Saturday night, March 21,
2009; King Center Concert Hall, Denver
Here's the Sweeps news, A
Yes, it was a great RM Sweeps and
the thing that made it so was the remarkable cooperation of the 42
principal performers and our host and guest groups. Legacy,
2008 Rocky Mountain Champs from Lubbock, Texas, ran the whole
show like pros, and the faithful 17th Avenue Allstars, 1993 National
Champs and traditional Rocky Mountain guests, warmed up the house and
brought cheers from the folks on hand, at least half of whom they seemed to know
The seven groups who participated
[Crimson of Colo Springs, Home Free of Mankato
MN, MouthBeats of Denver, Pandora Celtica of
Aurora, Raging Harmonies of Westminster, UCD
7 of Denver and Wonder Voice of Las Vegas] provided an
overall show that appealed to the generous audience on hand who greeted and
thanked every group with warm attention and applause. They obviously really enjoyed the evening.
The judges, Paul Argentiere of
Denver, Greg Glasgow of Boulder, Larry Meerdink of Thornton and Tom Miles of
Fort Collins, were all capable and efficient, generous in their comments and
attentive to their responsibilities. The results speak to their open minded
evaluation and their enthusiasm for the future of contemporary a
First, the group
2009 Rocky Mountain
Champions: Denver's own "MOUTH-BEATS" (who will knock the San Francisco
Finals judges for a loop)
2009 Rocky Mountain
Runner-Up group: "HOME FREE" from North Mankato, Minnesota. What a
2009 Rocky Mountain Audience
Favorite: "HOME FREE" (yes, from waaay up there).
2009 Rocky Mountain Best
Stage Performance Award: "MOUTH-BEATS" (for all the
above reasons, I suspect).
And the individual awards went to .
. (the envelopes please):
The 2009 Wes
Carroll Best Vocal Percussion Award: ADAM RUPP of "Home Free" for
The 2009 Deke
Sharon Best Original Arrangement Award: MATT MURPHY of "MouthBeats"
for "Stronger Bad!"
The 2009 Jeffrey
Harris Best Original Song Award: TIM JONES of "MouthBeats" for
"Street Beat #3!"
The 2009 Jerry Lawson Best
Soloist Award: KAI ROBINSON of "Wonder Voice" for "I Will
Thanks fans, for your support
of the Rocky Mountain Sweeps. And competitors . . . We loved having you all on
hand and will hope to see you perform in Denver again.