Ricardo Baca hates the picture to the left. He is the founder and executive editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. In his time as executive director, he expanded The UMS into the largest indie music festival in the Rocky Mountain region. He’s loved rock ‘n’ roll (and gangsta rap) since the ’80s; He’s written about music since a mid-’90s swing through his high school journalism program.
Favorite band: The Avett Brothers
My Cheers: Streets of London
Last great show: Band of Horses, Ogden Theatre, March 2010
Former life: Mom bought me the new Eazy-E cassette in the 6th grade
First pop crush: Olivia Newton-John. And Frida Lyngstad (of ABBA).
John Wenzel is the former co-editor of Reverb and an A&E reporter for The Denver Post who writes Reverb’s semi-regular “Why So Serious?” comedy Q&A. He co-founded and edited Sponic magazine and has contributed to RollingStone.com, Vice.com, Chunklet, TheSpitTake.com and others, in addition to having Speck Press/Fulcrum publish his book “Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny”. Follow him at @johntwenzel and @beardsandgum.
Favorite band: Guided by Voices
My Cheers: Charlie Brown’s
Favorite local venue: Gothic Theatre
Last great show: The Grawlix at the Bug Theatre
Current time-sucking video game: Crysis 3