APN_Music, We Get Live Entertainment and Herman's Hideaway present "Step Up and Get Live" the search for Denver's top performance MC! Starting April 14th, Denver's talent will start squaring off, with a $4000 cash grand prize!

Rules for entry:

This is a contest for an MC fronted performance group. The winner will be able to stage a show that competes at the national level. You are encouraged (but not required) to include live DJs and other musical performers as part of your set.

You must have at least 2 songs to perform in the preliminary round. You must have 5 songs ready for semifinals, and 8 should you make it to the final.

Winner each night will be determined by three factors:
1.) Your draw at the door
2.) Crowd response as measured by DB meter
3.) Judge's panel: including sponsors, special guests and someone from APN_Music.

For registration, sponsorship and general information contact:

Quotes & Jared Ming

Quotes is from the north side of the Denver area. Jared Ming grew up in the southern tip of the city. They first met in the middle, as part of a musical theater production at Metro State, and since have formed one of the city’s most cutting-edge musical groups.

A rap-and-vocal duo, Quotes and Jared Ming began to establish themselves on the city’s music scene in the summer of 2013. They performed several times at quaint Herman’s Hideaway, one of the city’s most notable venues for aspiring artists, as part of the Step Up & Get Live contest.

The group advanced to the finals in a field of more than 40 competitors and opened for national act Mix Master Mike in the fall of 2013 at Summit Music Hall. The bookings have increased since, and the band released its first video for Crumbling Down in Dec. 2013.

Quotes, aka James Miller, has drawn comparisons to Drake and Childish Gambino, performers who have taken on the multiple roles of rapping, singing and acting. Quotes cites many influences, but was first drawn to the industry when listening to Tupac as a youngster.

“He could really paint pictures with his lyrics,” Quotes said.

Quotes graduated from Horizon High School in Thornton, Colo. where he was heavily involved in the theater, including a well-publicized production of High School Musical.

Ming competed in American Idol in 2012 and advanced to the Hollywood rounds after being selected from an Aspen, Colo.-based preliminary round. He also has appeared in a national commercial for the Coors Brewing Co. He attended Chaparral High School in Parker, Colo. and has been a longtime performer, both as a singer and an actor.

While rap-and-vocal duos are somewhat prevalent in collaborations (Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z, Lupe Fiasco and Guy Sebastian, etc.), it is uncommon for a group to be composed of a fulltime rapper in addition to a range-style vocalist. In that regard, Quotes and Jared Ming are groundbreakers in the field.

Chayne Clouds

Confident, outspoken, versatile, talented, and brash are a few words that come to mind when you think of Brooklyn born, Denver bred hip-hop artist Chayne Clouds.
Chayne began leaving his imprint on his music early in his career under the Alias of Osiris King and released 3 successful independent projects. His biggest project to date is Hostile Takeover 2: Don of a new Reign. Which began to help brand the artist and develop his fan base overseas in Australia, Africa, and parts of Europe.
Chayne Clouds' dream and aspiration is to begin the new Def Jam Records for the 2000 Era. "I'm willing to help those who are willing to help and push themselves and now a days, people think that music and success comes overnight these days and the harsh reality is that some people never get to where they want to be." Chayne is no stranger to overcoming obstacles being raised where hip-hop isn't the first thing to come to mind in the "Mile High City" as often or as frequent as other genres of music and every artist prefers to be competitive rather than united. Chayne Clouds, with his abrasive tone and honest lyrics is reminiscent of Young Jeezy, and as lyrically able as Jay-Z who are just a few of his favorite rappers. His goal is to make an impact and for a young man from Denver, CO with his work ethic, charm, and business savvy, it's only a matter of time before Chayne Clouds is a household name everywhere.



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STEP UP & GET LIVE **MC BATTLE** with Quotes & Jared Ming, The Section, 25 Kay, Chayne Clouds, B.Hz

Sunday, June 30 · Doors 9:00 PM / Show 9:30 PM at Herman's Hideaway