Do you have an inner geek that is just dying to be freed? Join us on Friday, February 10th for Bop Skizzum’s 1st Annual “NERD PROM!” Colorado faves Bop Skizzum, Broken Tongues, Della & Wheelchair Sports Camp will be rockin’ the stage & entertaining the squares. If you want to get your geeky groove on with four of Colorado’s best bands, The Gothic is where you want to be! Being comfortable in your own skin is a beautiful thing and we want to celebrate everything from Geek to Chic!
A Nerd Prom King & Queen will be crowned on the night of the show. To enter for consideration, fans will go to Bop Skizzum’s Facebook fan page & upload their best ‘Nerd Prom-esque’ photo.
Were you rockin’ a frizzy perm back in high school, or did your Mom sew homemade clothes for you? Were you that All-American sports star? Or mimicking the cover of Vogue? Whatever picture personifies you – share it! Once photos are uploaded, friends can go online, share and vote. The six people (three girls and three guys) with the highest number of votes will be our guests the night of the show. The band(s) and audience will then choose the winners, crowning the first ever Nerd Prom King & Queen.
Of course, we can’t ignore the proximity of the date of the show to Valentine’s Day, just a mere 72+ hours later… Everyone who buys a ticket will be eligible to “Win A Date With Bop Skizzum.” Four lucky winners will enjoy a lovely evening of dinner at Illegal Pete’s and bowling at Moe’s with the entire band the week after the show!
So recycle that prom dress or tux... Dress to the nines… Sport the outfit you’re gonna wear to Comic-Con this year. Whatever your fashion sense, strive for NERD PROM GLORY & we’ll see you on February 10th at The Gothic!
Bop Skizzum: Music has the power to get people dancing & Bop Skizzum likes to take full advantage of that fact. Gathering inspiration from every corner of the record store, the band meshes their alternative pop rock vibe with groove based funk, rock & dance music creating an invigorating blend of unique instrumentation with phenomenal vocals to complete their sound.
Guitar & Back-up Vocals are handled mightily, by band co-founder Andy "Rok" Guerrero; formerly of the socio-political hip-hop rock band The Flobots. Fellow co-founder and the band's Music Director Serafin Sanchez provides one of the '3rd voices' (in the form of brass) in Bop Skizzum with the Saxophone; a CU Boulder graduate with a Master's Degree in Jazz Music. This inspiring song writing duo is grounded by the incredible rhythm section of groove master Chris Harris on Bass and multiple award winning beat savant Tohbias Juniel on Drums. Rounding out the brass section are the two-man Trumpet power-punch of Joe Ferrone and John Lake.
Bop Skizzum is pure entertainment. The band has been compared to No Doubt, The Heavy, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings and N.E.R.D. But comparing them to others might narrow one's view of the band causing you to miss the other 99 things that make this band so uniquely suited to help you get your groove on… Bop Skizzum was formed out of a desire to develop new musical styles and instill soul-inspiring messages through spell-binding vocals and original music; this is accomplished with an unparalleled group of musicians.
To truly experience Bop Skizzum, you must allow yourself to enjoy the world of all things great. The land where music reigns pure as originally intended, and chemical reactions are an everyday occurrence between Bop Skizzum & anyone with the ability to feel the groove! So sit back, get strapped in & enjoy the ride!
Broken Tongues: This innovative, alternative hip-hop collective from Denver, CO is giving novel insights into evolving trends within modern music. The Broken Tongues have a singular, live-instrumental sound that at times can be funky or thrash, and at others, soulful and refined. The result is a genre-bending alchemy, conjuring the likes of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonder and Atmosphere. Indeed, the genre moniker, "hip-hop" is ill-equipped to fully describe exactly what BT creates, which is an aural amalgamation of hip-hop, progressive rock, jazz and livetronica.
Della: An amalgam of the Colorado Front Range, Della brings a high-energy melodic surge of creativity to the stage that is un-rivaled in an increasingly talent-saturated market. Formed in late 2008 of long time friends, they push to impress even the most wayward of music followers. Their passion is playing to the masses and meeting new friends in all of the unusual places they turn up. They try to inspire through creativity in writting and are constantly being inspred by all things music. Your meter may run out, your tab may run high, as long as you are seeing them live, it will always be a good night no matter what else happens.
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 any other fight they can foster. 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.