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Westword Music Showcase 2005

Rose Hill Drive

Welcome to the eleventh annual Westword Music Showcase. Thats right, boys and girls: On Saturday, June 25, the Showcase officially become a tweenager which means were finally tall enough for the scary rides. To celebrate, weve invited all of Denver to our party, the largest celebration of local music in the city, and have even taken pity on not-ready-for-prime-time folk by adding an all-ages venue at Scooter Joes and making the Outdoor Stage all-ages, too. There will still be plenty of adult entertainment on that main stage, though, including performances by Love.45, Rose Hill Drive, Matson Jones, Hot IQs and Melissa Ivey.

But this year, all of our stages across the Golden Triangle boast must-see lineups, pulled from the ninety acts that were nominated by a jury of their peers for this years Westword Music Showcase Awards. (For the complete list and to vote for your favorites see page 23.) Upstairs at Serengeti and on the patio at Vinyl, youll find the hip-hop superstars. At all hours, Two AM will feature punk/metal all-stars, while Mootowns top electronic DJs will throw down at Vinyl. A second stage at Serengeti, as well as perennial favorites La Rumba and Acoma Center, will shine with stellar bands and performers.

In fact, choosing which venue to visit when could be as difficult during the Showcase as it was for Showcase artists to determine whos more important in the pop-cultural pantheon Weezer or Winger, Jay-Z or Z-Trip. To make your decision-making process easier, weve queried all of the nominating bands about their past and present. The responses of those who will perform at the Showcase (and who sent along their answers) are reprinted below, with minimal editing for clarity and maximum hilarity. (Responses of acts that wont be at the Showcase are available online.)

See you at the Showcase. APOSTLE
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC
3:30 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.coloradohiphop.org

Personnel:

Intelligent Movement Society (IMS) is the crew.

Native or transplant?

My family is originally from the South, though I've been in Colorado most of my life.

What's in a name, particularly yours?

It's an acronym for: Ascending Power Over Secular Territories Liberating Earthlings or Awesome Presence of Spirit Transforming Living Energy; or Advocating Protesting Officially Serving True Life Equality; or Attributing Progress Offering Solutions to Life's Experience; or Analyzing Proof Observing Scientific Thought Learning Evolution. I could go on, but you get the point. I'm an MC.

When did you form, or, if you're a solo act/DJ, when did you start performing?

Twenty years ago.

Releases/discography:

The Chosen One (1994); Dayz of Darkness (1997); Last of a Dying Breed (2000); Survival Guide for the End of Time (2002, with Heavyweight Dub Champion).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Old school hip-hop (classic or renaissance style).

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

The Colorado Hip-Hop Coalition is in its eighth anniversary year. Our promotional DVD for the CHHC was nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the music category. This year, the CHHC received a grant of $2,500.00 at NBA All-Star festivities from Michael Jordan's Foundation. Youth participants of CHHC were placed in a commercial for next year's All-Star Game in Houston.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

I Got Next (KRS-One); It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy); The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory (Makaveli, aka 2Pac); The 18th Letter (Rakim); The New World Order (Poor Righteous Teachers); and The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

KRS-One, Rakim, Poor Righteous Teachers, 2Pac, Bob Marley, Sade, Prince, Michael Jackson, Duran Duran, Depeche Mode, Trent Reznor, Run DMC, Terence Trent d'Arby, Sly and Robbie, Kraftwerk, Alpha and Omega, Immortal Technique, Johnny Cash, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Bad Brains, James Brown, Queen Latifah, Saul Williams, Michael Franti, Frank Sinatra, Diana Krall and Lauryn Hill.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Founder and Executive Director, Colorado Hip Hop Coalition.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Disappear.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In the studio or on tour.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Dave Chappelle -- or so I hear, these days. "I'm Apostle, bitch!"

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Managing artists or owning a venue, or both.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That I'm a "Christian rapper."

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

I promoted a show for Tupac Shakur on December 31st 1991 in Sacramento, California.

 

Weezer or Winger?

Englewood -- represent!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Hova.

Football or foosball?

Which one has cheerleaders?

Parting shot?

Peace to Van Glorious, Seraiah, Illnaughty, Stero Lion, HDC+, DJ SD, Epiphonic Booking, Dominique and Holly (House of Mesha), Cafe Nuba crew, Lady Speech, Panther, Ashara, Ward Churchill, Dustin Craun, Shareef Aleem, and Marilyn Megenity and the whole Mercury Cafe staff and Slam Team. Peace to HOBY, DCLF, Just Media, and the rest of those who believe in me and support me as an artist, educator and activist. IMS. Peace to all the talented artists in Colorado. Respect.

BLACK LAMB
NOMINATED IN METAL/AGGRO
8 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.blacklambrocks.com

Personnel:

Brian Hagman (vocals); Tim Vigil (bass); Bill Stewart (guitar); Bryon Bean (drums); Benny Lamb (guitar).

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

Black is beautiful. Lambs are cuddly.

When did you form/start performing?

January 2000.

Releases/discography:

Morning Star, High and Mighty, Pillar of Salt, The Low Road, Hang the Moon.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

An amalgam of every band of dirtbags that ever slung a Gibson guitar around their necks, shook their asses and pumped their fists.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Bought a twenty-pack of Natural Ice and a pint of Kentucky Deluxe. Headlining the Lion's Lair (God willing).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Heavy, soulful records since the dawn of time -- the dead ones.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Keith Richards, Bon Scott, John Bonham, Jaco, Randy Rhoads.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Girlfriends, day labor, ho-ing. Be dead already. Our moms read this thing!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We're nice guys.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

The only time we aren't drunk or high is when we're in court or asleep.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith. We've always had a soft spot for dead guys.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer, with Kip on bass.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z, cause we got 99 problems, but a bitch ain't one!

Football or foosball?

Potato, po-tah-to.

Parting shot?

WHISKEY! (Duh)

BLACK PEGASUS
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC

Website: www.black-p.com

Personnel:

Robert Houston II.

Native or transplant:

Native, but a transplant.

Whats in a name?

I wanted a name that stood out amongst the rest.

When did you start performing?

2002.

Releases/discography:

Sexy Video Killah (2002); Black Pegasus (2003); Knuckle UP (2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I sound like the son of a Greek God.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

The first solo rapper to live off my music in Colorado to date.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Monkey Bars (Sean Price)

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Wilt Chamberlain.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Rappin!

Finish this sentence: If I didnt have to worry about money, Id . . .

be at the Playboy Mansion getting lap dances all day in the grotto!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Dave Chappelle.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Writing lyrics for Eminem & 50 Cent.

Whats the biggest misconception about you?

That I am not a band, I am a solo artist.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

My hype man and my DJ get more groupie love then me.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Who?

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

J-Zilla.

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

Go to www.black-p.com and buy a CD or three!

BOP SKIZZUM
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL/GROOVE
5 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.bop-skizzum.com

Personnel:

Andy Guerrero (guitar/lead vocals); Josh Kyser (drums); Chris Harris (bass); Serafin Sanchez (saxophone/ keyboard); Joe Ferrone (trumpet); Jeff Valentine (trombone).

Native or transplant?

Denver, Chicago and a touch a Texas make for a spicy mix.

What's in a name?

A rose is a rose, a Skizzum is a Skizzum. It's just a name.

 

When did you form/start performing?

Andy Guerrero formed the group in 1999. The lineup has changed a lot over the past five years, but Serafin Sanchez and Joe Ferrone have been steady fixtures in the band and help to make the core of our sound.

Releases/discography:

Elastic Funk EP (2000); Reverberating Funk (2002); Waiting For (2003); and Propeller EP (to be released late July 2005. Pick up a copy!).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Come to a show and tell us what you think we sound like, so we can answer questions like this in the future.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Being nominated for best funk/soul band in Westword for a second year in a row? Yeah! We won a free tour from MGD, all expenses paid at the Giggling Grizzly's Band on the Run competition. And we finished recording our third EP at Coupe studios in Boulder; it's our best material to date.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Any older Chili Peppers album, Parliament/Funkadelic records, Radiohead. Check out our websites if you're really interested in our multi-dimensional influences.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We will do anything to play the funk: teaching kids to bartend to make some cash.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Manage and invest an unheard amount of bling to become a philanthropic giant like our hero George Soros. (I laugh when I think about factcheck.com). And we would set up a world tour with a bunch of great bands to promote peace and a solution to the conflict in the Middle East that we're now involved in.

Finish this sentence: "I'd rather be...

In the Fray." Oh, yeah -- that's what our old bass player said!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The entire cast of the Muppets.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Somewhere in Europe or Asia on a world tour.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We're proud that 50 percent of the band is horns, but that just does not mean people can guess what kind of music we play. We are not ska, and our name is not Bob. Who is Bob, anyway?

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Andy is in with people at NARAS. Word!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer. And no joke: Andy and Joe both bought the Blue Album the first month it came out and have been fans since.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Z-Trip. Come on. Comparing a DJ to an MC is like comparing Jenny McCarthy to Jenny Jones -- they both do completely different things. Duh!

Football or foosball?

Foosball -- just not in a stadium.

Parting shot?

Can you believe the Pepsi Center doesn't recycle? That's insane! My grandma recycles! Ridiculous!

BORN IN THE FLOOD
NOMINATED IN ROCK
5 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.bornintheflood.com

Personnel:

Nathaniel D. Rateliff (vocals/guitar); Joseph B. Pope III (bass); Matt Fox (lead); Mike Hall (percussion).

Native or transplant?

Transplanted from the Midwest

What's in a name?

It has nothing to do with vaginal fluid. The story goes: Once upon a time, there was a flood. During this flood, a woman had a baby. Hence, Born in the Flood.

When did you form/start performing?

First formed ten years ago in Hermann, MO, as "'76 Drown," then flourished to "Born in the Flood" in Denver, 2000.

Releases/discography:

Self-titled EP (2003); The Fear That We May Not Be EP (2005, CD release Friday, July 15, at the hi-dive).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Like sounding brass, clanging of cymbals and the smashing of vessels.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Winners of the ManiaTV.com Battle of the Bands video contest for 2005 and being all-around good-time boys.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Songs of Love and Hate, The Basement Tapes (Leonard Cohen); The Band (The Band); O Mench! Gib A Cht (Mahler); OK Computer (Radiohead); Beck, all that early stuff; Loveless (My Bloody Valentine); Mercury (The Prayer Chain); the "White Album" (Beatles).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

 

Please see question 10. Thank you.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Two truckers, one roofer and one halfway-house proctor.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

...play music (become a recluse and never wear any clothes).

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

...shooting guns off the back of a chopper.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Nathaniel: the Marx Brothers; Joseph: Helen Keller; Matt: Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson as Matt Fox; Mike: Rob, aka #3 (of the Symptoms).

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Down there.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

There are none (and let's keep it that way).

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Joseph is a monoclad; Mike can't eat cheese; Matt is actually funny; and Nathaniel does his chores in the nude.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Vol-tron.

Football or foosball?

Hide and Seek with Joe's daughter.

Parting shot?

The bitterness of man will always find weakness in the cracks of our will.

BREAK MECHANICS
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
6 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.breakmechanics.net

Personnel:

Daren Hahn (drums); Greg Raymond (keys); PAAS (vocals); Lo (vocals); Casey Sidwell (bass).

Native or transplant?

Mostly native, except Greg, who is from Rhode Island, and Casey, who is from North Carolina originally.

What's in a name?

PAAS: PAAS is an acronym for Phonically Activated Amped Systems, not like "pause" as in a tape deck.

When did you form/start performing?

About two and a half years ago.

Releases/discography:

Break Mechanics.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Ourselves.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Getting to perform with KRS-One, and putting out a record that we all really stand behind as a piece of art.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

PAAS: Strictly Business (EPMD); Things Fall Apart (The Roots); and Purple Rain (Prince).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Case: James Jamerson, the Roots, Jimi, Donny Hathaway, D'Angelo, Jay Dee, P-Funk, Coltrane and KRS-One.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We are actually all musicians. Lo's finishing school and works as a security guard, as well.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Case: I'd be on the road, in Europe or Japan.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

PAAS: Meditating.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

PAAS: Russell Jones.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Case: On a very nice bus. I'm talking Willie Nelson-nice bus.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are something other than a hip-hop band.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

PAAS's son, Nairo Matthews, is one of the coolest kids on the planet

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Preferably neither.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer in 1994.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Both.

Football or foosball?

Football. GO, BRONCOS! Can anyone say, "Jerry Rice comeback player of the year 2005?"

Parting shot?

Case: Just because Bush won the election does not mean it's time to just lay down. The need for a strong opposition has become greater than it was before. Secondly, remember: We can still support our troops without supporting the Bush regime.

BRIGHT CHANNEL
NOMINATED IN ROCK

Website: www.flightapproved.com/brightchannel.html

Personnel:

Jeff Suthers (guitars/vocals); Brian Banks (drums); Shannon Stein (bass).

Native or transplant?

Two natives, one alien.

What's in a name?

Bright: Emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts. Channel: a path over which electrical signals can pass.

When did you form/start performing?

June 2002.

Releases/discography:

Bright Channel (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Nose-diving airplanes in a thunderstorm.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We ain't done jack shit.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

EVOL (Sonic Youth); Closer (Joy Division); Loveless (My Bloody Valentine); Vortura (Bailterspace).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

 

Hendrix, Thurston Moore, Nick Drake, Jason Pearse, Neil Young and Lemmy.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Brian works for the U.S. Forest Service, Jeff is a guitar tech, and Shannon works at a music store.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

...stop selling crack.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

...under the sea in an Octopus's garden, in the shade.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Jeff: Tony Hawk; Brian: Ralph Macchio; Shannon: Joyce DeWitt.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Begging for food and gigs.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we don't realize we're too loud.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Jeff and Brian once had a choreographed unicycle routine that dazzled its spectators.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jeff votes Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Shannon votes Winger.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Brian votes Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

Jack Daniel's, if you please.

BUCKNER FUNKEN JAZZ
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING

Website: www.buckylove.com

Native or transplant?

I am a native.

What's in a name?

Rod Buckner (Bucky Love): smooth, love to funk and play jazz, love my brother, Ron Buckner, and I love the rest of the band. It's a family, and it always has been a family, and some people don't really understand that.

When did you form/start performing?

The original band formed in 1998. I started performing in the late '60s and early '70s, but have played music all my life, whether it be in church or youth organizations.

Releases/discography:

Late for School, and working on a new CD.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We sound like ourselves, (B.F.J) but we do have a lot of jazz, blues and funk influences.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Playing steady for seven years, sticking to it, no matter what, determination, and not taking no for an answer; having two CPAs working for me to keep the business going; opening up for Maceo, and many others.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Bitches Brew, A Tribue to Jack Johnson and Kind of Blue (Miles Davis); and Mr. Joe Bonner, a local and international talent.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Miles Davis, Dizzy, Ella Fitzgerald, Coltrane, BB King, James Brown, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Clifford Brown, and many others who were pioneers in music and made the difference.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

By luck, and by not paying myself. I am a retired, instrumental music instructor for Denver Public Schools and professor.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

...set up an inner city music and arts school for kids who want to play or dance, etc., but don't have the money to afford an instrument to come and learn an instrument, etc.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

...doing what I am doing now, and that's music, and hopefully making it nationally and internationally.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of you life?

Me, or James Earl Jones or Denzel Washington.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Making music, pleasing the fans.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

People put us in the wrong categories; we are jazz, funk and blues.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Brother, all I know is I love doing the Funk, old-school funk, and so does the band. We can sit down at the beginning of a rehearsal and start groovin' -- OOOOOOOOOH, baby, that's what I'm talking about! It's like sitting down to a big plate of ribs and cornbread and coleslaw and some orange Kool-Aid. Makes you warm all over.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson. He paid his dues and was a man who stood up and went against the odds. [Editor's note: We weren't referring to that Jack Johnson. Judges? Yes, we'll accept that answer, because Bucky's answer is way cooler that any of us expected. Nice work, Buck.]

BUCKWILD
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ROOTS/AMERICANA
3 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/buckwilddenver

Personnel:

Buckwild, aka Rex Moser (vocals, lead guitar); 420 Mayhem, aka Mike May (bass/vocals); Ringo Montana, aka Carlos Newman (drums/cowbell).

 

Native or transplant?

Buckwild: Originally from Dodge City, Kansas; 420 Mayhem: Not really sure where the hell he was born; Ringo Montana: Originally from Big Whiskey, Wyoming. All three members are currently residing in Beaverview, Montana. (Not really, but it sounds much better this way.)

What's in a name?

Buckwild = hell-raising, whiskey-drinking, ass-shaking, girl-chasing, car-racing, gun-slinging, beer-swigging, country-swinging, foot-stomping good times!

