Rick Wade Goes Deep in Denver

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Detroit house legend Rick Wade made his Colorado debut thanks to Deep Club and the Playground. Accompanied by fitting acts like Roger That & John Tyler, DJ Drew, and Ponyrok, the balanced show played well into the next morning.

Hosted at 1010 Workshop in the Baker district, this intimate venue was an ideal setting for the dedicated deep house fans that came out from the woodwork for this Detroit legend. Hours of underground house kept people shuffling in a hazy basement, where all lights except the glow of old TV sets and lights over the record stacks were discouraged. It was impossible not to get lost in the seamless sets as Rick Wade’s driving basslines and disco samples tend to encourage.

The commitment to playing music for music’s sake and the authenticity of a (literally) underground show combined beautifully with a crowd that came ready to dance all night. We hope that Rick Wade returns to Denver soon to keep the grooves coming.

 

Flume Shakes Red Rocks

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One of the most anticipated shows of the summer 16’ Red Rocks season, Flume played along with Vince Staples and Chrome Sparks at the infamous amphitheater on August 18th. The enormous venue with a capacity bordering on 10,000 was packed to the brim with a lively crowd. Opening with “Holdin On” and closing an encore with “Take a Chance” feat. Little Dragon, Flume primarily played songs from his newest album Skin.

Playing from about 9:50 to 11:20, his set did feel unfortunately short and left out a few singles such as “Some Minds” and “Collarbones” that could have rounded out a crowd-pleasing show. We all love Harley (Flume) for his goofy nature and light-hearted Instagram posts, and his commentary during the show was airy and fun. He echoed the common sentiment that playing Red Rocks drew an enormous crowd to which he received an enthusiastic response.

Flume will be headed east to continue his world tour, including ten shows in (his birthplace) Australia, with many dates sold out worldwide.

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Courtesy of runthetrap.com

 

 

TheBigWonderful Beer Garden Concert

Photo Aug 13, 7 43 47 PMThis past Saturday TheBigWonderful hosted a combination outdoor concert to celebrate their move from the trendy River North district in Downtown Denver to a central warehouse near the Auraria Campus. Rose Quartz, Golf Clap, The Reminders and more played as guests enjoyed local food trucks, beer garden-style party games, and vibrant murals. Their recognizable “Wonderful” sign which was previously on 16th street for a mural festival lit up the main stage.

Started by Josh Sampson, TheBigWonderful is a three-part project including an outdoor sustainable market, a weekly artisan bazaar, and an urban farm fest. As it becomes increasingly popular to blur the lines between food, drink, and music, this event only emphasizes the versatility of this forward-thinking collective.

If you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss out on their weekly dynamic events.

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It’s Not an Earthquake, It’s Basscenter

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Bassnectar’s much anticipated 2-day Basscenter festival took place this past weekend in Commerce City, Colorado. With a fully loaded lineup including esteemed artists like Flying Lotus, Flux Pavilion, Porter Robinson, and Wu-Tang Clan, this festival was instilled with the kindness and artistry established at it’s inaugural show in 2010 at Madison Square Garden.

Nearly 50k attendees enjoyed the state-of-the-art sound and light systems highlighting the incredible talent brought together for Basscenter  before, during, and after the main-stage show. Bassnectar’s multimedia team premiered works and collaborations with renown visual artists worldwide, including new visuals for the Unlimited Album which electrified the audience well into Friday and Saturday nights.

FlyLo was very vocal and interactive with the crowd, regularly throwing out his two cents and getting a positive return when telling the crowd to throw their blunts on stage. Flux played a killer, pounding set from start to finish with little reprieve. Porter’s set was beautiful and bass-heavy, essentially playing his World’s set but incorporating some darker themes with his iconic anime-style visuals. Wu-Tang Clan was hype as expected, with a huge high-energy crew on stage. Lorin (Bassnectar) himself was spectacular as always, incorporating mind-melting visuals and speaking intimately with the crowd about the festival.

The bass was so extreme at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park that Commerce City residents mistook the many, many drops for an earthquake. One complaint brought before the city council by local Joe Quillin has already been remixed and garnered over 130,000 views.

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While the booming sound may not have been music to everyone’s ears, this was a festival marked by compassion: Bassnectar, the many ambassadors, and the attending bass heads all contributed to an inspiring community environment. The bass head cleanup that has occurred at previous festivals continued the “leave it like you found it” mentality, leaving a spotless stadium and camp ground. During his Friday night set, Lorin asked everyone to make a new friend and checked Saturday to see if everyone had (by way of loud cheering from the packed stadium).

Charitable contributions were made throughout the festival through a number of venues. The Dollar Per Bass Head charity fund allocated $1 for each ticket sold, amounting to an impact of $50K simply for attendance. Food donations to Conscious Alliance will provide 1,200 meals to families and the Bass Network donation drive collected school supplies to benefit the Denver Public School Foundation and 14 schools in the Denver area. The distribution of reusable Nalgene flasks saved over 20,000 disposable plastic bottles.

