By David Goe
Friday, June 13, 2014
The live music scene is only as good as the people directly involved in booking concerts.
For example, take a look at what the Mesa Theater and Lounge has done with the metal scene. Since Eric Psikotky Smith has started booking metal bands for the theater we’ve seen a steady stream of relatively big name performers making tour stops in Grand Junction.
Just last week, Havok thrashed the main stage. And with the likes of Wayne Static of Static X and Black Flag lined up for future shows the metal scene in Grand Junction is alive and well.
While that genre of music has enjoyed an incredibly consistent run, other genres have not shared the same level of stability. Fortunately, it looks like that is about to change.
Building off what EDM promoter Cody Jacobs started with Fix Your Face Radio, Lime Street, a new local production and promotions company, has big plans to transform the local music scene.
Familiar faces Chad Harris and Laura Courtney, also known as the local DJ duo Chamber Bot, are fronting this new venture with the goal of doing for electronic music what Smith did for metal.
Lime Street talks a big game. They want to bring in big name electronic artists on a regular basis to the Grand Valley, and after talking to Harris and Courtney about their project, it looks like they can back up that talk.
“I used to do promotion for large events in Albuquerque, and we have talked about bringing artists to Grand Junction since we first moved here two years ago,” Harris said. “We both collaboratively felt (Lime Street) was needed in Grand Junction.”
Considering Grand Junction has a small but dedicated music community and that it is moving closer and closer to turning into a full-blown college town, the timing seems right to start expecting more from the live music scene.
With Lime Street, Harris and Courtney are laying the ground work to satisfy an underserved community.
What’s really impressive about Lime Street is the capital they’ve already built up to make this new venture work. Harris and Courtney have invested heavily in DJ equipment (mainly a pair of Pioneer CDJs, the industry preferred DJ hardware and key piece of equipment needed to attract a higher level of performer) and professional lighting rigs to ensure every show they produce is of the highest quality.
Saturday, June 14, night is the first test for this young startup. Protohype, a dubstep DJ and producer who pals around with the likes of other DJs 12th Planet, Datsik and Skrillex, will perform live at the Mesa Theater and officially launches the Lime Street project.
For those unfamiliar with the world of EDM, Protohype is another young stud DJ trending in the community. Fusing hip-hop drum beats with the insanity of dubstep, Protohype has garnered enough praise from fans and DJs alike to earn a slot playing the biggest party in the world later this month, Electric Daisy Carnival Las Vegas.
“Protohype is a well-known name and has a sound that is appealing to many people in this region,” Courtney said. “His music speaks to hip-hop fans, EDM fans and dubstep fans.”
Aside from bringing big name performers to Grand Junction, part of the goal of Lime Street also is to highlight local talent. Opening for Protohype are area DJs Chris Epic and Sobear.
“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,” Harris said.
This Protohype show marks the first of many to come for Lime Street. Although Courtney wouldn’t tip her hand as to what is next, she did hint at a big show coming our way in August.
Only time will tell, but it looks like Lime Street is here to stay, which is good news for Grand Junction.
By David Goe
Thursday, June 12, 2014
While most of the hype around this year's Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival focuses on headliners the Infamous String Dusters, don't over look these performers.
We Speak Imaginese - 6 p.m., Saturday
Our very own local group We Speak Imaginese leads a Suppertime Sing-a-long show in the festival Family Area. Featuring mandolin, double bass, piano and acoustic guitar, the band sounds great playing folkgrass grooves about everything from budding romances to fly-fishing. We Speak Imaginese has great cross over appeal and is one of the very best local groups performing at the moment.
Chatham County Line - 1 p.m., Sunday
Hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, Chatham County Line has released a string of excellent bluegrass albums including 2014's "Tightrope." The band are as much storytellers as they are musicians. Chatham County Line's music is imaginative and honest, and worth suffering the mid day heat for.
The Wood Brothers - 5:30 p.m., Sunday
Originally from Boulder, festival closers The Wood Brothers have released their last two albums through the famous jazz label Blue Note Records (most notably the home of Norah Jones). Not always a duo, brothers Oliver and Chris came together in 2004 and have performed steadily since. Now based out of Nashville, The Wood Brothers fuse a number of roots music styles together together to create a sound that is equal parts blues, jazz, folk, and bluegrass.
By David Goe
Thursday, June 12, 2014
Jack White's ultra lp version of his new record "Lazaretto" is unbelievable. The vinyl version of "Lazaretto" has locked grooves, hidden tracks, dual groove track intros, reverse playback, and floating holograms. It's an insane piece of vinyl engineering. Watch the video and prepare to throw money at Third Man Records.
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.