On the Goe: Ay, Papi. The heat is on at Miami’s Ultra

The other day I was sitting around daydreaming about Miami. I’ve never really thought about the 305 before outside of it being that one city Tony Montana buried under a pile of cocaine.

This time though, rosterbating over the Ultra Music Festival 2013 lineup, I actually want to be there, or at least I’ve come to the realization that it is too cold to stay here.

Look at this lineup. It’s beyond amazing. If you asked any half-naked club rat in bead bracelets and a faux fur pair of animal ears with matching pocket paws to come up with a dream festival lineup, where money is not an option, this is how they’d respond.

Come March, Miami’s Bayfront Park will play host to the dance party of the year. Armin Van Buuren. Avicii. Bassnectar. Boys Noize. Calvin Harris. Carl Cox. David Guetta. Deadmau5. Fatboy Slim. Hot Chip. Kaskade. Richie Hawtin. Swedish House Mafia (their farewell performance). Tiesto.

It’s a literal who’s who of the international DJ scene and the best collection of talent assembled for a single music event ever. Seriously.

Van Buuren, Tiesto, Avicii, Guetta and Deadmau5 rank 1 through 5 according to DJMag’s world rankings. (Yes, there is a world ranking for DJs.)

The remaining performers basically round out the top 100 ranked DJs. So yeah, it’s a killer lineup.

In rock terms, it would be the equivalent of the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, U2, Pearl Jam, Kings of Leon, Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, The Black Keys, Jack White, Radiohead and Muse all playing on the same bill.

Beyond disaster relief telethons, no music event has been so jam-packed with talent.

If I were to turn this dream into reality, you better believe I’d be there for Tiesto’s set. Have you heard “Maximal Crazy?” Forget about it.

I’d also be down for Van Buuren’s house trance set. Not only would I like to see what it takes to be the No. 1 DJ in the world, I wouldn’t mind getting lost for a couple hours.

Last year around this time I wrote how EDM would dominate 2012 (I know, really go out on a limb there).

Well, nothing much changes this year. Everything from car commercials to our local music venues will be dominated by four on the floor bass.

But one new trend to follow though is this: music as a destination.

It’s becoming increasingly clear that you are going to have to travel to see big name performers as they are no longer coming to you.

Ultra Music Festival will be held over two weekends this year, just like mega festivals Coachella and Austin City Limits.

If you want to see the top DJs in the world, then save up your cash and vacation time.

I’m OK with having to travel for music, especially now. What’s become an unwanted norm, the temperatures here in Grand Junction are consistently below freezing, and to make matters worse, I have been dealing with an annoying head cold.

I’m ready to do just about anything, including traveling to the land of shaved gorillas and bad tattoos, to bring some joy back to my life.

Clubbing down on South Beach under a warm sun, in a sea of taut tanned bodies while sipping on a terribly sweet drink sounds nice, doesn’t it?

At the very least it beats scrapping layers of ice off my car for 15 minutes each morning.

Read even more from Goe at the Music on the Goe blog at GJSentinel.com!

David Goe is a programmer for KAFM 88.1 Community Radio. His show airs at 9 p.m. the first Friday of each month. You can email Goe at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or follow him on Twitter at @David_Goe.


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