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Westword Music Showcase

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2014

    One spectacular photo that sums up this year's Westword Music Showcase

    After months of planning and lead-up, the twentieth Westword Music Showcase arrived promptly at noon on Saturday. I started my day watching SF1 both tap dance and absolutely nail down a cover of "Bombs Over Baghdad," and the next ten hours passed in a blur of sweaty singers and silly string and fami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2014

    Important (and not important) information about the Westword Music Showcase

    Wait, when is this Westword Music Showcase thing? This Saturday, June 21. How much daylight will there be? The most daylight. Happy solstice, everyone! When should I show up? Gates open at 11:30 and bands start at noon. There's a schedule of the sixteen stages featuring Denver bands below (s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2014

    The (Illustrated) Westword Music Showcase map

    This Saturday's Westword Music Showcase features over 150 bands on 17 stages. That's a lot to navigate -- you can see the full schedule here. But while the venues aren't completely divided by genre, there is a certain type of music you can generally expect in some of these places. To help you get th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2014

    [Update] Build your Westword Music Showcase schedule with our new app to win tickets

    Update: Winner number one is mini-d. A schedule-maker after our hearts in that he or she will never be able to see all that stuff. We're giving away a couple more pairs of tickets, so keep your schedules coming in the comments or on social media. The Westword Music Showcase is Saturday, June 21. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 12, 2014

    96 of the best songs by Denver bands you might hear at the Westword Music Showcase

    There are more Denver bands than you could credibly hope to get to know right away. It's a good problem to have -- this city is rich with talent and creativity. Over 140 of the best bands in town will play at next Saturday's Westword Music Showcase in the Golden Triangle. We've tracked down 96 songs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2014

    Teachers played backup for In the Whale and other Showcase Pre-Party highlights

    The budding blossoms of summer were on full display at Stoney's last Friday evening. 'Twas a night for banishing the wintertime sads and celebrating the upcoming Westword Music Showcase. If you weren't there, here's the cool stuff you missed:

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Come hang out with us tonight at the Westword Music Showcase Pre-Party

    It is, as even casual observers of this section and/or billboards in the vicinity of the Golden Triangle will be aware, Westword Music Showcase season. I say season because it's not just the festival itself (but: June 21 on that). It's also about the related Westword Music Awards, which give us an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2014

    The ten best summer music festivals in Colorado

    A Colorado summer can be short, but there are plenty of ways to make it sweet, especially if you pack it with as many festivals, road trips and patios as possible. We've picked out ten music festivals sure to give you the flavor of the state's musical offerings -- everything from the EDM of Global D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2014

    Science Partner and In the Whale will play the Westword Music Showcase pre-party on June 6

    Let's keep it simple for a moment: Science Partner and In the Whale are playing a show next Friday, June 6 at Stoney's, and it's free. Doors open at 7 p.m. and it'll be over by 10. "Science Partner all is about the bounce and the sigh" wrote Jason Heller in a review of the band's 2009 three-song d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2014

    The Westword Music Showcase lineup is here! [Update]

    Update, 5/16: We've added a couple dozen bands to the lineup, bringing the running total to 121 Colorado bands in addition to the five touring ones -- the full list as of today is below! The Westword Music Showcase is less than two months away. On June 21, 130-ish Colorado bands and artists of ever ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    You're invited to the Westword Music Showcase pre-parties on May 8, 15 and 29

    The Westword Music Showcase is less than two months away. On June 21, 150-ish Colorado bands and artists of every possible variety will play assorted venues around the Golden Triangle, and an outdoor stage on Acoma Street and 12th Avenue will host Diplo, 2 Chainz and more. We'll announce the local l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2014

    Westword Music Showcase 2014 pre-sale starting today: First 2,000 tickets for $25

    The time is now to pick up your Westword Music Showcase tickets. Starting today at 10 a.m., if you're one of the first 2,000 folks to buy tickets using the "music" promo code, you'll get an exclusive pre-sale price of $25. Act now to get this deal, as ticket prices will go up this Friday, February 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013: Ah, so that's what that helicopter thingy was for at Showcase

    The Westword Music Showcase 2013 is now officially a wrap, and in just a few short months we'll start batting around ideas for next year's Showcase (if you have a wishlist of acts we should consider booking, feel free to weigh in below). In the meantime, Gabe Rovick from Focus4 Design sent over the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 winners

    Well, it's a wrap. The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards are now officially in the books. The Bluebird was packed, and, man, what a good time. Drinks, food, friends -- what else do you need? Next to the Showcase itself, this is one of the best nights for local music all year. Plenty o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Don't miss the 2013 Westword Music Showcase Awards at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebird

    Emily Driskill This Wednesday, July 17, we'll be hosting the nineteenth annual Westword Showcase Awards at the Bluebird Theater. The votes have all been tallied, and tomorrow night, we'll be announcing the winners and handing out the awards. Following a VIP reception for nominees (shoot us an email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase recap from Cantina

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Stephanie March hosted at Cantina this past Saturday. Keep reading for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Showcase crowd goes bananas for Dada Life!