When did you form/start performing?

Buckwild started over six years ago.

Releases/discography:

Coming soon!

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Johnny Cash meets George Jones meets the Stray Cats meets the Reverend Horton Heat: Picture a spaghetti Western on speed!

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Being nominated for the Westword Music Showcase!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Lots of old country albums -- too many great ones to name.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Jimmy Rodgers, Johnny Cash, George Jones and Hank Williams.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Buckwild: Sheriff of Beaverview, Montana; 420 Mayhem: Retired five-time Montana State Bull Riding Champion; Ringo Montana: Full time fly-fishing guide, part-time schoolbus driver.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Drink more whiskey, play more tunes, chase more girls!

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Drinking more whiskey, playing more tunes, chasing more girls!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Who the hell would want to see a movie about any of us?

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Drinking the same whiskey, playing the same tunes, chasing the same girls!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we like to drink a lot and chase girls.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Before starting Buckwild, Buck played in the Pink, the Flatlanders and the Throttlemen (the Throttlemen also included Tyson Murry of the Railbenders).

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

George Jones!

Weezer or Winger?

Johnny Cash!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

How about we catch some zzz's instead!

Football or foosball?

Denver Broncos six days a week and twice on Sunday!

Parting shot?

"Go west, young man, and grow up with the country." -- John L. Soule, Terre Haute Express, 1851.

CEPHALIC CARNAGE
NOMINATED IN METAL/AGGRO

Website: www.cephaliccarnage.net

Personnel:

Steve, John, Len, Zac, Jawsh.

Native or transplant?

Two natives, two Wyomingites, one Puebloan.

What's in a name?

Five syllables, a verb and a noun.

When did you form/start performing?

Cephalic has been around since 1992, as this lineup since 1998.

Releases/discography:

Conforming to Abnormality; Exploiting Dysfunction; Lucid Interval; Perversion and the Guilt After (split CD with Anal Blast), Halls of Amenti, Anomalies.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I usually tell people that aren't familiar with our genre that we are "obnoxious metal." The influences range so much for each member that it's hard to whittle it down to the three or four bands that we steal solely from. I think we sound like a blender, with gravel in it, set to purée, through a megaphone, while two pit bulls are barking venomously over the next-door neighbor playing Bitches Brew at full volume.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Anomalies hit number #1 on Canadian metal/punk radio and debuted at #2 behind the new Mars Volta on the CMJ charts. Our new video "Dying Will Be the Death of Me" is in solid rotation on Fuse TV and Headbangers Ball, and we are currently in Europe (specifically, in Holland, right now, fresh from a "coffee-shop" trip) hitting the summer festival circuit. Nothing more metal than playing with Accept, Dio, Megadeth, Anthrax and Slayer -- especially when you're a third-rate noise fest like ourselves. And we finally got to play in Tokyo earlier this year, as well.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Iron Maiden's first album; Disco Volante (Mr. Bungle); Focus (Cynic); Super Fly soundtrack (Curtis Mayfield); Rated R (Queens of the Stone Age); and the Earache Records' "Grindcrusher" comp.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The Beatles, Metallica (when I was twelve), Mike Patton, Miles Davis, Eddie Van Halen and about one hundred more.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

My beautiful wife handles the bills; that's why we still have a place to live. Between touring with Cephalic, the Highbryd-wear print shop we own, and the fabulous people and great beer at the Breckenridge Brewery, I manage to make the monthly statements.

 

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Find whatever else has replaced its significance and worry about that.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In my bed passed out, drunken stupid fool...(enter rad D.R.I. riff here)

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Peter Sellers or Susan Sarandon.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Mowing my lawn.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

The total death-metal-dude mentality.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Our drummer plays in a band with Trey Spruance (Mr. Bungle, Faith No More), and Matt Cameron is the other drummer on the new recording.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Is there anyone who thinks Jack is better than Elliott Smith? I mean, that guy had heart -- that is, until he stabbed it.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer, of course -- but Winger is still the biggest metal band from Colorado, so I will acknowledge that. But I will also acknowledge how gay they are, as well. Go, Weezer!!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

I want to say Jay-Z, because of the Beyoncé factor, but collaborating with Linkin Park is inexcusable. INEXCUSABLE!!!!!

Football or foosball?

It would be coold to see football players throw around a foosball table.

Parting shot?

It sucks we can't make the Showcase this year because we've been kidnapped by Irate Europeans. But good luck to all of the bands: Give Denver hell for one night, goddammit!! (Go, Black Lamb!)

AUBREY COLLINS
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
6 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website:www.aubreycollins.com

Personnel:

Too many to list.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

I was born with it!

When did you form/start performing?

Professionally: age eight..

Releases/discography:

Back to Me and World Without Me.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Blondie and myself.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Makin the change from country to rock.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Hotel Paper (Michelle Branch); Lynyrd Skynyrd's greatest hits; and my newest EP, World Without Me, because it has inspired me on many levels.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Michelle Branch and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

So far, my parents pay the bills.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Never work and play music constantly.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Out playing a live show.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Me. I love acting!!!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Multi-platinum.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

My age.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I can walk on my toes!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Who?

Football or foosball?

Hockey.

Parting shot?

Um, well, if this refers to drinking, I can't drink yet!

CRISPY CRITTERS
NOMINATED IN JAM/BLUEGRASS/IMPROV

Website:www.crispycrittersband.com

Personnel:

Dave Hunt (vocals, guitar); Mike Studeny (vocals, guitar, harmonica, alto saxophone); MIKE "Spanky" McCluer (bass); Paul "Dr. Pos" Cohen (tenor and soprano saxophones); CR Gruver (vocals, keys, organ); Tommy Piercy (drums).

Native or transplant?

East Coast, Texas, Chicago.

What's in a name?

It's great when one name gives a bunch of possible meanings to different people. Names aren't some cosmic key to the universe.

When did you form/start performing?

We started performing as a four-piece a month after meeting up in early summer, 2000.

Releases/discography:

Mountain Mayhem (2002) and various live recordings.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Fun Lovin' Critters.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Mountain Homegrown Artist on Volume 2.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Which ones didn't? Even the ones that sucked had influence -- to know not to play or listen to that crap.

 

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Max Monks.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Oh, shit! My bills are late.

Football or foosball?

Pinball.

Parting shot?

Thanks for having fun with us, and we thank you for your support in making Crispy Critters crispy. There were some good times, and we wish more good times for everyone.

DENT
NOMINATED IN HIP-HIP -- MC
6 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.myspace.com/dentsmusicissaulgood

Native or transplant?

Native...C.O., you know!!!

What's in a name?

I got the name Dent because I have dimples. But they call me Dent because I might not be the best MC, but I'm definitely going to make a huge Dent on the scene. You can't deny me; I'll hit you over the head with some classic hip-hop.

When did you form/start performing?

I have been a part of the Denver scene for quite some time -- buggin' out when I was younger, rhymin' about food and making people laugh. Around 1995, I started gettin' a rep up.

Releases/discography:

I have an EP on wax, Platinum in the Shower, which is out now on Basementalism Records. And I also help put together a Colorado comp with my boy Sol called Low Budget Soul. Both projects are in stores now! Go support!

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Man, I dunno who I sound like. I sound like me, I guess. Some people say I have a very unique voice, and you know when I'm on the mike. I study music, so I'm inspired from many different styles and forms.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Some notable battle rap stats: Rockafella; Roc the Mic Denver Champ 2003; And1 Unsigned Hype Emcee Finalist; DMC Colorado M.C. Champ 1998-2002; True to the Game M.C. Champ 2003 (San Francisco); and my music has played on The Inferno II, episode 13, and an MTV Cribs episode. I do a lot of event coordination for the Colorado Hip-Hop Coaltion, LoDo Music Festival, and I throw an annual hip-hop comp called Who's Shinin.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

There are so many, but I'd have to say Illmatic (Nas); WordLife (OC); Resurrection (Common); Step Into the Arena (Gangstar); Critical Beatdown (Ultramagnetic MCs); Paid in Full (Eric B. & Rakim).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

As far as hip-hop artists go, I always wanted to be like Big Daddy Kane when I was growin' up -- and the Native Tongues, they brought a lot of style to the game.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I got a lot on my plate, so I work two jobs, plus help organize events. That's how I keep things movin'.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be at the record store, diggin.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

A dope MC than a broke O.G.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

If that ever happened, I would ask to play the part. I don't think anyone could be me. That, or I would ask Vincent Gallo, from Buffalo '66.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still on the grind. Still makin' dope music, and, hopefully by then, me and my crew will have some dough in our pockets from this music.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

I couldn't tell you. I give and get respect from a lot of people, but I'm a little too creative for the average person. I try to bring good vibes all the time...and have fun.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I'm a big record fanatic. I go diggin every chance I get -- keep wax alive!!!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

I gotta give it a toss-up; they're both dope.

Weezer or Winger?

Lets say Winger: I'm with some '80s rock!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Gotta go with Jay-Z...sorry, Z-Trip.

Football or foosball?

Football.

Parting shot?

Remember: "Without a Goal, It's Hard to Score!"

DJ BEDZ
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/HIP-HOP
8 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.djbedz.com and www.radiobums.net .

Native or transplant?

Grew up in Boulder, went to college in Los Angeles, and now I'm happily settled back in Denver.

What's in a name?

 

Most people think my DJ name is a sexual innuendo, but it's just an abbreviation of my last name. I was "Bedz" to a lot of my friends long before I tried my hand at deejaying.

When did you form/start performing?

I got my first turntable back in 1995, and I was doing small house parties and Greek events soon thereafter.

Please list your releases:

White Shadow Mix CDs #1-#21; Sumthin' 2 Phuck 2; The Radio Bums Monthly Mix CD; White Men Can't DJ, Volume 1, and The Summer Jam 2005 Mix CD -- 45 Total Mix CDs, and they are all legitimate mixes (i.e., blends, scratching, production). They are all highly produced and took significant time and effort. I'm very proud of my mix-CD body of work.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I guess you could think of me as the poor man's DJ Spinbad. I don't have nearly the technical skill he has, but in certain, areas there are similarities. He's the guy I aspire to sound like, so, at the end of the day, I would at least hope that my sound would have a vague resemblance to his.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Back in February, I had the chance to be featured on an episode of Rap City on BET. That was an amazing experience. The same month, the NBA employed me to work the Club NBA stage at the Jam Session for the NBA's All-Star game, during which time I was also able to spin the Celebrity Game on ESPN. This year, I'm coming up on my third season as DJ of the Denver Nuggets, as well as my third full year spinning for KS107.5. Lastly, I recently passed the 100,000 units mark as far as the number of mix CDs that are circulating around the state of Colorado.

What albums had the biggest impact on you?

Raising Hell (Run-DMC); It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back (Public Enemy); Paid in Full (Eric. B & Rakim); and Straight Outta Compton (N.W.A.) really opened my eyes to the diverse, volatile, political nature of hip-hop and made me fall in love with the music. The Cactus Album (3rd Bass) was the first time I think I realized that white guys could have their own unique contributions to the culture. DJ-wise, the first time I ever was inspired to make a mix CD was after hearing one of Doo Wop and Tony Touch's tapes back in 1995.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Run-DMC, Big Daddy Kane, Ice-T, Kool G. Rap, Boogie Down Productions, 3rd Bass, N.W.A., King Tee, Tha Alkaholiks, Showbiz & A.G., and the list goes on. If you were a rapper in the late '80s/early '90s, you impacted me more than you know. I miss the days when hip-hop was inherently self-righteous with a greater cause in mind. That time period in hip-hop really appealed to my bleeding-liberal sensibilities.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I'm a DJ -- that's it. I'm very lucky to be doing what I'm doing.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

DJ? I'm not sure that my lifestyle would be that much different, to be honest. A few more vacations and a little more time chasing the fairer sex around. Although I might get tired of that and wind up back deejaying again, when all was said and done.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In my basement, playing the "who has the most random old-school vinyl collection" game with Chonz, Petey and Psycho.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Ben Affleck. One of the bad pick-up lines I get is that I supposedly look like him. I don't really see it, but, hey, there are worse things to be called. As long as the Jennifers star as my romantic leads, it's all good.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself in the same industry, just moving into some of the more "corporate" types of jobs in my field.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Lately, I'm fighting the battle of being type-cast as a hip-hop DJ and nothing else, specifically in trying to land nightclub gigs. I'm perfectly capable of stepping in and spinning a Top 40, '80s or funk format, if that's what a club wants -- yet venues are scared of hiring guys that come with a reputation for appealing to an "urban" crowd. Basically, it's another form of systematic racism, but I'll save that rant for another day.

 

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I have a degree in music composition from Occidental College. I could knock out a dope piano sonata for you if I wasn't too busy organizing my records.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Allow me to fess up to my cultural illiteracy: I have no idea who the hell either of those guys are.

Weezer or Winger?

Winger. Give me the hair band any day of the week.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Hov. H to the O-V. I used to sell snowflakes by the O-Z.

Football or foosball?

Basketball, of the Nuggets variety.

Parting shot?

Radio Bums 2005, you fucking ho!!!

DJ BIG AL
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/NON-TRADITIONAL
6:15 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.myspace.com/offthewalldenver

Personnel:

Just me and my Bronski Beat records.

Native or transplant?

Transplant, from Virginia.

What's in a name?

It reflects my party-oriented nature.

When did you form/start performing?

2003, à la LOST LAKE.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I sound like the inside of Rob Lowe's brain during the filming of St. Elmo's Fire.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

I got a room full of people to dance to "9 to 5," by Dolly Parton.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Upstairs at Eric's (Yaz); Xanadu (Electric Light Orchestra); and anything by Neil Hamburger.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Man Ray, Mark Rothko, Lee, Jan Vermeer, Nikki Holder, Paul Klee.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I design low- mid-rise metal structures for one of the top metal building manufacturing corporations in America.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Pay hippies to take a shower.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Watching The Littlest Groom.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Tori Spelling.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

My own "Man About Town" column in Westword.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That I don't like to party.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I don't know how to DJ.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

They BOTH SUCK.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

I don't like sports.

Parting shot?

Drugs are for suckers.

DJ CHONZ
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/HIP-HOP
9:15 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.djchonz.com

Native or transplant?

Native.

Whats in a name?

Its a Spanish slang word for underwear.

When did you start performing?

1993.

Who or what do you sound like?

I sound like me.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Illmatic (Nas); No One Can Do It Better (the D.O.C.).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Mr. Choc, Kid Capri, DJ Babu and DJ Spinbad.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I work for KS 107.5. Im on air and mix from 5 to 6 p.m. every weekday. I also have a marketing company called Radio Bums Marketing.

Finish this sentence: If I didnt have to worry about money, Id . . .

Travel.

Finish this sentence: Id rather be . . .

Sleeping.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I see myself as a music or program director for a radio station.

Whats the biggest misconception about you?

That I only can play one genre of music.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

Im the very first live commercial DJ to mix on Denver commercial radio.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Im gonna go with Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Football.

DJ CYSKO ROKWELL
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST -- HIP-HOP
8 P.M., VINYL PATIO

DJ IDIOM
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST -- HIP-HOP
5:30 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.djidiom.com

Personnel:

Me.

Native or transplant?

Liver transplant.

What's in a name?

A name can be nothing or everything. In my case, I chose Idiom because I needed a name to write on a CD a few years ago, and I felt it was descriptive of my style and mentality.

 

When did you form/start performing?

Two and a half years ago.

Releases/discography:

Portrait of the Artist mix CD (May 2002 -- this wasn't actually released; it was just a CD I originally made for my friends and then ended up selling burned copies of until late last year). Nursery Rhymes mix CD (January 2005, for Sherbert magazine).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Honestly, I used to sound similar to DJP and Z-Trip. I was friends with DJP when I was getting into hip-hop as a youngster, and his thing was mixing whatever he wanted, regardless of what style of music it was. Hearing his blending genius really opened my eyes in terms of how I perceived hip-hop. He blended '80s, metal, kids' songs and almost everything else and made it sound like hip-hop somehow. Even though I wasn't deejaying back then, I was getting a subliminal lesson every time I heard him mix. Thanks to him, once I started spinning, I wanted to mix everything that was influential to me from music and film into one mix tape and make it hip-hop. Thus, I was mixing a lot of rock with hip-hop, which is now universally seen as the Z-Trip and DJP sound -- and rightfully so. Lately, I've only been buying old jazz records, and I'm heading in that direction with my mixing, which I hope will mature into a new style and a sound of its own.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

One-shot parallel parking job, a month ago. Opening for the Digable Planets show, last night. Blue Ribbon, 2005 Denver Dog Grooming Championships. Runner-up, standing long jump, 2005 Colorado State Games. Honorable mention, 2005 Colorado State Chili Cookoff. Bronze medal, 2005 U.S. Amateur Figure Skating Championships. Finalist, Scion free up mix-tape competition (www.scion/mix).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Reachin (Digable Planets); Midnight Marauders (A Tribe Called Quest); Endtroducing (DJ Shadow); Pre-Millennium Tension (Tricky); Uneasy Listening (DJP and Z-Trip); Protection (Massive Attack); Post (Bjrk); Apropat (Savath & Savalas); 70 Minutes of Madness (Coldcut); Automate Everything (Cacheflowe).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Those mentioned above, as well as lots of local artists who have pushed me to develop as a musician. And, of course, others I can't think of right now.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Paying the bills is always questionable. I work at Twist & Shout Underground and Hapa in Cherry Creek.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be on a spaceship.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

On a spaceship.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Sideshow Bob.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Minimum-security prison.

