Westword Music Showcase Was A Rainy Dance Party
Westword has been consistently throwing one of the best dance parties every summer. From bringing national acts into town and allowing local artists to shine. Some of the biggest Colorado acts once started from this festival before they rose to prominence throughout their respective genres. This year was no exception as even in the rain, it was a dance party.
The Production Keeps Getting Better and Better
When Westword Music Showcase started in 1995, it was in the LoDo district, then moved to the Golden Triangle, and most recently to the Mission Ballroom Outdoors in RiNo. Each year it only got bigger and better, which fueled these moves. Now with the space to bring in two massive stages with top-of-the-line sound production. In addition, the two side stages had a unique vibe, creating an immersive experience. One is the Streets Stage which the MCA hosted, and then the silent disco stage, which Party Guru Productions threw.
The Food Trucks
Colorado’s food truck scene is one of the best in the country, as it is fueled by culture and large-scale events. Westword Music Showcase made no exception by bringing out a wide variety of food options. From delicious Beef Bulgogi bowls, Gyros, Birria tacos, and of course, the pizza, there was a taste of everything that screams street food. Taking advantage of the wide amount of space, they did a great job at spacing out everything to where lines never exceeded five minutes.
The Most Important Part, The Music
Everyone that came to stick it out through the rain was treated to fantastic national performances such as the X Ambassadors, The Flaming Lips, Cannons, Saint Motel, and Don Chicharron. The lineup checked all boxes since it brought something to the table for everyone. This makes Westword such a powerhouse in the music scene because they know how to throw a well-balanced dance party.
Speaking of dance parties, the side stages both had the crowd moving in even pouring rain and cold temperatures. Those that often don’t get a chance to explore outside of their music genres were exposed to all sorts of rising music in the Denver Community. The Streets Stage had groovy hip-hop feel to it, while the Silent Disco Stage had everything from Riddim, House, Dubstep, and staple dance jams.
Westword Music Showcase Knows How To Throw A Festival
Proven through their years of experience, there is no doubt that they don’t put on a bad show. This was one Westword Music Showcase that won’t be forgotten. Even with the cold and rainy weather, the vibes were on point from the music and food. Both the mainstages had immaculate production, and the side stages accomplished their goal of highlighting rising acts in the Denver scene.
Photos by: Piper Murphy