Molina Speaks is a writer, poet, professor, artist, filmmaker, living word architect and human bridge. He works with young people at all age levels to develop their imaginations, creativity, and sense of wonder about their existence. Along with his own music and poetry, Molina plays with Chicano Afrobeat orchestra Pink Hawks (nominated for best Denver's best Latin band 2017), and punk and hip-hop act Roots Rice and Beans (named Best of Denver Best New Band 2018). Molina leads the Youth On Record Fellowship Program, a music education and professional development initiative for emerging artists between the ages of 18-23. This program recently earned recognition as the Best Place to Find the Future of the Music Business (Westword Best of Denver 2018). Molina Speaks is the recipient of Westword’s 2017 Mastermind Award for innovation in art and culture. His new film ROOT recently premiered for a crowd of 200 people at the McNichols Civic Center Building in Denver, CO.
Bree Davies is a writer, reporter and television host and producer born and raised in the Queen City of the Plains. An active member of the music community, she is the co-founder of Titwrench experimental music festival, produces an annual all ages music festival for MCA Denver and has consulted Youth On Record’s feminist-centric programming. Davies is host of Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is the creator and host of the monthly live podcast, “Hello? Denver? Are You Still There?” at Mutiny Information Cafe. She was a longtime critic and columnist for Westword and has written for The A.V. Club, LA Weekly, Village Voice, xoJane, Alternative Press and more about music, art, feminism, DIY culture, addiction, and social justice issues. Davies is an advocate for all ages, accessible, inclusive, and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver and has worked on legislation regarding artist housing and citywide housing affordability.
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Jenee Elise is an artivist, a poet, the Founder of the Rocky Mountain Bus Riders Union, front woman for a punk band called Poor Bodhi, and represents half of The Maybe So’s which is also nominated for Best Experimental Band in the Westword Music Showcase. Activism has been the foundation of her art since day one and it has continued to leave its mark in her music as well as her union work. She is currently working to get an Income Based Bus Pass from RTD and decriminalizing fare evasion.
Check out The Maybe So’s at the Feminist Fare May 12th at the Museum of Contemporary Art
Find the Rocky Mountain Bus Riders Union on Facebook and take action for Affordable Fares and the Income Based Bus Pass.
Diego Florez is a Poet, Artist, and musician. Born and Raised in North Denver. He was a part of Minor Disturbance, a youth poetry group. Minor Disturbance has won championships at Brave New Voices 3 times. He was also a recipient of the Real Rock Star Award 2015.
For the last 3 years Diego has been the community director/Master of Ceremonies, for a grassroots community organization called Free Music For Free people. Free music for free people has hosted 300+ free shows with and for young musicians that know positive vibrations and action can make a global impact. Diego has been featured in Westword Magazine, heyreverb.com, NPR, and has had poetry published in New Zealand. Florez, now 21 years of age, plays in 2 local groups: Los Mocochetes (ChicanoFunk) and PictureTheWaves (ProgJazzRock). He will also be releasing arrangments of his own under the alias "LeonDeLasFLOREZ" and “Dj Jajarcote” by the end of 2018. Overall Diego works to bring people together thru the written, spoken, and sung word.
Diego says “ You know i just wanna play music, figure some new ways to do things and give them to our next generation, like my elders did for me.”