What's the biggest misconception about you?

That it's possible for me to make a living as a DJ in Denver. It just ain't happening.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

I just found out that I have the same b-day as Sun Ra.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jackiot Swinson.

Weezer or Winger?

Wizger.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

J-Zap.

Football or foosball?

Foostball.

Parting shot?

Vote Quimby.

DJ IVY
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/ELECTRONIC
8 P.M., VINYL DOWNSTAIRS

Website: www.milehighhouse.com

Personnel:

Me, myself and I.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

It's my last name.

When did you form/start performing?

Started ten years ago.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Booty whap.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Right now it's Beck, Mutations.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The Beatles.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I work at an organic-soap factory.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Getting down all the time.

What's the biggest misconception about you?

That I'm a girl.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

This year, I have grown into Maker's, on the rocks.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Knife in the heart all the way.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer, of course. Why would you ask?

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

The Brothers Johnson. C'mon.

Football or foosball?

Billiards, of course.

Parting shot?

PBR saves lives.

DJ LOW KEY
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/HIP-HOP
5:30 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

 

Website: www.MixingInAction.com and www.DJLowKey.com (under construction)

Personnel:

Me, myself and I (c) De La Soul.

Native or transplant?

I'm originally from outside of Atlanta, but I've lived in Colorado for about twelve years.

What's in a name?

Low Key has been my attitude and demeanor as a DJ since day one. I'm not the DJ who will walk into a place and start hyping himself up. I'd much rather let my work speak for itself.

When did you form/start performing?

I've been playing at clubs and shows in Boulder and Denver for about five years now.

Releases/discography:

I've dropped quite a few random mix tapes over the years -- nothing too official, though. I'm working on my first all-out project, right now, a mix tape and website called "Mixing in Action" that focuses on "middle of the road" (i.e., not too commercial and not too backpack) type hip-hop.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

In a club, my style is maybe like a Mark Ronson or a DJ Hollywood-type DJ: all over the place in terms of music, with a lot of mixing. Gotta keep the crowd guessing, but also feeling the vibe.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Over the last few months, I've done shows with Slick Rick and the Pharcyde, promoted, produced and spun at a successful club night up in Boulder, pushed past eighteen months as a resident at Rise, had my Mixing in Action #0 mix tape downloaded over 5,000 times, and began working with talented MCs from around the country on my Mixing in Action #1 mix tape -- and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Resurrection (Common); Doggystyle (Snoop Dogg); Da Dirty 30 (Cru); Stakes Is High (De La Soul); Sign of the Times (Prince); Paid in Full (Erik B. & Rakim); The Great Adventures of Slick Rick (Slick Rick); Reasonable Doubt (Jay-Z); Jewelz (OC); Thriller (Michael Jackson).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The Radio Bums, DJ Spinbad, Jazzy Jeff, Jay-Z, Common, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Mark Ronson, De La Soul and, lately, Little Brother and Median.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Spinning records, strictly. E-mail me at DJLowKeyCO@Jack's.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Jubilee and Fresh Pants.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Personally, David Sanborn, Micheal Brecker, Mark Russo, as saxophone players. In general, I would say Bob James, Larry Carlton, the Yellow Jackets, Dixie Dregs, Chicago and Bruce Hornsby.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Music has been our full-time vocation for almost fifteen years. Gigs, Gigs, Gigs.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Take my wife to Australia, learn how to surf, and open a Red Rocks-type amphitheater on the beach.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Watching the Avalanche in the Stanley Cup finals.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Snoop Dogg, faschizzle.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Colorado is always home, will always be home, but there is a whole world out there we need to explore.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are smooth jazz. We are contemporary jazz, with all the hard edges. There ain't nothing smooth about Dotsero.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Everybody loves sports, except for Tom, the keyboard player, who went to Rennslear Poly Tech.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

MaryAnn.

Weezer or Winger?

Winger. Colorado rules.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

What?

Football or foosball?

Football!!! Football! Football!

Parting shot?

Tell Kenny Be: The likeness of Dotsero on his cartoon in reference to the Convention Center Grand opening was incredibly accurate. We have all gone to the gym to do something about our man tits.

DJ SHAKE
NOMINATED IN DJ: TURNTABLIST -- HIP/HOP
6:45 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website:www.sceenmag.com (truly an original DJ website)

When did you form/start performing?

Started deejaying six years ago after watching an adult video with Snoop Dogg.

Releases/discography:

Diverse -- what can I say? You're gonna love it..."the way a real mix cd should be done."

Who or what do you think you sound like?

 

I sound like the kind of stuff that goes on behind the scenes at the Adult Film Awards. Sometimes I sound like nails on a chalkboard.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Guitar Center store winner, fourth year in a row.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze, soundtrack to Boogie Nights.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Ron Jeremy, Hilary Duff, Joe Francis (creator of Girls Gone Wild), DJ Swamp, Skratch Piklz, Alies, Peter North, Jena Jameson,

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Where do I start?! Loan officer (because I think everyone should own a house), Custom Belt Buckle supplier (at Colorado Mills mall), artist (because I can't help but paint fat-ass canvases), and, of course, DJ.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

...take two chicks at the same time. Actually, I'll do that anyway.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

...with three chicks at the same time.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

It would be a mix of: Mr. Burns, Dirk Diggler, Tyler Durden, Godzilla and Alec Baldwin.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years older, 500 times more successful.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Some people think the Crunk Bros. are not the best crew in Colorado. All I can say is, "If you're going off of skills, then we definitely are."

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

Mayonnaise sucks, 151 & Coke is still viagra, and, sometimes, "shit happens when you party naked!"

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Smith's Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezy, fo' sheezy.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Z-Trip.

Football or foosball?

Depends if I have money riding on it -- but I do like the cheerleaders

Parting shot?

Make sure you check out the Custom Belt Buckles at Colorado Mills mall in front of the Ecko store. Check out any of our mix CDs, Diverse out now. S.C.E.E.N. productions' "Carlos aka Lunchbox." And, of course, the Crunk Bros. crew.

DROP THE FEAR
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC

Website: www.dropthefear.com

Personnel:

Ryan Policky, Sarah Marcogliese, Gabriel Ratliff.

Native or transplant?

Sarah: Two countries, eight states, 35 homes -- and, no, my dad wasn't in the service.

Ryan: Born and raised in good ol' Littleton, CO. Watched as the bombs were being made right next door.

Gabriel: Colorado via Tennessee via Virginia via Texas via Washington, D.C.

What's in a name?

Ryan: Names are something which need no explanation. Take from them your own interpretation. Drop the Fear had many personal ties and motivations, and I feel many out there can relate to these three simple words. "Fear" has engulfed many out there in the world, and many have simply lost awareness of it. Sarah: Hey, we all have fears, and sometimes it's worth an attempt to "drop" them. Gabriel: I think names can take on a couple of forms when it comes to a band. It can simply be an inside joke among people that play music together; it can have some personal meaning to the individuals in the group, which brings strength and motivation; or it can have an external message to the universe, which the group, as well as its audience, can feed off of and continually come back to. Personally, I thought "Drop the Fear" filled all of those.

When did you form/start performing?

We formed back in 2003, began recording immediately, and starting playing out live in 2004.

Releases/discography:

Listen EP (2004); Drop the Fear CD/DVD (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Sarah: An eclectic soundscape of shadow and light.

Ryan: A melding of lush soundscapes, with instrumental/vocal layers forming the boundaries. The album in itself is an array of emotions which chain together much like how they do in life. Gabriel: Two tablespoons of Massive Attack, one cup of Slowdive, four tablespoons of Boards of Canada, one teaspoon of Bjrk, 1/4 cup of M83, and several pinches of too many other people to name.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Best Music DVD for Westword was a biggie. Also had some huge accomplishments abroad. Landed some songs on college radio, and at one point were being spun on over 120 radio stations, with a slew of them reporting us in the top ten for CMJ and RPM. At one point, we were getting more adds to stations than some of our heroes in the music industry. The Denver Post and Boulder Daily Camera also put us in their top-ten lists for the year, and our partnership with helmet r00m recordings definitely played a huge part in much of our success.

 

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Sarah: Bjrk, Homogenic, was truly groundbreaking shit. The way she combined electronic and symphonic warmth blew my mind! Ween, The Pod, because it made me laugh my ass off in my darkest days. "Do you like guacamole? I like guacamole."

Ryan: I've been compelled by a multitude of albums, such as the debut album by I AM X, Music for People from VAST, Souvlaki from Slowdive, The Process from Skinny Puppy, and nearly every release from "Godspeed You Black Emperor!" There have been so many amazing releases in the past five years, and these, in particular, helped shape the life which I live today. Music is the soundtrack for every emotion which spills out. Gabriel: The Cure's Disintegration had the biggest impact on my life. I probably wouldn't be where I am in if it weren't for that album. Honestly, there are way too many albums that have influenced me or had a big impact on my life.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Ryan: Tori Amos and her passion for emotion; Godspeed You Black Emperor, with their landscapes of sound and emotion; the Sneaker Pimps in their post-Kelli Ali days, and the phenomenal live performers out there, such as Muse and Sigur Ros. Sarah: Ween and Bjrk. Every album takes you on a ride. You can listen to any one of them and feel like you've put your CD changer on shuffle and it's still cohesive. Gabriel: Again, too many to name.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Sarah: I own a landscape maintenance and design company, Native Earth. No more nine-to-five grind, two weeks off or office bullshit. I do still have to pay the bills, but music is my life. Ryan: I work at Factory Design Labs making games/building sites and upping my skills in media. I have been there for nearly eight years now and have learned a ton. One thing, more than anything, I'd like to say is that I believe each and every one of us can shape every part of our lives, from personal to business. I basically helped create many of the roles I've taken on at Factory, from working on music and sfx for websites, to handling many photo shoots for clients in and out of the office, to video production and post-production. It's been quite a journey, and all of it has helped shape where I am in my number-one job in life, that being "creating music." Gabriel: I work full-time at Twist & Shout, I have my own painting company on the side, and I recently started giving drum lessons.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Sarah Bool and promote a tour internationally, record with kick-ass engineers and maybe sprinkle in a symphony or two along the way. Ryan: Produce music to no end and never feel limited by technology or resources. I would also have to get a symphony involved and would definitely add in more in-depth film production to go along with the vibe of the music being produced. Gabriel: Buy a house and build a studio in it for recording and producing further albums. I would invest money into helmet r00m recordings and its artists.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Ryan: In the studio and thereafter on a road trip, taking video and photos along the way (hopefully, doing a bit of storm-chasing, too!), stopping to share the emotion of the tracks created with peeps out in the world and producing some crazy new video project. Sarah: On tour and recording...did I mention that? Gabriel: Writing music and working on my art all of the time.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Sarah: Tito Jackson, for sure. Ryan: Pee-wee Herman. Gabriel: Jim Carrey.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Sarah: In a weird place, like usual. It's all eggs and gravy or some shit like that, right? Ryan: Living inside of a virtual world, having virtual relationships and thinking I'm a virtual person with virtual feelings. But, really, I know one thing: I'll be alive and living for the passions I have for life, whatever they may be at that time (most likely somehow tied to music). And I will, for sure, not be in blog land. Gabriel: Doing the same thing that I am now, except I will hopefully be making enough money from it so I can do it all of the time and be able to afford that house with the studio in it.

 

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Sarah: That we live without fear, that the guys did all the film and music and I only sang, and that we are still in a band together.

Ryan: Band names can give too high of expectations. Our name was a tough one to answer to. Fear always finds its way in. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist. One major misconception is that it all just happened overnight. We worked our asses off for quite a while (losing out on social life and sleep), all diving in and giving each aspect of the project our own emotional sprinkles. It was quite a collaboration, and the product itself speaks for itself. Gabriel: I don't really know. Doesn't mean that much to me.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Sarah: I've been living on my own from the age of fifteen. Ryan: I am a part-time storm-chaser and love all things haunted. Gabriel: I am no longer single.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Sarah: I'm a sucker for Elliott Smith. Ryan: Devo. Gabriel: Elliott all the way. R.I.P., brother.

Weezer or Winger?

Sarah: What?! I have to choose? Shit. Winger? Ryan: Cannibal Corpse. Gabriel: Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Sarah: Impossible to compare the two. Both. Ryan: Z's are too scary for me. Gabriel: Both.

Football or foosball?

Ryan: Foosball, indeed. I could get into both on a video-game screen, however. Sarah: Foosball. I play in my garage, but I still suck at it. Gabriel: Foosball until the ends of time. Football is only for Sundays and Monday nights.

Parting shot?

Sarah: Yes, please. Ryan: I'll take a Crown. Gabriel: Whiskey, please.

ERICA BROWN BAND
NOMINATED IN BLUES
7:30 P.M., SERENGETI DOWNSTAIRS

Website: www.ericabrownband.com

Personnel:

Erica Brown (lead vocals); Scott Rivera (drums/lead and background vocals); Rich Sallee (bass/background vocals); Jim Ayers (keyboard/Hammond organ/background vocals); and a rotating cast of stars on guitar: Eddie Turner (formerly with Otis Taylor), Jon Woodhead (formerly with Leon Russell) and Tony Luke (formerly with the Tony Luke Trio).

Native or transplant?

We have one native: Rich Sallee.

What's in a name?

We took the easy way out -- blame it on the girl!

When did you form/start performing?

1998.

Releases/discography:

Body Work, Rough Cut Stone, and a new CD in the works now.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We are high-energy blues. Hopefully, we don't sound like a bag of cats fighting!

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Opened for Al Green at the Paramount Theatre, June 11, 2005.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

We're so musically diverse in our tastes, I'm not sure there's enough room here to list that!

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Every artist that's out there making it work on the national stage has an impact on us, 'cause we're trying to get there, too!

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

If I told you that, I'd have to kill you afterward...

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be on a tour bus, heading to the next gig.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

On a tour bus, headed to the next gig.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Boy, if we ever get this far, I wouldn't care who!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still above ground, I hope!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we're not local, from folks who hear us for the first time!

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Oh dear, can't think of one!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Gotta go with the live guy on this one.

Weezer or Winger?

Kip Winger -- he was from here!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

We don't play either. Golf?

Parting shot?

How about Grey Goose, chilled, straight up?

FUNKIPHINO
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL/GROOVE
7 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.funkiphino.com

 

Personnel:

Jessica "J-Fly" Flynn (trumpet); Chris Fischer (keys/Hammond organ); Cathy Griffin (lead vocals); Kevin Lehman (drums); Brad Kats (guitar); Jeff Young (trombone); Eric Stehle (sax); Sina Espinoza (backup vocals); Brett Schmahl (trumpet); Chris Sutliff (bass); Richard Bates (sound).

Native or transplant?

Mostly natives (seven out of ten). Most of us grew up in Colorado and are proud of the musical education we received from when we were young through the collegiate level. We have CU, CSU and UNC alumni all covered in this group.

What's in a name?

Funk-if-I-know? No, really -- Chris and Kevin came up with the name and thought they were the funniest two people alive when they did.

When did you form/start performing?

We began in 1998. Our lineup has evolved in a positive way through the years. The right players seem to gravitate to this group, creating a solid line up that has been getting stronger and tighter over the years.

