These Local Acts Play Westword Music Showcase

The Westword Music Showcase returns to the RiNo Art District on September 9-10, once again showcasing national acts as well as dozens of Denver’s best bands.

We just announced the latest additions to the lineup, including genre-bending local artist N3ptune. He will bring his kid-inspired, kid-inspired beats along with dance moves, passionate vocals, intense lyrics and a mesmerizing blend of hip-hop, gospel, blues and soul.

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“This is the first year I’ve really performed as myself,” he told us in December. “There is no one who does what I do. I am unique. I’m not competing with anyone but myself.”

click to enlarge A still from a video recording for Bear and the Beasts.  - JASON EDELSTEIN

A still from a video recording for Bear and the Beasts.

Jason Edelstein

When you see the indie act Bear and the Beasts from the Salt Lick Denver music collective, you might think that our city has its own My Morning Jacket. Bear and the Beasts described the sound as “dystopian forest music” and kept the sound alive during the pandemic as the first band to play Salt Lick’s livestream concerts; it has since become an unforgettable one, midsummer-inspired music video about climate change.

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Also performing at Westword Music Showcase is Latinx rap group 2MX2, which takes traditional Latin sounds and spins them with a modern twist, incorporating influences from hip-hop, alternative rock and pop. The unique fusion of the act and the anti-fascist, activist lyrics make for a memorable show. Surely no one who saw the group’s revolutionary performance with Flobots at Levitt Pavilion last year has forgotten.

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Dynamic “desert rock” band Pink Fuzz is also on the roster; it balances heavy, hard rock sounds with intricate lyricism and melodies. Pink Fuzz embodies the spirit of the Wild West, so pick your favorite stomping boots and get ready for a raucous show.

These bands share the lineup with psychedelic rock giants The Flaming Lips, indie-funk act Saint Motel, alternative indie dance-punk act KennyHoopla, post-punkers Wet Leg, indie-pop band Cannons and funk-rockers The Main Squeeze. Other local acts in the lineup:

  • Bellhoss
  • blue book
  • Citra
  • Claire Heywood
  • Despair Jordan
  • Don Chicharron
  • Electric Animals
  • endless nameless
  • Erin Stereo
  • Gestalt
  • hicentral
  • To hold
  • Honey Blazer
  • Child of immigrants
  • Julia Kirkwood
  • Julian St. Nightmare
  • Katana Da Don
  • Kayla Marque
  • Levi Double U
  • Young
  • neoma
  • Plasma canvas
  • Ramakhandra
  • Ray Reed
  • Rattlesnake Rhythm
  • Root beer Richie & the Reveille
  • Ryan Chrys & the Rough Cuts
  • The crooked carpets
  • the mornings

The local acts will take their sound to the WMS stages on September 9 at Larimer Lounge, ReelWorks, Bierstadt Lagerhaus, Number Thirty Eight, Ironton Distillery, RiNo Beer Garden, Tracks Denver and the Catbird Hotel; a few will join the national bands on stages in the Mission Ballroom grounds on Sept. 10.

Stay tuned for pop-up and line-up announcements for Denver’s longest-running celebration of local music. Tickets are on sale now; to get yours and more information, visit

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