Last October Robotic Pirate Monkey came to Grand Junction and I wasn't able to go. I was out of town at another show and didn't think too much about missing the Boulder trio's debut gig at the Mesa Theater and Club. Then I saw the videos...
Wow! Look at this crowd! At first I couldn't believe that this was in GJ. My buddy J had to convince me this happened here. Great turn out, everyone had their hands up, dancing, and engaged in the music? That doesn't sound like GJ. As it turns out, people love Robotic Pirate Monkey so much so they are coming back for more. Playing this Saturday (3/4/13) with R/D, Alpha Data, and local DJs Daytona and Lazuli, Robotic Pirate Monkey should be another fun dance party. Lasers, fire, strobe, and bass. If you are a young kid who likes heavy dance music, what else could you ask for?
Visual production for Kill Paris at the Mesa Theater, December 14, 2012.
If you haven’t been to an EDM show at the Mesa Theater and Club recently, you don’t know what you’re missing. Thanks to Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol and Lucid Visions Video, the pleasure of attending a show now extends far beyond the music.
Cody Jacobs and Colter Mckay are master technicians when it comes to creating visuals for shows. Combining lasers and lighting with a relatively new technique called 3D video mapping, these VJs (video jockeys) create a multi sensory experience that is truly mind blowing.
The quality of production they bring is unmatched in the area and totally professional. They are game changers for sure.
“It's important that people feel that they get their money's worth,” Jacobs said. “Concert goers would still pay to go and see their favorite artists, but our main focus is to give them a full on experience for their ticket price.”
Jacobs, the founder of Fix Your Face Radio and Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol and Mckay of Lucid Visions Video are instrumental in the live music scene. The two have provided visuals for many recent shows including Kill Paris, Digital Connection, and Fresh 2 Death. They have also worked with KAFM Community Radio on Zombie Prom and Radio Soul Train and provide lighting for a variety of shows and events outside of the EDM world.
“Atmosphere is key,” Mckay said. “Lighting and visuals just enhance what would have already been a great show.”
Where the two really excel and separate themselves from the pack is with 3D video mapping.
Projection mapping has been a prominent feature in European shows for years, but it’s still an emerging art form stateside. Essentially video mapping is projecting an image on a 3D object. In the past Jacobs and Mckay have used columns, spheres, boxes, and even entire buildings for their projections.
“Video mapping is a multi step process for sure,” Jacobs said. “We are constantly mining for video clips, some purchased, some found in obscure places.”
Between searching for video to building props and lining up the projections, the whole process can take more than six hours to complete.
“We are the first ones at the venue, and the last ones to leave,” Mckay said.
Up next for the team is a special production for the OG Status, Chris Epic, and Chamber Bot show this Saturday. This time around they are focusing on killer visuals. They promise more projectors, more screens, and more props. That means more fun for the audience.
Catch the visual spectacle tomorrow if you can and be sure mark your calendars for May 4 for Robotic Pirate Monkey for another Fix Your Face Lazer Patrol and Lucid Visions Video production.
Denver's version of South by Southwest, The Underground Music Showcase, just released its 2013 line up and look who made their way onto the bill. That's right Junction boys Bronco Country are nestled right in there with the likes of Cults and Mudhoney.
This is big news for one of Grand Junction's most exciting indie bands.
"We are really pumped to spread our message of love and freedom of expression," front man Matt Zurek said. In response to if the band was excited about traveling to Denver to play the UMS Zurek simply added, "hot dog!"
The UMS has grown into a massive showcase featuring over 350 national and local acts in venues and clubs up and down Broadway in downtown Denver.
“We are incredibly excited for the 13th UMS. Today’s lineup release represents a compelling mix of local and national talent — solid evidence that the music scene in this region is thriving. While this announcement includes almost 350 acts, we still have more to come,” said UMS Executive Director Kendall Smith.
After one of the most epic live music weekends ever it's time to gather your senses and get ready for another round. Kicking things off this week are the homegrown Americana foot stomping Spirit Family Reunion, playing live on Tuesday (4/23) at the Cavalcade in Fruita.
Spirit Family Reunion has grown a lot since busking on street corners and subway stations. The band has garnered quiet the following and are now making major tour stops at the Newport Folk Festival and NPR's Tiny Desk Series (see below). I usually don't like quoting other media outlets but this line by Paste Magazine is just too good not to share.
"Dusty acoustic guitars, wailing fiddles and weeping accordions, with a woozy-yet-skintight rhythm section-- and topped off with burr-edged vocals that sound like they've been soaked in a Mason jar for generations -- it's the type of music that blurs the line between past and present so thoroughly, and so deftly, that time feels irrelevant." Well said. Reminds me of this article...
Catch Spirit Family Reunion and listen as they rekindle that old familiar feeling of home in your soul.