2012 Westword Music Showcase Ballot

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Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote!

The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the official ballot hits the newsstands and the web, and you can actually vote for your favorite acts. But in the meantime, as a loyal reader of the Backbeat blog, you're getting the drop on the names that made the roster this year.

Formulating the ballot for the Westword Music Showcase is always a daunting task. As in previous years, this year's ballot was formulated with the input of our nominating committee, everyone from radio personalities and bloggers to talent buyers and promoters, along with some readers.

If you're unfamiliar with the process, here's how it works: We tap our committee members (see the full list below), who are all immersed in the local music scene in one capacity or another, to give us their informed opinions on which acts are worthy of being considered for inclusion. In past years, we simply asked committee members to list the twenty or so artists that had made the biggest impression. This year, we presented them with a blank ballot and not only asked them to list their top acts, but to consider this: "If you had a chance to introduce a group of influential tastemakers from across the country to the absolute best music our city has to offer, what are the acts you'd list?" That's what we were looking for, and that's exactly what they gave us.

As always, we also laid out some ground rules: We requested that members abstain from nominating any acts which they are personally affiliated, have a business relationship with or are in any other way associated with. Any such nominations would be tossed, we warned, along with the rest of their ballot; to the best of our knowledge, they all complied.

As we considered the committee's collective input, we couldn't help but marvel at how the scene continues to thrive. Putting the ballot together always serves as an excellent barometer for the overall state of music in the metro area, which is as healthy and vibrant as it's ever been. It also reminds us of how the scene continues to change. You'll notice, for example, that acts like Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, VibeSquad, Paper Diamond, Tennis and Nathaniel Rateliff, among others, don't appear on the ballot. That's not a slight: We've just determined that those artists have attained an elevated status that removes them from ballot consideration at this point.

If you feel that we left out other favorite acts (even your act), feel free to let us know in the comments section below, and then vote to include them on the write-in slots on the actual ballot. You can also tell us which of the acts you'd like to see booked at this year's Westword Music Showcase.

Once the polls open, the deadline to vote is June 25 -- which means you can wait until you've heard many of the acts at the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 23, which will feature headliners Girl Talk, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Battles, plus more acts that have yet to be announced.

We'll release the full lineup in April. In the meantime, below are this year's Westword Music Showcase award nominees.

Important: if your act is listed on the following pages, please drop us a line as soon as possible so that we can get your current contact info and ensure you're included in our Showcase coverage this year.

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Westword Music Showcase Outdoor Stage

1100 Acoma St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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155 comments
Stephanie T.
Stephanie T.

You forgot Molina Speaks for male hip hop artist, again!

Marie303
Marie303

Why wasn't Molina Speaks put under the Hip-Hop (Male Emcee) category?... As much as Molina does for his community and the quality of his music he should have been on there... I think it's pretty sad that you guys left him out. He is always working to be prolific and innovative and has put his heart and dedication in every project he has ever worked on. Please consider Molina Speaks to be put on this ballot because as far as I'm concerned Molina's name not being on the ballot is telling me there is some kind of mistake.

Andrea Viarrial
Andrea Viarrial

Adrian Molina - Molina Speaks was not on the ballot!

Sarah Shavel
Sarah Shavel

Would like to see Molina Speaks on the Hip Hop ballot. Owning it.

Tony
Tony

I would think in a progressive city, and a progressive paper and among and in an industry that thrives on the edge that there would be inclusion of a Latin, Mexican  or Spanish language category or is that too far underground.

Nathan Schmit
Nathan Schmit

Molina aka Molina Speaks, DJ Cavem and Mike Wird do ton of community work with youth as well as being bad ass emcees/djs/artists and deserve to be on the ballot. Thanks 

Aurora
Aurora

Where Molina at?????

Suenamtz
Suenamtz

Where is hip hop artist Molina ???? He is missing from the ballot !!!

Jennie
Jennie

What about Molina??

Dustin Neal
Dustin Neal

Male Hip Hop MC. MOLINA

How could MOLINA not make the list? Hope he rocks the "write in"

Randy
Randy

Yo, Molina left off the ballot? WTF? He should be under male MC

Faeriedancer
Faeriedancer

Molina is missing from your Hip Hop Male Emcee category!!!!

