ELCO Best of 2017: Who Won?

Last Friday we officially announced our ELCO Best of 2017 winners, as voted on by readers and fans. This was the fourth annual addition of the awards and the response we received this time around far exceeded all previous years. For 2017, we received 11,683 total votes across 23 total categories. Last year we received 8,123 across 35 total categories. That’s an increase of 219% per category!

There were some surprises and some that weren’t so much. Only three winners won more than one award; Sub.mission, Belly Up, Aspen, and the Mishawaka Amphitheatre. That’s pretty low considering 16 of the 23 categories included nominees that were nominated in more than one category. We also have FIFTEEN new winners this year who had not won before. So what’s that mean? It just goes to show what a well-rounded scene we have here and what an open-minded and informed fanbase there is in Colorado, of course! Find all of the winners and more info about each below.

 

Best Shows

 

Fort Collins

Lane 8 at Mishawaka Amphitheatre

Results below are for Mishawaka Amphitheatre.

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 2

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 4

Turns out Lane 8’s This Never Happened Tour did happen…at the Mish, anyways. Otherwise how would y’all have voted it as the best show in Ft. Collins last year?! Must’ve been a good one, considering all of the shows at The Aggie and Hodi’s it beat out. This was one of TWO awards the Mish won this year!

 

Mountains/Western Slope

ODESZA at Belly Up, Aspen

Results below are for Belly Up, Aspen.

Category win streak: 2

Category wins / nominations (all time): 2 / 2

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 3

The legendary Belly Up, Aspen also earned two wins this year, including Best Mountains/Western Slope Show, for ODESZA. This is the second year in a row that they’ve hosted the “Best Mountains/Western Slope Show”, in as many years as it’s been a category.

 

Boulder

Big Gigantic at Fox Theatre

Results below are for Fox Theatre.

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 2

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

Colorado fans love Boulder’s Fox Theatre and Boulder’s own Big Gigantic, so it’s no surprise here that their 25th anniversary show, featuring the now-international stars, was the favorite Boulder show of 2017. How often do you get to see any act that big in such an intimate space, let alone a hometown favorite for a 25th anniversary? Although they’ve been nominated many times over the years, this is Fox Theatre’s first win in our polls.

 

Club

Aaron Bordas at Club Vinyl, pres. by TheHundred

Category win streak: 1 (for Aaron Bordas, Club Vinyl, & TheHundred)

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1 (for Aaron Bordas) 1 / 2 (for Club Vinyl & TheHundred)

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 2 (for Aaron Bordas & TheHundred) 1 (for Club Vinyl)

 

Beating out mega names like John Digweed and Tiësto, Aaron Bordas has clearly won over the hearts of Colorado fans, who named his headlining show at Club Vinyl last year as the year’s Best Club Show. Digweed and Tiësto finished second and third in voting, but Aaron beat a whole plethora of big name touring stars for his second total win in as many years. Club Vinyl dethrones Beta Nightclub in this category, after Beta won “Best Club Show” last year with Porter Robinson & Madeon.

 

Denver

Bassnectar Freestyle Sessions at 1stBank Center

Results below are for 1stBank Center.

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 2

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

No surprise here. Some fads in Colorado electronic music come & go, but Bassnectar appears to be a favorite here for a long time to come. 2017 was the first year that Colorado didn’t host an outdoor Bassnectar performance since he started playing Red Rocks back in 2011. I for one was skeptical when he announced the Freestyle Sessions at the 1stBank Center. I knew he’d put on a memorable performance per usual, but a Colorado summer without an outdoor Bassnectar show just didn’t seem right. While it still would’ve been nice to see him outside, the Freestyle Sessions certainly did not disappoint. It was a Bassnectar experience unlike any I’ve witnessed, and I won’t be bummed if he decides to do it again this year.

 

Warehouse Style / Afterhours

Rabbit In The Moon at EXDO Events Center, pres. by Whirling Dervish Productions

Results below are for both EXDO Events Center and Whirling Dervish Productions.

