What makes Denver's music scene unique? A Westword Music Showcase ticket contest

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Christopher Morgan
A scene we hope to re-create in about a month here.
The Westword Music Showcase is one month away. On June 21, 130-ish Colorado bands and artists of every possible variety will play assorted venues around the Golden Triangle. Each of those bands is a nominee for a Westword Music Award, and they represent a music community that is easy to believe in. There are bands of all styles and sizes creating music that tells the story of the place we live through every angle and lens.

Every week in Westword and on the Backbeat blog, we try to offer introductions to those artists for new fans and help to illuminate the experience of listening to music in Denver. And once a year, we get to let the bands speak for themselves. We're also interested in input from everyone who cares about music in this town, though. So tell us what you think makes Denver's scene unique.

This isn't an idle question. It actually stems from a conversation I had with a musician from Nashville last week. He was asking what the music scene is like here in Denver. He wanted to know whether I thought there was a unique Denver narrative or vibe. It's a question I've spent a lot of time considering -- there are obvious things like the geography and, now, the interest generated by recreational marijuana. But those are just a couple details selected somewhat at random. And considering the more subtle history and makeup of the venues, bands, promoters and fans here seems like a good place to start if we want to make this city an even better one for music lovers.

You can comment below, respond on Twitter using the hashtag #westwordshow or comment on Facebook. We'll pick a few people who make us think about something new or laugh and give them a pair of tickets to the Showcase. You have until Friday at 3 p.m. Go!

In addition to the Colorado bands, the Showcase will also feature an outdoor stage on Acoma Street and 12th Avenue will host Diplo, 2 Chainz and more. Tickets are on sale now.

See also:
-The Westword Music Showcase lineup is here!
-The 36 best songs you might hear on the main stage at this year's Westword Music Showcase
-The 2014 Westword Music Awards nominees
-The people of Westword Music Showcase 2013

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19 comments
David Montalvo
David Montalvo

I've been here for 10 years. I didn't realize Denver has a "music scene".

kodywannabizkit
kodywannabizkit

The individuals here don't seem to be huge music snobs or ones that stick to their genre of music, so at almost any and every show you go to, there is a huge variation in the types of people attending!

Learner2020
Learner2020

Denver is a breath taking place to play and (if you're dancing) to listen to music.


Jason Hornyak
Jason Hornyak

Geography. It's because we are a cultural island in the middle of a vast sea of rural emptiness. Every band that travels across the country HAS to stop here for practical and cultural reasons. There are no other cities within several hundred miles, so it only makes sense that Denver is always a tour destination for every band out there. The population of transplants from all over the country also makes Denver a melting pot of american culture. People from all parts of the country are moving here in droves and bringing their regional taste with them, thus creating a very diverse music scene. Also: legal weed and shit, and dabs bro. dabs.

Patrick Gullett
Patrick Gullett

I just moved to Denver from Nashville. I'm hoping to be able to jump into the music scene here, albeit a much smaller scene when compared to Music City.

Khena Fawn
Khena Fawn

A show is like a small sample size of the entire population of the world's people. Everyone is smiling, conversing, gyrating, and totally willing to follow you down the alley for a spliff break ha!

Adam Craig
Adam Craig

The amount of music in one fest...

Andrew Dayton
Andrew Dayton

Cuz I'm there just generally being a dance dragon

Elise Dunkel
Elise Dunkel

The variety & love of music that we have! We didn't always have the wonderful music scene that we have now & as fans I think we appreciate what we have now. We have amazing local talent & now are a stop for world famous artists. Plus we are filled with Colorado love!

Laura Blackburn
Laura Blackburn

Denver has such an eclectic group of people, and it shows in the music. One venue may have a death metal band playing, while the venue next to it has a reggae band. Denver is also passionate about their music, especially when it comes to supporting local bands. I haven't been to any other city where you see a brother/sisterhood form amongst complete strangers, no matter the genre of music they have in common.

Adam J Husar
Adam J Husar

UNIQUE PEOPLE AND UNIQUE VENUES, MAKES FOR A UNIQUE MUSIC SCENE IN COLORADO!!!

kabosht9
kabosht9

The people of Colorado who know what they want... If it wasn't for us, great musicians wouldn't continue to grace us with their presence.

patrick.quinby
patrick.quinby

I think its all of those things combined that make the Denver Music scene what it is today. The geography, the politics and the attitude of the state in general appeal to musicians from all walks of life as a place to come and play and be appreciated by music loving fans. When you're bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Utah and Wyoming, its easy to see why bands could take a different route on their itinerary, but they don't. Just about every tour in the country books a Denver date at some point, and not just because of logistics, but because of everything CO has to offer. The breathtaking landscape, the countless venues including everything from Red Rocks to 7th Circle and all points in between. Its a great place to live/play and the fact that we're getting the WMS, UMS, Riot Fest, Denver Black Sky, Noisefest, the countless festivals in the hills, etc…..are all prime examples of this.

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