Releases/discography:

Lovin' Life (2004); "Foolish Games" video (January 2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We sound like ourselves, Funkiphino. Whether we are playing our own tunes or covering someone else's, we have a distinct sound that is our own. We always aspire to be a great band.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We played for 9,000 people at the 55th Presidential Inauguration this year in Washington D.C. Our music video for "Foolish Games" is being featured on Frontier Airlines' "Wild Blue Yonder" channel on all of their flights. And we were voted "2005 Best Local Band" by the readers of Boulder's Colorado Daily.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Random sampling: Tower of Power and Bump City (Tower of Power); Brother Sister (BNH); Escape (Journey); Chris F: Regetta de Blanc (the Police); All the World's a Stage (Rush); the "White Album" (the Beatles); Chris S: Stripped (Christina Aguilera); Sina: Search of the New Land (Lee Morgan).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Random sampling: Tower of Power, Journey, Brand New Heavies, ABBA; Chris F: Earth, Wind & Fire and Phil Collins; Jeff: Patti LaBelle, Aretha F. and Chaka Khan; Cathy: Geddy Lee, Sting and George Harrison; Chris S: Michael Brecker; Eric: Lee Morgan; Brett: Sting, Earth Wind & Fire, TOP; J-Fly: Christina Aguilera.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Of the ten members, over half are full-time musicians/teachers. Our bass player is an executive meat salesman, Chris and Jessica own a manufacturing company, and Cathy is a full-time mom.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Worry about something else.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Playing in Funkiphino than with any other band.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The cast of The Sopranos.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years older.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are "just a cover band."

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

The little girl who stars in our video for "Foolish Games" is Cathy's talented daughter Grace.

Weezer or Winger?

One of Chris's Leslie speaker road cases was owned by Kip Winger!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Sina chooses Jay-Z!

Football or foosball?

Brad: Foosball. Everyone else: Football.

Parting shot?

The Funkiphino shot of choice is Jack Daniel's!

FUTURE JAZZ PROJECT
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING
3:30 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.futurejazzproject.com

Personnel:

Casey Sidwell (bass); Dameion Hines (drums/percussion); Greg Raymond (keys); Greg Harris (vibes/keys); Damon Jones (vocals); MC House (vocals).

Native or transplant?

Over 50 percent of the band is from Colorado.

What's in a name?

Future = next level; Jazz = improvisational music; and Project = a growing plan or design.

When did you form/start performing?

The basic design of the group was formed in 1997.

Releases/discography:

Future Jazz Project Check One; FJPLive, Choice Moments; Kids Are Funky Too, Volume I.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Like a chameleon of different soul/R&B/hip-hop/jazz styles.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

2004 Westword Music Showcase, Best Jazz Band. Shared the stage with: the Roots, Al Green, Zap Mama etc.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Fantastic, Volume Two (Slum Village); Do You Want More (the Roots); Electric Circus (Common), etc..

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

 

Herbie Hancock, Me'Shell NdegéOcello, Jay Dee, Madlib, Soulquarians, etc.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We are all full-time musicians, except for our drummer, Dameion Hines. He's a certified massage therapist.

Finish this sentence: If we didn't have to worry about money, we'd...

Be able to pay for our own studio time and record countless albums like Frank Zappa.

Finish this sentence: We'd rather...

Be on a support tour for the Roots. Oh...and paid.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Samuel L. Jackson.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In a high-rise apartment somewhere in New York, sipping a martini.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

A small lesson on jazz: Jazz is improvisational music. We mainly perform hip-hop and soul, with lots of improv between the lines. We're not a traditional jazz band. That would be bebop/swing music.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We do not like our band name. We have been stuck with it for the last four years and haven't been able to find a better one that we can agree on. Band names aren't easy to come up with.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

How about "Black Jack Johnson"?

Weezer or Winger?

Who are these people?

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

The Rock.

Football or foosball?

Football. Go, Broncos!

Parting shot?

If you'd like to support this group in any way shape or form, please contact us. We are a band of the people, and we LOVE you all. Thank you!

ROGER GREEN
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
6:15 P.M., SCOOTER JOE'S

Personnel:

Myself and my baggage.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

That's the name on my birth certificate. As far as I know, I'm not named after anyone in particular.

When did you form/start performing?

I started playing out in Denver as a teenager about twelve years ago. I played guitar in a band called Idlemind with this guy named Patrick Park. After that band dissolved, I joined the Czars in late 1998. I was with them until last November. I've been playing out solo for a few years by myself. For a while, it was all instrumental, mostly improvised music. I even played in a free improvisational group called The Way Things Go with Tyler Potts and Anne Angyal for a while. Eventually, I began singing a bit, too -- mostly songs I'd written that didn't work for the Czars. For the past year or so, I've been focusing on song structure and form in my music, so I've incorporated folk elements.

Releases/discography:

I'm nearly finished with a full-length album that will show up in the fall. Moving backwards in time: What Would This Be For?, With the Czars: Goodbye, X Would Rather Listen to Y Than Suffer Through a Sea of Z's, The Ugly People vs. the Beautiful People, music for the soundtrack to I'd Rather Be...Gone. With The Way Things Go: The Way Things Go, and Roger Green and Anne Angyal Duo.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I'm a composite of all the music and experiences I've had throughout my life. I sound like myself, as true as I can be to myself, in that moment. It is both limiting and liberating to know I can only be me. That said, you can hear elements of the music I like in my own music. Because I love pop music, folk music, jazz/improvisational music and ambient music. I put all of these kinds of music into my own.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

I've played guitar for Ron Miles, whose music is something I love.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

There have been so many; it's hard to say...I think U2's Joshua Tree was huge for me. It showed me that guitar playing was more than guitar soloing and that albums are distinct entities. It also introduced me to that Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois type of sound. The later Beatles and Radiohead's The Bends were records I listened to on a daily basis in high school. John Coltrane's Blue Train was where I first figured out that jazz (from that period, of course) had form. Miles Davis's Kind of Blue, and particularly the song "Blue in Green," made me want to play improvised music. Nick Drake's Five Leaves Left has had a lot of personal impact on me. And The Czars' Before...But Longer obviously impacted my life quite a bit.

 

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The ones I mentioned above, Bill Frisell, Ron Miles, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bill Evans, Ornette Coleman, Jeff Buckley, the Beatles (together and apart), Pink Floyd, the Flaming Lips, Slow Dive, the Cocteau Twins, Fred Frith, Steve Lacy.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I teach English and work at a record store.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Worry about something else.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

I'm no good at acting; I'd refuse any part.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Playing music, teaching and learning.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That I'm non-existent.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

I can hear more than I feel like I can play.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

No.

Weezer or Winger?

No.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

No.

Football or foosball?

Definitely foosball.

Parting shot?

Have a wonderful day.

AARON HOBBS
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
3 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.myspace.com/hobbs

Personnel:

Hobbs, NM, Intervention: Aaron Hobbs, Chris Reyes, Jason Jones.

Native or transplant?

We're from Denva.

What's in a name?

Our name could be described as Chris and Jason's (futile?) attempt to save Aaron from himself.

When did you form/start performing?

The Hobbs, NM, songs began being tracked one year ago. The Intervention began in March, 2005.

Releases/discography:

8 Songs of Exception.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

The Intervention sounds like Now, as we all begin to unravel.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Hobbs, NM, crashes SXSW and the Intervention begins, March 2005. The Intervention performs at the Echo in L.A. with Tiger of the Month, March 2005. Hobbs, NM, plays littleradio.com's first-ever afternoon nap, April 2005. The Intervention performs at Sputnik, Pete's Candy Store and Rothko in NYC, April 2005.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith, although Jack is a rippin' surfer and deserves his props.

Weezer or Winger?

Blah!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jigga.

HOT IQs
NOMINATED IN POP
4:15 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.hotiqs.com

Personnel:

Eli Mishkin (vocals/guitar); Bryan Feuchtinger (bass/vocals); Elaine Acosta (drums).

Native or transplant?

Eli is a native. Bryan is from Texas (excuse him, please). Elaine was born in New York and raised mostly in rural Colorado.

What's in a name?

Not an apostrophe...

When did you form/start performing?

Two weeks before we performed in late 2003.

Releases/discography:

Debut album, An Argument Between the Brain & Feet (November 2004, Morning After Records).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

XTC, Pixies, Archers of Loaf, Tesh and Hasslehoff.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Playing SXSW and consuming an entire Best Wurst bratwurst. In addition, our debut album peaked at 73 on the CMJ charts.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

The Kinks Kronicles (The Kinks); Thriller (Michael Jackson); Sumday (Grandaddy).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Gaudí, Debussy, Chagall, Lautrec, Wayne Thiebaud and Kelsey Brookes.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Elaine: school nurse; Bryan: recording engineer (Uneven Studios); Eli: marketing genius.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Find another subject for my obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Eli: Bob Saget; Bryan: the guy from Greatest American Hero; Elaine: Data from Goonies.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In Osaka, as the house band in a sushi restaurant where your waitresses are also your tables.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Wait, we missed another conception?

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Hot IQs debut album played backward is the "Stay in School" rap by the Chicago Bears.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer -- especially pre- "Green Album" Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Q-Tip.

Football or foosball?

Foosball players are way hotter.

Parting shot?

We are Deep Throat.

ION
NOMINATED IN METAL/AGGRO
9 P.M., TWO AM

 

Website: www.ionband.com

Personnel:

Noe DeLeon, Joe Sego, Tod Schlafer, Gef Gust.

Native or transplant?

Transplants except for Tod.

What's in a name?

Ion: An atom or a group of atoms that has acquired a net electric charge by gaining or losing one or more electrons.

When did you form/start performing?

Spring 2003. ION is two years old.

Releases/discography:

Gross National Product (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

NIN meets A Perfect Circle meets Loretta Lynn.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Won the 2004 Westword Music Showcase Award, Best Hard Rock/Metal/Aggro; we're on a major motion-picture soundtrack -- 11:59; played the Coors Light Mountain Jam at Red Rocks; and opened for Evanescence.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Aenima (Tool); AstroCreep 2000 (White Zombie); Downward Spiral (Nine Inch Nails); Thirteenth Step (A Perfect Circle).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Bjrk, Snoop Dogg, A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, NIN, MSI.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Gef works for Excel Motorsports; Tod does computer graphics; Noe is a delivery driver for a printing company/male exotic dancer (private parties only); Joe works for Performance Radiator.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Still be involved with the music industry, but I'd probably travel more.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

A "real" big stinky turd than a "fake"-ass engagement ring.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Touring in Fiji.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That Noe is actually Trent Reznor, or Leo 7.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Joe loves haggis and has cans of it.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson, because he's laid-back, and Noe likes "doing it" to his music.

Weezer or Winger?

WEEZER, WEEZER, WEEZER!!!!!!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

The Jigga man, most definitely. It's ya' boy!

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

"There ain't no way I'll let a muthafucka turn my joy-bus tour into a hellride." -- Wesley Willis, 5/31/63 - 8/21/03.

MELISSA IVEY
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
3 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.melissaivey.com

Personnel:

Suzane Lainson: Words and music, PR; Beth Patterson: legal; Samantha Hanson, Intrigue Entertainment: manager; Mark Backus: Big Mo Productions, booking agent.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

Sass.

When did you form/start performing?

When I was nine on violin -- so technically solo.

Releases/discography:

Manic Notion 3 demos (1998-2000); Melissa Ivey, seven-song solo debut (2000); Live From Herman's Hideaway (2001); Live from Denver (various live recordings from the Mercury Cafe, Soiled Dove, Cherry Street Studios (2003); StepShort single (2005); Andy Anderson AAA (2005); From the Inside Out (2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

A Young Linda Perry (before the whiskey set in), Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Concrete Blonde, Janis Joplin meets Electric Mayhem.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Quitting my job to tour and do music full-time; not spontaneously combusting on the road; getting booked on the main stage at Red Rocks; writing with Burton Avere from the Knack in L.A.; working with five drummers this year.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Sublime (Sublime), Living in Clip, Knucle Down (Ani DiFranco); In Flight (Linda Perry); What Happened to the Girls (Mary Beth Abella); Wild Flowers (Tom Petty); Black Crowes.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Janis Joplin inspiring me to step away from the toxic aspect of the business, bringing me closer to the passion that it takes to jump on stage and entertain; Ani DiFranco for making me not want to get a record deal and learn to do everything myself no matter how much it takes.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Singing and playing to strangers every chance I get; Mike: self-employed; Matt: school and delivering junk mail.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Tour around the world a lot more and fix up my VW van. Put a bowling alley in the tour bus.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Writing a song than filling this out.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

 

My little sister, 'cause she looks just like me, or Salma Hayek.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

On a tour bus with my band making a scene around the country in the Jamboree.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we have a full-time drummer. Thanks, Skinny, Scott Davies, Scott Robinette, Evan and Sean Hodges

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Mike Whalen's high bowling game is 222; Matt is a descendant of MacGyver (ask him anytime for a flashlight a pair of tweezers and a staple gun); Melissa has traveled over 7,000 miles this year to play music across the country.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Neither, but if I have to choose, Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Bowling.

JUDGE ROUGHNECK
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL/GROOVE
8 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.judgeroughneck.com

Personnel:

Byron Shaw (lead singer/percussion); Chris Reidy (guitar/vocals); Brian Handlos (bass/vocals); David Dinsmore (trombone/vocals); Rolf Reitzig (trumpet/vocals); Jon Hegel (saxophone/vocals/keys); Phil Martin (drums).

Native or transplant?

Mostly natives, a few transplants.

What's in a name?

We took our name from a Specials song called "Stupid Marriage."

When did you form/start performing?

We formed in 1995. Whoa -- long time ago.

Releases/discography:

Rude One's Money Making Scheme (1997); Skankin' Naked (1999); True (2002).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We sound like millions of voices crying out in terror and then suddenly silenced.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We've played Reggae on the Rocks several times (it's always a big thrill to play Red Rocks). We were finalists in the Ernie Ball battle of the bands a few years back. And we recently played our ten-year anniversary show, with over half of the band's original members.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Truth and Soul (Fishbone); The Specials (The Specials); I Just Can't Stop It (English Beat).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Seeing Burning Spear and the Skatalites live has always been inspirational. Of course, the English Beat, Bob Marley, Damian Marley, Kiss, Devo.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We all have different jobs, ranging from office shlubs to consulting to teaching music to makeup artist.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Send the band on tour for the next ten years. But that's probably what every other band has said. So, we'll go with: "Crush our enemies."

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The cast of The Seven Samurai.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

We'll all be bionic. Also, we'll all be doing wacky commentary on some VH1 countdown show.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We're not a country band. Many people hear the name of our band and assume we're going to play country. Weird.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

No.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Tom Jones.

Weezer or Winger?

Six of us:Weezer. One of us: Winger.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Zima.

Football or foosball?

Z-Trip.

Parting shot?

We're honored to be back in this showcase. Thanks to everyone for continuing to support Colorado music. You all rule. Peace!

KING RAT
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE

6 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.kingratpunks.com

Personnel:

Luke Schmaltz (rhythm guitar/lead vocals); Mike Makkay (lead guitar/backing vocals); Anthony Delilli (bass/backing vocals); Doug "Pockets" Hopper (drums/backing vocals).

Native or transplant?

Transplants. Luke : New Mexico; Mike: New Jersey; Anthony: upstate New York; Pockets:Wisconsin.

What's in a name?

With the exception of some really stupid handles like, say, for instance, the Wuggles, the music usually makes the name. With King Rat, the name could suggest literary blue-collar grit. Coincidentally, that's pretty much what you're gonna get.

When did you form/start performing?

We formed in 1995, yet we've all been performing since high school.

Releases/discography:

The Towne Liar; Knockin' Up Heaven's Whore; Big Plans, Beautiful Songs for Ugly Children; songs "Goodbye '99" and "Fat Like You" featured on Precision Punk compilation; Beautiful Songs for Ugly Children re-released with two bonus tracks; songs "The Best of You" and "Out the Door" featured on Roman Ruin Records Undead in Denver Volume 111, and we will release Duct Tape and Dreams in October.

 

Who or what do you think you sound like?

King Rat sounds like a hard, fast, melodic, smirking punch in the face.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We've walked off stage sober for the last six gigs. We wrote a new tune that we're really stoked on called "The Last of the Bad." It's about Hunter S. Thompson. It'll be on the next record. We taught the entire set to our new drummer in three days and played a packed show with minimal fuckups at Herman's. We opened for Bad Religion and Throw Rag.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

War Birth and The World (U.S. Bombs); Rain Dogs (Tom Waits); Back in Black (AC/DC); The Wall (Pink Floyd); Rocket to Russia, Leave Home ((The Ramones); 13 Songs (Fugazi); Full Circle (Pennywise); Mommy's Little Monster (Social Distortion); Tim, Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take Out the Trash (Replacements); American Idiot (Green Day); Undertow (Tool); Nothing's Shocking (Jane's Addiction); Doolittle, Bossa Nova (Pixies); The American Recordings (Johnny Cash); and all the Bill Hicks albums.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Denver Joe, Bill Hicks, Charles Bukowski, Hunter S. Thompson, Social D, Ramones, Jef Kopp (Th'ink Tank Tattoo), Roger Waters, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Green Day, Richard Pryor, George Carlin, Monty Python, Youth Brigade, Fugazi, Duane Peters, Reno Divorce.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Luke : bartender, Modern Drunkard magazine; Mike: electrical engineer, waiter; Anthony: doorman, bouncer; Pockets: chef, painter.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Build an anti-gravity music venue and play gigs to a floating audience. The band would probably have to be tethered down somehow, though -- well, at least the drummer.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In the studio doing the final mix on our next album instead of just getting started on it.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Kiefer Sutherland's illegitimate son.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In a tour bus on the way to a packed, paying gig, somewhere warm.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we're a bunch of drunk, shit-talking, street-fighting assholes. That's just one of us; the other three are mellow, bong-toking Libras.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Our tour van has gone through fourteen tires in the last two years.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

I don't know: Should I hang myself in a shooting gallery, or shoot myself in a coffee shop?

