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While the festival is a celebration of Do-It-Yourself innovators with a focus on "lady-centered" acts, if there is one word capable of serving as a stylistic catch-phrase for the whole kit-and-caboodle it would certainly be Experimental, capital E, with avant-garde, punk, dance, harsh noise, folk, basement pop, psychedelic and weirdo landing as acceptable terms for describing various individual acts.
On tap for Mile High music fans are outfits like BAST (dance from San Francisco), Fancie (multi-media artist/composer from Berlin), Christian Teenage Runaways (glam post-punk from Denton), Juanita Wow (Burlesque from Denver), Froghat & SofaQueen (electric dissonance from Vancouver), Becca Mhalek (improv by a saxaphonist from Los Angeles), Zayante Spoils (avant cello-voice-distortion from Boulder and an infrequent LAS contributor), and the debut performance of locals Boys Life, who obviously slept through the tenure of the pre-Canyon/Farewell Bend ambient/angular post-rockers from Kansas City. Kids today, what are you gonna do?
The music program is curated by Sarah Slater, who Google indicates is a photographer and music journalist for the Denver Post who "lives and breathes music and spends her time playing records, taking pictures and riding her bicycle around town, searching for treasure." Presumably there will be at least a few, if not a trove, of glittering musical gems on hand this weekend.
The all-ages event takes place at Rhinoceropolis, BLAST-O-MAT-ART, and Glob over consecutive days, in that order. Tickets are on sale now, for both single days and as a 3-day pass, with various discounts and cuts for students and senior citizens alike. Go ahead, bring your mothers and grandma, they'll be happy to know that all that bra-burning wasn't for naught. SEE ALSO: www.myspace.com/titwrenchfest
Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.
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