    Denver, are you guys ready to go fucking bananas? That's a silly question, Dada Life. Of course we are. And we did. No really. Straight bananas! During the act's closing set at the Westword Music Showcase Saturday night, those crazy Swedes had friends of ours -- typically reserved cats, prim and pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from 100 % De Agave

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Robin Edwards hosted at 100 % De Agave this past Saturday. Keep readin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Rooster & Moon

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Josiah Hesse hosted at Rooster & Moon this past Saturday. Keep reading ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 recap from Broadways

    Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Adam Steininger hosted at Broadways this past Saturday. Keep reading f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2013

    Menswear Mondays: Underwriter Mark Lyle at the Westword Music Showcase

    The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase left many fans dehydrated and exhausted Saturday night -- but at least one guy was still looking stylish amid all the wilted shorts and smudged shades. Meet Mark Lyle, a local underwriter who decided to dress in neon colors in honor of Dada Life. Keep re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Best EDM in Denver this weekend: Westword Music Showcase, after party and more

    CROOKERS / WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE AFTER PARTY @ CITY HALL Crookers may have hit the radar for some with a mean remix of Kid Cudi's "Day and Night," but he's been on the radar for the heads for quite some time. He adapts hip-hop roots with modern club spins and always keeps your feet moving with upt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Best live music in Denver this weekend: The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase

    The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase -- affectionately known otherwise as the hottest party of the summer -- is here! This year's Showcase features more than 150 artists performing on sixteen different stages. In addition to the usual must-see local acts, we've got a killer roster of headli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Video: Turner Jackson and Spoke In Wordz on the scene and the Westword Music Showcase

    So if you can't tell by our wall-to-wall coverage, we're pretty damn geeked about the Westword Music Showcase this weekend -- and for good reason. It's our absolute favorite time of year, the time when we get to put the spotlight on our beloved scene and -- more important -- many of the talented act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Video: The Knew and option4 on the scene and the Westword Music Showcase

    So if you can't tell by our wall-to-wall coverage, we're pretty damn geeked about the Westword Music Showcase this weekend -- and for good reason. It's our absolute favorite time of year, the time when we get to put the spotlight on our beloved scene and -- more important -- many of the talented act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    My Body Sings Electric on what it loves about the scene and its favorite Showcase memory

    My Body Sings Electric, appearing at the Westword Music Showcase this weekend, has come a long way since first being founded in 2007 and alienating early audiences with its heady brand of rock, now performing on the mainstage at the Showcase. In our cover feature this week, you can read all about ho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Today only: Get the Backbeat hookup on Westword Music Showcase tickets!

    If you haven't picked up your tickets to the Westword Music Showcase yet, dig it: We've got the total hookup. Today only, you can buy tickets for $20 with a special promo code. Don't sleep. Prices are increasing every day from now until the Showcase, so if you want to go and want to save some of you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Video: FLASH/LIGHTS and BLKHRTS on the scene and the Westword Music Showcase

    So if you can't tell by our wall-to-wall coverage, we're pretty damn geeked about the Westword Music Showcase this weekend -- and for good reason. It's our absolute favorite time of year, the time when we get to put the spotlight on our beloved scene and -- more important -- many of the talented act ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase: Today only, get $20 tickets with our special promo code

    If you haven't picked up your tickets to the Westword Music Showcase yet, now's the time -- and we've got a special hook-up for Show and Tell readers. Today only, you can buy tickets for $20 with our special promo code. Don't sleep on it! Prices are increasing every day from now until the Showcase, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Nunchuck added to Westword Music Showcase

    A couple of quick lineup changes to let you know about this weekend: Nunchuck, featuring Chuck Morris of Lotus, has been added to the main-stage lineup at the Westword Music Showcase this weekend. On a related note, due to unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances, Nick Waterhouse will no longer b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2013

    Michael Vincze of the Mowgli's on what it means to be a Mowgli: spreading kindness and love

    The Mowgli's was started by a group of friends who wanted to make music with universal appeal. The act's sound is rooted in the kind of breezy, folk-inflected, psychedelically tinged music from Southern California that dominated the '60s and '70s, and its outlook is imbued with a positive spirit tha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase pre-party tonight at Stoney's: Win pair of VIP tix to the Showcase

    So the Westword Music Showcase is less than a month away, and we're all the way hyped about this year's lineup. You can get a sneak peek of what we have in store for you tonight at our pre-party at Stoney's Bar & Grill featuring SHEL, Go Star, Foxfield Four, Petals of Spain and You Me & Apollo. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    Photos: Colorado Symphony and Nathaniel Rateliff working on Beck's Song Reader

    While you've already got well over a hundred compelling reasons to pick up your tickets for the nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase, here's one more: Last night, in the basement of Boettcher Concert Hall, I got a sneak peek at the highly anticipated and ground-breaking collaboration between th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase 2013 local lineup