Weezer or Winger?

Likewise: Should I trip over my shoelace and fall in front of a bus, or choke to death on hair spray?

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Yo, why are you fronting on me and shit?

Football or foosball?

Both involve lots of dudes who will at one point or another turn into that guy. I'd rather play with myself.

Parting shot?

Blink-182, Good Charlotte, Goldfinger, Riddlin' Kids and the countless hordes of whiners calling their music punk rock are liars and poseurs. Punk rock was not built on crying about the dumb girl who broke you feeble little heart. Punk rock was built on the principle of standing up in the face of authority, hypocrisy and anything else in your way, and shaking your fist in defiance. People are always going to sing about being a big pussy because that's what 90 percent of the public can relate to, but don't do it under the guise of being a rebel. If you took the Backstreet Boys and gave them tattoos and guitars, you'd have what's being passed off as a punk band these days. Turn down the suck and go back home.

LIFE CREW
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
8:30 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.lifecrew.com, www.myspace.com/lifecrew

Personnel:

ManeRok, Theme1, DJ AWHAT, Gunther, B., Awok, Deca, Ichiban, Yonnas, BDBeyondMC, Medz, DJ Thought, DJ Funktion, (G)riot, Jolt68, Skape, Joey Kuvo.

Native or transplant?

CO natives, baby!! Except Dr. (G)riot, Awok and Gunther B., who are from Chicago, Missouri and Pluto (out of sight), respectively.

What's in a name?

We are just that, everyday life, all walks of life that give lessons in free expression, while being legends in freshman environments -- LIFE.

When did you form/start performing?

The crew intially had five members, who met through graffiti in and around 1995: Mane, Theme, Jolt, Skape, Nuse (DJ AWHAT). But three of us also had an interest in music. Thus, that part would grow and fluctuate but has now become, in Dave Herrera's and Ichiban's words, a fourteen-member-deep "all-star ensemble."

 

Releases/discography:

Deca: Top of the Line Bottom Feeder; The Pirate Sygnl: Norma(l)... ; LIFE Crew: The Compilation Vol. 1; Feelmode (DVD Magazine).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We sound like us. Yes, a common answer, but when you hear any works that we collaborate on, you'll see what I am talking about. As artists, we have learned to work together and help build sounds together as opposed to commanding each other on what to do. It's all different.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Opening up for some of our favorites such as Gift of Gab, Typical Cats; our album-release party (one of the largest local payoffs by NIPP); opening at the DMC's...there's a lot.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

There are fourteen of us -- can't say. Common Sense, Resurrection.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Once again -- fourteen!

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Waiters, collection agents, student loans, etc.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Make music. That's a given.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Making music and all that goes with that: sex, drugs and...

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Where do you see yourself in five years?

On the charts...Ghetto Gold.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are elitist snobs, that we fight. I don't know; everyone knows we hold it down.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We crush krews.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

JJ.

Weezer or Winger?

Whoopee.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Both are working together...with Dr. Dre and Twista and Pharoahe Monch...E40 too.

Football or foosball?

Basketball.

Parting shot?

Big LIFE CREW.

LOVE.45
NOMINATED IN POP
6:45 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.love45.com

Personnel:

Paul Trinidad Jr. (lead guitar); Danny Elster (vocals/bass); Jim Messina (drums); Mick Shivers (vocals/guitar).

Native or transplant?

Natives.

What's in a name?

From the movie Love and a .45.

Formed:

About six years ago or so.

Releases/discography:

Day-Glo, Love.45, Larger Than Life, The Seattle Sessions EP, love.45.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

The sound is potent rock music with a sense of space and monumental scope, along with raw power and energy. The music is heavy on melody and harmonies, yet kicks in plenty of guitar crunch and punch.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Just played at Red Rocks with Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Next touring run begins in mid-July. New CD in stores now on the Rock Ridge/Sixthman label. Gothic Theatre show broadcast on Altitude Sports & Entertainment. Paul and Jim played the national anthem (on guitar and percussion) at the Pepsi Center for 18,000!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Soooo many, anything harmony- and melody-based.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Journey, Beatles, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick, Prince.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Love.45.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Share the wealth and spread the wealth!

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Writing, recording, and performing!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Chewbacca.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Workin' hard in the music biz!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We all contribute to the songwriting process rather than just one guy.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We're sponsored by: Yamaha Guitars, Ernie Ball Strings, Madison Speakers, Paiste Cymbals and Vic Firth sticks.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Football

Parting shot?

Thanks to all love.45 fans, friends, and supporters -- past, present, and future. Our music will always be here for you! We'll never let you down!

 

LOVE ME DESTROYER
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE
7 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.lovemedestroyer.net

Personnel:

Scooter (vocals/guitar); Taylor (bass); Ryan (guitar/vocals); Danny (drums).

Native or transplant?

Everyone is a native except Danny; hes from Milwaukee. He loves cheese.

Whats in a name?

A name needs to be memorable in order for it to be effective. Its what represents you as a band, and our name basically sums up our band: half sweet, half evil. Not to mention Electric Summer put out a CD that helped us out.

When did you form/start performing?

Love Me Destroyer has been a band since 2003. Like every band, there have been a few lineup changes, and the current lineup has been together for only a few months. Scooter and Taylor are old hat now.

Releases/discography:

Black Heart Affair (2003); the new CD will be out in early 2006.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

If Metallica and Green Day formed a super group, they would be a Love Me Destroyer cover band.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Besides getting eighth place in the punk-rock bowling tournament? Through our record label, Suburban Home, we have excellent distribution that allows our CD to be sold in most record stores all over the U.S.; it was also released in Japan about a year ago. Also, like most bands, we have many successful tours. However, no ones tours are as memorable and have as many stories as ours. Trust us.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Scooter: If You Want Blood (AC/DC); Hell Bent for Leather (Judas Priest); Taylor: Beautiful Creatures (Beautiful Creatures); Americana (Offspring); Ryan: In Casino Out (At the Drive-In); Danny: Trashed (Lagwagon). However, we all agree, it doesnt get much better than Appetite for Destruction.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Scooter: Bruce Springsteen and Hunter S. Thompson; Taylor: Silver, Brice, Leo and Vita from Rubber Planet, Todd from Ion and Scott Weiland; Ryan: Dimebag Darrell; Danny: Danny Carey and Keith Moon.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Scooter: manager at 15th St. Tavern and superstar DJ Trainwreck; Taylor: manager at Noodles & Company; Ryan: blue-collar electrician!; Danny: blue-collar wood layer!

Finish this sentence: If I didnt have to worry about money, Id . . .

Worry about the women spending it!

Finish this sentence: Id rather be . . .

On tour.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Continuing with the Olsen twins secret to success, Matt LeBlanc and Matt Skiba would play Scooter; Davey Havok and the evil villain from House of Wax would play Taylor; all the other actors just couldnt pull it off for Danny and Ryan.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Touring, recording, rocking on a much larger scale, though.

Whats the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we actually worry what people think about us.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We have the coolest van out of any band in Denver. Seriously.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

We all say Elliott, except Taylor; he likes Jack only because Jack named a song after him.

Weezer or Winger?

Thats a tough one, but 80s hair frontmen from Colorado must come out on top. Winger, Bang Gang: Does it get any better?

Football or foosball?

Foosball, foosball, foosball. And fantasy football.

Parting shot?

Beauty always hides in disaster.

MANE ROK
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- MC
4:45 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website: www.lifecrew.com, www.myspace.com/lifecrew

Personnel:

ManeRok, producers Gunther B (yeah, baby!), Yonnas, Deca, Ichiban and DJ Awhat

Native or transplant?

CO natives, baby!! Except Gunther B., who is from Pluto (out of sight).

What's in a name?

To be honest, I was thinking of a name to write on the hard city streets with, and I was taking a shit. There happened to be a bottle of horse shampoo (don't ask me why this was in my bathroom), and it said "Mane" on it. I thought "Mane One" was clever and ran with it. So I guess it really doesn't mean shit.

When did you form/start performing?

I have been emceeing since 1994-1995.

Releases/discography:

Ideal Ideologies (self-titled album bootleg tape not knowing what we were doing jump off), LIFE Crew The Compilation Vol. 1, Feelmode (DVD Magazine), and, coming soon, Ideal Ideologies Vantage Point and The Mighty Mane Rok Presents...The Truth!

 

Who or what do you think you sound like?

A fanfuckingtastic MC. I am well-rounded (literally and figuratively) in the sense that I bust. Straight up B-U-S-T. I can battle and know that I am better at that than these cats with the same ol' lame format that have no cadence. I can freestyle about whatever (everyone says that, but I really can), and if you really took the time to listen to the clever shit I write, you'd be amazed.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Opening up for some of my favorites like Typical Cats and 2Mex; our album-release party (one of the largest local payoffs by NIPP)...but mostly watching our work get noticed.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

...?

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Really, though, Common Sense.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I am a collection agent for a local dairy, and I've been known for selling paintings from time to time.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Make music...given.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Making music and all that goes with that: sex, drugs and...

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Super Man(e).

Where do you see yourself in five years?

On the Charts...Ghetto Gold.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

I am an elitist snob (maybe); I have lots of ego (have yet to be proven wrong about my talent)... don't know...mistaken my kindness for a weakness.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I'm a proud parent.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

JJ.

Weezer or Winger?

Wing stop.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Both are working together...with Dr. Dre and Twista and Pharaohe Monch...E40 and myself, with the hook by Busta Rhymes and Bun B.

Football or foosball?

Basketball.

Parting shot?

"LIFE Crew to the death, that shit we bomb the streets with..." -- Deca, "Second Time"

MATSON JONES
NOMINATED IN AVANTE-GARDE/ECLECTIC
5:30 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.matsonjones.net

Personnel:

Martina Grbac, Anna Mascorella, Matt Regan, Ross Harada.

Native or transplant?

Both.

What's in a name?

Bob & Jasper.

When did you form/start performing?

July, 2003.

Releases/discography:

Matson Jones (self-released, will be re-released June 5, on Sympathy for the Record Industry); "A Little Bit of Arson Never Hurt Anyone" 7" single (Sympathy).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Rock and/or roll.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Playing Mark Ryden's art opening (Pasadena, CA 2/05); and re-releasing our record on Sympathy for the Record Industry.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Everything from 1850 A.D. to present.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

That's a loaded question...

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Pizza, glasses and slides.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be dead.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Tap-dancing.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Michael Douglas and Alf.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Barefoot and pregnant -- all of us.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

"Second biggest Goth following in Colorado" -- ?! -- (Spin.com).

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We like Ice Cube.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott's Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer's Winger.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Ice Cube.

Football or foosball?

Footsies.

GANN MATTHEWS
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
8:45 P.M., SCOOTER JOE'S

Website: www.gannmatthews.com

Personnel:

Gann Matthews and his many instruments; Benoit Mailloux-Pilon (bass); and David Lamb (drums).

Native or transplant?

I was born in Norman, OK. I moved to Colorado when I was three years old, and I've been in Denver for about four years.

What's in a name?

Gann was my great-grandmother's maiden name, she lived to be 100 years old. I'm named in her honor.

When did you form/start performing?

I started performing in Denver when I moved here four years ago. I performed before that in Colorado Springs and Boulder, but was still figuring out how to tune my guitar and sing on pitch, so I don't count it.

 

Releases/discography:

The Thin Line (2005); Trafalgar EP (2002).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Folk, alt-country and indie rock, shaken not stirred.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

This year, I was named male singer/songwriter of the year by Westword in the Best of Denver issue. In September 2004, I released The Thin Line, my first professionally recorded full-length release. It even had musicians on it other than myself (thanks, Benoit and David).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you:

Mutations (Beck); Abbey Road (The Beatles); New Skin for the Old Ceremony (Leonard Cohen); The Hour of the Bewilderbeast (Badly Drawn Boy); Transfiguration of Vincent (M. Ward); XO (Elliott Smith).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The Beatles, Elliott Smith, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Tom Petty.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I am a paralegal. I know -- it's weird.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Probably find something else to worry about.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Making music for a living than making a living for music. Or is it the other way around?

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

That kid in Billy Elliot. Or if he isn't available, Vin Diesel.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In NYC, drinking champagne out of a Grammy.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That Gann is a made-up name. It's not.

Give us a random factoid about yourself:

The first instrument I studied was violin. I went to a couple lessons before I quit. It was the summer of my ninth year.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Old Weezer. I don't own any of the new Weezer stuff.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Huh? I don't listen to country music.

Football or foosball?

Foosball, or futbol.

Parting shot?

Thanks to everybody who has supported me in Denver. I love that you love me.

THE MERCURY PROJECT
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL/GROOVE
7:15 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.themercuryproject.com

Personnel:

C. Vincent Plummer, Jason Duffy, Andy Bercaw, Michael Smith, John-John Gardner, Michael Bailey.

Native or transplants?

Mixture.

Whats in a name?

Its where a few streets with the same name Mercury touch together. Thats where we practice. Mercury is also the messenger god, and the lyrics are a touch social-political. So we felt it was fitting. The space mission is an added bonus.

When did you form/start performing?

February 2001.

Releases/discography:

A World Exists (2002); Soapbox Jive (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We genre-mix, so anywhere from Radiohead to Digable Planets. Dave Matthews to Yerba Buena. Sublime to Cherry Poppin Daddies. Were all over the map and slightly schizophrenic. We write songs, and whatever genre they end up in is where they end up.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We were the winners of the 103.5/The Foxs Last Band Standing; weve done a KBCO Studio C session; been spun on Radio 1190, The Mountain, KTCL; and the Denver Post put us in the top-ten best local albums of the year.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Thats too difficult a question. Like I said, were schizophrenic, and we are all disc junkies.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Once again, too difficult a question. We could fill up the page with all of our influences, and none of them will resemble each other. From Motown to country to Brit rock to Afro-Cuban folkloric music. Thats the beauty and the difficulty of having so many people in the band.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

C. Vincent Plummer: outreach teacher at Museum of Nature & Science; Michael Bailey: student, freelance musician; Jason Duffy: waiter at Yia-Yias; Michael Smith: waiter; John-John Gardner: GM, Puma; Andy Bercaw: bar owner (Cafe Cero); Brandon Briese: mortgage broker.

Finish this sentence: If I didnt have to worry about money, Id . . .

Obviously, be on the road touring.

Finish this sentence: Id rather be . . .

Scuba diving?

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Us? Seven monkeys or sock puppets with space suits.

 

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Working as musicians.

Whats the biggest misconception about you or your band?

I dont think that there is a big misconception about our band. I think you know what youre getting when you see us.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Um, one time, Jasons dog ate a whole block of Velveeta cheese, tin foil and all. My cat tried to box a raccoon.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

I (C. Vincent Plummer) would say Elliot Smith, but I think the other co-captain (Jason Duffy) would say Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z, of course.

Football or foosball?

Once again, a tie.

Parting shot?

Um . . .be fLy. be fuNky. be fRee.

THE MOTET
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING

Website: www.themotet.net

Personnel:

Drums, bass, guitar, keys, sax, percussion.

Native or transplant?

Transplants.

What's in a name?

The group was originally called the Dave Watts Motet, then shortened to the Motet.

When did you form/start performing?

Halloween, 1998.

Releases/discography:

Breathe, Play, Live, Music for Life.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Afrobeat, salsa, samba and funk-influenced improvisational dance music.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

To play a festival this past May, I flew from Costa Rica to Phoenix to Denver to Charlotte, then drove to Ashville, NC, and back again to Boulder -- all in 32 hours.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Peace Beyond Passion (M'shell N'Degeocello); Tuku Music (Oliver M'tukutsi).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Miles Davis and Charles Mingus.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Writing music.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Worry about something else.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Talking in person.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Me.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Costa Rica.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we play motets.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

On tour we like to go bowling on days off.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Brad Mehldau.

Weezer or Winger?

Beck.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Common.

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

Patrón.

MR. PACMAN
NOMINATED IN AVANT-GARDE/ECLECTIC

Website: www.mrpacman.com. (Please free feel to send us monies as we plan trip at Japan to fight on Ultra Crab creature and restore balance to universe.)

