Best live music in Denver this weekend: The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase
Eric Gruneisen Don't miss the nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase this weekend.
The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase -- affectionately known otherwise as the hottest party of the summer -- is here! This year's Showcase features more than 150 artists performing on sixteen different stages. In addition to the usual must-see local acts, we've got a killer roster of headliners on the main stage, and we're also hosting the world premiere of the Colorado Symphony performing songs from Beck's Song Reader with some very special guests. Continue on for a rundown of the acts performing on the Miller Light Main Stage.
DADA LIFE | 8:40 - 9:55, MILLER LIGHT MAIN STAGE
Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom started Dada Life in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2006 as a DJ/producer team in the classic mold. What has set the duo apart is its penchant for over-the-top, playful, absurdist humor, best seen in surrealistic music videos like the one for "Fight Club Is Closed." That humor is also apparent in the way that Corneer and Engblom write their music and approach their remixes. Original compositions freely associate cartoonishly lowbrow hip-hop-style lyrics with Daft Punk-esque futuristic disco beats, and their remixes turn even the most earnest songs into party anthems. These guys perfectly embody the excesses and bombastic culture of the current wave of EDM.
TRAMPLED BY TURTLES | 7:00 - 8:15, MILLER LIGHT MAIN STAGE
Started in 2003 by a group of friends who had all played in rock bands in Duluth, Trampled by Turtles anticipated the wave of renewed interest in bluegrass and old country that's gathered steam in the past several years. Working without a drummer, the band's five players establish a percussive rhythm between them, even as they weave a breathtakingly complex tapestry of texture and melody. Embraced by fans of jam bands, bluegrass and old-time country alike, Trampled by Turtles continues to win fans over with the energy of its performances and an engaging sense of humor.
P.O.S | 5:35 - 6:35, MILLER LIGHT MAIN STAGE
Stefon Alexander (aka P.O.S.) was part of the short-lived hip-hop trio Cenospecies in Minneapolis. Although that group was only around for about a year, it had an impact on critics and fans alike -- so it's no surprise that Alexander is also a founding (and current) member of noteworthy hip-hop collective Doomtree, which took root around the same time. In addition, he plays guitar and sings in punk band Building Better Bombs and serves as keyboard player and vocalist in Marijuana Deathsquads. His confrontational but controlled vocal delivery, strong words and multi-faceted talent have made him an in-demand and mesmerizing performer, as well as a sought-after collaborator. His fourth solo album, We Don't Even Live Here, was one of the most critically acclaimed albums of 2012.
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