By David Goe
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
photo by ABQ Nightvision
1) Chamber Bot has been killing it on the DJ front. Why get into the promotion game with Lime Street? Who had the idea first to launch Lime Street?
Chad Harris: I used to do promotion for large events in Albuquerque and we have talked about bringing artist to Grand Junction since we first moved here two years ago. Neither of us had the idea first. We both collaboratively felt it was needed in Grand Junction.
2) So what exactly is Lime Street and where did the name come from?
Laura Courtney: LimeStreet is an event promotion/production company. We work directly with talent agencies to bring artists, and provide lighting, DJ equipment, and anything else required for the events.
CH: The goal of LimeStreet is to build and grow the music community in Grand Junction. The name came from objects that we felt were prevalent in the nightlife culture.
3) The first show is Protohype at the Mesa on June 14. How’d you decide on him to launch this new effort?
LC: Protohype is a well known name and has a sound that is appealing to many people in this region. His music speaks to hip hop fans, edm fans, and dubstep fans.
CH: He is also good friends with other well known artists such as 12th Planet and Datsik, and we feel that bringing Protohype would be a good opportunity to showcase the growing Grand Junction scene and get the other artists excited to come here.
4) What type of promotion company is Lime Street going to be? Will you only produce dance/electronica shows or do you have plans to jump into other genres?
LC: Right now we are primarily focusing on electronic music shows, however we do intend to branch out in the future and bring hip hop artists and bands to Grand Junction.
5) What’s been the biggest challenge so far with launching Lime Street?
CH: The biggest challenge has been having enough time to organize the events while also working our 9-5 jobs. However LimeStreet is a big passion of ours that we spend time on every second we can get, so it’s really not that much of a challenge.
6) What platform do you think you can have more of a lasting impact on, playing as Chamber Bot or promoting as Lime Street?
LC: LimeStreet would not exist if it weren’t for Chamber Bot, but we feel that LimeStreet will have more of a lasting impact as we continue to grow the music community and bring new artists to the area.
7) What’s the grand plan for Lime Street? Do you have future shows in the works?
CH: We aren’t quite ready to reveal the long term plan for LimeStreet, but we do have plans to bring many more artists to the area.
LC: We are currently in conversations with booking agents for a show at the beginning of August, which will be announced soon. We also have a lot of unique event ideas for the coming months.
8) What do you make of the local music scene here (both musicians and audiences)? Where do you see it going in the future? What do you hope to add with starting Lime Street?
CH: It is awesome that there is such a strong local music community in Grand Junction and there is so much support for the artists here. We are excited to showcase Grand Junction’s local music scene alongside the larger artists that we bring.
9) What’s the biggest misnomer and pet peeve you have about the Grand Junction music scene?
LC: Grand Junction’s music scene feels to be a few years behind other cities, but we know that music fans here are eager to bring the community up to where other cities are at.
10) Anything you'd like to add?
CH: We have a lot of exciting plans for events in the future. Stay up to date on events at facebook.com/lmestreetent and don’t miss out on our first show this Saturday, June 14th at Mesa Theater & Club.
By David Goe
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
This Thursday (June 12), the KAFM Radio Room will be rocking with the likes of Flashbulb Fires, Rossonian, and local trio Dreamboat. Flashbulb Fires is another major coup for KAFM. This up-and-coming Denver band has supported Imagine Dragons, has been invited to perform at both South By Southwest and the CMJ Music Marathon, and headlined a Film on the Rocks night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
Another Denver band Rossonian, also has a lot to offer. Take a listen of their 2013 EP "You Are Your Own Dentist." It's a funky, spacey indie rock album that sounds like a fusion between Beck and David Bowie.
This is an early show, it starts at 7 p.m., and tickets are only $5. For three really good rock bands, that's a screaming deal.
By David Goe
Friday, June 6, 2014
Tomorrow night (June 7) the Oklahoma crew Deerpeople return to Grand Junction, playing at Barons. Since last playing in Grand Junction, Deerpeople has continued to gain a steady following in the indie rock world and even managed to snag an opening slot for Vampire Weekend. The above video for the single "Ulysses" is a good representation of what Deerpeople are capable as a band. It's a complex yet assessable tune and shows off the band's wide range of influences well.
