By Bree Davies
By Emerald O'Brien
By Gina Tron
By Jon Solomon
By Drew Ailes
By Courtney Harrell
By Kyra Scrimgeour
HIP-HOP — GROUP
4:05-4:30 City Hall Upstairs
Diamond Boiz, a collective made up of Dyalekt (rapper/producer), Zome (rapper/producer) and Zé (rapper), are forever. Hip-hop is what we do because music is what we are. Conforming only to the style of we-do-what-we-want, our music is simultaneously fresh, hard, smooth, calm and crazy. Our stage show is noted for its energy and presence while expelling pure passion into crowds from few to many. The difference means nothing. Still, most important, we love the music we make so that you will love the music we make. And while human beings will eventually die, our music is forever.
DJ BRICK LEE
DJ — DANCE
2:00-2:50 Vinyl Rooftop
DJ — HIP-HOP
1:35-1:45, 2:10-2:20 City Hall Upstairs
The ultimate connection between where you are and where you want to be, DJ KTone, the 2011 Westword Hip-Hop DJ of the Year, is the liaison. He deserves an A in industry networking for solidifying contacts with music's heavy hitters from various genres. Untapped artists realize that to gain exposure in markets that would've normally been difficult to reach, they must connect with the Turf DJ. Pushing out hundreds of quality mixtapes, he also ensures that Denver is familiar with artists from other cities long before they saturate local airwaves. With nearly 10K Twitter followers and constant recognition from several media sources, the only person left to jump on the bandwagon is you.
DJ LOW KEY
DJ — HIP-HOP
2:45-2:55, 3:20-3:30 City Hall Upstairs
With Yo! MTV Raps ideals, new-millennium DJ ambition, and ears that seem to be a few years ahead of the pack, Denver tastemaker DJ Low Key is fueled by this unlikely combination. At a time when DJs have become disposable and the word "integrity" is seldom spoken in hip-hop, he continues to prove what's possible when quality comes first, from his award-winning party and fan favorite, the Solution (alongside Sounds Supreme and Lazy Eyez), to his extraordinary new daytime party, Goodness, to mixtape collabs with acclaimed new national talent like TiRon & Ayomari (LA), Tanya Morgan (NY) and Median (NC) — and that's in addition to being involved in exceptional events throughout Colorado and nationwide.
DJ — HIP-HOP
5:05-5:15, 5:40-5:50 City Hall Upstairs
Maurice "DJ Topshelf" Colvin is a technical, diverse and charismatic selector. Taking up deejaying fresh out of high school, he allowed his experiences and surroundings to facilitate his love of music. Having lived in different sectors of the country, DJ Topshelf is able to tap into many communities of hip-hop. Whether backpacking underground sounds, upscale lounge parties or wall-thumping, bass-knocking Top 40 clubs, he will always succeed at rocking a party. Topshelf says his main goal as a DJ is to keep putting on for the city and playing diverse music in all forms.
THE DON'TS & BE CAREFULS
POP — INDIE
2:15-2:45 Vinyl Main
Since 2008, the Don'ts & Be Carefuls have been dreaming up electrifying songs that have been known to incite whole crowds to break out in dance. Known for what have been described as intense, fun songs, the DBCs send tremors through sweaty limbs, their wall-of-sound electro-pop seeping from their very pores. They will turn your head and make you shake to your bones.
Rob Drabkin, the massively Afro'd native of Denver, brings a high-energy show with elements of rock, singer-songwriter and improvisation with his full-band performances.
POP — TRADITIONAL
Tough to categorize or peg in any particular genre, Eldren has created a sound all its own. Always surprising, usually in costume, Eldren hosts a live show that promises to deliver. "Once the group starts playing, it becomes clear that it's more than just a feast for the eyes. The ensemble's mash-up of jazz, prog rock, jam, power pop, indie rock and more makes for a joyful noise that would be utterly chaotic if it weren't so damned catchy." (Denver Post)
1:30-2:00 Bannock Street Garage
Elway is an American punk-rock band from Fort Collins. The band's sound is a unique and inebriated take on a time-tested formula: Aggressive punk rock with soaring melodies, coupled with lyrics ranging from those of the sad sap to those of the indignant atheist, with a bevy of homespun dick jokes. Since forming in 2007, the outfit has released two LPs and three EPs, the most recent being Hence My Optimism, which was released on June 12 on Red Scare Industries.
POP — ALTERNATIVE
The Epilogues are a commanding indie/synth/rock outfit hailing from Denver. Combining pristine melodies, meaningful lyrics and dynamic keyboards, the band delivers polished and dance-worthy tunes that carry a kick. After their hit single, "Hunting Season," became a staple on the radio in Denver, the Epilogues gained explosive momentum with dazzling live shows, popular headlining tours and enchanting music videos. From SXSW in Austin to the Sunset Strip Music Festival in Los Angeles to CMJ in New York City, the band has played with a plethora of incredible acts and has taken the stage at some of the most exciting events across the country. The passionate urgency with which the band plays each show leaves fans both elated and yearning for more.