The Westword Music Showcase ticket contest

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Aaron Thackeray
It's pretty much a good time, is what we're saying.
Update(s): We've picked a winner for questions number one and two. So far we've somewhat arbitrarily given tickets to people who have suggested that a great music scene needs radio support and that the best thing about Denver's music scene is that everyone from "budtenders" to businessmen go to the shows. I say arbitrarily because there have been so many good entries. If you would like to peruse perhaps the most informative and encouraging comments section on the internet, just head to the bottom of this post. Thanks, everyone.

We've got another question below, and another pair of Showcase tickets to give away.

Original post follows...

The Westword Music Showcase is on June 21. You should spend your hard-earned money on whatever concerts appeal most to you. But we think this one's appealing. The lineup includes 2 Chainz, Diplo, Cherub, Man Man and King Khan & the Shrines. That alone is plenty to anticipate. Among his accomplishments, 2 Chainz can count bringing within one degree of separation 85-year-old satirical songwriting mathematician Tom Lehrer and Geto Boys member Scarface (they're both featured on 2013's Based on a T.R.U. Story, Lehrer in a sample and Scarface in a guest verse). And I could be wrong about this and it's definitely not binding, but I'm pretty sure King Khan's shows still come with a money-back guarantee of a wardrobe malfunction.

Those touring acts will play the main, outdoor stage here in the Golden Triangle. But that constitutes approximately three percent of the total live music you'll find at the Showcase. There will also be some 150 Colorado bands and artists playing venues in area, all nominees for this year's Westword Music Awards. We'll be announcing those next week. Now, about that hard-earned money.

We're going to give away several pairs of Westword Music Showcase tickets in the next couple weeks. If you'd rather not roll the dice here, you can just buy them now for $30 (that price will go up soon, just so you know). If you're the group-discussion/free-stuff type, however, you can enter in the comments section of this blog post.

Each time we have a pair of tickets to offer, I'll post a question or prompt below with the date. Share your thoughts in the comments (or Tweet about it with #westwordshow) and we'll pick a winner based on our whims. There's no democracy in ticket contests, I'm afraid. We will reward stuff that makes us laugh and stuff that makes us think in equal measure.

All you'll have to do if you've won is follow the instructions you'll get via email (so enter a valid one -- don't worry, it isn't posted publicly and we'll keep the mailing list people away from it). Away we go:

Monday, March 24: What is the most important thing every good music scene needs? Winner selected

Wednesday, March 26: What's the best thing about being a music fan in Denver? Winner selected

Friday, March 28: What was the most memorable show you've seen in Colorado in the past year?

While you're thinking, peruse some photos from last year:
-The people
-The Instagrams
-The Colorado bands
-The main stage




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thadeaous
thadeaous

The most memorable show for me this last year was when Teri Gender Bender of Bosnian Rainbows pissed her leggings mid song onstage at Riotfest. She was literally dancing in a puddle of piss, but nobody ever mentioned it online or anywhere else.. I swear, she peed.

meliper
meliper

It seems like there will be plenty of rapping but it will be good. The Westword Music Showcase should remove some of the stress that many people are having. Houston also have good things. http://ow.ly/vaQjP

jklol69
jklol69

Fuzz at Hi-Dive last Oct. Only Ty Segall can get hipsters to mosh.

y2a247
y2a247

There are so many! But I was pretty lucky that my first Colorado concert was at Red Rocks. It was Ozomatli Santana and Mexican Super group Mana. And they all jammed together at the end. It was definitely memorable!


dusthahn
dusthahn

Denver Black Sky was probably the most memorable show for me in the last year. Dude getting pierced and suspended over the pit was nuts!

Gabe34
Gabe34

It's really hard to choose one, but Joy Formidable at 3 Kings were pretty amazing. It was awesome to see them at such an intimate venue. The Epilogues and Wire Faces were both great openers, and perfect examples of the thriving music scene in Denver.

coco25
coco25

The best show I have seen this year and actually ever was Charles Bradley at Larimer Lounge.  He transported us back to a different time.  His soul shines through his voice.  I don't know how that man was "discovered" so late in life (he is in his 60's) but we are lucky he did.  If you ever wanted to feel what it was like to hear & experience a real soul concert this is it.  The trees were evening singing as we left the venue that night.

jconnell912
jconnell912

Ed Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros with Alabama Shakes at Red Rocks- Good vibes through and through!

Dani Adams
Dani Adams

Fans enjoying the music and performance, and stepping up to support and scream for their beloved bands/performers...

patrick.quinby
patrick.quinby

Sigur Ros at 1st Bank was absolutely mesmerizing. But the best show Ive seen in the last year, alright its tad over a year now, was mother fucking Quicksand at the Bluebird Theater.

