Check out the latest news in the local music scene. Just announced, two Denver DJs, The Digital Connection and Joman, hit the Mesa Theater Main Stage next Saturday. Ricky Shine aka The Digital Connection has been headlining shows/festivals in the Denver area for the better part of a decade including Snowball 2012, Sonic Bloom 2011-12 - and most recently smashing NYE with the Isam Live creator Amon Tobin. As the poster implies, Shine plays all original bone crushing bass and sweet melodies.
Fresh off playing Decadence NYE in Denver, CO. Joman is no stranger to the big arenas. His signature style of filthy Electro House has made him one of the top DJs in Denver, playing nearly every Triad Dragons Massive including Global Dance Festival last year. Local DJ ZionXX (aka Epicstep) will open the night with his heavy style of Dubstep.
The show is free for everyone 21 and up and $8 for those 18 and up.
What do you think all those middle America tourists who waited for hours to get tickets for The Late Show with David Letterman were thinking when this happened? Somone, presumable the stage manager Biff, wheels out a large gold throne with plush red velvet coushining to center stage. A young man walks out wearing a dark peacoat, a backwards white hat, shorts, gold teeth, and french braids sits down and stares out toward the crowd like they are his royal subjects. Behind him stand three very distinct DJs waiting patiently for their command. Silence.
The young man happens to be A$AP Rocky, the hottest young rapper in the game. His royal entourage? Mega producer A-Trak, human beat machine araabMUZIK, and DJ Clark Kent. I got the chance to see both A$AP and A-Trak live last year and I've been a huge fan of both since. Too see them together is just nuts. Here they are performing "Long Live A$AP" and his new collaboration with Skrillex "Wild For The Night." The second track is remixed live on TV by A-Trak and araabMUZIK. How gutsy is that? That's why I love these guys. They are totally fearless.
Everyone can rap the lyrics to the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" intro right? Well check out what happens when the lyrics get flipped and turned upside down in Google Translate. Translated from English to the world’s most spoken language (Mandarin), to the second most (Spanish), to the third most, to the fourth most, ETC, until all 64 languages in Google Translate were used. The order was determined by finding the demographic population size of every language on Wikipedia. Talk about lost in translation. See if you can make sense of the finished product.
While the Lumineers continue to bask in the limelight (and deservedly so) there is much more to the Colorado music scene than the song "Ho Hey." In fact, the music coming out of this state is pretty diverse. Have you heard Yo Me & Apollo? Besides in need of a haircut there is not much to complain about when it comes to Brent Cowles and company. Like things a little more abstract? Check out The Morning Clouds and Force Publique. If it's saxaphone and dubstep you crave then look no further than Big Gigantic. Perhaps the hottest band in the state right now, Big Gigantic are on their way to big things.
As always there is tons of great music out there so keep your ears open.
The January concert calendar is filling in nicely with local talent on display. Outside of the weekly Blues Jams (1/15, 1/22, 1/29) there are plenty of opportunities to hear home grown sound. Strong bets this month are Shotgun Hodown opening up for the legend Reverend Horton Heat on the 25th and Miss Emily's CD release party on the 26th. Miss Emily is one of the best pure singers in the valley and she plays with a really tight band. A picture says a thousand words so for now I'll just leave you with this one from a past Shotgun Hodown show (more on their upcoming show to come).
Make it a priority to catch one of these live gigs: