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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