This is an all ages show with a $5 cover for those under 21.
By David Goe
Friday, May 30, 2014
Heading into June, the talk of the music scene is understandably centered around Major Mortgage Country Jam USA. With that said, there are a number of strong shows leading up to the festival not to be overlooked, many featuring the area’s best bands.
Starting Friday night, May 30, with the double bill of Shotgun Hodown and Dead Orchids at Sabrosa, there is a little bit of something for everyone coming up in the next couple of weeks.
Let’s begin with Friday night’s lineup. Have you seen or heard Dead Orchids play?
Hailing from Denver, Dead Orchids are a mixed bag of rock ‘n’ roll influences. Think Black Angels with a pipe organ or Depeche Mode with heavier bass lines, and you’ll begin to understand what the band sounds like.
As the name suggests, they prefer the darker side of rock, playing a heavy blues, psych and soul rock mix that pairs well with the music of Shotgun Hodown.
Speaking of Shotgun Hodown, Rob “Zombie” Hodown and his crew of necromancers continue to solidify their spot as one of Grand Junction’s best and favorite bands. If you haven’t seen them play, now is the time.
Their show is a cirque du freak performance washed in 1950’s nuclear radiation. It’s entertaining to say the least.
If psyche out rock-a-billy isn’t your thing, then check out Ground Score Saturday night, May 31, at Palisade Brewery’s fourth anniversary party. Aside from fuelling bands with beer since 2010, the Palisade Brewery has been a good friend to the local music scene, hosting a number of live shows and sponsoring numerous events over the years.
Ground Score, a nice Colorado bluegrass four-piece outfit, is a band tailor-made for the anniversary event. Hanging out on the brewery patio at the foot of Grand Mesa, with fruit orchards on the horizon while Ground Source picks away sounds is a perfect encapsulated slice of Americana.
If that is your favorite style of music, then you must see SHEL, a folk group of four sisters from Fort Collins.
Playing at the Cavalcade on Wednesday, June 4, SHEL is an extremely close-knit group of talented musicians poised beyond their years. The group’s vocal harmonies immediately jump out at you when listening to their music. Polished, strong and technically impressive, SHEL will sound absolutely amazing in Cavalcade’s intimate setting.
Looking further into June, these shows should also be on your calendar:
On Saturday, June 7, Deerpeople returns to Grand Junction, playing a much needed indie rock show at Barons. You may remember the Stillwater, Oklahoma, crew from its show nearly a year ago at the KAFM Radio Room.
Since that show, Deerpeople has continued to gain a steady following and even managed to snag an opening slot for Vampire Weekend.
Just a couple days later on Monday, June 9, Marriage & Cancer makes a stop for Gutter Surfer Monday at Sabrosa with support from local duo Wavebaby.
Marriage & Cancer has a strong West Coast, indie punk vibe and rolls into town touring for its fifth album, “Demonstrations Tour Tape.” The seven-song album will sound great to all the skate-kids who grew up listening to everything from Black Sabbath to the Minute Men and Husker Du.
Finally, don’t miss Flashbulb Fires, Rossonian and the return of local favorites Dreamboat at the Radio Room on Thursday, June 12.
Flashbulb Fires is another major coup for KAFM. This up-and-coming Denver band has supported Imagine Dragons, has been invited to perform at both South By Southwest and the CMJ Music Marathon, and headlined a Film on the Rocks night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.
June is looking like a great month for music, so get out there and catch a show.
By David Goe
Thursday, May 29, 2014
Zolopht and the Destroyers are set to release their first full length album "pH Balanced," this Saturday at the Ale House. The band has been working on the album for the last four months and now have 16 original tracks ready for public release.
With "pH Balanced" Zolopht combines a heavy blend of reggae, blues, rock & bluegrass with three-piece harmonies to create a sound that is diverse and very much their own. Listen to a preview below and make sure to check out the album release party on Saturday. It will be your last chance to see the band perform before they head off on a northwestern album release tour.