Titwrench 9th Edition This Weekend 8/25 – 8/26 at the Mercury Café

RARE BYRD$ at Titwrench 2016, photo by Lauri Lynnxe Murphy

Titwrench kicks off its 9th Edition tonight at the Mercury Café with performances from experimental and underground musicians from Denver and around the country. The festival is a community focused celebration of “women and LGBTQIAP artists and musicians and other underrepresented/emerging artists pushing the boundaries of genre and form.” The event will also feature workshops, crafts vendors, food and drink, tarot card readings, a yoga session on Saturday morning and much more. That’s what it is but if you go you will see the kinds of music that probably isn’t on the radar of any mainstream publication or news outlet and thus maybe, if you’ve never been, you’ll get to experience something refreshingly different.

Titwrench cultivates emerging artists in the community while featuring significant artists from the Rocky Mountain region and elsewhere. For instance, atmospheric sound collagist/sculptor Laura Ortman from New York performs on Friday as well as melodic doom punk “glam insect metal” band Chicharra, from Albuquerque and Denver’s own dream folk genius MIDWIFE. Saturday the performance art/sound experience troupe Milch De La Maquina will deliver another unforgettable performance and should not be missed. RARE BYRD$ will bring an example of hip-hop from the future and Shooda Shook It will provide the soundtrack to a No Wave funk dance party. But all of the artists are worth your time. Below is information and a program of events copied and modified from the Titwrench #9 page. We will be sharing interviews with Laura Ortman and Marisa Demarco of Chicharra and Milch De La Máquina later today and tomorrow as well as photos and observations post festival.

Friday August 25 and Saturday 26th 2017
Decor by Secret Love Collective
Music and local artisans/vendors from 4:00pm-2:00am both nights
At Mercury Cafe Denver
(ADA accessible venue)
2199 California Street
Denver CO 80205

All ages + All welcome
With your favorite Mistress of Magic Piper Rose guiding the way all weekend long

Tickets at this link.
* sliding-scale pricing
10% of all funds raised go to the sustainment of grassroots programs byWEBS of Support!

Workshops happening Saturday August 26th include:
DIY Marketing and Branding for Working Artists
Beat-making for Beginners
Performance + Vocals 101

SCHEDULE of music and performance: 

400pm doors open with DJ Avalon (Denver/San Juan)

500pm Girls Rock Denver (bands TBA)

530pm Giraft (Denver, CO)
moody minimalism

600pm Emily Frembgen (New York, NY)
third wave americana

630pm Pearls and Perils (Denver, CO)
mad medicine for crazy hearts

700pm yesol (Denver, CO)
sweet harp and strums by Cory Feder

730pm The Molly Growler Project (Denver, CO)

800pm Prism Bitch (Albuquerque, NM)
turbo rock n’ soul punk

830pm K.O. SOLO (Seattle, WA)
electroimprovisational ambience

900pm Litter Brain (Albuquerque, NM)
bratty hardcore punk

930pm Cthulha (Albuquerque, NM) experimental solo piano and surprises

1000pm Nizhóní Girls (Albuquerque, NM) desert surf punks

1030pm Laura Ortman (New York, NY) solo experimental violin/meditations

1115pm Chicharra (Albuquerque, NM) glam insect heavy rock

1200am MIDWIFE (Denver, CO) delicate drone-pop anthems by Madeline Johnston

1:00am – 2:00am we dance it out with DJ Avalon!

Milch de la Máquina
Milch de la Máquina at Titwrench 2016, photo by Vincent Comparetto

SATURDAY AUGUST 26th (morning)
Community yoga led by Piper Rose w/live music by Annastezhaa (Aurora, CO)
dreamy harp and vocals
WORKSHOPS all afternoon on Saturday 8/26 – check our Facebook for details!

Weedrat at Titwrench 2016, photo by Sarah Slater

SAT AUGUST 26 (evening)

400pm doors open

430pm Girls Rock Denver

500pm Buried Moon (Denver, CO)
dark psyche

530pm Glitter Vomit (Albuquerque, NM)
like a unicorn wandering in the forest

600pm The Maybe So’s (Denver, CO)
from the brilliant minds of Bianca Mikahn and Jenee Elise

630pm Esmerelda Strange (Denver, CO)
one woman man band

700pm Bonnie Weimer (Denver, CO) banjo rambler

730pm kismet&dough (Denver, CO)
collaborative project by patrycja sara
a question. an off-kilter lullaby asking you how much your dreams cost

800pm EBONY & ERMINE (Albuquerque, NM)
wordseamstress magic

830pm R A R E B Y R D $ (Denver, CO)
sonic freak queens

(Denver, CO)
progressive hip-hop featuring Annastezhaa

930pm Dance Break w Erin Stereo (Denver)

1000pm Milch de la Máquina (Albuquerque, NM)
desert bird performance art troupe

1030pm Glassmen (Madison, WI)
indie experimental folk rock

1100pm PRETEEN OD (Denver, CO)
avant-garde classical weirds

1130pm Mirror Fears  (Denver, CO)
industrial dark wave

12:00am (Midnight) Shooda Shook It  (Tucson, AZ)
disco funky punks

12:45 Get Along (Denver, CO)
indie glitter dance pop

and then we dance it out some more with Erin Stereo! ♥

Victoria Lundy
Victoria Lundy at Titwrench 2016, photo by Vincent-Comparetto

Join us on Sunday August 27th for brunch at Mercury Cafe, followed bySlutWalk Denver 2017 from 12-3pm at Civic Center Park!

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