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.
Anthony Ruptak sings for justice.
Courtesy of 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.
Photo by Ric Urrutia; mural by Jay Michael Jarmillo.
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.