Amilty
Amilty

Molina has been tearing up the hip-hop scene in Denver for years. He does more work for youth and disadvantaged groups than anyone on your list. I wish that WW would consider progressive hip-hop emcees instead of the tired "Bitches and Hoes" crap that gets passed off for hip-hop these days. http://www.molinaspeaks.com/

james
james

 Why is my body sings electric on the progressive category? It seems to me that putting them on the main poster and then putting them in a category where they don't belong would put them at an advantage. If you like that band, there is no way you would have heard the others in that category thus you'd vote for them just because they're the only ones you know. It just seems like this whole thing is rigged to me.

james
james

Why is my body sings electric on the progressive category? It seems to me that putting them on the main poster and then putting them in a category where they don't belong would put them at an advantage. If you like that band, there is no way you would have heard the others in that category thus you'd vote for them just because they're the only ones you know. 

Marty Groeneman
Marty Groeneman

Good job picking Galaxies! My favorite is his new album "Letters From Sea". Go to his Bandcamp page to check it out! Especially "Fall In love" and Don't Be Far"!!

Frogs Gone Fishin'
Frogs Gone Fishin'

We are honored to be nominated! Frogs work hard all year playing around Colorado and the nation and we couldn't be living in a better time to be independent musicians in CO! Thanks for the love and here's a little eye candy from the Bluebird (f/ Pete Wall from the Motet on sax and our very own Horny Toads horn section) to hold you over until the showcase!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

Anon
Anon

I wanna see The Dead Lotus Society. c: I really love their music.

Elli
Elli

CHERUB!!!!!!!!!! they did such a great job at snowball and know how to groove

Greensleeves32
Greensleeves32

BROKEN TONGUES for BEST Hip-Hop Band!!! ALL DAY...

Israel Platt
Israel Platt

My boy Anxious!!! He's the shit and kills it!! <3

The Foot.
The Foot.

Hey party people, we announced the ballot opening, and many of our fans couldn't vote for us, or had difficulty with the ballot in general.  Hook me up an email if you want a screenshot of the comments.  Thanks!

Billy Dean
Billy Dean

No SMOOTH MONEY GESTURE FOR JAM/ROCK again this year. come on guys where's the love!

Luke
Luke

I thought Gangcharger was no longer together?

Paleocat
Paleocat

You need Angus Mohr, they rock the kilts off!

Alison K.
Alison K.

Nemesys is my favorite! But not on the ballot:( It's ok. I'll write them in! Seeing these guys on the 23rd! Boom baby!

Alison

Steven G.
Steven G.

As a huge live music fan, I agree with most of your choices.  I do have to agree with some of the comments that leaving King Stan off of the Blues list is a miss.  Sorry guys you blew it on that one...

Mike
Mike

Why is My Body Sings Electric in the Progressive Rock category?

Celticgirl124
Celticgirl124

Angus Mohr is a terrific band. Innovative and traditional with a brilliant mix of styles. They call themselves Highland Rock & Roll but I think they are unique. You've never heard "Ring if Fire" til you've heard it with Matt on the bagpipes!

guest
guest

Not sure if Dan Quayle recently started working at the Westword but there is no 'e' in Potato Pirates :)

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

D'oh! Chagrined. Thanks for pointing that out. Amended.

Tara
Tara

The Dead Lotus Society needs to be on this year's showcase! They're one of Denver's few female fronted metal acts!!!!!

Karen Zappone
Karen Zappone

Go Jet Edison....a most amazing and talented group of players! And fun to dance to...

Mander
Mander

Loving the Jet Edison... but would also love to see The Congress on there too!!!!!!!

Danny
Danny

Nemesys baby! If there's a way those boys deserve it! See em on the 23rd at Herman's and see for yourself. Such good shows!

Danny

Chella Negro
Chella Negro

Didn't see the "write-in" section on the online ballot...

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Indeed. Thanks for the heads-up. Alerting techy people right now. Apologies for the inconvenience. I'll give you a heads-up when the ballot is amended.

backbeatmod
backbeatmod

Ballot has been amended. Thanks again!

Lesley 'Lelly' Ernst
Lesley 'Lelly' Ernst

Why are Lady Wutang not in any of the HipHop catergories?

MIke
MIke

 Because they're a cover band?

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