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Remembering People From Denver's Music Scene Who Passed in 2018

Friends and family gathered to celebrate the life and artwork of Colin Ward at Black Cube on March 10.
Friends and family gathered to celebrate the life and artwork of Colin Ward at Black Cube on March 10. Scott Lentz

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James Sharp, aka DJ Quid.
Sharp Family
James Sharp performed as DJ Quid, making a name for himself in Denver's club and wider music scenes in the ’90s and early 2000s. Sharp was a pioneer, co-founding popular residencies that brought Brit pop and electroclash to local dance floors. Sharp has been remembered by his family for his friendly, goofball nature. He passed away in mid-December at 47.

Colin Ward
Courtesy of Stephan Herrera
Colin Ward was a beloved and prolific figure in overlapping Denver arts worlds. A longtime community member and then resident of Rhinoceropolis, Ward was "an Arthur Russell-meets-Basquiat-meets-Pokémon character," wrote Westword contributor Bree Davies. Ward busked on the 16th Street Mall, threw art openings and shows, and made hundreds of multimedia art pieces, including music albums under various monikers like Snake Feathers and, recently, Killd By. He died by suicide on February 1 at age 27.

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Steve Cooper was a popular DJ on rock radio across the Front Range.
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Steve "Cooper" Warren was a longtime popular radio rock DJ along the Front Range. For generations of listeners and across a number of outlets, including KAZY and KBPI, "Coop" delivered rock hits with his signature booming voice, humor and meticulous broadcast craft. He had just begun work at 103.5/The Fox when he died suddenly in July at age 64. A memorial was held for him at Thunder Mountain Amphitheater in Loveland.

Brian Webb was a longtime Denver music promoter.
Brian Webb
Brian Webb was a veteran of the Denver music scene, a longtime music promoter and booking agent who ran Webb Entertainment. He died in early November and has been remembered, along with his partner, Rose Carbajal, as a positive force in the local music community. 
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