The good vibes of Basscenter were carefully calculated by Lorin himself along with a dedicated team of ambassadors, and felt widespread by all who attended. This incredibly well-planned and orchestrated event was a privilege to attend for new and old bass heads alike.

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Baltimore Swept Away By Adventure Club

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On July 22nd, I had the pleasure of covering the amazing duo, Adventure Club in Baltimore, MD. Supporting them that night was RaceCarBed, Droosie, Bee Bot, and Kcik. These artist played great sets during the night, priming the crowd for the one and only Adventure Club. Soundstage is personally one of my favorite venues in Baltimore. It is a smaller venue but provides an open floor plan making it a great place to get close with all your friends and dance the night away.

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The crowd’s mood was positive and full of life the closer it came Adventure Club’s set time. The energy in the place had increased on many levels as more people flooded in. Looking around the crowd you could see people dressed up in many different types of super hero and comic character costumes, including other attire. Throughout the set, Christian and Leighton dropped some crowd favorites and headbangers. Some of the songs included Cinema, Eyes on Fire, and Crave, to name a few. Hearing the variety of music played also reflected how they have grown as an artist since coming into the EDM scene.

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The dynamic duo will be appearing for their second Moonrise Festival this upcoming weekend in Baltimore,MD. The first year they played was in 2014, the opening year of the festival. Besides playing in DC, this was their first headlining show in Baltimore.  I cannot wait to see their set this upcoming weekend. Every time I have seen them, they play a different set. The variety makes me enjoy their show so much more.

Thank you to Adventure Club and their team for allowing me to cover this great show! Also a shout out to the photographer, Adam Green, who took all the photos in this article. Check out his page for more photos of the event.

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LO’99 Makes Mark in U.S.

 

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Welcoming the month of July, LO’99 visited DC, his 4th stop on tour. The U.S. is a new territory for this up & coming Australian DJ, but he sure made his mark on July 8th. To get a taste of LO’99, here is a link to a recent mix, you’ll definitely feel the future bass and house vibes!

Personally, after hearing this mix and seeing him live, I do believe he is an artist to watch! This was my first time at Eden Lounge in DC but for LO’99 it was perfect. It was an intimate space and really got the positive vibe off everyone including the employees.

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Most of the night, everyone was in a circle with one person showing off their shuffling moves. As soon as LO’99 came to the stage, it got crazier and even those who didn’t know how to shuffle were trying. While adding his own music and vibe, LO’99 added in mixes of classics such as Jump Around and crowd favorites from artist like Zeds Dead. As far as set up, there was an alarm clock blinking with “LO’99” as well as 3 red siren lights. It was a night to remember with a great new artist emerging in the scene.

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Classy $avage Premieres ‘This Is It’ Music Video

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Everyone loves a savage. This 19 year old Boston rapper just dropped a feel-good music video for his track, ‘This Is It’, directed by Hal Hyatt (halhyatt.com). Catch good vibes and shots of Boston that will make you feel like it’s a classy summer. Be sure to find Classy $avage on Soundcloud, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Baltimore Awaits Adventure Club

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Bass Nation returns with Adventure Club to Baltimore Soundstage on July 22. This dynamic duo has played at Moonrise Festival 2014 and DC before. They bring the heat and wubs whenever they play a set hear in the DC/MD/VA area. I have seen this duo twice before at a festival and show. Each time they threw a completely different set which had my appreciation grew from them deeper.

Christian Srigley and Leighton James came together in 2011 to create Adventure Club. The title of the duo was inspired to keep a superhero theme throughout. Recently they have been releasing mixes titled Superheroes Anonymous. Below is a link to their eighth addition to these mixes- this is definitely one of my favorites.

These Canadians have been known for their unique style of dubstep, remixes, and collabs with major artist in the industry. Adventure Club originated with roots in pop punk music. As they grew, the stayed with their record label BMG. They have played at festivals such as Electric Forest, EDC, Electric Zoo to just name a few. This past June they made another appearance at EDC Las Vegas. Below is their mix to their set, I did not go but listened when it was released. It shows the variety of music they are able to play and harmonize together all at once.

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Tickets for this show can be found here.

Get Ready For A Magical Night At DC’s Echostage With Above And Beyond

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All trance lovers out there know about Above and Beyond. The trio has been respected in both the trance and larger EDM family alike for over a decade now since they launched their own label Anjunabeats, in 1999. Their success can be attributed to not only their dreamy music, but the remarkable way it brings people together from all over the world. In fact, they made history on Saturday, Oct. 18 when they became the first British group to sell out a show at Madison Square Garden-in just 12 hours. People travelled miles to come together to hear them broadcast the 100th episode of their weekly radio Group Therapy. Group Therapy draws in roughly 25 million listeners in more than 30 countries. If that’s not impressive, then consider the fact that they are still going stronger than ever since their latest album We Are All We Need. This album received tremendous success, and the first track of the album “We Are All We Need” (a collaboration with singer/songwriter Zoë Johnston) received a Grammy title nomination.

