Here is your first look at Dixiefest, a punk, hardcore, and metal music festival featuring both local and national bands. This four day event takes place at the 4th Door at 4th and Grand in Downtown Grand Junction, June 6 - 9. Here is the announced line up as of May 28. You can purchase a four day pass for $25 at the door or single day passes from any of these bands or at First Issue Tattoo Studios.
Thursday, June 6
Shelly Jameson (L)
Dinosaur the Musical (L)
Friday, June 7
The Opportunist Band
Anywhere But Here (L)
Here Lies The Difference
The Hollerdays (L)
No Cash Value (L)
Saturday, June 8
Thats So Punk Rock
Before Were Done
Cheap Art (L)
As If (L)
Too Late For Tomorrow
Sunday, June 9
So This Is Suffering
Isle of Patmos
Wall of the Fallen
Start Looking Up
Rise to the Occasion
Prophecy the Iron Monk
Spock may have mastered his emotions but it's a lot more difficult for us. If you've seen the new "Star Trek" movie you know that tensions run high throughout the film, and a big part of the emotional atmosphere is the musical score. Part of what makes the rebooted Star Trek movies so cool are the beeps and boops from the captains deck, the "beam me up Scotty!" transporters, and the "set phasers to stun" laser shots. Couple those space sounds with a full orchestra and you've got a dazzling soundscape to match the stunning visuals from "Star Trek Into Darkness."
Check out this interview with the mastermind behind the film's score, music conductor and orchestrator Tim Simonec. Simonec works directly with director J.J. Abrams to create the tension filled score. This interview gives you a sense of what it's like to match music to the film footage and just how labor intensive movie making is. Pretty amazing stuff here.
This Friday we get a proper look at two new bands, Wave Baby and Rebel Spaceships. Though new as bands, both groups are made up of familiar faces. Wave Baby is the new project of former Heavy Drags members Gavin Bistodeau and Andrew Watson and Rebel Spaceships is the reunited band of recently returned musician Jason Dunn.
"We are a three piece guitar rock band with vocal harmonies," Dunn said. "We've been playing together for about six months, but Rebel Spaceships used to play around town like ten years ago. I just got it going again with new members." Rebel Spaceships is influenced by everything from classic rock and punk bands like The Ramones, The Misfits, to surfy stuff like The Ventures and Dick Dale.
"If I'm going to be completely honest with myself, I am pretty influenced by older metal bands like Metallica and Slayer and Iron Maiden," Dunn added.
Wave Baby on the other hand is a guitar and drum, vibed out, stony baloney duo. According to drummer Watson, Wave Baby is "cranking guitar, reverb city, blasted out, clap your hands too drum beats and bright tunneled vocal" rock music.
It sounds like if you dig guitar driven indie rock this is the show to check out. Friday night is sure to be a shredders paradise with Dunn, Bistodeau, and Bronco Country's Griff Chiono all ripping on guitar.
If you've seen the new Great Gatsby movie you probably remember hearing "Young & Beautiful" by Lana Del Rey. It's a heartfelt future pop tune lost in the head of the witless Daisy, Gatsby's beautiful but flaky object of his affection. Well, with Lana Del Rey on the mind, here are some great downloads for Free Music Monday.
Thanks to the people over at White Raver Rafting, we've got the 12 Best Lana Del Rey Remixes to enjoy. Many of her best tracks like "Summertime Sadness," "Video Games," and "Blue Jeans" get the remix treatment and many of the tracks are also free downloads. You'll also find that Kill Paris made the list with his mix called "I love you Lana Del Rey (From My Heart)." If you recall, Kill Paris played at the Mesa Theater and Club last December.
For some reason I just can’t stop myself from writing about local music festivals. You may remember, last time I checked in with you I wasn’t overwhelmed with excitement about a certain downtown event, but now I find myself cautiously optimistic about a little thing happening Saturday evening, May 18.
I’m talking about the WestCO Music Festival at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. It’s an all ages event that promises to “celebrate our local lifestyle” and has enough potential to become a major competitor for all music events in the Grand Valley and change the way we think about local music.
No pressure or anything. But, yeah, I’m excited.
For the inaugural event there will be performances by The Williams Brothers Band, Jack + Jill and The Pineapple Crackers. All tried and true local bands with area name recognition and solid fan bases, pretty much what you’d expect for the first year.
There is a lot to like about WestCO. First off, James Williams is involved.
Williams, from the Williams Brothers Band, generally does not involve himself or his band with ill-conceived events. The fact that he is part of WestCO is encouraging as it indicates the event is thought out and worthy of our attention.
Second, I love the location. The amphitheater at the botanical gardens is a fantastic, under-appreciated venue. Located right off the Riverside Parkway and an easily biking distance from downtown Grand Junction and Orchard Mesa, it’s a piece of cake to get there.
And, once you’re there, you don’t really want to leave. With the backdrop of the Colorado River and the warm glow of the sunset to your back, it’s really the total embodiment of western Colorado life.
The addition of Kannah Creek’s Edgewater Tap and Grill to the area makes it that much more appealing. Talk about our local lifestyle: beer and the beauty of the West is so GJ.
What I like about WestCO’s potential is that it is set up with the future in mind. Already backed by hugely popular local companies such as Loki Gear, Enstrom Candies and Kannah Creek, WestCO has a sturdy sponsorship foundation, which bodes well for success.
All successful music festivals around the region and across the country have the same things in common: capable leadership, a great venue and consistent sponsorship. It looks like WestCO has those tangibles in place.
Where those festivals excel, and what will ultimately determine the success of WestCO, is in creating an unforgettable experience for fans.
Those festivals, such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival and even Palisade Bluegrass and Roots Festival, sell an experience, not the music.
Don’t get me wrong, the music matters. Music certainly plays into the overall festival experience, and I expect a more diverse and expanded offering from future WestCO events.
Think about this though. A cold craft beer on a sunny afternoon in Colorado is an experience in itself. Adding music to the mix is just gravy.
Again, it looks like WestCO has those tangibles in place.
Perhaps what has me most excited about WestCO is that it is a music festival with a focus on local bands. Building a sustainable event means cultivating local talent. There is more music ability in Grand Junction than most people realize, and this event is an ideal showcase.
Let’s hope that WestCO can be what we need it to be. First, a great event we anticipate year to year. Second, a kick in the butt to all area music events.
Competition forces everyone, bands and promoters alike, to do better. Competition also means a better experience for us fans.
WestCO’s got me feeling cautiously optimistic. You should feel the same.