Club scene gets trendy, down and dirty
nFriday – Sanctuary has Mike McGoun upstairs all weekend, playing requests. Downstairs things have switched up, with locals Chris Kuchler and Nathan P spinning house music. They have played all over town and will be at Sanctuary for the next two weeks. Remember: at Sanctuary, dress to impress.
nSaturday- Once again, one of America’s top-rated DJs is back. 8150 brings Christopher Lawrence to town. He spins progressive house and trance, which has made him known worldwide. Christopher was the only American asked to headline tours of America by Ministry of Sound, Cream and Gatecrasher, three of the UK’s biggest clubs. His worldwide tours have brought him rave reviews in the superclubs of the UK, as well as the hot spots of Ibiza. For only $15 you can see the Nor Cal native prove why he won the Dancestar USA Best DJ award in 2002 and was named “America’s top trance DJ” by MUZIK magazine. A great deal in itself, but wait there’s more. The night also includes a giveaway. One lucky winner can get a trip for two to the Marlboro Ranch in Montana. A five-star resort with dog-sledding, snowmobiling, heli-boarding (skiing) and more.
nSunday- The club scene gets a little dark, dirty and grimy in 8150 for the rest of the week. With two groups’ first visits to the valley, the atmosphere changes from the high-tech lights and sounds of house and trance to the punk ideals displayed in the underground clubs in places like Washington D.C. and Boston. The first new act to the area is Lennon. A 20-year-old from Hendersonville, Tenn., she plays a hard, raunchy, sexy rock and roll. Her music has been described as a “hard rock Tori Amos.” Lennon Murphy has been playing live shows since age 15 and that experience is evident. If you want to see a young lady perform “who isn’t blond, writes her own songs, plays an instrument, and kicks ass,” MTV says this is the one. Cover is $6.
The Bridge continues the dance club vibe with Sunday Night Solutions. This weekend features DJ Psychonaut and Jeff England. They will be spinning dub, funk and house accompanied by live percussions. The locals should be taken care of on this night with no cover and mad drink specials all night. This is a weekly event that should not disappoint.
nTuesday – Finally a visit from one of the current So Cal punk groups. Unwritten Law is coming to do some riding and break the floor at 8150. They have toured with bands like Incubus, Face to Face, Blink-182 and the traveling punk playhouse known as the Warped Tour. With their love of playing in Australia, all our transplanted locals should come and make the band feel like they are playing a show Down Under. To keep up with their punk attitude is Bowling for Soup. These so-called Texas Punk Cowboys play their own music, but have an affinity for interesting covers. Past live shows have included songs by Bon Jovi, Bryan Adams, the Descendents, and more. Band members Christopher Van Malmsteer, Erik Rodham Clinton, Gary Wiseass, and Jaret Von Erich will be dishing out their brand of joke-rock humor.
nWednesday – Live jazz-fusion at Sanctuary continues, celebrating the Street Beat concert series.
As we enter December and winter is truly upon us, a more diverse club scene arrives in town. This diversity should continue in the weeks ahead.
Brian Ross is a snowboard instructor on Vail Mountain and a bartender at 8150. He writes the weekly Club Scene column.