Personnel:

Silver Ghost (Commodore 64); White Tiger (drums); Anarchy D (guitars); and me, Keytar.

Native or transplant?

Anarchy D. has liver transplanted, but the rest from Denver, Japan.

What's in a name?

Syllables and, how do u say, constants?

When did you form/start performing?

During the American President's term Clinton.

Releases/discography:

Turbotron, Star Hustler, and a new album before end year tentatively call, Fight the Lightening.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Great American singer.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

I recent start ultra Karoake on Monday nights in Denver Japan at High Dive Music Club.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Those thrown from greatest heights.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Devo, as name just few.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Crime-fighting and karaoke.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be very pleased !

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Sho Kosugi. He's very good!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Maybe guest spot reality show?

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That wear our helmets to sleep.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

White Tiger is very good karaoke singer!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

How 'bouts Merzbow?

Weezer or Winger?

List of Greatest Music: 34,544. Menudo. 34, 545. Weezer...37, 794. Winger

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Classic rock American!

Football or foosball?

Games video.

Parting shot?

 

Thank you -- Mr. Pacman!

MUNLY AND THE LEE LEWIS HARLOTS
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ROOTS/AMERICANA

Website: www.slimcessnasautoclub.com

Personnel:

Elin, Frieda, Jay, Jeff, Paul, Rebecca.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

It's coincidental. We just decided to use our name.

When did you form/start performing?

Twelve years ago.

Releases/discography:

Blurry, Munly de Dar He, Galvanized Yankee, Jimmy Carter Syndrome, Lee Lewis Harlots.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Being nominated for the Westword Music Showcase.

How do you pay the bills? What's your day job?

No day job.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

I don't worry about money.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Elliott Smith.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Me.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

It's not relevant.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we suck.

Give us a random factoid about you or your band:

We all actually like each other.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith: It's always respectable to know when to quit.

Weezer or Winger?

We have to support the home team.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

I've heard the name Jay-Z, but Z-trip is a new word to me.

Football or foosball?

I wouldn't put myself in that situation.

Parting shot?

I hope we win.

NATIONAL BLUES ARSENAL
NOMINATED IN BLUES
4 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.nationalbluesarsenal.com

Personnel:

Ryan Rietz (dobro/vox); Greg Rueda (harp); Susan Phelps (bass); Laura Coleman (drums).

Native or transplant?

From Sarasota, Florida.

What's in a name?

The name sums up the whole picture.

When did you form/start performing?

2000.

Releases/discography:

Live at the Blue Mule 9/3/03; Live at Herman's Hideaway 7/30/03; 1967-2004; twistusalachrismus; Live at the Bluebird 5/28/05; Live at Larimer Lounge 6/9/05.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Heavy Delta power groove.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Charity and/or volume.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Ass Pocket of Whiskey (R.L. Burnside); Bob Dylan bootleg series, Grateful Dead tapes.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Duane Allman, Kyuss and Dick Meis.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Not be worried about my dog eating my little dog's leg.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Out early and up late.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Mark Borchardt or Dwight Yoakam.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Playing in front of ten more people per show and doing benefits for the American Friendly Assistance Fund in Denver.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we broke up. We never broke up; we just shed some feathers. When I die, it breaks.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

There is a National Rifle Association sticker on the dobro headstock.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson at Red Rocks.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

????

Football or foosball?

Kyuss.

Parting shot?

Things change all the time, but ain't this place great?

JOSHUA NOVAK
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
7:30 P.M., SCOOTER JOE'S

Website: www.myspace.com/joshuanovak

Personnel:

Stuff like male, 24 years old?

Native or transplant?

A native Denverite.

What's in a name?

The name "Joshua Novak" sounds good in a low moan, I think.

When did you form/start performing?

I began playing around Denver when I was fifteen or sixteen doing a lot of solo things, then stated playing with the boys a little more than a year or so ago.

Releases/discography:

Metropolis Songs; The Five Day Romance EP; and currently working on a new record due out late summer/early fall.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Blood and spit put to the sounds of a boy choir.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Placing in the top fifteen for Modmusic Records Indie Band Search in New York out of 600 entries worldwide. Signed on to work with Population Concerts and Groovsista Entertainment, LLC.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Coming Up (Suede); OK Computer (Radiohead); To Bring You My Love (PJ Harvey); Hounds of Love (Kate Bush); Vespertine (Bjrk); Hunky Dory (David Bowie); Turn on the Bright Lights (Interpol); Doolittle (The Pixies).

 

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Suede, PJ Harvey, and a lot of British stuff tends to top my list of favorites. There is a lot of Brit influence in what I do.

How do you pay the bills? What's your day job?

I don't, really. I'm a food-service whore (waiter at BANG! restaurant).

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Worry even more about my hair, which is really gross, I know.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In porn.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Hopefully Seth Cohen, but I'd settle for someone a little more unconventionally beautiful, like Angelica Houston.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still making music, touring a lot, putting out records and making a living at doing what I love doing.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

This singer-songwriter thing is kind of a drag. It's a genre that Dylan did best thirty-plus years ago and gets too easily attached to anyone with an acoustic guitar and a few decent songs. To me, it's kind of insulting, because it implies that you aren't capable of doing epic and big things, because you aren't "in a band" -- which is totally untrue.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Collectively, we can speak French.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

C'mon! -- Elliott.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Croquet.

Parting shot?

Swallows.

OAKHURST
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ROOTS/AMERICANA
9 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.porchmusic.com (Some people think us hillbillies don't know how to use computers, but our porch extends worldwide.)

Personnel:

AP Hill (lead vocal/guitar); Johnny James Qualley (upright and sideways bass); Adam "Tarzano" Smith (mandolin and lead guitar); Zach "no relation" Smith (banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, spoons and beatbox); Chris Budin (drums).

Native or transplant?

AP is from Tennessee; Johnny is from Minnesota; and the rest were born right here in beautiful Colorado.

What's in a name?

Long drunken arguments over what's cool.

When did you form/start performing?

Spring 1999.

Releases/discography:

Loose & Prosperous (2001), Greenhorn (2004), and Dual Mono, coming this August.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

The taboo convergence of bluegrass and roots rock, with punk-rock tempos. But we are learning how to play pretty songs nowadays, as well.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Playing with Nickel Creek and Junior Brown at the Chatfield Music Fest and landing a slot on New Belgium Brewing Company's Tour de Fat, which will take us all over the West, with what amounts to a traveling circus.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Depends on who you talk to, but we can all listen to Summerteeth, by Wilco, Hit to Death in the Future Head, by the Flaming Lips, Steam Powered Aereoplane, by John Hartford, and Mutations, by Beck.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The ones that stuck to their guns and made music that made sense to them rather than thinking about some kind of "end user."

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Let's just say we are a wild pack of entrepreneurs: odd jobs and philanthropy.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be touring in a spaceship with an entourage bigger than George Clinton's.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Recording train sound effects and figuring out a way to add a new sonic layer to dual mono.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Bill Hicks's Zombie.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

With a passport full of stamps.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are a bluegrass band.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We found our banjo player on the 16th Street Mall playing for change.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Ween.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Zaireeka.

Football or foosball?

Mexican Celebration Axe Hurling.

Parting shot?

 

If you have laughter and rhythm in your life, you have it all.

OPIE GONE BAD
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL/GROOVE

Website: www.opiegonebad.com

Personnel:

Jake Schroeder, Randy Chavez, Scott Davies and Randy Chavez.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

It's an offhanded compliment from some servicemen about Jake's singing contrasted with his appearance.

When did you form/start performing?

Formed originally in 1992 -- current personnel since '98.

Releases/discography:

1 IN 1998, II in 2000, Live at Red Rocks in 2001.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Alternative funk.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Played our 200th charity show at the Adam Foote Classic.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Bitches Brew (Miles Davis); Sheer Heart Attack (Queen); Zeppelin II (Led Zeppelin); Never Too Much.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Sam Cooke, John Fogerty, Vinnie Colaiuta, Marcus Miller and Bob Rupp (duh!).

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Tour more.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Having a good time than worrying about ultimate goals. The road must be worth the journey.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Jake: Crispin Glover.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Happy, traveling more.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That what we do isn't difficult or that we haven't worked hard for it.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Scott is the best driver.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

JJ.

Weezer or Winger?

Wanker.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

JZ.

Football or foosball?

Hockey.

Parting shot?

We've been really blessed to have been able to play together for so long. We're brothers now.

THE RAILBENDERS
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ROOTS/AMERICANA

Website: www.railbenders.com

Personnel:

Jim, Tyson, Graham and Glenn.

Native or transplant?

Mostly natives.

What's in a name?

When we first formed, we had a really bad name, the Whiskey Dix, and we wanted a change fast. Tyson and I were throwing names around one day, and that one just stuck and seemed to fit what we were doing.

When did you form/start performing?

Beginning of 2001.

Releases/discography:

Southbound; Segundo.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We grew up on our parents' records and were influenced by the '70s outlaw country movement. Guys like Waylon and Johnny Cash and those similar influences can probably be heard in our songs.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Coors Sponsorship; Red Rocks, July 12; LoDo Music Fest; and the one-year anniversary of Bender's Tavern!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Honky Tonk Heroes (Waylon Jennings).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Waylon, Cash, Willie, the Clash, Dwight Yoakam, Luther Perkins, Ramones, AC/DC, Hank Williams, the Long Ryders, and Cheap Trick, to name a few.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Tyson co-owns Bender's Tavern; Graham sells fish for Seattle Fish Company; Jim is a real estate appraiser; and Glenn plays pedal steel for the Railbenders for a living. We have to give Glenn all the gig money so he will stay with us.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money...

I'd throw the biggest BBQ this side of the Mississippi and invite all the family and friends, and we'd have Willie Nelson and the Supersuckers play.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

In the studio.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Wow, that's a strange question there. I'd want that dude who played Napoleon Dynamite. He's pretty much the best actor ever.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I can see us still playing as a band. There really is no end in sight. We're having too much damn fun making music.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

People think we're a rockabilly band.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

New record out this summer!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Can't say I know their music. Sorry.

Weezer or Winger?

Definitely Weezer!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

 

To watch? Definitely football. To play? It would have to be foosball. We'll take on any band in Denver!

Parting shot?

Whiskey!

RED CLOUD
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ROOTS/AMERICANA
8 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.redcloudrock.com

Personnel:

Ross Etherton (vocals/guitar); Andrew Warner (drums); Neil Keener (bass); Jason Heller (guitar).

Native or transplant?

Andrew is our only Colorado native; Ross is from Nebraska; Neil is from Chicago; and Jason is from Connecticut by way of Florida.

What's in a name?

Red Cloud, besides being a legendary Sioux chief, is a small town in Nebraska where some of Ross's family is from. Even when he's singing about wizards and aliens, Ross is usually singing about Nebraska.

When did you form/start performing?

Ross and Jason started playing together as a duo in the summer of 2002; our first live appearance was at a Velvet Underground tribute show.

Releases/discography:

Red Cloud; Live at the Larimer Lounge; and an appearance on the PS 1 compilation.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Defeat, demise, decay.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We toured the Midwest in May with Planes Mistaken for Stars -- and lived!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Nebraska (Bruce Springsteen); In the Aeroplane Over the Sea (Neutral Milk Hotel); Pregnant With the Senior Class (Angel Hair).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Neil Young and Lungfish.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We sling food, words and furniture. And we pay our bills via an elaborate ritual involving paper envelopes, postage stamps and human saliva.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Wrtite a Red Cloud album a day.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Scalping half-Orc paladins with my battle-ax.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

The members of Black Sabbath, circa the cover of Sabotage.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Bearded, bleeding and deaf.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We live in a country, and we play in a band -- but that's as close as we come to being a "country band." That said, Lefty Frizzell is Jesus.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Ross is the most gifted XXX-rated freestyle rapper in the history of civilization.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

That's not even funny.

Weezer or Winger?

Winger. They did it first and better.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Zzzzzz...

Football or foosball?

Whichever one is easier on us sissies.

Parting shot?

Please listen to Bad Luck City, Ghost Buffalo, Out on Bail, Git Some, A Dog Paloma, Soft Wolf, Strangers Die Everyday, Porlolo, D.Biddle, Handsome Bobby, Cowboy Curse, Roger Green, Across Tundras, Motheater, This Work of Fire, Modern Crime and Anger Throne. And for fuck's sake, someone give Reverend Deadeye a Nobel Prize, already.

RENO DIVORCE
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE

Website: www.renodivorceonline.com

Personnel:

Andrew Erich (drums); Brent Loveday (vocals/guitar); Tim Jadowski (bass/vocals).

Native or transplant?

Transplants.

What's in a name?

The name is from the old adage "Vegas wedding, Reno divorce."

When did you form/start performing?

Orlando, FL, 1996.

Releases/discography:

Web of Lies EP, All Throttle No Bottle 7", Naysayers and Yesmen, Laugh Now Cry Later, You're Only Making It Worse

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Reno Divorce.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We're on a five-week tour of the States; we've been to Europe twice; and we just signed Street Anthem Records.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you? Brent: Mommy's Little Monster (Social Distortion). Andrew: Appetite for Destruction (Guns ŒN Roses); Wild in the Streets (Circle Jerks).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Brent: Social Distortion. Andrew: Black Flag. Tim: The Germs

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Brent is an independent contractor for Dodgewerks; Andrew does temporary work; and Tim teaches art at Aurora Public Schools.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Brent: I'd spend every waking moment doing absolutely nothing with my family. Andrew: I'd play drums all day and worship the devil. Tim: I'd run my own resort in upper Wisconsin with my wife.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

 

Brent: At an AA meeting. Andrew: On tour. Tim: Playing Blackjack.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Don Johnson would play Brent; Dave Grohl would play Andrew; and Christian Slater would play Tim.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Brent: In the witness protection program. Andrew: Still on tour. Tim: Costa Rica.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we sound like Social Distortion.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We've never been on tour without someone ending up in the emergency room.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

We don't know who either are.

Weezer or Winger?

Slayer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z, but we're really not into hip-hop.

Football or foosball?

Brent: Football, but I'm out-voted.

Parting shot?

Good luck to all the bands that got nominated. Oh, and Eli's coming -- hide your hearts, girls.

REVEREND DEADEYE
NOMINATED IN BLUES
4 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.revdeadeye.com

Personnel:

Reverend Deadeye, Backslider, the Bible, my Goddamned wife.

Native or transplant?

I'm native to a 1972 Chevy pickup truck.

What's in a name?

Letters of the alphabet.

When did you form/start performing?

I was formed in my Mama's belly .

Releases/discography:

Cigarettes and Whiskey.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Like a cat in a blender

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Well, I hitched a ride with my wok-lid guitar and Falstaff beer-can microphone all the way to Ogden, Utah, where back in the olden days, they laid the Silver spike that connected the east and west railroads. Bad Brad Wheeler, that baddest harmonica player this side of the Mississippi, put me up for the night and gave me a place to play that guitar while he blew some harp. Then, since the railroad no longer runs through Ogden, 'cause the rich folks took their money and split to Park City, he had to send me home on the Greyhound.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

The one that fell of the top shelf of my record collection and hit me in my eyeball.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

My dad.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Preachin'.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Stop worryin' about money.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Drinkin' and fornicatin'.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Ray Charles.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

I ain't gonna be able to see myself in five years any more than I can now.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That only one of us rides a bologna pony.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We like corn.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Blind Willie Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Pull my finger.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Football or foosball?

Greased-pig chasin'.

Parting shot?

Sure, make it a double, sinner!

REXWAY
NOMINATED IN ROCK

Website: www.rexway.com

Native or transplant?

From PA, WY, MA, and Indiana -- so, B) Transplants

When did you form/start performing?

January 1999.

Releases/discography:

County 10; Last Call Scars; Live and Rare; Snake Oil Salesman.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Honestly, as a critic, we sound like no one you've heard, but to get close, maybe: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mtley Crüe, The Misfits and Johnny Cash.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Have songs featured on Fox Racing's Snowmobile video's Slednecks 1, 2 and 3; appeared on HBO Reverb; recorded a full-length album with producer Peter Distefano (former guitarist of Porno for Pyros) in L.A. at world-renowned recording studio; we have more drama in the band and have broken up more times than any band you'll see on VH1's Behind the Music (ha ha ha).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Too many to mention.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Too many to mention.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We're all crack whores.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

 

Probably be dead.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

A women's bicycle seat?

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Donnie and Marie Osmond.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Breaking up just to have a reunion show!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

We're still together.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Nobody in the band has ever eaten a Vegemite Sandwich.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

How about Mr. Mehoff? Paging Jack...

Weezer or Winger?

Kip, 'cause he's furry like a wookiee.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Z-Trip...and hurry up wit my waffles.

