by E.P Pirt, Jr.
As part of a new blog feature, we’re gonna start counting down the top 5 things going on, in our humble opinion, every week. Events will include shows and festivals, and the only requirements are that they have something to do with electronic music and they take place in Colorado. This is strictly an opinion-based editorial, and is in no way factual. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, including those dreaded trolls, so all that we ask is you respect ours and we’ll do the same for you!
With the consistent talent we’re blessed with week in and week out, it’s guaranteed that we will have to leave some great events out (this week is no exception), but that’s life. In even more of an effort to remain objective, the lists will be compiled by different staff members each week. Without further adieu, here’s our list of the top 5 events to check out in Colorado this week.
5. JOYRYDE AT BETA – FRIDAY
Joyryde is currently blowing up and ready to take the dance music world by storm with his aggressive style of “bass house”. He’s currently up for nomination in our Best of 2016 Polls, in the category of “Best Breakthrough Artist”. Grab tickets and see what the fuss is about this Friday.
4. JOKER AT THE BLACK BOX – TUESDAY
Combine an OG bass artist like Joker with Denver’s hottest new venue and what do you get? A top 5 show in Colorado, that’s what. Don’t believe us? Just ask Bassnectar, one of Joker’s many fans.
3. SODOWN AT HODI’S HALF NOTE – FRIDAY
Couldn’t leave out this hometown hero, who’s been crushing the Colorado scene the last year or so. His live performances have been lit (just ask the sold out Bluebird crowd), and his studio work has been equally on par. Seeing this rising star in an intimate spot like Hodi’s (Ft. Collins) should make for a special night. Oh, he’s also up for a number of awards in our ELCO Besties. Get your tickets here.
2. DATSIK AT 1STBANK CENTER – SATURDAY
It’s a pretty special occasion any time bass ninja Datsik comes to town, simple as that. One of the genre’s dirtiest and most influential artists will always have a spot in our top 5, cause after all, we are the bass capital are we not? The stacked supporting lineup is what solidifies this as a #2 spot.
1. SUNSQUABI & DYNOHUNTER AT THE FOX THEATRE- SATURDAY
When you combine, potentially, Colorado’s two best live electronic acts in an intimate, iconic Colorado venue like The Fox, it’s hard to put another event above it. Which is why I didn’t. SunSquabi and Dynohunter have both worked tirelessly over the years to make a name for themselves in CO and beyond, and putting them at the top of this week’s list is the least we could do to show our appreciation. Tickets are only $15, so grab ’em while they last.
HONORABLE MENTION: DERRICK CARTER AT CLUB VINYL – SATURDAY
Derrick Carter is an OG of the Chicago house music scene and has been an incredibly influential figure in house music. His last show in Denver was in 2013 at the sorely missed Norad Dance Bar, and it was one for the ages. The only reason he was left off the top 5 list this week was because he’s more of the underground type. That certainly doesn’t mean he’s any less-deserving, it just means I didn’t think he would appeal to quite as many Colorado fans. A different week and he may very-well be on the top 5 list. Still a show you should definitely consider if house music is your thing. Grab your tickets here.