2011 Westword Music Showcase Awards: The Pirate Signal now officially retired with fifth win

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Photo by Clarence Hester
Meet the latest member of the Showcase hall of fame: Yonnas Abraham of The Pirate Signal accepts his act's fifth consecutive Westword Music Showcase Award.
Well, it's a wrap. The seventeenth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards are now officially in the books. Although there weren't as many winners on hand to collect their awards as we would've liked, the Bluebird was packed. The most noteworthy award of the night went to The Pirate Signal, which is now officially retired with its fifth consecutive win.

And there were plenty of other repeat winners, from Ginger Perry, Lords of Fuzz and Air Dubai and the Photo Atlas, each chalking up their second wins, to three time (Epilogues, Kinetix, the Swayback) and four time (Paper Bird and the Hollyfelds) winners.

See a slideshow from last night's party at the Bluebird.

There were also a ton of new winners this year, including DJ Ktone, Tin Horn Prayer, Reno Divorce, Euforquestra and Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, as well as some winners who were also first time nominees, such as Ishe, Girl Grabbers, Choke the Word, Kissing Party, Flashlights, Kevin Costner Suicide Pact, SuperCollider, the Love Royale, Isis Speaks, Whiskey Tango and Mr. Midas. See complete list of winners below.

Photo by Clarence Hester

17th Annual Westword Music Showcase Awards 2011
06.23.11 | Bluebird Theater

01. Pop - Traditional: The Heyday
02. Pop - Alternative: The Epilogues
03. Pop - Indie: Kissing Party
04. Rock - Traditional: Kinetix
05. Rock- Alternative: The Swayback
06. Rock - Indie: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
07. Rock - Heavy: Lords Of Fuzz
08. Rock -Progressive: I Sank Molly Brown
09. Rock - Psych Rock/Shoegaze: Vitamins
10. Rock - Roots: Tin Horn Prayer
11. Rock - Jam/Improv: Whiskey Tango
12. Hip-Hop- MC (Male): Mr. Midas
13. Hip-Hop - MC (Female): Isis Speaks
14. Hip-Hop - Group: The Pirate Signal
15. Hip-Hop- Band: Air Dubai
16. Hip-Hop - Producer: Girlgrabbers
17. Punk: Reno Divorce
18. Post-Punk: The Photo Atlas
19. Hardcore/Post-Hardcore: Git Some
20. Metal: Trees
21. Metal - Extreme: To Be Eaten
22. Americana: Paper Bird
23. Folk/Acoustic: Churchill
24. Bluegrass: Head For The Hills
25. Singer-Songwriter: Danielle Ate The Sandwich
26. Country: The Hollyfelds
27. Electronic: Big Gigantic
28. Electronic - Experimental: Candy Claws
29. Ambient/Noise: Kevin Costner Suicide Pact
30. Electro - Pop: Flashlights
31. Jazz: Supercollider
32. Blues: The Delta Sonics
33. Funk: Bop Skizzum
34. Soul/R&B: The Love Royale
35. Reggae/Dub: Dubskin
36. Gothic: Choke The Word
37. World: Euforquestra
38. DJ-Dance: Ishe
39. DJ - Hip - Hop: Ktone
40. DJ - Progressive: Ginger Perry

See a slideshow from last night's party at the Bluebird.

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3317 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

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Esme from Paper Bird performed as Esme Tiger Collins at Rooster and the Moon. Churchill couldn't make it. Either way, playing the Showcase isn't a requisite for winning a Showcase award.


The Photo Atlas!!!!!! 

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