Win tickets to RockyGrass by telling us your Planet Bluegrass memories

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Anthony Camera
Planet Bluegrass president Craig Ferguson (left) with spokesman Brian Eyster outside Planet Bluegrass last week.
This week's cover story is about how Lyons developed a music community and how that community has been impacted by the flooding last fall.

Much of the story focuses on Planet Bluegrass, an organization that three music festivals, including two at its ranch in Lyons. This weekend, it will be open for RockyGrass, its first festival since the flood caused $1.3 million worth of damage nine months ago.

See also: Nine months after Colorado's worst flood, the musicians of Lyons are ready for a comeback

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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.

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Find out how you could open for Prefuse 73 and Nosaj Thing at Cervantes' next week

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Jonathan Shoup
Prefuse 73 at Artopia

Attention, Colorado producers: Spotlight and Euphonic Conceptions have teamed up to bring you a contest that will put you, the producer, in the opening slot for Prefuse 73, Nosaj Thing and Falty DL at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom on January 29. It's simple: All you have to do is upload your track, get some votes from your friends and family, and wait for the judging panel to pick the winner. We spoke with Taylor Winum, head of business development at Spotlight, to find out more about the contest, why it's being held and how it works.

See also: Prefuse 73 at Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom, 1/29/14

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Win a ticket to Decadence NYE night one tonight

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Britt Chester

Update: Contest is over. We've picked a winner. Congrats to @fjscar0319. Check your email for details on how to claim your ticket, and thanks to everybody else for the other entries -- and for reading Backbeat!

Night one of Decadence kicks off tonight at the Colorado Convention Center with performances by Caustik, Curlyone, Lotus Drops, Subliminal, Coult-45, TJR, Bass Physics, Late Night Radio, Keys N Krates, Break Science, Triad Dragons, the TSA, Beats Antique, Dada Life, Tiesto and Bassnectar. We've got a single ticket up for grabs for tonight's show. Would you like to be our guest? Continue on for your chance to enter to win.

See also: New Year's Eve 2013 guide: What to do on NYE

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Winners picked to see the Sword at the Bluebird

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Sam Holden

Update, 12/27/13: Contest is over. Congrats to Darkcabal and mtnmc1. You and a guest will be our guests at the show this Monday. Check your email for details on how to claim your tickets. Thanks for all the entries and for reading Backbeat!

What better way to finish what was already a killer year of music in the Mile High City than to spend the night with the Sword at the Bluebird Theater? The Austin-based act is kicking off its two-night run with Helms Alee and Tauntaun on Monday, December 30. We've got some tickets to the show on Monday, and would love for you and a guest to be our guests. Continue on for your chance to enter to win.

See also: The Sword's J.D. Cronise is just a regular dude who listens to R. Kelly and Michael Jackson

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Win tickets to see Brother Ali at the Fox Theatre

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Eric Gruneisen

Brother Ali is slated to close at the year in Boulder with a two-night stand at the Fox Theatre that kicks off on Monday, December 30, and culminates with a New Year's Eve performance on Tuesday, December 31. We've got tickets to the show on Monday, and would love for you and a guest to be our guests. Continue on for your chance to enter to win.

See also: All upcoming concerts in our constantly updated Denver concert calendar

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2013 Web Awards: Help us pick the winners

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Last month we asked readers to send us suggestions for the Denver music scene's best representatives on social media for our 2013 Denver Web Awards. Now you can help pick who wins top honors. Here's how it works:

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Win tickets to NIN tonight at 1STBANK

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Aaron Thackeray

Update, 2 p.m., 11/13/13: Wow! Thanks for all the great entries. Wish we could hook all of you up with tickets. Sadly, we only have two pairs. Congrats to @Patches1 and @insanity speaks (check your e-mail for details on how to claim your tickets), and thanks again to everybody else for entering -- and for reading Backbeat. Keep your eye out for more great giveaways.

Nine Inch Nails is making its triumphant return to Colorado tonight with Explosions in the Sky at 1STBANK Center. Did you sleep on getting tickets, or are you broke and can't afford it? Great news! We've got two pairs of tickets to the show, and would absolutely love for you and a guest to be our guests. Wanna go? Continue on to enter for your chance to win.

See also: The best concerts to see in Denver this week

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Win tickets to see Cults at the Bluebird Theater

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Cults, currently touring in support of Static, its latest release, are making their way back to Denver next week for a show at the Bluebird on Wednesday, November 20, with SACCO and Mood Rings. We've got a pair of tickets up for grabs, and would love for you and a guest to be our guests. Wanna go? Continue on to enter for a chance to win.

See also: Wednesday: Cults at Bluebird Theater, 11/20/13

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Win tickets to see Mazzy Star at the Ogden

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Update, 11/8/13: Congrats @kmartinico. You and a guest will be our guest at the show this Sunday. Check your email for details on how to claim your tickets. Thanks to everybody else for the entries -- and for reading Backbeat!

After nearly two decades, Mazzy Star is back with a brand new album, Seasons of Your Day, which dropped just a few weeks ago. In support of the new record, the band is coming to Denver this Sunday, November 10, for an eagerly anticipated show at the Ogden Theatre. We've got a Mazzy Star prize pack up for grabs that includes a pair of tickets to the show and two T-Shirts. Would you and a guest like to be our guests this weekend? Continue on to enter for a chance to win.

See also: Sunday: Mazzy Star at the Ogden Theatre, 11/10/13

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