We're excited to announce the bands and musicians who made the ballot for this year's Westword Music Showcase Awards.
More than 200 musicians, fans, journalists and industry players weighed in on their favorite acts along the Front Range. Based on their recommendations, we have compiled the 2017 ballot, filled with some of the best musicians and bands in Denver, many of whom will join Shakey Graves, the Revivalists, Cut Copy, Bob Moses and COIN for the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 24, in the Golden Triangle.
You won't see some of the bigger acts — acts like Nathaniel Rateliff or the Lumineers — on the ballot, because our goal is to make sure bands that have not already soared toward international acclaim have the opportunity to compete. But what you will find are some of the best emerging and rising acts in town — some you may already be familiar with, others less so. Suffice it to say that every band on this ballot is well worth checking out.
The winners of the Westword Music Showcase Awards are in your hands. Don't wait: Go to the ballot today and make your voice heard!
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