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2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

Seventeen years! It's hard to believe we've been doing the Westword Music Showcase for that long. I can still remember being at the first one in LoDo nearly two decades ago. And when I think back, it seems like that cold, rainy Sunday night was just a few years ago.

2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

But then I get to thinking of all the summers that have passed since and all the great headliners who have performed at the Showcase over the years -- Guided by Voices, Violent Femmes, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr., Superchunk, A Place to Bury Strangers, Ghostland Observatory, Drive-By Truckers, Lucero, Dirty Projectors, Neon Indian, Ra Ra Riot -- and I marvel at how far it's come since then.

And that's just a short list of the acts I can remember headlining since I've been at Westword, a list that doesn't include all of the homegrown outfits that have performed at the Showcase. From the Fray and the Flobots to Nathaniel Rateliff and the Rouge to Pictureplane and Chain Gang of 1974, we've had the privilege of hosting some of Denver's best up-and-coming acts over the years -- and then elevating them to our unofficial hall of fame when they reach a certain level of success.

And that, after all, is what the Showcase is all about, the whole reason the festival was created: to showcase the best locals, and help them along. That's where the Music Showcase Ballot comes in. Arriving at this list every year is a painstaking process. Having helped curate the festival for nearly a decade, I can tell you that the job gets more challenging every year, thanks to the staggering number of new acts that keep emerging.

If you're just joining us, here's how the process works: After we've hand-picked the main-stage performers, we reach out to our nominating committee -- people from every part of the scene -- for their input and ask them simply to list the twenty bands who made the biggest impression on them in the past year. (We also ask that they refrain from nominating their friends, relatives, collaborators, colleagues, business associates or anybody else they might have ties to.)

After determining that some acts, like Rateliff this year, have grown too big for the ballot, we basically match the committee's picks against ours and formulate the list, doing our best to put the artists in the appropriate categories. This is probably the most hand-wringing part of the process, since -- and this is certainly a testament to the diversity of our scene -- many of the acts in Denver don't fit neatly into a single category. Just the same, we do our best.

This year, based upon feedback we received last year, we added some new categories, eliminated some old ones and simplified and/or altered others. In the end, we ended up with a ballot that consists of 235 acts in forty categories. We had to make some tough decisions and, as a result, we may have left off some acts that you feel are deserving. Unfortunately, this is an unavoidable part of the process.

But you don't have to suffer in silence. If you think something's missing, don't be shy. Let us know which acts were overlooked by adding their names on the write-in portion of the ballot in the category that makes sense. And if you think we blew it with the categories, let us know that, too. We're listening, and your feedback could make a difference next year.

Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please drop us a line as soon as possible so that we can get your current contact info and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.

Click through for the list of acts appearing on this Westword Music Showcase Ballot and then be sure to cast your vote!

2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

POP - TRADITIONAL

Boys

Della

The Heyday

The Northern Way

Regret Night

POP - ALTERNATIVE

The Centennial

The Congress

The Epilogues

Flashbulb Fires

Monroe Monroe

My Body Sings Electric

Take to the Oars

Traitors to the Queen

Vices I Admire

Young Cities

POP - INDIE

Fingers of the Sun

Kissing Party

Lil' Slugger

Port Au Prince

SAUNA

ROCK - TRADITIONAL

The Big Motif

The Foot.

Kinetix

Musketeer Gripweed

Something Underground

ROCK - ALTERNATIVE

The Knew

Bad Weather California

Houses

Overcasters

The Swayback

ROCK - INDIE

Achille Lauro

Amazing Twin

FaceMan

Fierce Bad Rabbit

Hearts In Space

Hindershot

Jim McTurnan & the Kids that Killed the Man

Le Divorce

Pacific Pride

Snake Rattle Rattle Snake

ROCK - HEAVY

The Mighty 18 Wheeler

Holley 750

Kingdom of Magic

Lords of Fuzz

Space In Time

ROCK - PROGRESSIVE

Eolian

The Inactivists

I Sank Molly Brown

Panal S.A. DE C.V.

Yerkish

ROCK - PSYCH ROCK/SHOEGAZE

A Shoreline Dream

Gauntlet Hair

Tjutjuna

Vitamins

Woodsman

ROCK - ROOTS

4H-Royalty

Arliss Nancy

Surplus Cheaper Hands

The Gromet

Tin Horn Prayer

ROCK - JAM/IMPROV

Frogs Gone Fishin'

Jet Edison

Mountain Standard Time

Whiskey Tango

Yamn

2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

HIP-HOP - MC (MALE)

Cavem Moetavation

Haven

Innerstate Ike

King FOE

Mane Rok

Midas

Rockie

SP Double

Spoke In Wordz

Whygee

HIP-HOP - MC (FEMALE)

Bianca Mikahn

D'Girl

Isis Speaks

Kalyn Heffernan (Wheelchair Sports Camp)