If you haven’t heard this album yet, I highly suggest you take some time to listen to the gorgeous melodies that have you transported into a ethereal trance universe wherever you may be. Furthermore, you should do yourself a favor and buy tickets to see their nearly sold out show at DC’s Echostage on July 1st and 3rd. It is sure to be a night you will never forget!

Get your tickets here today!

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Mega DC: Datsik Steals the Night

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On June 11th, the bass wubs were in the air as Datsik came to DC to play Mega DC. He headlined the show with Crizzly, Lookas, MitiS, JSTJR along with local support from The Banditz and Rawle Night Long. The night before Datsik played Spring Awakening Music Festival in Chicago as well as playing the same festival as Ephwurd on Sunday. The DC crowd is extremely thankful for the night he gave us although it meant additional traveling.

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This Canadian producer has been working with artist such as Excision since the early 2000s. Datsik has always advertised as bring in old west coast hip hop style into his music as well as some headbangers. He has played multiple festivals as well as going on several tours. Spring Loaded Tour came to Baltimore in April and was Datsik’s most recent visit to the DC area. He has played for previous Megas as well as playing at Moonrise Festival in Baltimore. Several fans awaited the night where this bass god would once return to an area that dearly loves him.

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I arrived early to the venue, around 930pm, and Datsik went on at 130am. The crowd slowly grew throughout the night and was packed when it came for Datsik’s set time. As soon as he hit the stage, everyone got their groove on which, for me, included a lot of headbanging. Standing back, I watched how his set got everyone dancing in unison and purely enjoying themselves. He took old classics, some of his new music, and remixed some popular of the most popular songs today. Along with the music, the lasers and visuals on the screens were impeccable. They added a new dynamic to the show which allowed everyone to emerge themselves in the music even more. Every time I see Datsik, his mixing style of combining all of these different sounds into and usually some sort of visual show always leaves me wanting more.

After the show, I caught up with some attendees and asked a few questions. Here are their responses:

Have you seen Datsik before, and if so how many times? Elaborate on your experience.

Avery B.: 4 times, first time was at echo, listen to for a year before seeing him, lived up to every expectation

Parker R.: 2 times before tonight, he was my first EDM event/ concert at Echostage for a Mega DC in 2013, also caught him at Rams Head Baltimore a few months ago

Sara B.: It is my 8th time seeing him, he’s my favorite artist.

Nick H.: Datsik headlined the first show I ever went to.

Tom B.: First time seeing Datsik was at his ninja nation tour last year then not too long after seeing him at EDC NY, he became one of my favorite DJs to see. I have seen him a total of 5 times now.

What’s your favorite thing about seeing Datsik?

Avery B.: Each time I see him, the sets get better and better. Always makes me fall more in love with his music.

Parker R.: Datsik has a great sound you can feel the wobbles and rhythms and its paired incredibly well with visuals

Sara B.: My favorite thing about seeing Datsik is that he can play just about any genre in his set and it’s still flawless. Not to mention he’ll throw in his old jams in it and it makes happy every time and his sets are never the same.

Nick H.: The absolute filth that comes with his sets.

Tom B.: His style is perfect. It’s deep, dark, funky, just like how he describes the roots of his music generated from old school west coast hip hop.

What was your favorite part of his set tonight?

Avery B.: The laser show was insane as well as the visuals on the screen. They went perfect with the music and just made the show so much better.

Parker R.: Tonight’s set had some great throwbacks. Datsik dropped a few of my favorite songs including Scum, Yes, Katana, and Robo Kitty

Sara B.: My two favorite parts of his set tonight was that I finally got to witness him drop Nuke Em, which is the song that got me here today, without it being mashed up with Head Crush, he ended dropping that afterwards. The other part was that he double dropped Get Back and Party In The Sewer, my mind was BLOWN.

Nick H.: There was way too much I loved about his set, it was all filthy and golden.

Tom B.: The set was all around great. He played a little bit of everything from old to new, I think his mixing was perfect.

What kind of things would you want to se from Datsik over the course of the summer and the next year?

Avery B.: New music is always a must. I would like to see a fall tour, or just an every season tour.

Parker R.: I would love to see Datsik at an outdoor venue near Baltimore. New music is always good and maybe some collabs with artists we wouldn’t necessarily expect.

Sara B.: I would want to see Datsik, because absolutely refuses to drop it, I would cry if he dropped Firepower.

Nick H.: I would love to hear Datsik and Downlink’s song Against The Machines, that was one of the first Dubstep songs I’ve heard. I would lose my mind if I heard it live.

Tom B.: I am really just waiting for another tour to kick off over the summer of at least be on the Safe in sound tour if that’s going to happen again. Also another EP would be nice, but some new collabs with Midnight T and Spag Heddy would be ideal.

Any additional comments on Datsik’s performance tonight or in general?

Avery B.: I just love how he always out does himself, hands down one of my favorite artist to this day and will continue to be. Totally stole the show tonight too.

Parker R.: Datsik had a great show tonight he kept the energy high and everyone was loving his set. Datsik is one of the best bass artists out there.

Sara B.: Datsik is life, nuff said.

 

Thank you to Datsik and his team for allowing me to cover the show this past weekend!

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