    All right, so we've already tantalized you with the acts that are performing on the main stage this year at the Westword Music Showcase (Dada Life, Trampled by Turtles, P.O.S., Nick Waterhouse, the Mowgli's, the Colorado Symphony with Nathaniel Rateliff and Otis Taylor, Hunter Hunted and My Body Sin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2013

    The 2013 Westword Music Showcase ballot

    Update 3/21/13: The poll is now open. Let the voting begin! The road to the nineteenth annual edition of the Westword Music Showcase is officially being paved. While we've already announced some of the acts appearing on the Main Stage this year, below are the acts appearing on this year's Showcase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2013

    Westword Music Showcase intial acts revealed

    It's coming. You ready? Save the date: Saturday, June 22. That's when we'll be taking over the Golden Triangle once again for the nineteenth annual edition of Westword Music Showcase presented by Miller Lite. You know the deal. More bands than you can consume in one sitting, spread across a dozen st ... More >>

  • Music

    January 31, 2013

    Macklemore

    Friday, February 1, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 303-830-8497.

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    July 13, 2012

    Photos: 2012 Westword Music Showcase awards party

    Westword threw a party Thursday, July 12 at the Bluebird Theater to give out awards to our 2012 Westword Music Showcase winners, followed by a BLKHRTS show. Emily Driskill brings back these rowdy photos of musicians, bands, fans and more from the evening.

  • Blogs

    July 10, 2012

    Your 2012 Westword Music Showcase winners, party with us Thursday at the Bluebird

    See Also: - Photos: Locals only! 2012 Westword Music Showcase - Set recaps by Westword music writers - Photos: The people of Westword Music Showcase The votes have been been tallied for the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot, and we're doing things a little bit differently this year. Rather than ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Enjoy these dancing GIFs of Westword Music Showcase revelers

    This just in: the 2012 Westword Music Showcase was a smashing success. Despite the heat, the crowd brought out some of their flyest dance moves (and "dance moves"). Let yourself be hypnotized by these GIFs, and take some notes for next time, folks.

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    #WMS 2012 recap: Broadways

    Every year, for the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages, and, in addition to their emcee obligations, we ask them to pull double duty (or triple-duty in some cases) and also write up the acts that appear on their individual stages. Brad Lopez hos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 25, 2012

    Ru with a view: A mainstage travelogue from our Westword Music Showcase emcee, Ru Johnson

    Because I live in the club district, for me, the Westword Music Showcase started around 5 p.m. the day before and went on through the evening. Outside my window, the workers toiled and clanged away throughout the night, building the production. By morning, there was a complete stage, and the heat wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2012

    Music Showcase ticket proceeds to benefit High Park fire relief

    Today through Sunday, $2 from every Westword Music Showcase ticket sold will go to the Red Cross for High Park fire relief efforts. If you haven't bought your tickets for the June 23 showcase, you can do so now through Sunday and help a good cause. You can buy tickets here: Westword Music Showcase t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 29, 2012

    Music Showcase VIP Contest: Calling all robots!

    There's something about a dancing robot that cuts right through our collective cynicism and makes us laugh. The costume made from a refrigerator box, some tinfoil and a few cans of spray paint, with arms made from dryer ventilation tubes. But while making a robot costume is easy to learn, it's diffi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Q-Tip is performing a DJ set at the 2012 Westword Music Showcase Official After-Party

    Okay, so just when you think the summer couldn't get any hotter, it just did. Check it: Q-Tip is performing a DJ set at the Official Westword Music Showcase After Party at City Hall. Tickets go on sale this Monday at CoClubs.com. Oh, and stay tuned, we have another killer announcement coming this Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase local lineup!

    We're just over a month out from this year's Westword Music Showcase, and we've already let you know who we have headlining the mainstage this year -- but keep it locked on Backbeat for another big announcement this coming Monday. Now it's time for us to give up the goods on the local lineup. As you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2012

    Westword Music Showcase 2012: Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears announced

    See Also: • Westword Music Showcase headliners revealed • Baywood added to Westword Music Showcase • Win a VIP upgrade to this year's Showcase for you and a friend The 2012 edition of the Westword Music Showcase is getting closer and closer. You getting stoked? We are! Even more so today as w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    2012 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

    Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2012

    Westword Music Showcase headliners revealed

    It's that time again. This year's edition of Westword Music Showcase is quickly approaching...okay, so it's not actually taking place until Saturday, June 23, so maybe it's not approaching that quickly. But still, it's time to start getting amped: For one, tickets go sale on Monday, March 5, so you' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Contest: Win a pair of tickets to Young the Giant's sold-out Bluebird show

    You might have caught Young the Giant during its daytime slot at this year's Westword Music Showcase, but you still have a chance to catch the band during its headlining slot on Monday, October 3 at the Bluebird. Even though the show's sold out. (Really!)

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