Long journey into punk
nFriday – The beginning of the weekend allows local talent to strut their stuff. At Platzl, DJ Late Night, Paul Schafer, has his CD collection on the menu. Hip-hop, a little punk, and anything else he has an itch to play will be served up for all brave enough to attend. Sanctuary has Nathan and Chris Kuchler on the first floor. Grab a comfortable chair, a tall drink, and chill to their down-tempo lounge beats, until the vibe is built up and the house sounds get you making a dance floor in the crowd. Upstairs is Mike Mcgoun who plays it all, just ask him, he’ll do it. At The Bridge is DJ Harry and his unique tribal house beats.
Saturday – This band is worth waiting for. My hometown heroes of “rasta punk,” Bad Brains – known now as Soul Brains – are going to rock 8150 to its foundation. Their punk-rock tension and flowing reggae grooves detonate into an incendiary live show. I have waited quite a few years to see them again. With a new album on the way, this is more than a reunion tour. But if punk isn’t your scene, maybe hip-hop is. If so The Bridge is the place to go for Steve Stone and Z-28. Sanctuary keeps their smooth groove going with Chris, Nathan and Mike for one more night.
nSunday – The punk style keeps on truckin’ at 8150. This time it’s the Long Beach Dub All-Stars side project, Short Bus. The four-piece group combines vocals from Ras, ex-Sublime drummer Kelly Vargas, bassist Eric, and ex-Falling Idol Trey Panghorn. The music delves into the edgier side of punk. If you enjoy the punk tunes of Sublime and Long Beach Dub, than this is the show for you. For those who don’t want the punk aggression, then check out The Bridge for Sunday Night Solutions. Vail’s only weekly lo-fi dub experience, with DJ .Com on the wheels of steel playing funk, dub and house with live instruments and vocals adding to the mix. A great musical experience to check out with lots of energy, and “lots of ladies getting down,” according to DJ .Com. Sanctuary’s still hosting SIN night. House beats fill the room while those slaves of service wind down from another hard weekend. If the thought of heading back to Vail Village from down valley is that unappealing, you can stay closer to home. Agave in Avon provides the Zen Den with DJ C-Note playing down-tempo and hip-hop for the lounge vibe.
nMonday – Monday brings us right back to Avon and DJ Gibby’s Groove at Agave. Mike D, Gibby, Crack-A and Anime-A are all behind the decks using the high-powered sound system to play their individual styles.
Tuesday – Sanctuary is starting a new weekly series, Twisted Tuesday. The first guest is DJ Wyatt Earp. Earp has built a reputation as one of the hardest-working DJs around, playing coast to coast and working his way into the global scene. On the decks he will have progressive and tech-house tracks spinning. Hip-hop fans have a second night to experience the styles of Steve Stone and Z-28 at The Bridge. 8150 is hosting a rescheduled Open Turntable Night. Down valley keeps the house music pumping at Agave with Chris Kuchler playing solo. If you miss him, try again on Thursday at The Bridge.