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Westword Music Showcase 2005

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Hendrix, Thurston Moore, Nick Drake, Jason Pearse, Neil Young and Lemmy.

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

Brian works for the U.S. Forest Service, Jeff is a guitar tech, and Shannon works at a music store.

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

...stop selling crack.

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

...under the sea in an Octopus's garden, in the shade.

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

Jeff: Tony Hawk; Brian: Ralph Macchio; Shannon: Joyce DeWitt.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Begging for food and gigs.

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

That we don't realize we're too loud.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Jeff and Brian once had a choreographed unicycle routine that dazzled its spectators.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jeff votes Elliott Smith.

Weezer or Winger?

Shannon votes Winger.

Jay-Z or Z-Trip?

Brian votes Jay-Z.

Football or foosball?

Foosball.

Parting shot?

Jack Daniel's, if you please.

BUCKNER FUNKEN JAZZ
NOMINATED IN JAZZ/SWING

Website: www.buckylove.com

Native or transplant?

I am a native.

What's in a name?

Rod Buckner (Bucky Love): smooth, love to funk and play jazz, love my brother, Ron Buckner, and I love the rest of the band. It's a family, and it always has been a family, and some people don't really understand that.

When did you form/start performing?

The original band formed in 1998. I started performing in the late '60s and early '70s, but have played music all my life, whether it be in church or youth organizations.

Releases/discography:

Late for School, and working on a new CD.

Who or what do you think you sound like?

We sound like ourselves, (B.F.J) but we do have a lot of jazz, blues and funk influences.

What are some of your noteworthy recent feats?

Playing steady for seven years, sticking to it, no matter what, determination, and not taking no for an answer; having two CPAs working for me to keep the business going; opening up for Maceo, and many others.

What albums have had the biggest impact on you?

Bitches Brew, A Tribue to Jack Johnson and Kind of Blue (Miles Davis); and Mr. Joe Bonner, a local and international talent.

What artists have had the biggest impact on you?

Miles Davis, Dizzy, Ella Fitzgerald, Coltrane, BB King, James Brown, Jimmy Smith, Jack McDuff, Clifford Brown, and many others who were pioneers in music and made the difference.

How do you pay the bills? What is your day job?

By luck, and by not paying myself. I am a retired, instrumental music instructor for Denver Public Schools and professor.

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

...set up an inner city music and arts school for kids who want to play or dance, etc., but don't have the money to afford an instrument to come and learn an instrument, etc.

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

...doing what I am doing now, and that's music, and hopefully making it nationally and internationally.

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

Me, or James Earl Jones or Denzel Washington.

Where do you see yourself in five years?

Making music, pleasing the fans.

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

People put us in the wrong categories; we are jazz, funk and blues.

Give us a random factoid about yourself or your band:

Brother, all I know is I love doing the Funk, old-school funk, and so does the band. We can sit down at the beginning of a rehearsal and start groovin' -- OOOOOOOOOH, baby, that's what I'm talking about! It's like sitting down to a big plate of ribs and cornbread and coleslaw and some orange Kool-Aid. Makes you warm all over.

Elliott Smith or Jack Johnson?

Jack Johnson. He paid his dues and was a man who stood up and went against the odds. [Editor's note: We weren't referring to that Jack Johnson. Judges? Yes, we'll accept that answer, because Bucky's answer is way cooler that any of us expected. Nice work, Buck.]

BUCKWILD
NOMINATED IN COUNTRY/ROOTS/AMERICANA
3 P.M., TWO AM

Website: www.myspace.com/buckwilddenver

Personnel:

Buckwild, aka Rex Moser (vocals, lead guitar); 420 Mayhem, aka Mike May (bass/vocals); Ringo Montana, aka Carlos Newman (drums/cowbell).

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