lights on them.
POP — TRADITIONAL
1:15-1:45 Main Stage
In a short time, Churchill's distinct acoustic-indie-rock vibe has received both critical acclaim and radio attention. The act's latest single, "Change," has only built on that momentum by winning KTCL's Hometown for the Holidays 2011 competition, resulting in adds at KTCL, KBCO, KRXP in Colorado Springs and more. Since forming in May 2009, this Denver band's music has been licensed for film and television and landed it the opportunity to support numerous national acts, including the Fray, DeVotchKa and Katie Herzig, to name a few. Churchill has been named 'band to watch' by numerous publications, and the list keeps getting longer.
HIP-HOP — GROUP
5:15-5:45 City Hall Amphitheatre
Cobraconda is a group. Spencer, Graham and Mikey are the guys in the group. They like partying, playing shows and beats. Cobraconda makes rap songs. They deejay, too. Spencer and Graham met while touring the country playing hard metal for soft kids. They started writing rap songs to appease their inner lust for big party tunes, and soon thereafter, quit the metal bands and hit the studio. After a short stint of trying to launch the group in NYC two summers ago, they moved back to Denver (their home town) and put the ax to the grindstone. This is when Mikey came into the picture and the group finally started to blossom into the beautiful young woman it is today.
3:00-3:30 Curious Theatre
Ian Cooke released his second album, Fortitude, in January 2012. Produced by Ian O'Dougherty and mixed by Bob Ferbrache (Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Wovenhand), Fortitude showcases the wide array of musical proficiency that Cooke possesses as he switches from playful to dark and sincere at the flick of a cello bow. Cooke's talent has earned him several accolades, including features in Spin, two Daytrotter sessions, a number-one ranking in a 2009 Denver Post music poll and "Best Singer Songwriter," "Best Album" and "Best Avant-Pop" nods by Westword. Cooke was also featured alongside Billy Bragg, M. Ward, Owen Pallett and more on a 2011 Joanna Newsom tribute. He has spent 2012 touring.
DANIELLE ATE THE SANDWICH
6:00-6:30 Curious Theatre
Danielle Ate the Sandwich is a singer-songwriter well known for her homemade videos of original and cover songs uploaded to YouTube. She just released a new album called Like a King. She thinks you should buy it.
4:30-5:00 Bannock Street Garage
Formed in the fall of 2004, Dead Ringer has continued to be a driving force in the Denver punk-rock scene for close to eight years. The band's 2005 debut release, titled Let Freedom Ring, quickly cultivated a large following and a credible respect in the local scene. Led by guitarist and vocalist Joel Rossi, Dead Ringer's lineup also includes guitarist Joe Loop, bassist Anthony Sunderland and drummer Pauly (2 balls) Newblom. The four-piece has continued to perform an all-original style of energetic, sincere, aggressive music mostly influenced by the late-'90s West Coast punk movement. More recently, Dead Ringer has been busy in the studio finishing an upcoming album titled Forward to Nothing, which is due to be released late this summer. The album marks a milestone of the band's efforts to keep its music alive after years of never giving up on what was most important: the songs.
DJ — HIP-HOP
3:55-4:05, 4:30-4:40 City Hall Upstairs
2:15-2:45 The Church
Driving rock riffs, tree-shaking funk jams and unbridled energy have made Demon Funkies a constant force in Colorado's music scene. The band has recently released a new album, Back on the Monkey, and is scheduled to appear throughout the Midwest this summer. Ryan Chrys leads this five-piece onslaught that combines the sounds of gritty guitar, saxophone and organ, backed by a slammin' rhythm section. The Funkies accentuate their music by providing an atmosphere where improv and impulses burst recklessly into the moment, leaving standards and hesitations as flat as a beer can on the dance floor. Demon Funkies' motto: "Get it out. Get it on!"
6:45-7:15 Rooster & Moon
Patrick Dethlefs's songwriting crests like a humble Townes Van Zandt, innocent of his own haunting melodies and lyricism. Dethlefs's new release, Fall and Rise, offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts strive purposefully to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.
HIP-HOP — MC (FEMALE)
2:20-2:45 CITY HALL UPSTAIRS
At 21 years old, D'Girl the BOMBshell is one of the most known and accomplished female artists of her era in Colorado. With consecutive nominations for 5280 and Westword Music Showcase awards, she's one of the youngest nominees and most-watched female artists on the scene. Unique yet witty, she is a trendsetter who rocks blue lipstick and a HUGE bow on her head, and with that creativity, she will be an important name in music and fashion. Her latest project, Mascara Music, was named one of Westword's best musical projects. She is currently working on her sophomore mixtape, Mascara Music 2, which is is set to drop in August 2012. Dropping videos right after her very private pregnancy, you can say what you want, but D'Girl the Bombshell is it.