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

The Milk Blossoms' Michelle Rocqet.
The Milk Blossoms' Michelle Rocqet. Kenneth Hamblin III

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Lisa Gedgaudas
Lisa Gedgaudas
Bridging the gap between artists, musicians and city brass is no easy task. It's lucky, then, that Denver Arts & Venues employs Lisa Gedgaudas, a savvy arts advocate and administrator who has had her hands in some of Denver's most interesting arts and music industry-boosting projects and has also served as an even-handed ambassador – and at times a translator – between passionate cultural workers and the government departments whose rules often stifle creative pursuits. Last year, when the city shut down DIY venues in the wake of the Ghost Ship fire, sending a chill across underground venues, Gedgaudas managed negotiations, keeping lines of communication open between the creative community and the city as both sides entered heated discussions.

Colorado Public Radio
Jessi Whitten
Fans of CPR's Open Air will know the independent music station's music director Jessi Whitten as a passionate voice for underground music who's often the first to introduce radio listeners to rising artists, whether they're from Denver or not. Whitten honed her chops as a DJ at the University of Colorado's Radio 1190, including serving a stint as its music director. Now, her voice can be heard on 102.3 FM and when she contributes to NPR Music's Heavy Rotation: The Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing.

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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