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Best one yet! 2011 edition of Westword Music Showcase attracts over 13,000 fans this year

Best one yet! 2011 edition of Westword Music Showcase attracts over 13,000 fans this year
Photo by Aaron Thackeray

Man, what a day we had yesterday at the seventeenth annual Westword Music Showcase! The music was exceptional, the weather was beyond agreeable and everywhere you looked in every direction it was a sea of smiling faces. With over 13,000 people in attendance this year, this was certainly the biggest Showcase yet -- and having been to nearly every one of them since the beginning, including the past nine editions, which I've had the distinct privilege of helping put together, I'm going to go ahead and say this was the best one yet. Hands down. From that massive dance party that Chromeo conducted to close out the evening to the bow-breaking set Murder By Death turned in to the Sword covering ZZ Top to the unbelievably strong local showing, there was no shortage memorable moments. Click through to see some of the highlights.


THE BANDS

Amanda Hawkins of Della
Amanda Hawkins of Della
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Due to van troubles, UME only played two songs. But in those two songs, they crushed it.
Due to van troubles, UME only played two songs. But in those two songs, they crushed it.
Aaron Thackeray
Lauren Langner Larson of UME
Lauren Langner Larson of UME
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Chris Heckman of the Epilogues
Chris Heckman of the Epilogues
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Nate Hammond of the Epilogues
Nate Hammond of the Epilogues
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant
Sameer Gadhia of Young the Giant
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Jacob Tilley of Young the Giant
Jacob Tilley of Young the Giant
Photo by Aaron Thackeray


 


THE BANDS

Adam Turla of Murder By Death
Adam Turla of Murder By Death
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Sarah Balliet of Murder By Death
Sarah Balliet of Murder By Death
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Kyle Shutt of the Sword
Kyle Shutt of the Sword
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
The Sword
The Sword
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Del the Funky Homosapien
Del the Funky Homosapien
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Del the Funky Homosapien
Del the Funky Homosapien
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
James McNew of Yo La Tengo
James McNew of Yo La Tengo
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo
Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Chromeo
Chromeo
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Dave 1 of Chromeo
Dave 1 of Chromeo
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
P-Thugg of Chromeo
P-Thugg of Chromeo
Photo by Aaron Thackeray


 


THE BANDS

The Widows Bane at Sutra
The Widows Bane at Sutra
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp at City Hall
Kalyn Heffernan of Wheelchair Sports Camp at City Hall
Photo by Brian Landis Folkins
The Knew at Sutra
The Knew at Sutra
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
Alert at Vinyl
Alert at Vinyl
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
My Body Sings Electric at Stoney's
My Body Sings Electric at Stoney's
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
The Centennial at Curious Theater
The Centennial at Curious Theater
Photo by Brian Landis Folkins
DJ Ktone at La Rumba
DJ Ktone at La Rumba
Photo by Stephen Cummings
Fingers of the Sun at Sutra
Fingers of the Sun at Sutra
Photo by Eric Gruneisen


 


THE BANDS

Innerstate Ike at La Rumba
Innerstate Ike at La Rumba
Photo by Stephen Cummings
Choke the Word at Sutra
Choke the Word at Sutra
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
Adai at Rockstar
Adai at Rockstar
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Mancub at Opal
Mancub at Opal
Photo by Brandon Marshall
King Mob at Opal
King Mob at Opal
Photo by Brandon Marshall
Overcasters at Bar Standard
Overcasters at Bar Standard
Photo by Stephen Cummings
Safe Boating Is No Accident at Broadways
Safe Boating Is No Accident at Broadways
Photo by Stephen Cummings
Spoke In Wordz at La Rumba
Spoke In Wordz at La Rumba
Photo by Stephen Cummings


 

Lil Slugger at Broadways
Lil Slugger at Broadways
Photo by Stephen Cummings
The Gromet at City Hall
The Gromet at City Hall
Photo by Brian Landis Folkins
St. Fall Apart at Bannock Street Garage
St. Fall Apart at Bannock Street Garage
Photo by Stephen Cummings
Port Au Prince at Bar Standard
Port Au Prince at Bar Standard
Photo by Stephen Cummings
Fresh Breath Committee at City Hall
Fresh Breath Committee at City Hall
Photo by Brian Landis Folkins
Lords of Fuzz at Rockstar
Lords of Fuzz at Rockstar
Photo by Brandon Marshall
boyhollow (from left) and Peter Black at Vinyl
boyhollow (from left) and Peter Black at Vinyl
Photo by Eric Gruneisen
Cysko Rokwell at La Rumba
Cysko Rokwell at La Rumba
Photo by Stephen Cummings


 


CANDIDS

Nerf of KTCL
Nerf of KTCL
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
Nick Cage of KTCL
Nick Cage of KTCL
Photo Aaron Thackeray
Number Three of Lion Sized (from left) with Holland Rock-Garden of Il Cattivo
Number Three of Lion Sized (from left) with Holland Rock-Garden of Il Cattivo
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
The Epilogues dudes
The Epilogues dudes
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
The Kingdom of Magic dudes
The Kingdom of Magic dudes
Photo by Aaron Thackeray
The Chromeo dudes getting their chill on
The Chromeo dudes getting their chill on
Photo by Aaron Thackeray



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