On the Goe: Musical holy trinity in GJ

Friday night, Dec. 14, is a big moment for the Grand Junction music scene. Simultaneously, three major plot lines are shaking out and culminating in one epic night at the Mesa Theater and Lounge.

If you’ve been following this column you know I regularly rally around the these three points: bring in quality live music, supporting local live music and Grand Junction’s own making positive change happen within the music scene. Well, the holy GJ music trinity happens Friday night and I couldn’t be more excited.

Nationally-touring electronic dance music producer and DJ Kill Paris and 16-year-old dubstep prodigy Vexare will light up the Mesa Theater main stage Friday night with support from local DJs, including the most under-appreciated and hardest working musician in Grand Junction: Daytona.

Kill Paris is my favorite sort of DJ. His brand of dance music is what I think more DJs should strive toward. It’s genre-defying, pure pulsating fun. Just by listening to his productions, it’s clear that Kill Paris is a music junky.

Yes, it’s electronic but it’s also funk, hip-hop, disco, house and pop. Kill Paris samples the best bits from familiar grooves and crafts them into original dance jams that will get your booty shaking.

See for yourself. Download this little holiday treat by Kill Paris: Hall & Oates sampled “Baby Come Back.” See if it doesn’t bring a smile to your face.

Vexare happens to be much more than a cool name. At an age when most teens are thinking about ditching algebra, Vexare is producing and touring on the strength of his quality tunes.

Even if you hate dubstep, you can’t knock the guy. His job description is making “neo-romantic electronic chaos.” That’s awesome.     

If you are new to the EDM scene, don’t miss one of GJs own on the decks, Daytona.

Very quietly, Daytona has built up a reputation as one of the best producer/DJs in Grand Junction. He also may be the most talented musician performing in the city right now.

It’s one thing to drop your DIY recordings on SoundCloud for a couple dozen people to stream. It’s another thing entirely to have the hottest track on dubstep.net, a national EDM depository. Check out his latest and greatest, “Dark Child,” as it hits right up there with the big boys.

My hope is this is a bit of a coming out party for Daytona. He’s got the gear and the chops to hang with anyone in the game and it’s only a matter of time before something big comes his way.

Not to be overshadowed by the talent on the stage, it’s worth mentioning the brains behind tonight’s show. There’s the new kid on the block, Dubliminal Entertainment, the organizer behind tonight’s proceedings.

For Jordan Hasko and crew, this is the second big EDM show they’ve brought to Grand Junction (Robot Pirate Monkey being the first). Hopefully, for our sakes, there are more to come.

What’s a dance show without strobbing LEDs and lasers? Orchestrating tonight’s visuals is Cody Jacob from KMSA 91.3 Fix Your Face Radio. He’s the artist behind October’s Zombie Prom visuals, so you may be familiar with the quality he brings to the table.

I’ve been pleasantly surprised more often than not by Grand Junction this year. It’s the passion and DIY energy from locals such as Daytona, Hasko and Jacob who are tirelessly promoting and working on creating a vibrant music scene for us all to enjoy.

It’s all coming together, so rejoice in some Yuletide pleasure.

If you need me Friday night, I’ll be under a cloud of technicolor lasers enjoying one last great show in 2012.

Tis the season, let’s get rowdy. 

David Goe is a programmer for KAFM 88.1 Community Radio. His show airs at 9 p.m. the first Friday and first Saturday 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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