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

Whirling Dervish Productions, in association with The Brown Elvis Presents, absolutely crushed it in 2017 with their “Warehouse Experience” events. Doing justice to the mantra of quality over quantity, they brought Rabbit In The Moon, Sasha, John Digweed, Hernan Cattaneo, and Guy J. Only five of the biggest names of all time in house & techno, and all of whom’s stateside appearances are things of rarity. With another Sasha date already lined up and another Rabbit In The Moon performance (or two!) in the works, it’s looking to be another award-worthy year for WDP.

 

Red Rocks

deadmau5

Additional results not applicable.

In 2017 deadmau5 played Red Rocks for the fifth total time and the first since 2013, with back-to-back packed-out nights. Apparently the giant-headed (you know, the mouse head), self-proclaimed button pusher didn’t disappoint, as fans voted the performance as the best electronic show at Red Rocks all year.

 

Best Festival

Sonic Bloom

Category win streak: 4

Category / nominations (all time): 4 / 4

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 4

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In 2017, Global Dance Festival moved away from Red Rocks for the first time since its inception as “Rave on the Rocks” in 1999, relocating to the Sports Authority Field parking lot downtown. It was a largely popular decision with most fans, as GDF 2017 was a big hit. But it still wasn’t enough to dethrone the now four-time champion of Best Festival, Sonic Bloom.

 

Best Venues

 

Mountains/Western Slope

Belly Up, Aspen

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 3

Belly Up, Aspen ran away with the votes in the category of “Best Mountains/Western Slope Venue, bringing their 2017 win total to two. Although there isn’t a whole lot of competition in this category, there’s still no denying the impressive roster of talent that this intimate mountain town venue brings in year after year.

 

Outdoor

Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Category win streak: 4

Category wins / nominations (all time): 4 / 4

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 6

Shocker, right? Every year we try to think of a way to make this category more fair, but we still haven’t figured one out. Even though we all know who will win it each time, it would be utterly unfair to the greatest outdoor venue in the world (forget Colorado) to just get rid of the category. So, here we are again. Congrats Red Rocks, we love you…but you already know that.

 

Front Range (excluding Denver & Red Rocks)

Mishawaka Amphitheatre

Category win streak: 3

Category wins / nominations (all time): 3 / 3

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 4

Ok, this one actually does come as some surprise considering the multiple adored venues along the front range. One might have thought that the Fox would win it in its 25th year of operation (they finished second for the second time in a row), but alas, I guess that whole Coloradans and the great outdoors thing holds a lot of water. It may not be the most convenient venue to get to but it’s certainly one of the most unique.

 

Denver

Ogden Theatre

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 4

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

At last! I’ve been saying how much I like the Ogden for years, so it’s good to finally have some company here. Cervantes had dominated this category for the first three years but we shuffled some things around this year and put them in the “Best Club” category instead of “Best Denver Venue”. That opened things up enough for the historic Ogden to claim its first ELCO award in four years.

 

Underground

Knew Conscious

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

Last year Knew Conscious Art Gallery went from a little-known gallery and underground after hours venue in RiNo to a practically household name within Denver music circles, after relocating to a bigger and better LoDo location. Lines often wrapped around the block after 2am on a Friday or Saturday, as many noteworthy artists drew crowds that were fiending for more music. Unfortunately, the city of Denver has recently required them to re-zone their building and in order to comply with the new zoning requirements they must undergo additional construction. So, if you’ve appreciated what Knew Conscious has done for the scene or if you just want to support local music and business, check out their upcoming fundraising event here.

 

Club

Beta Nightclub

Category win streak: 3

Category wins / nominations (all time): 3 / 4

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 4

Beta Nightclub, who not long ago was named Rolling Stone‘s #1 Club in North America, has had a stranglehold on our “Best Club” category ever since Norad Dance Bar took the honors in the first year of voting. That was the last year that Norad was in operation, and Beta has taken the cake rather easily since then.

 

Best Promoters

 

Weekly Night

STEAM Wednesdays at Bar Standard, pres. by TheHundred

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 2 (for STEAM) 1 / 3 (for Bar Standard) 1 / 4 (for TheHundred)

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1 (for STEAM & Bar Standard) 2 (for TheHundred)

STEAM Wednesdays at Bar Standard came back with a vengeance in this year’s voting, after finishing 5th in the same category in 2016. This is a particularly impressive turnaround, as they unseated Sub.mission’s Electronic Tuesdays as the champ, who had owned this category each of the previous three years. This is the second win this year for TheHundred (in addition to Best Club Show), who had surprisingly not won any in the first three years of voting. They had come very close multiple times, though.

