Denver Weekend Preview: September 11 to 13, 2014

DJOYbeat Event Spotlight

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Flux Pavilion @ Red Rocks Amphitheater (September 12)

Despite being one of the stranger-looking headliners in the EDM community, Flux Pavilion made a name for himself during the dubstep breakthrough with infectious tracks like “I Can’t Stop” and “Bass Cannon.” Now showcasing material from the Freeway EP, the dubstep idol returns to the scenic Red Rocks Amphitheater for a highly-anticipated evening of bass music before the Summer comes to a close.
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The Weekend Rundown

Thursday, September 11

NRG Thursdays ft. Lil Jon, Beverli Trillz, Sergio Santana and Klutch Beat @ Beta Nightclub

The Denver scene’s most active social media loudmouths can’t seem to agree which is more bizarre: That Lil Jon is playing Beta Nightclub (a venue that never strays far from EDM), that he was booked for the Triad Dragons weekly, or that his gig takes place on 9/11. Little do they know, however, that the “Turn Down for What” vocalist’s origins as a DJ lie in house music. Sergio Santana will start the night off on the main floor, and the Klutch Beat DJs will hold down the decks in the Beatport Lounge upstairs.

Branchez and Buku @ 1up Colfax

Thursday night at the 1up Colfax is gonna be turnt, trill, twonked, or whatever buzz word trap music’s ironically white fan base has co-opted to describe their sound this week. New York City-based Branchez tops the bill, and Pittsburgh trap DJ/producer Buku will provide a set of his own.

Deeper ft. Tnure, Jleet and John Sidberry @ Funky Buddha Lounge

After its first installment last week, Mahesh Presents’ new Funky Buddha Lounge weekly, Deeper, will swap out a couple artists; locals Jleet and John Sidberry will accompany Tnure (formerly Ishe) on the lineup instead of Britton Lee and Nate Ramirez. As parties on Funky Buddha Lounge’s rooftop have been historically touch and go, the turnout of the event series has yet to be seen – but SoCo Nightlife’s recent push away from hard kicks suggests that they could very well ride the deep house wave into greater success.

Friday, September 12

Bassic Fridays ft. The Crystal Method, Shank Aaron, Curelyone and P.U.N.C.H.I.S. @ Beta Nightclub

What a year it’s been for the Crystal Method. Between the duo celebrating their 20th anniversary and the release of their fifth full-length studio album, Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland have proven that they’ve managed put out relevant, top-of-the-line music after two decades in a rapidly changing industry. Locals Shank Aaron and Curelyone will open for them, and the artists of P.U.N.C.H.I.S. will occupy the Beatport Lounge upstairs.
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Zimmer, Need & Necessity and Action 52 @ Bar Standard

When you’re too hipster to call yourself deep house, you can always use terms to describe your music like the ones that routinely wind up on reviews of Zimmer tracks: “Tropical,” “feelgood,” and “downtempo,” among others. Home Denver’s Fridays at Bar Standard never fail to stock their metaphorical shelves with cutting-edge aural stimuli as local mainstays Need & Necessity will contribute their signature flavor to the mix as well.

Global Fridays ft. DJ Trajikk and Ecotek @ The Church Nightclub

Local Triad Dragons favorites DJ Trajikk and Ecotek continue their Global Fridays series at The Church Nightclub, bringing the latest in trance and progressive house along with them. This week’s edition will also feature locals John Corey, Audio X, Robo, John JMS and Peg Noize.

Mi Casa ft. Steve Synfull and Miz Astrid @ Funky Buddha Lounge

Another example of SoCo Nightlife’s campaign to bounce back from Beta Nightclub’s dominance of the Denver club scene by cornering the emerging deep/tech/progressive house market, Mi Casa at Funky Buddha Lounge will feature funky/nu disco artists on the second Friday of each month. The debut even will see locals Steve Synfull and Miz Astrid on the decks.

Tiger Party, Colorado Super Jam and David Murphy @ 1up Colfax

Now that former STS9 bass guitarist David Murphy is free from the creative shackles of playing with a beloved, successful band, he’s doing a much better job of having no idea what he actually wants to do as a musician. “As the live and studio lineup changes, so does the music, making each show (or in this case, album) a unique experience for everyone!” reads a blurb on the band’s website about his recent, crowd-funded album whose purpose was probably to make his indecision seem deliberate.

Saturday, September 13

Proper Saturdays ft. Stefano Noferini, Cognition & T-Rav and Mahesh Presents @ Beta Nightclub

It’s not a full weekend at Beta Nightclub unless a house music veteran pays the club a visit to show the novices how it’s done. Italian tech house legend Stefano Noferini has DJed since the ’70s, Signed to Ministry of Sound in the ’90s, and won a Beatport award last year, qualifying him as much as any other candidate for the job. Cognition & T-Rav will warm up the main floor decks, and Mahesh Presents will coordinate talent for the Beatport Lounge upstairs.
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Tiger & Woods and Klangkarussell @ Club Vinyl

Nu Disco newcomers Tiger & Woods headline the bill of a weekly put together by The Hundred that’s gained so much momentum that the crowd will likely get lamer and lamer in coming months. Before then, though, anyone with their finger on the pulse will be at Club Vinyl on Saturday night. Klangkarussell will also play a set, and musical alternatives on the top two floors will provide options for attendees who bore easily.

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