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Snow Ball pre-parties start Thursday, go through the weekend

The music shuts down at 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at this weekend's Snow Ball Music Festival, but by no means will the party be over then. There is a bunch of local clubs taking things deep into the night, hosting official and unofficial after parties with many of the Snow Ball artists playing extended sets. A handful of these parties are already sold out, so act quickly if you want tickets.

Complex yet catchy

Porter Robinson supported by RAC and Sorry For Partying at Samana Lounge, Vail.

Cost: $20.

Showtime: 9:30 p.m.

Porter Robinson had never set foot in a dance club when his smash hit "Say My Name," jumpstarted his rapid ascent to the forefront of the dance music world. Hailing from North Carolina, Robinson has a complex yet catchy and cutting-edge sound that has earned him the raving support of legendary producers such as Tiesto, Paul Van Dyk and David Guetta. His massive electro hooks paired with nasty dubstep warbles and shimmering trance breakdowns transcend tired genre adjectives like "progressive" or "fidget," taking listeners into an uncharted territory of hard-hitting house music.

Vibrant stage persona

VibeSquaD supported by Thick Chick, Mo Rockin at Agave, Avon.

Cost: $10.

Showtime: 9 p.m.

VibeSquaD has a unique take on bass music, and he takes it with him around the country playing packed clubs coast to coast. Since VibeSquaD's inception in 2007, he has released three full-length albums, two previous EP's, as well as remixes and singles. The music is charged with the energy and optimism that has come to define his signature sound and vibrant stage persona.

Another universe

200 Million Years at Loaded Joe's, Avon.

Cost: Free.

Showtime: 9 p.m.

200 Million Years' sound is a well-crafted musical diorama that seeks to bring their audience into a universe where reality is fashioned both by the band and the unique emotions of each listener.

Hop on over to Finnegan's

Frogs Gone Fishin' at Finnegan's Wake, Avon.

Cost: Free.

Showtime: 10 p.m.

You know these guys. Jumping through rock, funk, soul, blues and reggae, Frogs Gone Fishin' serves up a steaming plate of Colorado Rocky Mountain goodness. The Denver-based, yet locally embraced, New Orleans-inspired jam band has been funking things up in the Valley for a while now. They'll be playing two nights at Finnegan's Wake to celebrate Snow Ball.

Boulder's electronic trio

Savoy supported by Porter Robinson, Bones at Agave

Tickets: $25 - SOLD OUT

Showtime: 10 p.m.

*Snow Ball wristband required

Savoy is an electronic trio based in Boulder, Colorado, USA. Made up by Ben Eberdt,

Gray Smith and Mike Kelly, the band has played all over the country. Join them for a preview of Saturday's performance.

Another planet

12th Planet supported by Frequent C, American Royalty, Thick Chick at Paddy's

Tickets: $15

Showtime: 10 p.m.

*Snow Ball wristband required

12th Planet expresses himself as an artist in multiple genres including dubstep, electro and hip-hop - a fitting backdrop for any Med School beat surgeon. Donning his white overalls, 12th Planet has his scalpels sharpened and is ready to operate.

Can you keep a secret?

Secret Dance Party with sets from Snowball artists at Loaded Joe's

Tickets: $10 - SOLD OUT

Showtime: 10 p.m.

*Snow Ball wristband required

Apparently you don't even need to announce who's playing to sell out a show this weekend.

Frogs' free show, the sequel

Frogs Gone Fishin' at Finnegan's Wake

Tickets: Free

Showtime: 10 p.m.

The local funky jam band plays a second night of free music in Avon. They'll be sending it down to New Orleans the following morning to prepare for Vail's Mardis Gras celebration next week.

Colorado's latest

Octopus Nebula supported by Eminence Ensemble, Mista Mista at Sandbar

Tickets: $10

Showtime: 9 p.m.

Colorado's Octopus Nebula has opened up on the scene, impressing audiences far and wide with their new style of music that blends elements of electronic, ambient, downtemps, breakbeat, rock, acid jazz, and ethereal grooves. These musicians have come together not only to inspire the dance floor but also to spread positive vibrations through music.