 

Promoting

Party Guru Productions

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 2

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

This is the first win for Party Guru Productions, in the second year that they’ve been nominated since we split the “promoters” category into 2; “promoting” and “booking”. They finished second in 2016 but took it to a whole new level last year.

 

Booking

The Black Box / Sub.mission

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1 (The Black Box) 3 / 4 (Sub.mission)

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1 (The Black Box) 7 (Sub.mission)

The Black Box has only been around for a little over a year, but it’s already a fan favorite. Sub.mission on the other hand, has been around for over ten years and has racked up plenty of accolades, including six wins in our Best of ELCO awards since 2014. After winning “Best Promoter/Presenter” in 2014 and ’15, they lost to Global Dance last year, but now they’re back on top. In addition to these three wins, they’ve also won “Best Weekly Night” three times in four years and won one more award this year that you’ll have to continue reading to discover!

 

Best Artists

 

Photography

Eyediola Photography

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

This is the first year that “Best Concert Photographer” has been a category (for some reason), and it was definitely a favorite of fans as well as ours! There was some really strong competition and the voting was close, but in the end Eyediola Photography got the nod.

 

“Superstar” from CO

Illenium

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 3

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

After finishing near the top the previous two years, Illenium finally took home a much-deserved award for Best “Superstar” Artist from Colorado, easily running away from the rest of the competition this time. He dethroned long-time Colorado heavyweight Pretty Lights, who had won each of the previous three years. Does this represent a changing of the guard?

 

Artist Collective

Sub.mission

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 7

Yet one more category won for the highly decorated Sub.mission crew. After dropping this category last year, we brought it back for 2017 and nominated the Sub.mission Agency for the first time. Turns out they deserved it, as they received the most votes in their first year of receiving the nomination. Pretty Lights Music took the award for “Best Local Record Label/Artist Collective” in 2015 and for “Best Local Record Label” in 2014, while The Mile High Sound Movement was the runner-up this year with a respectable 21.2% of all votes.

 

Live Act

SunSquabi

Category win streak: 2

Category wins / nominations (all time): 2 / 4

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 2

While the DJs and producers get the lion’s share of attention every year, we can’t forget about our guitar strumming, drum banging, and saxophone wailing brothers and sisters in the local dance music scene. Yes, they are out there. Last year SunSquabi narrowly edged out Bass Physics after just barely losing to BP the year before. This year it was DYNOHUNTER that finished in a very close second place, but neither Bass Physics, SoDown, nor The Motet were far behind.

 

Producer

Aviva

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 2

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

Very few artists in Colorado worked as hard as Aviva in 2017, and it showed. After finishing a respectable 4th place in 2016 voting, Aviva kept her nose to the grindstone this past year, spending countless hours both behind the decks and in the studio, where she cranked out ten tasteful singles. Not a bad win when you’re going up against local heavy hitters like option4, SoDown, and Said The Sky.

 

DJ

Adam Stark

Category win streak: 1

Category wins / nominations (all time): 1 / 1

Total wins in all categories since 2014: 1

Ahhhh at last…the most anticipated category of them all: “Best DJ”. This has easily been the most talked-about one since splitting up the “Best DJ/Producer” category into two separate ones last year. For a while it was looking like Aaron Bordas might repeat as champion but in the end Adam Stark pulled ahead. The fact that Stark comes from a background that’s heavy in trance makes this one all the more impressive, as he beat out the usually more popular house and bass music DJs of Colorado. Just goes to show that every vote counts, kids!

So there you have it – the full recap for our Best of 2017 Awards. We’d like to give a big thank you to all of the artists, promoters, venues, and everyone else involved in the voting. And of course to every single fan that voted and who has supported us and all of the nominees and winners in these polls along the way. None of this scene would be possible without your support. Now let’s see what 2018 has in store…

Check out the Best of 2016 winners here

Check out the Best of 2015 winners here


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