Rie Rie

HIP-HOP - GROUP

BLKHRTS

Diamond Boiz

Fresh Breath Committee

The Pirate Signal

Prime Element

HIP-HOP - BAND

Air Dubai

Big Wheel Electrosoul

The Food Chain

MTHDS

Whiskey Blanket

HIP-HOP - PRODUCER

Boonie Mayfield

Davey Boy

Es-Nine

GirlGrabbers

Kid Hum

PUNK

Boldtype

Elway

Frontside Five

Thee Goochi Boiz

King Rat

Lola Black

Lyin' Bitch and the Restraining Orders

Reno Divorce

Synthetic Elements

St. Fall Apart

POST-PUNK

Accordion Crimes

Gangcharger

Ideal Fathers

Lion Sized

Lust-Cats of the Gutters

Night of Joy

The Photo Atlas

The Uncertain Sea

Vicious Women

Wire Faces

HARDCORE/POST-HARDCORE

Git Some

Glass Hits

Il Cattivo

Joy Subtraction

Solar Bear

METAL

Adai

Arcanium

Black Sleep of Kali

Cannons

Havok

Horse

Lost Point

Novus Folium

Spools of Dark Thread

Trees

METAL - EXTREME

Allegaeon

Clinging to the Trees of a Forest Fire

Enemy Reign

Ploy for Extinction

To Be Eaten

2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

AMERICANA

Boulder Acoustic Society

Elephant Revival

Paper Bird

Safe Boating Is No Accident

The Raven and the Writing Desk

FOLK/ACOUSTIC

Churchill

Dovekins

Glowing House

Radical Knitting Circle

Sunshine House

BLUEGRASS

Head for the Hills

Long Road Home

Oakhurst

Spring Creek

SINGER-SONGWRITER

A. Tom Collins

Kal Cahoone

John Common & Blinding Flashes of Light

Ian Cooke

Danielle Ate the Sandwich

Patrick Dethlefs

Rob Drabkin

Katey Laurel

Mike Marchant's Outer Space Party Unit

Caleb Slade

COUNTRY

Casey James Prestwood & the Burning Angels

Halden Wofford & the High Beams

The Hollyfelds

Marty Jones & the Great Unknowns

The New Ben Franklins

ELECTRONIC

ALERT

CacheFlowe

Big Gigantic

Paper Diamond

Signal Path

ELECTRONIC - EXPERIMENTAL

Alphabets

Candy Claws

Nervesandgel

Modern Witch

Pictureplane

AMBIENT/NOISE

Married In Berdichev

Iuengliss

Kevin Costner Suicide Pact

Page 27

Novasak

ELECTRO POP

Flashlights

Force Publique

Hideous Men

ManCub

King Mob

2011 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

JAZZ

Aakash Mittal Group

Convergence

Greg Harris Vibe Quintet

Ninth + Lincoln Orchestra

SuperCollider

BLUES

The Informants

Lionel Young

Boa and the Constrictors

John Alex Mason

Reckless Red

FUNK

Bop Skizzum

Demon Funkies

Filthy Children

Funkiphino

Juno What

SOUL/R&B

Dae Dai

Adam Duncan

Will Guice

The Love Royale

Sista Soul

REGGAE/DUB

Apex Vibe

Desciples

Dubskin

Judge Roughneck

Slaughterhouse Rootz

GOTHIC

Beryl Beloved

Choke the Word

The Siren Project

The Silver Chord

The Widow's Bane

WORLD

Colcannon

Euforquestra

The Indulgers

Pink Hawks

Potcheen

DJ - DANCE

Dragon

Ishe

Kostas K

Manufactured Superstars

Trajikk

DJ -HIP-HOP

Cysko Rokwel

KTone

Lowkey

Sounds Supreme

Vajra

DJ - PROGRESSIVE

Peter Black

boyhollow

Ginger Perry

Klaw

MU$A

Nominating Committee: Dominic Atencio, David Barber, John Baxter, Kim Baxter, Cassidy Bednark, Morris Beegle, Mark Bliesener, Jonathan Bitz, Christian Blochinger, Hillary Bonner, Chris Callaway, Britt Chester, Sean Choi, Ryan Chrys, Gretta Cornett, Bree Davies, Virgil Dickerson, Daniel Ericson, Guy Errickson, Tyler Gillmore, Pete Gurule, Eric Halborg, Sam Hanson, Dave Herrera, Jamie Hillyer, Leonard Jackson, Angelica Jimenez, Lucas Johannes, Ru Johnson, Thorin Klosowski, Chris Kresge, Scott LaBarbera, John Le, Sarah Levin, Kamau Martinez, Chris Meehan, Dave Meyer, Ryan McRyhew, Evan Mellichampe, Tom Murphy, Paul Padilla, Adam Perry, Sid Pink, Nathan Reid, Rob Rodgers, Rachael Romero, Quibian Salazar-Moreno, Dutch Seyfarth, Sarah Slater, Jon Solomon, Chase Squires, Angie Stevens, Mark Sundermeier, Doug Tackett, Amber Taufen, Billy Thieme, Andy Thomas, Chris Thomas, Michael Trundle, Tim Weilert, D. Williams, John Wenzel