Sam Tallent


Esme Patterson

Esmé Patterson's songwriting is at the heart of the folk and roll explosion in Denver, CO. Her first album "All Princes, I" was released in november of 2011 to great acclaim and her sophomore album "Woman to Woman", a concept album of responses to famous songs about women (more in-depth explanation here:, will be released on April 15th. She is a founding member of the Americana group Paper Bird and has toured extensively and recorded 4 studio albums with them over the last 7 years.

Wheelchair Sports Camp

Wheelchair Sports Camp, the Denver based pseudo hip-hop band is Kalyn as MC/producer, Abi McGaha Miller as vocalist/saxophone, brother Isaac as live rhythm, and Christopher Behm-Meyer as DJ B*Money. The band unknowingly started in the summer of 1997 when Kalyn moved back from Burbank, CA to her Denver hometown and was invited to attend and corrupt the 14th annual week-long Wheelchair Sports Camp. Having grown-up listening to TLC, Salt -n- Pepa, Missy Elliot and The Pharcyde despite her parent's recommendations, Kalyn entered a talent show at the age of 12 rapping originial rhymes over a cassette of herself beatboxing. After meeting Abi and later brother Isaac in college, Kalyn combined talents to create a more live, jazzy, funky, combination to the traditional hip-hop group. And after hitting their groove with DMC national finalist DJ B*Money, they had everything a group could need to call themselves a good band. The unconventional setup of live instruments, turntables and Kalyn's produced beats, presents a polished sound unique to the hip hop game with old-school lyrics that maintain a sarcastic yet independent and heavy consciousness. After playing for a few years around the Denver metro area, the group has been fortunate enough to share the stage with headliners and mentors like Raekwon, Rahzel, Zion I, Souls Of Mischief, good friend One Be Lo & Binary Star, Blueprint, Mr. Dibbs, Macklemore, DubConscious, Pep Love, Astronautalis and many more. The band has played outside home in places including New York, Los Angeles, Portland, Seattle, and continues to expand their fanbase in further markets.
Wheelchair Sports Camp persists to stay passionate about many causes, playing shows to raise money and awareness to prevent domestic violence, support Haiti relief efforts, promote equality, advocate an end to the war in the Middle East, aid the homeless, and The OCCUPY Denver movement as well. Taking a nod from one of their favorite artists Radiohead, Wheelchair Sports Camp always has free or pay what you can CDs available at shows for fans. "If you can't afford music or food, steal it!" has been their motto since inception. Their goal is to spread their music like wildfire, and they encourage their fans to share and borrow creativity in hopes to conserve a free culture. To them, it's the only way to keep their music headed in the right direction without allowing money and greed to interfere with the creative process.

Ken Arkind is a National Poetry Slam Champion and full time touring artist who has performed his work in almost all of the Lower 48, Hawaii and Canada. With Panama Soweto he is one half of The Dynamic Duo, The nations most highly booked Spoken Word act for the past 2 years. He has been featured in The Documentaries SPIT!, Slamplanet, CBS, NBC and's Open Door Poetry series alongside U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins. He was a member of the highly influential Spilljoy Ensemble tour, a collection of The country's premiere young Spoken Word Artists including Danny Sherrard, Jon Sands and Shira Erlichman and is currently the Project Coordinator for The Denver Minor Disturbance Youth Poetry Slam, a workshop and reading series that works with Denver youth poets between the ages of 13 and 19 throughout the Metro area. A regular fixture in The Denver Music Scene he has opened for acts like The Flobots, Gil Scott Heron, Devotchka, Sage Francis, Cloud Cult, Pulitzer Prize Winner Yusef Komunyaka and NPR's Amy Goodman. His work has been published in numerous literary anthologies and Journals across the country and he has been arrested for being loud on several occasions.


Titwrench founder/creative director

Chella & the Charm

Originally from La Crosse, Wisconsin, folk singer-songwriter, Chella Negro, relocated to Colorado in August of 2000. Though spending the majority of the past decade living in Denver has certainly informed her songs with a spirit that can only be lifted from the ubiquitous concrete and glass of the city, the soul of a life spent growing up in a midwestern town remains the heartbeat of the music. The seemingly mutually exclusive elements of country heart and urban savvy fuse seamlessly into a collection of songs that is at once unique and comfortingly familiar. Reflected in her singing simultaneously are the pain of heartbreak, the joy and wonder of life, and the wisdom gained from experiencing both. Chella faithfully carries the torch of singer-songwriter folk music past and current. The addition of Dave Pinto on Pedal Steel, Melanie Karnopp on Drums and Joey Coloroso on Bass fill out the instrumentation and bring a decidedly Americana sound to the songs.


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