Westword, Colorado Harvest Company, and Breckenridge Brewery Present
Best of the West 9 - Semi-Final 1
Float Like a Buffalo, Rocket Surgeons, Fi, WHISKEY STARSHIP, Rubber Planet
1578 South Broadway
Denver, CO, 80210
Doors 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Float Like a Buffalo
Progressive funk outta Mile High
Rocket Surgeons (formerly Filthy T) is the brainchild of six Denverites intent on blending modern rock and smart rap. The band’s signature sound is articulate vocals over soulful guitar parts and driving rhythms.
>> What We’re About:
The city of Denver is a successful mix of polar opposites – tech startups flourish in a cowboy culture, East Coast and West Coast natives live together in harmony, and hippies and republicans co-celebrate 4/20. Growing up together in the Mile High City, rapper-producer Russell Ben Hedman and guitarist Joe Barnholt envisioned that the same effortless integration could be achieved in mixing the clever rhythms of hip-hop with edgy rock sounds. The original duo has been joined by singer Sami Davis, bassist Kirby Beegles, and axe man Joe Shull.
Rocket Surgeons has garnered continual accolades, including selection for 93.3 KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays Top 10 and Big Gig Competition Top 10. As a live band, Rocket Surgeons has headlined and sold out numerous venues (including the Bluebird Theatre), won a spot as a finalist for Westword Magazine's Best of the West, and landed stage time to represent the Denver music scene at the first ever Denver County Fair. The group has opened for touring artists including The Flobots, Vanilla Ice, Rehab, and Sidewalk Chalk.
The band is also committed to doing great things for the Denver community. Rocket Surgeons has organized and played fundraising concerts for organizations like Children’s Hospital, the victims of the 2012 Aurora theater shooting, Claire Davis (Arapahoe High School shooting victim), and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado.
>> Who We Sound Like:
The Flobots (but with more songs for the ladies)
Gym Class Heroes (but not as good at dodgeball or rope climbing)
Linkin Park (but with less radio play… way less ☹)
Rocket Surgeons has been selected twice for 93.3 KTCL’s Hometown for the Holidays Top 10 (2008 and 2014).
Rocket Surgeons opened for local legends The Flobots in 2009 and subsequently for touring acts Smash Mouth, Vanilla Ice, Rehab, and Sidewalk Chalk, among others.
Filthy T sold out the Bluebird Theater in Denver at their headlining CD release show in October of 2011.
Rocket Surgeons reached the finals of Westword's Best of the West competition in 2012 (among 40 bands to start).
Rocket Surgeons was selected to be the top billed local act at the 2014 Higher Ground Music Festival featuring national touring acts Barcelona and Baywood.
Rocket Surgeons has headlined benefit concerts for various charities raising over $10,000 in total; charities include Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, victims of the Aurora theater shooting on July 20, 2012, the cancer unit of Children’s Hospital, and Arapahoe High School shooting victim Claire Davis.
While fans often use the nickname "The White Prince" to describe the wild performances by Colorado artist Fi (fye), his music won the airwaves on a modern drum and synth-heavy pop palette with enduring lyrical hooks, timid blends of blues and rock, and an unusual urban R&B voice... Okay, maybe Fi and Prince had a great deal in common. Fi is also renowned for eccentric style, multi-instrumental talent, and mysteriously playful character.
But beyond Fi's top-caliber music production and high-voltage entertainment, listeners found something intimate and refreshing about the texture of his music, authentic lyrics, and the way he speaks to an audience. That devoted fan base continues to drive Fi's success in entertainment, production and writing throughout the industry.
The music found here, in rotation on Pandora and FM radio, are likely to be heard on stations with Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, The Weeknd, One Direction, Awolnation, and One Republic.
There are few things more refreshing than an original take on the pop-rock genre, and with enough “Vitamin G” to satisfy audiences in Denver and beyond, Rubber Planet has quenched the Denver’s music scene’s craving for the genre since their inception in 1998. With a resume that includes multiple national tours, Red Rocks dates and a drummer that was infamously deported following the band’s 2005 gig at Sammy Hagar’s famed Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, this reunited Denver four-piece is an act not to be missed.
Over the course of seven albums (with the album Cosmic being recording with Peter DiStefano of Porno For Pyros) Rubber Planet’s story is living proof that there is no elevator success. During their heyday in the early 2000s, the band gigged over 200 nights a year, propelled by a single that reached #1 on mp3.com in 2001, and developed a loyal following that packed clubs both big and small. The group never lost focus on their live show, putting inhibitions (and often dignity) aside for the sake of their fans. At a Rubber Planet show, it always feels like New Year’s Eve. Before their initial break up in 2012, Rubber Planet shared the stage with countless national acts.
Silver (vocals/bass), Vitamin G (guitar), Brice Hancock (guitar) and Chris Reidy (drums) will be reuniting for the event of a lifetime at Herman’s Hideaway on November 22, guaranteed to be the most refreshing way to kick off your holiday season.