DJs overrun Vail
nFriday – You can catch multiple styles of music for your entertainment. Hip-hop, punk, and whatever else he feels like playing will be coming off DJ Late Night’s CD players at The Platzl. At Sanctuary some special guests take over the upstairs dance floor. Former Denver resident DJ Nique comes to town with his Chicago-style house. He has played around the world and now returns to Colorado with DJ Bjorn from Germany spinning trance. Downstairs is Mike D and his house sounds for the lounge vibe. With underground styles to fit the surroundings, DJ Harry will be spinning at The Bridge. His tribal house beats and unorthodox re-mixes definitely draw a crowd.
nSaturday – It’s time for a psychobilly freakout with Reverend Horton Heat at 8150. The Rev’s guitar riffs, Scott Churilla’s drum assault, and Jimbo Wallace’s stand-up bass skills combine with lyrics about cars, beers, martinis, whisky, women, Texas and more. This trio is one of the most unique acts playing today. Musical influences like Dick Dale, Carl Perkins and the Cramps gave the Rev the musical style he has dubbed psychobilly. Just to add to the show is the opening act, The Unknown Hinson. He has been described as part country-western singer/songwriter and part vampire with songs such as “You Ain’t Callin the Law,” “Baby Let’s Play Rough,” and “I Make Faces (When I Make Love).” Definitely something to be experienced, so check out the show either on Saturday or Sunday. If this doesn’t interest you, or it just plain scares you, there are other options for you this weekend. Sanctuary continues with Mike D and the vibe he started the night before. The dance floor upstairs is Mike Mcgoun’s territory. He controls the turntables, but don’t worry – he’ll play your requests. At The Bridge, Steve Stone and Z-28 tag-team the wheels of steel. They play hip-hop from old school to new, underground styles and more popular songs to get the crowd moving on the dance floor.
nSunday – In addition to a second chance to see the Rev, there are other options. At The Bridge is Sunday Night Solutions, a lo-fi dub experience. DJ.Com plays house and funk with live vocals and percussions played on top. This week Greg Warren of Jive adds his horns to the mix. Sanctuary is hosting Service Industry Night. Chris Smith returns to lay down house tracks to provide a place to unwind after a long week of making good money – or none at all, this time of year. Down valley has the Zen Den at Agave in Avon. C-Note plays down tempo and hip-hop for a burnt lounge vibe.
nMonday – Agave’s got the Groove on with DJ Gibby, Mike D, Crack-A and more spinning progressive, house, and break beats in the newest state-of-the-art DJ booth in town. For those trying to get a foothold in any DJ booth, try Open Turntable Night at 8150. The first six DJs get the chance to show their skills on the decks soon to be used by Kimball Collins and DJ Micro.
nTuesday – Down valley has Chris Kuchler at Agave, using the skills he acquired in Chicago’s famous rave scene. Sanctuary continues their newest night with Twisted Tuesday, a mid-week night to get your dance on with guest DJs and hockey ticket giveaways.
nWednesday – One of the founding fathers of DJs comes to town. 8150 hosts Grandmaster Flash and his skills. He created the idea of cutting and scratching to rearrange song structure. By playing the same record on both turntables he could mix back and forth between the two to emphasize certain breaks and lyrical lines. DJs like Funkmaster Flex, Kid Capri and Jam Master Jay all took his innovations and used them to propel themselves into the spotlight. If you have ever seen a hip-hop show you have heard one of his creations, the saying, “Throw your hands in the air, and wave them like you just don’t care.” You don’t have to be an old-school aficionado to appreciate this show, just a hip-hop fan.
Brian Ross is a snowboard instructor on Vail Mountain and a bartender at 8150. He writes Club Scene every week.
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