Football or foosball?

So, is football really soccer and foosball really Arena Ball?

Parting shot?

Tequila, no lime, with a pinch of salt.

ROSE HILL DRIVE
NOMINATED IN ROCK
8 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.rosehilldrive.com

Personnel:

Jefferson the bum, although he's really our bitch, and Inky Dinky Stinky Pinky, who is our concubine.

Native or transplant?

We all have transplants (watch out, ladies).

What's in a name?

I don't really want to answer that one.

When did you form/start performing?

I was on so many drugs at the time that it's hard to recollect.

Releases/discography:

No studio albums yet, just some live shit.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Rock and fuckin' roll, bee-otch.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

I held my breath the entire time I took a dump in a port-o-potty. That shit ain't easy.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

That question is way too complicated. A lot of ins, a lot of outs, a lot of facets, a lot of what-have-yous.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Anything from the 1920s to the 1930s. You know, the good stuff, none of that fake, lollygaggin' bullshit.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Jake's a home stenographer, Nate's a corrections officer, and I'm a douchebag.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Probably not be answering this question.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

A professional, full-time douchebag.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

I picture a young Robert Redford, when he was just gorgeous.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Hopefully not worrying about money or my career as a douchebag.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That our penile implants are real.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Wow. Factoid. Who the fuck says that?

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

I love Elliott Smith. He was a brilliant musician and songwriter, and that's an understatement. I believe that he made -- or will make -- history with the songs that he wrote and the albums that he made. Who's Jack Johnson?

Weezer or Winger?

No.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

No.

Football or foosball?

No.

Parting shot?

No.

RRAAHH FOUNDASHUN
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP -- GROUP
7:15 P.M., VINYL PATIO

Website:www.myspace.com/shunz

Personnel:

Solpowa, Keo Life the MC, the Shunfist, Dent, & DJ Shuntastic -- Original members include: Solpowa, Keo, Shunfist, Benjamin Grimm, DJ Shuntastic, DJ Outtahand, Augustus Vigilante and Pioneer.

Native or transplant?

Members met in Denver but came from Memphis, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Dallas.

What's in a name?

RRAAHH means: Denver is an untapped resource of talent -- ruff, rugged and full of energy; Foundashun stands for how we always build from the ground up, starting first with a strong foundation; also Denver is where we founded the shunz.

When did you form/start performing?

The RRAAHH Foundashun was born in June 1996.

Releases/discography:

Mt. Airophat (1998); Reincarnashun (2001); The Compilashun (2003); Tha Revolushun (2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Original & RRAAHH; we definitely have our own distinct and unique sound.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Opening for Slick Rick during the "Lyricist Lounge Tour" in Denver and Boulder; being on ESPN2 for two seconds performing in front of a giant halfpipe during Ludacris's 2003 "Snowed Out Tour" in Breckenridge.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

There are too many albums to name, because there are so many great artists, and the variety of our members ranges from Parliament's Up for the Down Stroke to Metallica's Ride the Lightening.

 

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

KRS, Eric B & Rakim, Public Enemy, Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Hustle for everything, including selling CDs at shunz.com or 720-581-6924.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Start our own radio station, excuse me, radio stashun, after we've established our production company and food chain.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Me than some no-talent asshole who has a record deal!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Imagine Denzel with dreadlocks.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Touring and causing mayhem in every city!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we're affiliated with the Wu-Tang Clan

RUBBER PLANET
NOMINATED IN POP
9 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.rubberplanet.net

Personnel:

Silver (lead vox/bass); Vitamin G (guitar); Brice (guitar); Leo7 (drums).

Native or transplant?

Silver and Vitamin G are natives; Brice and Leo 7 are transplants.

What's in a name?

A catchy phrase. Wouldn't life be fun bouncing around on a rubber planet?

When did you form/start performing?

At first, Rubber Planet started performing acoustically in 1999.

Releases/discography:

Just Visiting; Fun With Rubber; Out There; Lovejones; currently recording...

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Fun, good times, rock and roll. People say we sound like: Jimmy Eat World, Foo Fighters, Cheap Trick. We like these bands, so we think that's cool.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We will air on Altitude TV starting June 30.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

All the demos we get, which we check out in our va when we're on the road.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Silver and Leo 7 are golf masters, Brice is a mortgage broker, and Vitamin G is in online sales.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Play more music.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Dealing with music and less BS.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Vitamin G: Jeff Daniels; Leo: Erik Estrada from CHIPS; Silver: Prince; Brice: Robert Downey Jr.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Better off than in the last five.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we pump out some halfhearted pop bullshit just to try to get laid. The truth is we never get laid.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Silver and Vitamin G have been together since high school.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith, just because Jack Johnson uses the same guitar rhythm for every song.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer is just too much fun.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

I haven't heard of Z-trip, but I just checked it on the web, and he gets my vote.

Football or foosball?

Football. We are old-school Americans.

Parting shot?

"MTV is to music as KFC is to chicken." -- Lewis Black

RACHEL SIMRING
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
5 P.M., SERENGETI DOWNSTAIRS

Website: www.rachelsplaypen.com

Personnel:

Rachel's Playpen: I was voted as a solo act, but I DO have three beloved bandmembers who usually accompany me: Danny G, Brad Weaver and David Derby.

Native or transplant?

I am a transplant, though i don't have transplants.

What's in a name?

This probably doesn't apply, since I was nominated by my full, real name. I do know, however, that "Rachel" means "little lamb." Baa, baa.

When did you form/start performing?

My mom said I was singing to an audience of neighbors as early as four, swinging on the swingset in our Florida neighborhood -- but I really started officially singing in this kind of outfit back in college, many a year ago.

Releases/discography:

Rachel and Andy: So Much Left to Say; Rachel's Playpen: Everything That Was.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

My songwriting style is like Sheryl Crow's, though I long to be able to write a song like Bob Schneider. Vocally, I'm often compared to Johnette Napolitano from Concrete Blonde.

 

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Thoroughly getting rid of all the negative people in my life, who disguised themselves as friends. I even have a song about doing just that called "Black Cloud."

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

The Beatles, Johnette Napolitano, Prince...so many more. Mostly those who play numerous instruments or have mastered the art of singing and songwriting. On a local level, I am impacted and amazed by John Common and a more inconspicuous guy named Dave Shapiro.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

I have my own business of bringing an elementary Spanish program to schools in the metro Denver area. This music stuff is merely a hobby for me, which is good, 'cause it keeps me from being competitive, insecure and unrealistic about it. It is not how I make my living, nor is it a factor in determining my self-worth.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Have a much bigger house. And in that house, I'd play more music (because I wouldn't have to teach as much), and I'd have more dogs, more time to spend with friends and family, and I'd definitely have many, many more shoes.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

On a beach in California with my boyfriend.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Me, of course. Everyone always tells me I should have been an actress. Either that, or Angie Harmon, though she'd have to gain some serious weight to even remotely look like me.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Married, with a couple of kids, living in a modest Denver home, still teaching Spanish and making music on the side.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

People who are wrapped up in this music scene tend to erroneously think that everybody is the same way. While music is definitely important to me, I strictly do this as a hobby. I have much bigger fish to fry than to worry about getting into so-and-so venue or losing sleep over getting or not getting a certain gig.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

All of my clothes are arranged in my closet by color. I have a file for almost everything. Things around me have to be lined up neatly or I'll obsess about it until I straighten them out, and I have got to wash my feet in the tub before I climb into bed at night.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Neither.

Football or foosball?

Neither. Baseball's where it's at.

SPIV
NOMINATED IN POP
4 P.M., LA RUMBA
Website: www.spiv.org (Well get the .com as soon as we turn a profit.)

Personnel:

Chris Barber (lead vocals and guitar); Ryan Hensen (guitar); Brad Barber (drums); Paul Lanier (bass).

Native or transplants?

Transplants.

Whats in a name?

A Spiv is a British slang for one who uses their wits to avoid a real job.

When did you form/start performing?

Spiv formed in 1997. Ive been performing since I was eight.

Releases/discography:

Seedy Release (1997); By Definition (1999); Junior (2000); Everybodys a Rock Star Tonight (2001); Dontcha Know (2003).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I thought I sang like the guy from the Killers, until I heard the Killers. Then I had to change it up so people didnt think I was lifting their act. Other people say Blur, Weezer, Big Star, Paul McCartney and Cheap Trick with Queen overtones.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Our drummer recently underwent brain surgery and survived.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Jesus Christ Superstar, Physical Graffiti (Led Zeppelin); The Who Box Set, Elviss Sun Sessions, U2s Under a Blood Red Sky, Spinal Taps Black Album; Queens Flash Gordon soundtrack, and 99.5 FM/The Mountains Homegrown series!!!

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Ludwig Van Beethoven, Elvis, Joe Strummer, Johnny Cash, the Who, Neil Diamond, Monet, Van Gogh, Ray Davies, the Smiths.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

I am an ordained reverend (churchofrockandroll.com), and I recently started www.colfaxavenue.com with my wife, Anistacia.

Finish this sentence: If I didnt have to worry about money, Id . . .

Help as many people as I could to do what brings them happiness.

 

Finish this sentence: Id rather be . . .

Making whoopee.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Nicolas Cage.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

In the mirror.

Whats the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That were a band.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

The bands tour van, the Stevie Ray Van, is on its third engine and has over 500,000 miles on the body.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott. No contest.

Weezer or Winger?

Ween.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

ZZZZZZZ . . .

Football or foosball?

Football.

Parting shot?

We dont do drive-bys.

STARFUZZ
NOMINATED IN POP
7 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.starfuzzband.com

Personnel:

Josh Skelton, Ryan Countryman, Jared Schiltz and Curtis Durham.

Native or transplant?

Jared was born and raised in Ft. Collins; Ryan came to Denver from Chicago when he was a wee tyke; Curtis is originally from Miami, Florida; and Josh came out from Indiana.

What's in a name?

Starfuzz...it's much better than Stellar Lint.

When did you form/start performing?

Josh and Ryan got together in January 2004; Jared and Curtis came on the following April. We decided to record an album before playing out, so we didn't start playing out regularly until October 2004.

Releases/discography:

You Are Food.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Someone once said Remy Zero with John Vanderslice singing. We'd have to agree with that. Also, you'll hear influences of Radiohead, Pavement, Jeff Buckley, the Beatles, and guitar work that evokes late-'60s classic rock. Jared says, "We sound like a square wave with a couple of the harmonics removed."

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We played a show with Denver's very own The Fray at the Gothic Theatre to a sold-out crowd; we were invited to play the People's Fair this year; our album was chosen as one of the top ten local albums by the Denver Post and one of 2004's best by Westword; and we're nominated for best pop band in the 2005 Westword Music Showcase -- all this before we've racked up a year's worth of playing.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

The Bends (Radiohead); Grace (Jeff Buckley); Revolver (The Beatles); Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Wilco); Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (Flaming Lips); and, most important, the Wiggles' Cold Spaghetti Western.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Beatles, '60s classic rock, Radiohead, Jeff Buckley, Weezer, Pavement, MMW, Porcupine Tree, the Pixies, the Smiths, the Shins, Beck, Smashing Pumpkins, Pink Floyd, Rogue Wave, early- U2, early- REM, and the Doors (but not necessarily in that order).

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Three of us actually work together making stuff that goes into space, while one of us teaches kids how to play Green Day songs on the guitar.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Burn $100 bills with our swell Starfuzz matches. That, or we'd build our own studio, and our jobs five days a week would be to go there and make music.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Reading some choice articles by Dave Herrera in Westword. Ha ha, just kidding. Wait! No, we're not kidding!

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Luke Perry would play Jared; Jason Priestley would play Ryan; and Josh and Curtis would be played by Shannen Doherty and Tori Spelling, respectively.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Recording our fourth or fifth album. Creating music is such a joy, and hopefully we will stick together and do it for years to come.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we are all married to the girls in the Hot House. We asked them to marry us, but they said, "Sorry boys, we are married to the game."

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We built our on-stage band sign out of two old Lite-Brites.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Winston Smith, actually.

Weezer or Winger?

Did you really just ask that question?

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

ZZ Top?

Football or foosball?

Either one, if we try to play, it's more like fool's ball.

Parting shot?

Camera pans from a shot of the mountains with the sun just setting behind the peaks. The sky is a brilliant pink-orange, and wisps of purple clouds frame the shot...to...the guys of Starfuzz standing on top of an old white and orange VW Microbus, striking ninja poses and grimacing menacingly. Fade to black.

 

STORYTYME
NOMINATED IN JAM/BLUEGRASS/IMPROV

Website: www.Storytymeband.com

Personnel:

Pete Lewis, Tony Lewis, Phil Lewis.

Native or transplant?

Transplants from Lake Tahoe, NV.

What's in a name?

A name should capture the overall vibe of the music and give some insight into what the band is all about: Storytyme is all about bringing people together and sharing jokes, stories, tall tales about life. Our lyrics tell stories of places we have been, people we've met and the adventures along the way.

When did you form/start performing?

We have been playing together since we were little kids. About five years ago, we decided to make our music the central focus of our lives and go for it full force.

Releases/discography:

Full of Sheet; Songs From the Burl Bar; Comin' In Hot.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Sublime, Primus, the Grateful Dead, Yes.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We have a sponsorship with Boulder Beer, which has led to many different promotional opportunities, including national distribution of our CD sampler in Hazed & Infused twelve-packs.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

40 Oz. to Freedom (Sublime); Back in Black (AC/DC): Californication (Red Hot Chili Peppers); The Wall (Pink Floyd); Led Zeppelin II (Led Zeppelin); Europe '72 (Grateful Dead); Sultans of Swing (Dire Staits); the "White Album" (the Beatles).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Sublime, Primus, Violent Femmes, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, the Doors, Grateful Dead, J.J. Cale, Hendrix, Dire Straits.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Writing crazy music and playing all over the world.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

There are not many misconceptions that I can think of. We tell people that we are brothers, and sometimes people think we mean "brothers" as in "bros" or just good friends, and not actually brothers with the same last name.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Our entire family is Welsh. Our parents were the first of both their families to immigrate to America.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Z-Trip.

Football or foosball?

Foosbal, foo.

Parting shot?

Comin' in hot with the kickin' chicken.

STRING CHEESE INCIDENT
NOMINATED IN JAM/BLUEGRASS/IMPROV
Website: www.stringcheeseincident.com

Personnel:

Keith Moseley, Michael Travis, Michael Kang, Billy Nershi, Kyle Hollingsworth and Jason Hann.

Native or transplant?

We were not born here, but we all met here and consider Colorado our home.

When did you form/start performing?

1993, Telluride/Crested Butte.

Releases/discography:

Born on the Wrong Planet (1996); A String Cheese Incident (1997); Round the Wheel (1998); Carnival 99 (2000); Outside Inside (2001); On the Road series [too many to list individually] (2002-2005); Untying the Not (2003); One Step Closer (2005).

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Our recent studio album.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

We are lucky to be able to make music for a living.

THE SWAYBACK
NOMINATED IN ROCK
6 P.M., ACOMA CENTER

Website: www.theswayback.com

Personnel:

Eric, Bill and Martijn.

Native or transplant?

Holland, Illinois and California.

What's in a name?

Curves and pops.

When did you form/start performing?

With this lineup, eight months ago.

Releases/discography:

Split 7", the Swayback/the Willowz; The Swayback (self-titled full-length); V/A PS2 Compilation; V/A Radio 1190 Local Shakedown 2; V/A Underground Screams; V/A Taste of Colorado.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Bio-rhythms speaking -- it kinda changes.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Bought van, toured, got put on wax.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Sound of Perseverence (Death), Are You Experienced? (Jimi Hendrix), Redline (Trans AM), Radio-Activity (Kraftwerk).

EDDIE TURNER
NOMINATED IN BLUES
6:15 P.M., SERENGETI DOWNSTAIRS

Website: www.eddiedevilboy.com

Personnel: Eddie Turner (vocals/guitar); Kenny Passarelli (keys); Anna Givens (vocals); David Givens (guitar); Jim Trujillo (bass); Dan Barnett (drums).

Native or transplant?

Transplants.

What's in a name?

My parents gave it to me, so...

 

When did you form/start performing?

March 2005.

Releases/discography:

Rise.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Confused here.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

That I did this.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Most of them.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Most of them.

How do you pay the bills?

With money.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Not worry about money.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Doing what I'm doing.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Ramblin' Jack Elliot.

Weezer or Winger?

Wings.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Mighty Mouse.

Football or foosball?

Manchester United.

Parting shot?

Bang!

TYFOID MARY
NOMINATED IN METAL/AGGRO

Website: www.tyfoidmary.com

Personnel:

Jerry Harper (vocals); Igor Panasewicz (bass); Dugan (drums); Scott "Slippy" Siedl.

