Westword Music Showcase

Westword Music Showcase 2007

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What three adjectives best describe your music? Country and Midwestern.

Favorite place to play a show: They were all fun.

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Probably 3 Kings.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Tower.

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Magic Cyclops, cuz he'd do a good job.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? Who knows?

Who's on your iPod right now? No one in our band has one.

ERICA BROWN BAND
NOMINATED IN BLUES

Website: www.ericabrownband.com

Personnel: Erica Brown (lead vocals); Scott Rivera (lead and harmony vocals, drums); Rich Sallee (bass, background vocals); Jim Ayers (keyboard, Hammond organ, background vocals).

Native or transplant? All transplants except Rich!

Releases/discography: Rough Cut Stone (2003); Body Work (2000); new CD in works.

What three adjectives best describe your music? High-energy rockin' blues. (Sorry, I'm working on my counting skills; they shouldn't have let me do this! - Erica)

Favorite place to play a show: Anywhere people listen and appreciate!

Favorite place to hang out/drink: It's different for all of us (of course, not all of us drink, but some of us make up for the others).

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Wow — there's too many to pick just one!

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): It's a toss-up: "One Word (Peace)" - the Subdudes, and Sam Mayfield's cover of "Tonight's the Night" or ANYTHING by Dianne Reeves!

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? I'd tell you, but then I'd have to kill you!

If you had to choose one act to represent Denver, who would it be and why? Denver is so diverse, I don't know if that's a fair question!

Which artist has had the biggest impact on you? This year? Me, personally, Bob Margolin.

Which album has had the biggest impact on you? I can't list just one! All of us would have different ideas.

File-sharing: Godsend or the death of music? There was a time when all music was basically free. The more folks hear you and like you, the more they'll support you anyway!

Who's on your iPod right now? What's an iPod? Is that like an eight-track?

Parting shot: The road is like a good man: long and wide, and sometimes he takes me home... Wow, there's a blues song in there somewhere!! (Can I say that in a national magazine??)

EVERYTHING ABSENT OR DISTORTED (a love story)
NOMINATED IN INDIE POP

Website: www.myspace.com/everythingabsentordistorted

Personnel: All eight of us sing and rotate around multiple instruments; those eight players include Robert Rutherford, John Kuker, Trevor Trumble, Jody Pilmer, Andy Maher, Joe Grobelny, Ryan Stubbs and Bryce Merrill.

Native or transplant? The band is a Colorado native and was formed in Denver/Boulder. We have Denver and Colorado natives in the band as well as former Texans, Alabamans, Illini, Nebraskans and Wyomingites. John Kuker currently lives in Cheyenne, Wyoming, and spends way too much time on I-25 driving to and from Denver.

Releases/discography: The Soft Civil War EP (2006); upcoming debut full-length.

What three adjectives best describe your music? Proustian, apocalyptic, homoerotic, Sisyphian, empyrean, pyrrhic and circumlocutory.

Favorite place to play a show: Mile High Stadium (the old one).

Favorite place to hang out/drink: Sputnik or the Pig (our practice space, a former Italian restaurant in the Highlands).

Best artist/band to come out of Denver (that's not yours/you): Neutral Milk Hotel (They get in on a technicality, as Jeff Magnum was living in Denver while recording In the Aeroplane Over the Sea with Robert Schneider at a now-demolished space on Speer Boulevard — see below.)

Best song to come out of Denver (that you didn't write): "Holland 1945" - Neutral Milk Hotel.

If you were a street in Denver, which street would it be and why? Anything from the City Beautiful movement, but probably Speer, since it turned an eyesore into a grand boulevard, though it was somewhat of a joke at the time for being Mayor Speer's personal driveway for him and his country club friends. Striving to preserve and enhance Denver's meager waterways, Mayor Speer walled Cherry Creek and began landscaping it with trailing vines, shrubbery and trees. Small triangular parks were created along Speer Boulevard, where the diagonal boulevard intersected downtown streets. Two larger tracts were acquired for Sunken Gardens Park, in front of West High School, and Alamo Placita Park, at First Avenue. To honor the man who made the town eyesore into the scenic centerpiece of a grand boulevard, the city council, in 1910, renamed Cherry Creek Drive as Speer Boulevard. Speer Boulevard led to Washington Park via the Downing-Marion Street Parkway. East Sixth, Seventh and 17th avenues extended the plan into east Denver. Most of the parkway plan has been implemented, although subsequent mayors have failed to complete a few remaining segments such as a proposed South Platte River Parkway.

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