Fletcherneedsajob
Fletcherneedsajob topcommenter

Best show this year is so difficult to choose! Phoenix at the Fox, with Thomas Mars climbing into the audience for 1901? Postal Service, QOTSA, J5 at Red Rocks. Parquet Courts getting out the dirt or Geographer crooning at the Larimer Lounge. Neko Case not once but TWICE! Ozomatli at Left Hand Brewery. Black Crowes VIP style at the Ogden? I think that the winner, for me, was Shabazz Palaces at the Larimer Lounge, dark, heavy, weird and lovely.  

kburdess
kburdess

People are actually excited to see the bands! There are far too many cities (Austin or Portland for example) where everyone is just way too cool to show any enthusiasm. 

Scott400
Scott400

I suppose Red Rocks (where one can easily envision shows going back hundreds of years or more) is the most "classically" awesome specific thing on our scene.  But it's important I think to mention that our "scene" has more bands of noodle-y jams than The Spaghetti Factory in a circle of Knott's Berry Farms!  <note: this writer already has tickets, though not VIP;)>

Don194
Don194

The Rocky Mountain high...

TheAntiM
TheAntiM

The venues - from Red Rocks to the streets of Denver to Summit Music Hall to a field in Burlington, I love the places I can go.

Tom Lewis
Tom Lewis

the other fans...we have the best fans of anywhere i have lived...rock on, Denver, rock on!!

Eric Luvender
Eric Luvender

Struggling here... dubstep, bluegrass and juggaloes is all I got.

Krystal MacDonald
Krystal MacDonald

Any night you can see an up and coming band at a local venue and red rocks for some once in a lifetime shows. And the festivals! I've found some of my favorite new bands at the music showcase and artopia.

Patrick Kohlwey
Patrick Kohlwey

Best Crowds to dance with! Everybody is free to dance as weird as they want, with no judgement. Denver knows how to get DOWN!

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Beta is about it but the buzzkill of 1:30-1:45 last call because people can't handle their alcohol up here is a buzzkill for any venue.

Candie Bernard
Candie Bernard

Not having to travel halfway across the country to see every performer you're interested in; they all come here.

Anthony Irlando
Anthony Irlando

You never know what you're gonna expect. Whether thats the weather or something always special happens with music in Colorado on any given day

Shaun Francis Martin
Shaun Francis Martin

Plain and simple the greatest venue on earth. Red Rocks Amphitheater. That and that countless other venues including beta with its function one sound system. FEEL THE BASS. Lol.

darkcabal
darkcabal

The best shows in Denver are often played in the best dives in Denver.

Jay Mesa
Jay Mesa

Moses beat me too it - musical diversity!

Jenny Divitto
Jenny Divitto

What isn't to love about Denver music is the question.

Alison Burton
Alison Burton

On any given night there's always awesome live music to listen to somewhere!

Tom Welch
Tom Welch

Colorado is such a great state for many reasons. Not only do we attract so many great artists of incredible variety, many members of those bands reside in CO. Getting to see their side projects at local venues often and on the cheap is great. Plus Red Rocks.

Jon Ackelson
Jon Ackelson

That there is so much great music to discover!

Jesse Collins
Jesse Collins

Best venues (including red rocks) and lots of variety :)

elvrumjtj
elvrumjtj

The best thing about being a music fan in Denver is that everynight you have to choose between three or four great shows.  We have a great scene and there's always something for everyone.

jconnell912
jconnell912

From No Names to Big Names, if you can't find something you enjoy, it's your own fault, not because of the lack of a quality music scene. 

chris.virgil
chris.virgil

The best part about being a music fan in Denver is the people that you get to experience all the different shows with.  Denver is the only place I have ever lived where you can go to a show and the guy to your left may have been your budtender that morning, and the guy to your right is the financial advisor you met with that afternoon. Everyone come out for the music and the experience.  There is no judging.  Just whispers of "You wanna hit this?" and "No worries!"  No matter if its WSP or 2 Chainz, the vibe at a denver show is a stadalone feeling that everyone should be fortunate enough to experience.

ksydney
ksydney

The variety of music and venues.  On any given night, you can see folk, blues, jazz, rock and much more.  There are diverse artists who are devoted to their music.  All this can be enjoyed with minimum expense. 

Brandonsims82
Brandonsims82

Watching lead singers who can't handle the altitude after jumping around on stage all night.

flightsimulator
flightsimulator

What's the best thing about being a music fan in Denver?


Being the major city that's a financially viable tour stop in the Mountain West. 

patrick.quinby
patrick.quinby

What's the best thing about being a music fan in Denver?


The sheer number of places and types of venues to see bands play. Everything from dive bars, to theaters, house shows and even the largest of venues. Every band that even goes on tour seemingly has a Denver date lined up at some point. Oh, and yeah, Red Rocks.

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