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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Website: www.ionband.com

Personnel:

Noe DeLeon, Joe Sego, Tod Schlafer, Gef Gust.

Native or transplant?

Transplants except for Tod.

What's in a name?

Ion: An atom or a group of atoms that has acquired a net electric charge by gaining or losing one or more electrons.

When did you form/start performing?

Spring 2003. ION is two years old.

Releases/discography:

Gross National Product (2004).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

NIN meets A Perfect Circle meets Loretta Lynn.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Won the 2004 Westword Music Showcase Award, Best Hard Rock/Metal/Aggro; we're on a major motion-picture soundtrack -- 11:59; played the Coors Light Mountain Jam at Red Rocks; and opened for Evanescence.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Aenima (Tool); AstroCreep 2000 (White Zombie); Downward Spiral (Nine Inch Nails); Thirteenth Step (A Perfect Circle).

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Bjrk, Snoop Dogg, A Perfect Circle, Rob Zombie, NIN, MSI.

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

Gef works for Excel Motorsports; Tod does computer graphics; Noe is a delivery driver for a printing company/male exotic dancer (private parties only); Joe works for Performance Radiator.

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

Still be involved with the music industry, but I'd probably travel more.

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

A "real" big stinky turd than a "fake"-ass engagement ring.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Touring in Fiji.

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

That Noe is actually Trent Reznor, or Leo 7.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Joe loves haggis and has cans of it.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson, because he's laid-back, and Noe likes "doing it" to his music.

Weezer or Winger?

WEEZER, WEEZER, WEEZER!!!!!!

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

The Jigga man, most definitely. It's ya' boy!

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

"There ain't no way I'll let a muthafucka turn my joy-bus tour into a hellride." -- Wesley Willis, 5/31/63 - 8/21/03.

MELISSA IVEY
NOMINATED IN SINGER/SONGWRITER
3 P.M., OUTDOOR STAGE

Website: www.melissaivey.com

Personnel:

Suzane Lainson: Words and music, PR; Beth Patterson: legal; Samantha Hanson, Intrigue Entertainment: manager; Mark Backus: Big Mo Productions, booking agent.

Native or transplant?

Native.

What's in a name?

Sass.

When did you form/start performing?

When I was nine on violin -- so technically solo.

Releases/discography:

Manic Notion 3 demos (1998-2000); Melissa Ivey, seven-song solo debut (2000); Live From Herman's Hideaway (2001); Live from Denver (various live recordings from the Mercury Cafe, Soiled Dove, Cherry Street Studios (2003); StepShort single (2005); Andy Anderson AAA (2005); From the Inside Out (2005).

Who or what do you think you sound like?

A Young Linda Perry (before the whiskey set in), Joan Jett, Pat Benatar, Concrete Blonde, Janis Joplin meets Electric Mayhem.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Quitting my job to tour and do music full-time; not spontaneously combusting on the road; getting booked on the main stage at Red Rocks; writing with Burton Avere from the Knack in L.A.; working with five drummers this year.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Sublime (Sublime), Living in Clip, Knucle Down (Ani DiFranco); In Flight (Linda Perry); What Happened to the Girls (Mary Beth Abella); Wild Flowers (Tom Petty); Black Crowes.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Janis Joplin inspiring me to step away from the toxic aspect of the business, bringing me closer to the passion that it takes to jump on stage and entertain; Ani DiFranco for making me not want to get a record deal and learn to do everything myself no matter how much it takes.

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

Singing and playing to strangers every chance I get; Mike: self-employed; Matt: school and delivering junk mail.

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

Tour around the world a lot more and fix up my VW van. Put a bowling alley in the tour bus.

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

Writing a song than filling this out.

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

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