Five of the Greatest People in Denver's Music Scene: December 2017

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Kate Warner
Kate Warner is a multi-talented player in Denver music. Whether she's working as a sound engineer, performing as the electronic experimental act Mirror Fears, booking shows or helping bands navigate the ins and outs of RocketSpace, the affordable rehearsal venue on Larimer Street, Warner boosts and inspires her fellow Denver musicians and has gained respect from a wide swath of the community – both above- and underground.

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Anthony Ruptak sings for justice.
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Anthony Ruptak
Up-and-coming artists deserve champions in those vulnerable years when they're taking to the mic for the first time, testing out a new song or building a network of fellow musicians. Anthony Ruptak, who is a terrific and prolific songwriter and singer (not to mention social-justice activist) has been a kind and inspirational force for musicians making their way up the rungs of the Denver scene — particularly as the host of a weekly open-mic night at Syntax Physic Opera. Because he's seasoned as a performer and continues to produce raw material, he's a perfect mentor for emerging artists.

Molina Speaks, a 2017 MasterMind.
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Molina Speaks
Westword MasterMind Molina Speaks is a skilled MC, a poet, a podcast host and an educator. Whatever he's up to — and the projects he involves himself with are seemingly endless — he brings a gentle, critical and original voice to the city's music community. He mentors youth who are working on building their bands' brands or music-industry chops at Youth on Record. He performs an array of benefit shows and community events and can often be seen jumping on stage as a guest MC with a variety of other acts. In the past year, he has performed with Pink Hawks and Roots, Rice and Beans and is working on a new media project we're longing to see.
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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
Contact: Kyle Harris