Welcome to the thirteenth edition of the Westword Music Showcase! This year’s Showcase, set for Saturday, June 16, in the Golden Triangle, is bigger and better than ever (yes, I know we say that every year, but it happens to be true). For starters, the all-ages Outdoor Stage has moved two blocks to the north, to a parking lot on the corner of 12th Avenue and Acoma -- to find it, all you’ll need to do is follow the sound, since Dinosaur Jr., one of the loudest bands on earth, will be headlining, along with Lucero. We’ve also added a few new clubs to the parade route: DC10, Sutra and Andrew’s have joined such stellar repeat locales as the Acoma Center, Shelter, La Rumba, Two A.M. and Dazzle.
This year’s lineup of nominated bands includes quite a few newcomers, too, along with returning favorites from all parts of the scene -- 23 categories of music in all. More than sixty of these acts will play at ten stages throughout the day and evening, making the Westword Music Showcase the perfect opportunity to sample some of the best music our amazing town has to offer. You can get an idea of what motivates these bands in the Q&As we've posted here. The Showcase schedule below reflects a few changes: Ian Cooke has been gracious enough to switch his 8 p.m. Sutra slot with Gregory Alan Isakov’s 7 p.m. slot, since Isakov is flying in from a tour stop in Portland, Oregon, to perform at the Showcase. Nathan & Stephen and the Omens also swapped spots -- the former will perform at 2 p.m. on the Outdoor Stage, while the latter will fill the 8 p.m. slot at the Acoma Center. Since Ion just parted ways with a key member of the group, that act has had to bow out altogether -- and Love Me Destroyer will now close out the Two A.M. lineup at 7 p.m.
We'll be posting any other pertinent updates here. And in the meantime, regardless of who winds up getting the most votes in each category (winners will be announced at the Showcase Awards on Monday, June 25, at the Bluebird Theater), I just want to say that it’s an honor and a privilege to be able to showcase our scene -- hands-down the most vibrant, diverse and exciting in the country. -- Dave Herrera
OUTDOOR STAGE 2:00 - 2:45 - Nathan & Stephen 3:00 - 3:45 - Machine Gun Blues 4:00 - 4:45 - Planes Mistaken for Stars 5:00 - 5:45 - The Swayback 6:00 - 6:45 - Born in the Flood 6:45 - 7:15 - Wesley Wayne 7:15 - 8:15 - Lucero 8:15 - 8:45 - Michael Trundle 8:45 - 10:00 - Dinosaur Jr.
ACOMA CENTER 2:00 - 2:45 - Rachael Pollard 3:00 - 3:45 - Roger Green 4:00 - 4:45 - Ghost Buffalo 5:00 - 5:45 - Cowboy Curse 6:00 - 6:45 - Cat-A-Tac 7:00 - 7:45 - Laylights 8:00 - 8:45 - The Omens
LA RUMBA 2:00 - 2:45 - Bop Skizzum 3:00 - 3:45 - Judge Roughneck 4:00 - 4:45 - Savage Henry 5:00 - 5:45 - U.S. Pipe and the Balls Johnson Dance Machine 6:00 - 6:45 - The Haggardies 7:00 - 7:45 - P-Nuckle 8:00 - 8:45 - The Potcheen Folk Band
DAZZLE 3:00 - 3:45 - Willie Houston and the Blues Prowlers 4:00 - 4:45 - Tempa and the Tantrums 5:00 - 5:45 - 9th and Lincoln Orchestra 6:00 - 6:45 - Greg Haris Vibe Quintet 7:00 - 7:45 - The Bottesini Project 8:00 - 8:45 - Ron Miles Quartet
DC10 2:00 - 2:30 - DJ Bedz 2:30 - 3:00 - DJ Chonz 3:00 - 3:30 - DJ Vajra 4:00 - 4:45 - Future Jazz Project 5:00 - 5:45 - Distrakt 6:00 - 6:45 - Dent 7:00 - 7:45 - The Flobots 8:00 - 8:45 - The Pirate Signal
SHELTER 2:00 - 2:45 - Forged In Violet 3:00 - 3:45 - Scaffolding 4:00 - 4:45 - Cacheflowe 5:00 - 5:45 - George & Caplin 6:00 - 6:45 - The Life There Is 7:00 - 7:45 - Constellations 8:00 - 8:45 - Nightshark
SHELTER PATIO 5:00 - 5:45 - Ivy 6:00 - 6:45 - Michael Trundle 7:00 - 7:45 - Sara T 8:00 - 8:45 - Wesley Wayne
SUTRA ROOM 2:00 - 2:45 - The Hollyfelds 3:00 - 3:45 - Nathaniel Rateliff (The Wheel) 4:00 - 4:45 - Bela Karoli 5:00 - 5:45 - Erin Roberts (Porlolo) 6:00 - 6:45 - Joshua Novak 7:00 - 7:45 - Ian Cooke 8:00 - 8:45 - Gregory Alan Isakov
ANDREW'S ON LINCOLN 2:00 - 2:45 - Zack Nichols 3:00 - 3:45 - Oakhurst 4:00 - 4:45 - Zebra Junction 5:00 - 5:45 - Something Underground 6:00 - 6:45 - Tifah 7:00 - 7:45 - The Trampolines 8:00 - 8:45 - Ten Cent Redemption
TWO AM 2:00 - 2:45 - Action Friend 3:00 - 3:45 - Skivies 4:00 - 4:45 - Yerkish 5:00 - 5:45 - King Rat 6:00 - 6:45 - Black Lamb 7:00 - 7:45 - Love Me Destroyer
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