By David Goe
Friday, November 15, 2013
Tonight is a golden opportunity to catch the relatively unknown local band, We Speak Imaginese. This three piece outfit features Talya Dewey, the piano playing lead singer. Her strong vocal capabilities are impressive and you may have heard them before on Dreamboat's "Head Filled Up With Stars" album or at one of the local band's live shows.
We Speak Imaginese play 9 - midnight, tonight at Naggy McGee's.
By David Goe
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Thinking about checking out the ill.Gates show tonight at the Mesa Theater? First things first. Go familiarize yourself with his music. Check out the above playlist and if you dig it, head over to his download page and pick up these tunes for free.
Canadian DJ ill.Gates is not a newcomer to the EDM scene. He's been playing shows since the mid 1990s when the phrase EDM didn't exist and it certainly wasn't dominating the pop charts. Known for having a diverse style, ill.Gates playing everything from electro house to hip-hop and dubstep.
Tonight's show is another Fix Your Face Radio production and features entertainment from Pandamonium GoGos and Lucid Visions. Killsign Kilo and Chamber Bot are also on the bill.
"I'm so happy to bring a higher caliber electronic artist to the grand valley," show promoter Cody Jacobs said. "Ill.gates is huge! He makes music with some of the biggest cats in the game, Bassnectar, r/d, Mimosa... The list goes on. "
"With bigger names comes more responsibilities. We are continuing to step up the production quality with every show to ensure an awesome experience. For concert goers, buying presale tickets is becoming a must. Artist deposits are expensive and shows will sell out. Buying your tickets at the door will soon be a fad of the past for Grand Junction live music heads."
It is too late to purchase your ticket in advance however prices are still reasonable. Tickets for ill.Gates are $12 and only $5 for students with a valid ID. This is an 18 and up event.
By David Goe
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Local DJ duo Chamber Bot have just released a two-song EP on the EDM online music store Beatport. The EP called "Viva La Noche" was put out by the Immoral Music Record Label and is available for purchase now. The Immoral Music Record Label is based in South Africa and focuses primarily on House, Dubstep and Drumstep musicians. It is the home to many artists including Chris Lorenzo.
Stream and download "Viva La Noche" and other Chamber Bot mixes on their Soundcloud page.
By David Goe
Monday, November 4, 2013
Over the weekend I dropped another massive radio mix on the Grand Valley via the solar powered radio waves of KAFM. The latest mix features the best new rock, hip-hop, and dance music of the year. The complete playlist with artist/song/album info is located here. Otherwise check out the abbreviated set list and links to the music videos.
On a side note, this month I will be working on a best of 2013 list. If you have favorite songs or albums from the year make sure to send your lists to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can incorporate it into the complete list.
Astrud Gilberto and Walter Wanderley – “So Nice (Summer Samba)(Azari and III Remix)
Rudimental – “Feel The Love”
Lorde – “Royals (Lazerdisk Remix)
Drake – “Hold On, We’re Going Home (ft. Majid Jordan)”
The XX – “Sunset”
Youth Lagoon – “Cannons”
The Cave Singers – “Swim Club”
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – “Simple Girl”
The Strokes – “One Way Trigger”
The Vaccines – “I Always Knew”
Kings of Leon – “Beautiful War”
Arctic Monkeys – “Arabella”
The White Stripes – “Offend In Every Way”
San Cisco – “Awkward”
Duke Dumont – “Need U (100%)”
Hot Natured – “Reverse Skydiving (ft. Anabel Englund)”
Gorgon City – “Real (ft. Yasmin)”
Disclosure – “When A Fire Starts To Burn”
Got Some – “ Bassline (ft. The Get Along Gang)”
Route 94 – “My Love (ft. Jess Glynne)
Grum – “Everytime”
Jessie Ware – “Imagine It Was Us”
Avec “Disappearer (ft. Jake Shears)
Mike Mago – “The Show”
Breach – “Jack”
T. Williams – “Three Letters”
Friend Within – “The Renegade”
Chase & Status – “Lost & Not Found (ft. Louis M^ttrs)
Rudimental – “Waiting All Night”
Fred V & Grafix – “Major Happy”
Koreless – “Sun”
Breach – “Everything You Never Had”
Lana Del Rey – “Summertime Sadness (Ryan Hemsworth remix)”
Volcano Choir – “Byegone”
J Roddy Walston & The Business – “Black Light”
Smith Westerns – “Idol”
Neko Case – “City Swans”
Mikal Cronin – “Turn Away”
Ben Gibbard – “The Hippie Girl”
Paul McCartney – “Alligator (Mark Ronson production)”
Bob Dylan – “Went to See The Gypsy”
By David Goe
Friday, November 1, 2013
Last Sunday, I was in the Mile High City catching a matinee showing of “The Book of Mormon.”
I’m not usually a song and dance kind of guy, but every once in a while I can get down with a little Broadway. This is especially true when said material is profanity-riddled satire from Trey Parker, Matt Stone and Robert Lopez, the genius behind “Avenue Q,” my all-time favorite musical involving simulated puppet sex, Gary Coleman and Absinthe Daiquiris.
Don’t worry, I’m not about to break down scene-by-scene “The Book of Mormon” for you (although exploring the Spooky Mormon Hell Dream would be quite fun). Instead, I’m offering up my take-aways after seeing a truly professional production.
Unfortunately, it had been too long since I had gone to a top-notch show, musical or concert. I had forgotten how much I miss a show. I’m talking about the entire production from stage plotting, lighting and musicianship to the pure skill of a performer to capture and hold an audience.
Finding this total package at a Grand Junction show of any kind is rare. Living here, it’s easy to forget what a great performance looks like and, as a result, it becomes even easier to accept mediocrity. That’s part of the curse of living in Grand Junction, where the entertainment production generally grades out as a B, as in “barely adequate.”
We occasionally are treated to high-end entertainment such as Chris Isaac or the spectacle that is Gwar, but more often than not one if not more of the essential elements of showmanship are missing.
I understand it is unrealistic to expect a nationally touring production such as “The Book of Mormon” to stop in Grand Junction, but that shouldn’t stop us from taking note of what they do well and replicating it here.
I, we, want to be entertained.
On a local level, there are a number of people raising the bar on showmanship and it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they also are the most popular performers in the area.
Take a band such as the Shift, which clearly puts in extra effort into make its live shows more dynamic. The Shift nails it on musicianship, sound quality and stage presence, and fans love it.
Another young crew, Starship Romance, is unmatched in stage lighting and entertainment value. Its light shows alone are reminiscent of scenes from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” and worthy of its chosen moniker.
You can’t talk about light production and not mention Lucid Visions Video. Anyone who was at Zombie Prom last week knows what lengths Lucid goes to make sure the stage plotting and lighting are top notch. Hands down Lucid is the best in the biz, and I for one am most appreciative of its talents and what it has done to improve the quality of shows in Grand Junction.
In terms of pure entertainment, look no further than Bronco Country. Lead singer Matt Zurek is a character study in the art of the front man. Nobody is more ridiculous, more audacious and more entertaining than Zurek. It is can’t-miss theater as you eagerly wait to see what he is going to do next.
Thankfully, these groups are self-aware and recognize the importance of putting on a good show.
The thing about performing in Grand Junction, though, is anyone can gig but nobody offers a truly accurate critique of the performance. This presents a problem, as there is basically zero accountability and motivation to get better.
I see performance potential in this town, but fear that lack of accountability will continue to hold us back. Asking for more showmanship isn’t an unreasonable request.
If we can look to our peers and idols for inspiration and incorporate even a few new ideas into productions, the entertainment value will improve drastically in Grand Junction.