Vibesquad performs at Samana Lounge in Vail Thursday |

Vibesquad performs at Samana Lounge in Vail Thursday

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Aaron Holstein, a.k.a. Vibesquad, formerly of the Boulder supergroup Zilla, has four full-length albums, three EPs, and a slew of remixes out. He performs at Samana Lounge Thursday.

VAIL — Samana Lounge welcomes Vibesquad back to the stage tonight. It has been a number of years since Aaron Holstein, aka Vibesquad, has gotten the crowd jumping at Samana Lounge.

"He plays some of the most fun and funky bass-heavy music out there," said show promoter Ross Cohen.

Vibesquad's music is well know on the electronic dance music scene amongst enthusiasts and artists, so much so that in 2012 he was personally asked by Bassnectar to join the Vava Voom Tour.


From coast to coast and beyond, the electronic music spectrum has shifted radically to the low end, generating ribcage-rattling blasts from the underground on up. Tucked away in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, the Boulder-Denver-Fort Collins triangle is the epicenter of this low-frequency onslaught, producing some of the biggest names in the game.

At the top of the heap is Vibesquad, a musical juggernaut and fearless vanguard in a flourishing scene. Circling the globe with his wholly original brand of bass exploration, he is reaching wider and wider audiences with his studio tracks and out-of-control live shows.

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The Vibesquad sound is a sonic culmination of decades of experimentation, innovation and a propensity for what's next. Raised just outside of Chicago, Holstein was exposed to early house, techno, electro and hip-hop, becoming a crate-digger at a young age.

Breaking was an obsession for the youngster, who came up on Sugar Hill Gang, Al-Naafish and Art of Noise. Late-night parties at the YMCA later brought the underground dance music of the Second City into Holstein's life, cementing his love for sweaty basements, jam-packed with people ready to cut loose.

With four full-lengths, three EPs, and a slew of remixes out on forward-thinking labels Muti Music, Interchill and Proboscis, Holstein is as prolific as he is a pioneer. That being said, studio tracks can't begin to prepare fans for Vibesquad's outrageous live performances. Bobbing up and down uncontrollably, arms raised with a perma-grin plastered across his face, Holstein hits the stage full throttle and doesn't let up until every last spot on the floor is packed with bodies exhausted from a marathon dance session. Vibesquad has supported huge acts like Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, EOTO and Tipper.

If you go …

Who: Vibesquad.

Where: Samana Lounge, 228 Bridge Street, Vail.

When: Thursday. Doors open at 9 p.m. Frankie Freewater plays from 10 to 11:30 p.m. Vibesquad plays from 11:30 p.m. to close.

Cost: $5 pre-sale at or till 4 p.m. today/$10 door

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