Denver Westword Music Showcase

5 Questions for 5 Bands at Westword Music Showcase, Part 3

Here is the next post in my series of “5 Questions for 5 Bands” who are playing at the Westword Music Showcase … the festival is right around the corner! Can’t wait to see all these local artists rock out earlier in the day. Also, be sure to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of the interviews.

LAST CHANCE: Use my promo code GREEBLE and get over 50% discount on your WMS tickets!

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Emma Mayes & The Hip // La Rumba at 1:50pm

Band Members: Emma Mayes, Alex Newton, Ryan Bannigan, Adam Landmark, Elyse Midgyett, Teresa Suydam, Miles McKee, Mark & Matt Wilkolak
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1. Describe your music.

Our music is a fusion of soul, funk, jazz. We combine complex and lush vocal harmonies in congruence to catchy and groovy hornlines. Most of our songs create a sound that expands through composed forms that build in energy and take unexpected turns accompanied by poetic lyrics.

2. Why should people come see you at WMS?

The polished and blended vocal harmonies are a rare commodity in the Denver scene and will send shivers up your spine! The rhythm section will take you on a journey of uniquely written song forms and the horns add the butter. It is a highly energetic show to watch as well

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

A lion. Because they’re fierce big kitties with bold manes. And if you know me, you know how I feel about kitties.

4. List your favorite Colorado bands.

Ghost Tapes, What Young Men Do (Venus Cruz), Other Black, SYCDVK, Eldren, KDubbs, Felix Fast4ward, Moonglade

5. Best interaction with a fan?

I love to get off stage and dance with people if I’m letting the girls take a lead. It’s so fun to enjoy it from the other side and have a moment to rock out with people who’ve come and supported. Someone also handed me a real life kitten onstage once and I pretty much lost my shit.

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CITRA // Vybe at 2:45pm

Band Members: Brandon Arndt, Augie Menos, Dan Naddy, Sean Slattery
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1. Describe your music.

High-energy rock and roll. We don’t think we’re trying to change the world; just hopefully getting people out to shows to have a good time and forget about your life for an hour (or in this case, 40 minutes).

2. Why should people come see you at WMS?

If you like watching four dudes get sweaty and give their all on stage at somewhere besides Hamburger Mary’s.

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Shark with frickin’ laser beam attached to its head, self-explanatory.

4. List your favorite Colorado bands.

In the Whale, Eldren, Velveteers

5. Best interaction with a fan?

Recently had a fan who discovered us on Spotify come to a show and sing back every single song word for word. Also, anyone who buys us whiskey after, many thanks – you’re the best!

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Ramakhandra  // The Church at 1:35pm

Band Members: Annastezhaa – Pedal Harp / Vocals, Clato – Bass, Nobahdee – Beatz, Ness – Synth
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1. Describe your music.

We are really not sure how to describe it. We feel that we are pushing in every direction away from what we’ve already heard before. The best description we’ve ever been given is crazy Zelda hip hop shit haha so we’ll take it.

2. Why should people come see you at WMS?

Honestly, we feel the music should speak for itself. We are very new so we are just incredibly excited to be here at all.

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

An Alien.

4. List your favorite Colorado bands.

Ghost Pulse, Ghost TApes, Wesley Watkins and his band The Other Black, Kdubbs, Venus Cruz with What Young Men Do, The Guest List, Wheel Chair Sports Camp, Felix Fast 4ward, Alan aka Soul Daddy, Milky.Wav, Dandu, Paa Kow, Joshua Trinidad Trio

5. Best interaction with a fan?

We feel that there is no one interaction that can express how thankful we are for having any fans at all. The love and the appreciation for our music has been overwhelming and we are thankful for it every day.

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SF1 (Performing Outkast) // La Rumba at 5:30pm

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1. Describe your music.

An epicenter of music on top of a hip hop foundation.

2. Why should people come see you at WMS?

To experience an energetic live performance that encompasses a live band and element of surprise.

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Black Panther … Wakanda for life, lol.

4. List your favorite Colorado bands.

Other Black, Optyc Nerd, Yasi, AMZY, Kayla Marque, SIR … just to name a few

5. Best interaction with a fan?

After performing at Elitch Gardens back in 2016, a mother approached me and explained that her daughter’s entire demeanor changed while watching the performance. She saw light in her daughter’s face and a smile she hadn’t seen in awhile. It was an incredibly humbling conversation. The music I create, the music we all create here in the Denver music scene is bigger than us. I’m forever grateful for the opportunity to share my music.

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Aaron Bordas // Vinyl Main at 3:25pm

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1. Describe your music.

Dark and energetic

2. Why should people come see you at WMS?

I have a completely different sound than most. I create an experience rather than a set.

3. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

Any kind of feline. They’re the most efficient and precise animals when they need to be, lol.

4. List your favorite Colorado bands.

Tnertle, SunSquabi, Motet

5. Best interaction with a fan?

Handing me a necklace they made for me over the DJ booth. I rocked it all night.

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Thanks for all the fun answers! We’ll have one more group of interviews to round out the series!

We’re in countdown mode for Westword Music Showcase!

  • Get your WMS tickets with discount code GREEBLE.
  • Bookmark the FanPlan mobile schedule (not an app, works on any smartphone browser).
  • Come early in the day for all the local bands!
  • See you online with the #WMSLocal hashtag.
  • Visit us at Vybe to pick up your prize(s)!

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