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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

Sarah: That we live without fear, that the guys did all the film and music and I only sang, and that we are still in a band together.

Ryan: Band names can give too high of expectations. Our name was a tough one to answer to. Fear always finds its way in. It doesn't mean it doesn't exist. One major misconception is that it all just happened overnight. We worked our asses off for quite a while (losing out on social life and sleep), all diving in and giving each aspect of the project our own emotional sprinkles. It was quite a collaboration, and the product itself speaks for itself. Gabriel: I don't really know. Doesn't mean that much to me.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Sarah: I've been living on my own from the age of fifteen. Ryan: I am a part-time storm-chaser and love all things haunted. Gabriel: I am no longer single.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Sarah: I'm a sucker for Elliott Smith. Ryan: Devo. Gabriel: Elliott all the way. R.I.P., brother.

Weezer or Winger?

Sarah: What?! I have to choose? Shit. Winger? Ryan: Cannibal Corpse. Gabriel: Weezer.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Sarah: Impossible to compare the two. Both. Ryan: Z's are too scary for me. Gabriel: Both.

Football or foosball?

Ryan: Foosball, indeed. I could get into both on a video-game screen, however. Sarah: Foosball. I play in my garage, but I still suck at it. Gabriel: Foosball until the ends of time. Football is only for Sundays and Monday nights.

Parting shot?

Sarah: Yes, please. Ryan: I'll take a Crown. Gabriel: Whiskey, please.

ERICA BROWN BAND
NOMINATED IN BLUES
7:30 P.M., SERENGETI DOWNSTAIRS

Website: www.ericabrownband.com

Personnel:

Erica Brown (lead vocals); Scott Rivera (drums/lead and background vocals); Rich Sallee (bass/background vocals); Jim Ayers (keyboard/Hammond organ/background vocals); and a rotating cast of stars on guitar: Eddie Turner (formerly with Otis Taylor), Jon Woodhead (formerly with Leon Russell) and Tony Luke (formerly with the Tony Luke Trio).

Native or transplant?

We have one native: Rich Sallee.

What's in a name?

We took the easy way out -- blame it on the girl!

When did you form/start performing?

1998.

Releases/discography:

Body Work, Rough Cut Stone, and a new CD in the works now.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We are high-energy blues. Hopefully, we don't sound like a bag of cats fighting!

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Opened for Al Green at the Paramount Theatre, June 11, 2005.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

We're so musically diverse in our tastes, I'm not sure there's enough room here to list that!

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Every artist that's out there making it work on the national stage has an impact on us, 'cause we're trying to get there, too!

How do you pay the bills? What are your day jobs?

If I told you that, I'd have to kill you afterward...

Finish this sentence: If I didn't have to worry about money, I'd...

Be on a tour bus, heading to the next gig.

Finish this sentence: I'd rather be...

On a tour bus, headed to the next gig.

Who would play you in the screen adaptation of your life?

Boy, if we ever get this far, I wouldn't care who!

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Still above ground, I hope!

What's the biggest misconception about you or your band?

That we're not local, from folks who hear us for the first time!

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Oh dear, can't think of one!

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Gotta go with the live guy on this one.

Weezer or Winger?

Kip Winger -- he was from here!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

We don't play either. Golf?

Parting shot?

How about Grey Goose, chilled, straight up?

FUNKIPHINO
NOMINATED IN FUNK/SOUL/GROOVE
7 P.M., LA RUMBA

Website: www.funkiphino.com

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