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New Production Company Promises Big Shows for Grand Junction

By David Goe

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.

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