Ten things I learned at the Westword Music Showcase

Brandon Marshall

Editor: We're sitting here among the folded banners and deflated massive cartoon rum bottles after another Westword Music Showcase. You can relive it with a fairly comprehensive set of photos, and we'll have some more thoughts from the writers of Backbeat in the coming days. For now, here are some immediate thoughts, both general and specific, from first-time attendee Isa Jones.

I've been on the Front Range for five years, but this was somehow my first Westword Music Showcase, and I hate my music-festival-loving-self for waiting so long to be a part it. There's so much to say -- about how hard it is to play tambourine for twenty minutes straight and how amazing it was to see people so excited about their city's music. For now, here are ten things I learned at my first Westword Music Showcase.

See also: The people of Westword Music Showcase 2014

Eric Gruneisen

10. If you don't have some sort of plan (or make sure you trail someone with a plan) you will end up wandering around trying to find venues and miss all the good stuff.

9. That said, that good stuff is everywhere you look. If you walk into a venue and don't like the band playing, there's probably an amazing one playing next door or even just downstairs.

Brandon Marshall

8. It is a wonderful thing to talk to strangers about how great Denver music is.

7. Kissing Party might be my new favorite band, if only because they handed out tambourines and let the audience play along with them.

The lessons continue on the next page.

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Kev Markis
Kev Markis

Where's your music showcase, asshole?

Ben Schwitz
Ben Schwitz

I got a fever and the only cure is MORE COWBELL!!

Bradford Ashington
Bradford Ashington

Seriously, WestTurd, writing shit articles must be hard work, eh?

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