Native or transplant?

Natives -- there's no place like home.

What's in a name?

We will spread like Tyfoid fever.

When did you form/start performing?

We formed in 2001.

Releases/discography:

Symptoms (2001); Nu Strain (2002); Quarantine (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I'll be original and say Tyfoid Mary. Our management thinks we sound like Drowning Pool meets Nickelback meets Disturbed.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We were just signed to Omni Entertainment, a Dallas-based Entertainment Management Firm, and Mustang Agency, a national booking company. We played Dallas Music Fest 2005 at the historic Trees in Deep Ellum, and have been touring throughout the Midwest and Southern states. We were just sponsored by Lucky 13 Tattoo and Piercing here in Denver, as well as Rockstar Energy Drink!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Too many to name them all. As musicians, we love to hear well-produced albums, but if I might be selfish for a minute -- we listen to our own albums on the road, and it gives us new ideas and pumps us up and gives us confidence right before a show in a town we have never played before. It reminds us of who we are and what we are there to do.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

It's so hard to just name one... Fuck. I think music inspires us. On the road, we listen to everything from John Mayer to Jackyl. We love music and nothing else.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Jerry: new construction plumbing/school; Igor: works at Wild Oats; Slippy: shuffles lots of paperwork estimating floor costs; Dugan: Who knows this week?! He'll find something.

Finish this sentence: If we didn't have to worry about money...

We'd be touring the country for the next six months supporting a brand-new album.

Finish this sentence: We'd rather be...

Signed to Bieler Bro. Records and quitting our lame-ass day jobs.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Jerry: I don't think Hollywood actors come in my size! Igor: myself. Slippy: I can't think of anyone...maybe Fabio -- just kidding; Dugan: Chris Kattan.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Somewhere over the rainbow -- who fucking knows? We will always play music!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Dugan: Most things were a misconception about our Tyfoid Mary. Here is a shortened list: That Tyfoid Mary is spelled T-Y-P-H-O-I-D. Venues always spelled our name wrong. Jerry: That I was trying to fill Vince's [Stott, the band's former lead singer, who passed] shoes. He was an awesome vocalist, but my style reflected MY style. I was going in a different direction. Some of Vince's songs were recorded so the fans could have one last parting gift from Vince: his love for music. Slippy: That we think we are "KINGS" of the local scene. No, Rogue already claimed that.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Igor only eats all-natural food, only takes herbal supplements. On the road he keeps us VERY healthy with all-natural medicines and vitamins. Believe it or not, he is a real life "witch doctor." See him at Wild Oats if you ever need anything! For real!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Both awesome musicians. R.I.P., Elliott.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z would kick Z-Trip's ass!

Football or foosball?

 

Football!

Parting shot?

Yes, the news is true. Slippy decided to disband Tyfoid Mary. Years of great music from Tyfoid Mary... We have to thank every single Tyfoid Mary fan and all who supported us until the end. We would still like to win this award as a parting tribute and solidify our spot as a part in history of the Denver music scene. This award means a lot. If you ever were a fan of Tyfoid Mary, please show your support. We would like to dedicate this award to Vince's family! He will always be missed!

UNDER THE DRONE
NOMINATED IN METAL/AGGRO
5 P.M., TWO AM

Website: underthedrone.com

Personnel:

Justin Delz (lead guitar); Mike Harper (drums); Ben Gunn (vocals, guitar); Dave Harper (bass).

Native or transplant?

We are all natives.

What's in a name?

Heavy grooves.

When did you form/start performing?

2003.

Releases/discography:

Under the Drone (A five-song demo, 2004); Keep It Shred (our debut full-length is due July 15, 2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

A mix of hard rock, riff rock, hardcore and punk.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Two nights at the Viper Room in L.A., playing with Nebula, playing with Drunk Horse.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Elephant Riders (Clutch); Deliverance (COC); And the Circus Leaves Town (Kyuss); Downward Is Heavenward (Hum).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Hendrix, Slayer, Elvis, Mike Patton, Tool, Kyuss and Pink Floyd.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

Justin: woodworker, cabinetmaker, luthier; Ben: tattoo artist, artist; Dave: banker; Mike: painter/artist.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Shred all day.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Shredding.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Five years older.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we're not from Denver.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Our band van is called "the gray ghost."

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

ZZ Top.

Football or foosball?

Football.

Parting shot?

Keep it shred.

VAUX
NOMINATED IN PUNK/HARDCORE

Website: www.vauxrock.com

Personnel:

Ryder E. Robison (bass); Adam Tymn (guitar); Greg Daniels (guitar); Quentin Smith (vocals); Joe McChan (drums); and Christopher Sorensen (guitar).

Native or transplant?

The band began in Denver in '97. We each came from different parts of the country and met in college in Denver and formed the band there.

What's in a name?

If you haven't heard the story yet, we had to change our name mid-tour one year due to legal issues. We used to be called Eiffel, back in the day. Changed it to VAUX after a Morissey record, Vauxhall and I. We figured it was a solid sounding name that didn't have any direct ties to anything idiotic, like most band names have. And for the record, it's pronounced like "Vox."

When did you form/start performing?

In 1997, Quentin, Joe, Adam and myself got together and started playing. Then we took a short break and added Chris, then added Greg, and we started to really become what we are today. We've never gone through lineup changes after all this time, which is unheard of for most bands.

Releases/discography:

On Life; Living; There Must Be Some Way to Stop Them; Plague Music; along with a couple of compilations.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

I'd rather quote my close friend Sam Shipley of the L.A. Hourly to describe our sound: "Blank translucence, a bridge between apathy and pure genius. It's production was a process of explosive manifestations that lasted for short bursts of volatile critical mass and the subtle lingering of lost love. These palpitations reflect a career of struggle and unrelenting success."

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Definitely recording a very important record with some impressive musicians and a ridiculous producer (Jackknife Lee) and insane mixer (Dave Sardy).

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

I know my records are different from most of the other guys, but a couple that we all agree on would be Ink & Dagger, The Fine Art of Original Sin; Radiohead, OK Computer; Unbroken, Life.Love.Regret. ; and a hell of a lot of British bands' records, too.

 

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Fugazi was a huge influence on me personally because the music that they wrote just felt like it mattered so much to them, that it mattered to me. And the way they ran their business always and still impresses me. If you can't do it yourself, why the fuck do it all? I just chose to hire people after we'd been doing it all along. So get ready for a new era of VAUX.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

I work for the man -- and I'm the man. VAUX is, in fact, a corporate entity, and I am partners with five other fellows, and we each eat gold-bar sandwiches for lunch and lobster dinners each night. Except Greg -- he's a vegetarian.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Keep doing what I'm doing now -- except I'd have more music equipment and a couple more paintbrushes.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Me. I'm doing just fine, man.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Considering I get mistaken for every brown-haired actor under the fucking sun, I don't know; I don't care, as long as people still respected me. That's all I give a fuck about.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Jesus, these questions sound like a job interview!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we hate Denver. Whoever started that shit should get slapped across the teeth like the idiot that they are.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We don't party.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Dead singers are better singers (aka Elliott Smith).

Weezer or Winger?

Winger, dude! He's from Colorado and never wrote as shitty a song as that new Weezer single. Ouch.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Joe will tear your your arm off at foosball.

Parting shot?

I only played golf once, and I lost nine balls and broke one club. Viva la Denver!

JILL WATKINS
NOMINATED IN BLUES
8:45 P.M., SERENGETI DOWNSTAIRS

Website: www.jillwatkins.com

Personnel:

Jill Watkins (vocals/trumpet); John Ragan (guitar); Chris-Dax (bass/acoustic guitar); Walt Sorrentino (percussion).

Native or transplant?

John and Chris-Dax are natives, Jill is from Minnesota, and Walt is from Chicago -- hence his blue influence.

What's in a name?

Well, the Jill Watkins Band isn't really about any one person.

Formed:

December, 2002.

Releases/discography:

Just One Good Man.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Susan Tedeschi or Janis Joplin.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Opening for Chris Duarte in March; playing the Colorado Performing Arts Festival; recently signed to play the Empire Blues Festival in August; the Belvedere Blues Festival in September; and being nominated in the Blues Category for the Westword Music Showcase Awards!!

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Alligator Records 20-year and 25-year anniversary collections; Aretha Franklin's greatest hits.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Aretha Franklin, Etta James, BB King, Muddy Waters, Bonnie Raitt, Susan Tedeschi, Janis Joplin, Erica Brown, Jennifer Lane and Tempa Singer.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Jill works for CU-Boulder as a human-resources liaison; John is the assessor for the City and County of Boulder; Walt is an assessor for the City of Denver; Chris-Dax is a paralegal.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Go on tour.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Naked.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Molly Ringwald...but she'd have to get some implants.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Working the day jobs, playing music for more outdoor festivals, larger venues, corporate parties.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Now that we have our CD with ten originals (and two live cover tunes), we have been labeled an "original band." We are still mostly a cover band, with 80 percent covers and 20 percent originals, but all the tunes will have folks dancing and make for a great evening!

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

In the 2.5 years we've been together, we haven't had one fight. According to Jill, "This band is the longest and healthiest relationship I've ever had! Hell with dating!"

 

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Who?

Football or foosball?

Football!!

Parting shot?

If you like Madeline Kahn, Mae West, Bette Midler, Bonnie Raitt or Susan Tedeschi, you'll love Jill Watkins.

WHITE GIRL LUST
NOMINATED IN DJ: DANCE -- CLUB/NON-TRADITIONAL
5 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.whitegirllust.com (under construction, check in two months).

Personnel:

Clay Meador and Eric Kozak.

Native or transplant?

OG transplanets from Topeka, KS. Too bad being white trash is so 2003.

What's in a name?

Because of the way that the media depicts women in popular culture, or we are just two smartasses who want a catchy name. You decide.

When did you form/start performing?

2004.

Releases/discography:

Two underground mix CDs that were only distributed by us personally to beautiful people. If you don't have one, you're ugly. If you're ugly and you have one, give it back.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Kinda like a jerk since the last comment. We sound like electronic musicians who are bored silly with electronic music.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

The wonderful folks at Westword keep giving us great press. Apparently we throw the best underground parties in Denver. Speaking of which, we have a weekly Friday night at the Milk Bar in Serengeti; it's a great place to meet your future wife. We also have a fully licensed mix CD coming out soon of all our own edits/ remixes.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

See below artist albums except that crappy Gnome song Bowie did in the '60s.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Eric: Talking Heads, Bowie, Eno, the Stooges, Public Enemy, N.W.A., Pixies, Beatles; Clay: Alberto Giacometti, Isamu Noguchi, Barnett Newman, Magdelina Abaconowicz, Egon Schiele, Mark Rothko, Richard Serra and Trever Moon. Eric: And you can hear them all on our mix CDs.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

Oddly enough, Clay works with children, so please understand that we are just kidding. Clay really needs his job. Eric works at the tortilla plant at 11th and Sante Fe with DJ Fury and Eric from Swayback. Check us on the web at www.thefirmgraphics.com.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be buying and selling your ass.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Begging for change.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Michael Jackson and Macaulay Culkin era 1993.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Clay: 2010. Eric: Dying lonely in an alley because everyone hates me after this questionnaire.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we actually lust after white women, and that we are a real band.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

We aren't really misogynistic at all, just starved for attention.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

We hate Elliott Smith; I wish he'd kill himself.

Weezer or Winger?

The '90s are the new '80s, so pull out the flannel and put away the coke.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

It's like choosing between chocolate or vanilla ice cream. They are both so tasty.

Parting shot?

Hopefully, not a bullet to the head from a disgruntled Westword reader.

VICTORIA WOODWORTH
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
5 P.M., SCOOTER JOE'S

Website: www.theheros.com

Personnel:

Victoria Woodworth and the Heros: Victoria Woodworth (acoustic guitar/vocals); Bobby Genser (lead guitar/vocals); Steve Schneider (bass); Skippy Reid (drums/meditations/medications/mediations).

Native or transplant?

Trannies.

What's in a name?

It is my love letter to the band for not quitting or firing me.

When did you form/start performing?

As a solo artist, I was formed at birth. I did take guitar lessons at thirteen -- though you'd never know it by my playing. We have been tormenting each other as a band for almost four years.

Releases/discography:

Faultline, City and Western, Greetings from Sheboygan (in production).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Sweet as Tupelo Honey, but we can sting like the bee.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We figured out a way to pay for the rest of the next CD; we played the City Park Festival of the Arts and the People's Fair in the last two weeks; I, personally, opened for the Detroit Cobras at the Lion's Lair wearing overalls and no lipstick (this is a huge deal, I assure you).

 

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

After the Gold Rush and Zuma (Neil Young); New York Tendaberry, Christmas, The Beads of Sweat (Laura Nyro), Easter (Patti Smith); Wrecking Ball (Emmylou Harris); anything by Led Zeppelin and Joni Mitchell (together or apart).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Besides everyone mentioned above, Bruce Springsteen, Steve Earle, Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline, and Gilbert and Sullivan.

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

I answer the phone at the Children's Hospital blood-donor center; Bobby has his own business, something about nose tubes; Steve is in information technology for The Borg; Skippy manages a seedy apartment house to finance his therapy.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Help orphans, have 53 vintage guitars and great-looking teeth.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Swimming.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Juliette Lewis.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Even more wrinkled and opinionated than now.

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we wear underwear and don't care about the money.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

I fell out of a car onto my head when I was three. Everyone in the band has their own cordless drill.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Elliott.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer. I was in a band in the late '70s that actually bought an old truck from the Wingers (they were called the Wingers then -- funny, huh?). We took it out on the road, and it immediately blew up.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

I don't know. I'm pretty ignorant about pop culture when you get right down to it.

Football or foosball?

Paintball.

Parting shot?

I been hungry just a little too long, quiet just a little too long, lovin you a little too long to be that proud.

YO, FLACO!
NOMINATED IN HIP-HOP GROUP
8:30 P.M., SERENGETI UPSTAIRS

Website: www.yoflaco.com

Personnel:

Adam Bartczak (trombone); Brandon Martin (guitar); Ethan Raczka (saxophone); Matt Piazza (keyboard); Mike Stone (bass); Nate Graham (MC); Neil McIntyre (MC); Seth Murphy (drums); Steve Jones (trumpet).

Native or transplant?

It's a mixture of both.

What's in a name?

The literal translation of Yo, Flaco! is "I, Skinny" in Spanish. But it's also a slang term for "What's the skinny?" or "Yo, skinny!"

When did you form/start performing?

Yo, Flaco! formed in 1997 with a somewhat different lineup. We had a female singer up front (for about a year) instead of the two MCs we now have. Our current lineup and style of music has evolved as the members have freely written whatever they want and have pulled inspiration from all genres of music, not just one.

Releases /discography:

Yo, Flaco!; Skeptimistic; Goin' at It; Bring the Battle On; and The Skinny.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

Yo, Flaco! combines a blend of deep, funky grooves, introspective lyrics and live shows grounded in crowd participation and improvisation. Following in the footsteps of such innovators as Tribe Called Quest, Jazzmatazz and the Roots, Yo, Flaco! is a forward-thinking group that moves hip-hop ahead while still remaining accessible to lovers of all kinds of music.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

We are sponsored by Budweiser's National "Bud True Music Live" program. Yo, Flaco! was recently asked to perform live at the annual New York Marathon in November! It's a huge honor to be asked, and we're really psyched, as we've been asked to play on one of the final two stages at Columbus Circle or the finish line in Central Park. Yo, Flaco! will also be playing at two prestigious festivals this year, the Midwest Music Summit in July and the SouthPark Music Festival in September.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Anything by Stevie Wonder, Tribe Called Quest, the Roots, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Dizzy, Coltrane, Ozomatli and hundreds more! I could go on and on...

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Stevie Wonder, Tribe Called Quest, the Roots, Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Slick Rick, De La Soul, Dizzy, Coltrane, Ozomatli and hundreds more! I could go on on...

 

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

The bandmembers do everything from working in restaurants to the VA hospital to painting houses to musical side gigs -- all of which helps to pay the bills.

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Play music all day, tour whenever and wherever we wanted, too, not be rushed or concerned about money in the studio. It would give us a lot more freedom, that's for sure!

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

Sitting on a beautiful beach.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Freddie Prinze Jr.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

On tour all over the world! Let's hope!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That the band has some big record deal pending; we've heard this rumor for several years. It cracks us up, 'cause if it ever actually happens, no one will beliexve it.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Someone set fire to our touring van and trailer last summer, and they burned to the ground. It was quite a bummer.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson.

Weezer or Winger?

Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay Z.

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

Thanks to Westword and to all the supporters of Yo, Flaco! over the years! We could not do this without you.


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