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What you need to know about the Denver music scene, according to the bands

Categories: Music Showcase

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Katey Laurel talks about what she wishes everyone knew about Denver music. The full video is below.
The Westword Music Showcaseis next Saturday, June 21. It's our annual love letter to Denver music, with over 140 local bands playing. All of them are nominees for Westword Music Awards, and together we hope the two efforts will help a few people discover some new things about the music of the city they live in.

As part of that effort, we asked some of the nominees to give one piece of advice to those new to the Mile High music scene. We picked several of the best answers -- the ones that made us laugh or think or both. Those can be found below; we also asked several of the musicians who came to the final Showcase social hour a couple weeks ago a similar question. The results are in the video you see at the top of this post.

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You're invited to the Westword Music Showcase pre-parties on May 8, 15 and 29

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Brandon Marshall
Last year at this thing.
The Westword Music Showcase is less than two months away. On June 21, 130-ish Colorado bands and artists of every possible variety will play assorted venues around the Golden Triangle, and an outdoor stage on Acoma Street and 12th Avenue will host Diplo, 2 Chainz and more. We'll announce the local lineup this week; that list will comprise bands nominated for 2014 Westword Music Awards.

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According to the Summit Music Conference, Denver is ready for a hip-hop breakthrough

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Over the weekend, the Summit Music Conference and Showcase took over Casselman's for a day. A panel consisting of people with ties to Sirius/XM Radio, Warner Music, Atlantic Records and more discussed ways artists in Denver can help the hip-hop scene ascend to new heights. There are those in Denver who see the path to success leading them out of the Mile High, but the panel at the Summit Music Conference Saturday had a very different perception. Panelist Amber Ravenel put in place the following theme for the day: "It starts at home."More »

Westword Music Showcase 2014 pre-sale starting today: First 2,000 tickets for $25

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The time is now to pick up your Westword Music Showcase tickets. Starting today at 10 a.m., if you're one of the first 2,000 folks to buy tickets using the "music" promo code, you'll get an exclusive pre-sale price of $25. Act now to get this deal, as ticket prices will go up this Friday, February 28, when they officially go on sale at 10 a.m. In the meantime, save the date: Saturday, June 21, Diplo and 2 Chainz, along with Cherub, King Khan & the Shrines, Man Man, Claymore Disco and an insane lineup featuring the best local talent are set to rock your world.

See also: The people of the 2013 Westword Music Showcase

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Westword Music Showcase 2014: First headliner revealed, tickets on sale Friday, January 10

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Britt Chester

If you were at Decadence last night, then you already have the drop on the first headliner for this year's edition of the Westword Music Showcase. In keeping with our longstanding tradition of capping the night off with a blockbuster dance party, Diplo will have the honors this year. Tickets for the twentieth annual Showcase go on sale on Friday, January 10. The first 2000 people to purchase tickets will get them for $25.

See also: The people of the 2013 Westword Music Showcase

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Westword Music Showcase 2013: Oh, so that's what that helicopter thingy was for...

Categories: Music Showcase

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The Westword Music Showcase 2013 is now officially a wrap, and in just a few short months we'll start batting around ideas for next year's Showcase. (If you have a wish list of acts we should consider booking, feel free to weigh in below.) In the meantime, Gabe Rovick from Focus4 Design sent over the highlight video he put together for this year's edition. Keep reading for a bird's-eye view of Showcase, and thanks for making this year the best one yet!

See also:
- Photos: Westword Music Showcase 2013 Through Instagram
- Photos: The People of Westword Music Showcase 2013
- Photos: Westword Music Showcase 2013 - Local Bands


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Westword Music Showcase 2013 winners

Categories: Music Showcase

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Danielle Lirette

Well, it's a wrap. The nineteenth annual Westword Music Showcase Awards are now officially in the books. The Bluebird was packed, and, man, what a good time. Drinks, food, friends -- what else do you need? Next to the Showcase itself, this is one of the best nights for local music all year. Plenty of smiles and hugs to go around. Keep reading for the complete list of this year's winners.

See also:
- Photos: 2013 Westword Music Showcase Awards at the Bluebird Theater, 7/12/12
- Photos: The people of the 2013 Westword Music Showcase
- Photos: The bands of the 2013 Westword Music Showcase


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Don't miss the 2013 Westword Music Showcase Awards at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Bluebird

Categories: Music Showcase

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Emily Driskill

This Wednesday, July 17, we'll be hosting the nineteenth annual Westword Showcase Awards at the Bluebird Theater. The votes have all been tallied, and tomorrow night, we'll be announcing the winners and handing out the awards. Following a VIP reception for nominees (shoot us an email if you're nominated and haven't received an invite) from 7-8 p.m., the ceremony will kick off at 8 p.m., and Mile High Soul Club will spin some tunes afterward. The ceremony is free and open to the public for anyone sixteen years and older.

See also:
- Photos: 2012 Westword Music Showcase Awards at the Bluebird Theater, 7/12/12
- Photos: The people of the 2013 Westword Music Showcase
- Photos: The bands of the 2013 Westword Music Showcase


Westword Music Showcase recap from Bar Standard

Categories: Music Showcase

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Brandon Marshall
Warhawk on stage at Bar Standard during the 2013 Westword Music Showcase.

Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Tom Murphy hosted at Bar Standard this past Saturday. Keep reading for some of the highlights from that stage.

See also:
- Photos: Westword Music Showcase 2013 Through Instagram
- Photos: The People of Westword Music Showcase 2013
- Photos: Westword Music Showcase 2013 - Local Bands


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Westword Music Showcase recap from City Hall street level

Categories: Music Showcase

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Eric Gruneisen
Mane Rok of Stay Tuned on stage at City Hall during the 2013 Westword Music Showcase.

Every year at the Westword Music Showcase, we enlist our army of Backbeat wordsmiths to host various stages. In addition to their emcee duties, we ask them to pull double duty by submitting a travelogue of their individual stage. Noah Hubbell hosted the street level stage at City Hall this past Saturday. Keep reading for some of the highlights from that stage.

See also:
- Photos: Westword Music Showcase 2013 Through Instagram
- Photos: The People of Westword Music Showcase 2013
- Photos: Westword Music Showcase 2013 - Local Bands


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