'Whatever sounds good'

Mansions On The Moon at Samana

Tickets: $10

Showtime: 10 p.m.

Mansions on the Moon is the latest project from Lane Shaw and Ben Hazlegrove (of Pnuma Trio) along with singer/songwriter, Ted Wendler. The group blends its signature sound at studios in Atlanta and Virginia Beach and have since collaborated with N*E*R*D, Diplo, DJ Benzi and Chiddy Bang's Xaphoon Jones. Mansions' influences stretchfrom old folk and blue grass to modern day electro pop, rock n roll and hip hop, basically whatever sounds good.

A raging good time

Classixx supported by Onra, Guns Deejays, Twin Shadow at Samana

Tickets: $20

Showtime: 9:30 p.m.

*Requires Snow Ball wristband

DJ sets by New York City's Twin Shadow, LA homies Classixx and Superhumanoids, Onra straight from France, and of course the Guns In The Sun Deejays. This party will be can't miss and an absolute haven for sexy jams, killer dance beats and a raging good time.

The big, gigantic afterparty

Big Gigantic supported by Eskmo, DJ Adam Ross at Agave

Tickets: $25 - SOLD OUT

Showtime: 10 p.m.

*Snow Ball wristband required

Big Gigantic is the brainchild of Boulder, Colorado's own saxophonist/producer, Dominic Lalli, and drummer, Jeremy Salken. Conceived in 2008, the duo found their niche and created a name for themselves in the electronic music scene. By combining vibrant jazz melodies over pulsating dance beats, Big Gigantic delivers an innovative, distinct sound that's all their own. They showcase an amplified array of compositions that combine elements of a DJ and live band, leaving fans from coast to coast anticipating more.

Find out why he got high

Afroman supported by MTHDS, Dj Wil Bill at Sandbar

Tickets: $15

Showtime 10 p.m.

*Snow Ball wristband required

Afroman is a rapper who came to prominence with his singles "Because I Got High." The song circulated around the Internet before becoming a hit worldwide. A hilarious ode to the pitfalls of smoking marijuana, the track was a top ten tune in over a dozen countries, with the album certified gold in the United States. He was nominated for a Grammy award in 2002. Local group the MTHDS open the show.

Unrelenting rhythm

Signal Path supported by Sugarpill, Slim Thugs, Eminence Ensemble at Paddy's

Tickets: $12

Showtime: 10 p.m.

*Requires Snow Ball wristband

Born in the unlikely mountain enclave of Missoula, MT, Signal Path bends musical genres and deep melodic ideas around a core of unrelenting rhythm and massive low-end. They create a depth and intricacy of sound that become more commanding every time it's heard, and by blending live instrumentation into their production they create a live experience that is as beautiful as it is intense.

Blow your mind

Robotic Pirate Monkey supported by Mo Rockin, special guests at Loaded Joe's

Tickets: $10; requires Snow Ball wristband

Showtime: 9:45 p.m.

Robotic Pirate Monkey makes music in the genre of dubstep to blow your mind and for no other reason, which is a good reason to go to the show.

Untraveled territory

Paper Diamond and Michael Menert supported by Mr. Anonymous, American Royalty at Agave

Tickets: $15

Showtime: 9 p.m.

Colorado based producer Alex B is rolling out big tunes under the new guise of Paper Diamond in 2011. The new project finds the trusted producer moving into previously untraveled musical territory. The Paper Diamond sound has raw energy and the kind of dramatic anticipation only a seasoned producer can incite. Driving beats and bass grab on tight while deep, rich tones rumble under layers of spacey synthesizers, sweet melodies, and catchy vocals.

Crossing the line

Emory Quinn with special guests TBA at Loaded Joe's

Tickets: $5

Showtime: 9 p.m.

Emory Quinn is a band that takes its roots from folk, rock, and country music resulting from the different interests and influences of the members of the band, while creating a sound that can effortlessly cross the mainstream lines


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