Miller Lite presents Westword Music Showcase featuring Dada Life, Trampled by Turtles, and more!
plus 150 local bands
1100 Acoma Street
This event is all ages
Westword Music Showcase
Westword Music Showcase, presented by Coors Light, is back on June 20 and bigger and better than ever. This year’s lineup features national acts such as Flume, The Black Angels and MisterWives and 100 of your favorite local artists on 12 stages.
You read it right: One day. 12 stages. 100 local bands and some of the hottest national talent you'll see this year. Get your tickets now for Saturday, June 20 in the Golden Triangle neighborhood for music, great local vendors, food and libations!
We are Dada Life.
Destroy dance music and have fun. Don't look back in the past. Always go forward. Don't think too much. Always follow the money.
Do the Dada.
The result? Big tunes, no frills.
Trampled by Turtles
Acclaimed band Trampled by Turtles continue to receive praise for their new album Stars and Satellites available now on Thirty Tigers/RED. Since forming in Duluth, Minnesota in 2003, Trampled by Turtles always felt they were able to attain an energy on stage that can't be found in the studio. For Stars and Satellites, however, Trampled by Turtles didn't want to simply try to recreate a live show. "We wanted to make a record that breathes," explains Dave Simonett (guitar/vocals), "musically we wanted to step out of our comfort zone." "You know how sometimes they say 'less is more,'" notes Erik Berry (mandolin), "that's what Stars and Satellites is about."
"Supercharged songs with a hooky playfulness and white-knuckle power…" —Esquire
"Lit up and charged…four-part harmonies that are close to being crystalline." —Daytrotter
My Body Sings Electric
My Body Sings Electric is a band that demands your attention. Whether it's through crystal clear album production or dynamic live shows, they make sure you understand when it comes to their music, they are all business.
In the last year, My Body Sings Electric has released a full length album "Changing Color" to a sold-out hometown crowd, recorded their single "Step Into The Light" at the legendary Blasting Room (Rise Against, Less Than Jake), earned consistent local radio play, and gained state-wide recognition as they placed in the top 3 during KTCL 93.3's "Hometown for the Holidays" competition.
In winter of 2010, the band traveled to Portland, OR to record their debut album at Interlace Audio (Dance Gavin Dance, Johnny Craig, Fear Before). The investment has paid off as the band has played to packed houses since the album release.
That's not bad for a group of self-managed, self-funded Denver music scene misfits, but they have higher goals in mind. The successes of the past year have only gone to make the band hungrier, and they show no signs of slowing down soon.
P.O.S was born in Minneapolis as Stefon Alexander, where everybody still calls him Stef. As a little kid, he developed a fascination with an older cousin's bass guitar. Stef was allowed to take it home and he banged on it happily for years before realizing that it was intended to be played through an amp. "I just thought it was supposed to be a quiet instrument." As a teenager, he fell hard for punk rock. Minor Threat, At the Drive-In, Refused, Kid Dynamite. He played in a series of hardcore bands, sometimes as a drummer, sometimes on guitar and vocals. From the start, he preferred basement shows to club gigs. Simultaneously, he pursued hip hop, rapping in the hallways and after school with classmates who would eventually found Doomtree Records. P.O.S released his first rap record, Ipecac Neat, on Doomtree in 2003. After signing with Rhymesayers shortly after, it was quickly released and widely distributed on Rhymesayers Entertainment. The album earned P.O.S a dedicated following of critics and underground fans. Two years later they devoured his melodic sophomore release Audition, which featured collaborations with heavyweights like Slug from Atmosphere; Craig Finn of The Hold Steady; and Greg Attonito of The Bouncing Souls. On the verge of his third release, with his trajectory unchecked, P.O.S still doesn't take himself too seriously. He doesn't sweat the musical trends. He locks himself in his bedroom studio until the early hours of the morning, emerges with a song, and couldn't care less how someone else would have gone about it.
Like many great rappers, P.O.S creates his own self-contained little microcosm—his characters become familial to us; we get in on his slang and inside jokes. His mother and his son Jacob emerge as familiar personalities. We know his politics too: P.O.S doesn't hesitate to call out the compounding absurdities of pop culture, either with a little friendly ribbing or with a Molotov cocktail. On Never Better he drops deft one-liners that cut to the quick of America's stuff-obsessed culture, Can't take it with them can they?
Amidst the swagger, the laughter and the wit, P.O.S also provides a portal to his personal life—a young man ferociously determined to succeed as a father, a musician, and a human being. He's earnest, sometimes frustrated, irresistibly likable, and he's goofy. With that kind of wingspan, he can rally almost any crowd—live he's like the Pied Piper of the underground. He can make a rap show feel like a revival, a mosh pit, or a reunion. He will stand on chair. He'll invent a dance. Then the beat drops, the hands go up, and you're converted.
P.O.S himself made more than half of the beats on Never Better, and the production bears his unmistakable signature. The album enters a room like bombshell with a black eye—badass, noisy, impossible to ignore. Feedback and relentless drum rolls are only occasionally tempered by sung choruses and clean, chiming guitar lines. Some critics will be eager to categorize the album as a hybrid—some kind of crossover project. But it's probably not. P.O.S is a rapper with range, he's a real musician and an unstoppable performer. For him, genres are as they ever were: permeable.
The Mowgli's are a Southern Californian band with a Southern Californian soul. The seven-piece started in a garage in the San Fernando Valley where many of them grew up. They're bound together by an intricate social web that dates back to childhood and their harmonies carry a message of universal love and togetherness. Brother and sisterhood. It's all about unity, having a good time, and the idea that humanity can achieve a higher level consciousness.
They practice what they preach; everything is collaborative. Their music draws from a desire to grow together and a sense of security within the group. Like siblings, they fight, make up, and in the end, emerge stronger.
Their collective approach might draw comparisons to Arcade Fire or Broken Social Scene, but their sound finds its place somewhere between the folk-tinged rock n' roll of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and the youthful upbeat pop of Cults. For them, it starts with having a message and trying to say it in the most uplifting way, inspired equally by the magnetism and energy of San Francisco, as they are by the solitude and serenity of the Big Sur coast.
Hunter Hunted is Dan Chang and Michael Garner. The Los Angeles duo weave intricate vocal harmonies and heart beat rhythms into voluminous, soaring songs that toe the line between California indie and folk rock.
$38 - $100
On the heels of a hot event in 2012, Westword Music Showcase is back on June 22, and bigger than ever. This year’s lineup features 6 national acts and 150 of your favorite local artists on 12 stages. You read it right: One day. 12 stages. 150 local bands and some of the hottest national talent you'll see this year. Mark your calendar for Saturday, June 22 in the Golden Triangle neighborhood for music, great local vendors, food and libations! Click here for directions.