Looking for a few good clubs
There is a certain type of entertainment that visits these clubs. These acts, mostly DJs and hip hop groups, are usually confined to cities, but many have made it a point to visit the valley. When they come – shebang, we have a club scene.
nToday: At the top of Bridge Street, Sanctuary is holding two contests of particular interest. First, tickets to the Peter Gabriel concert in Denver will be given away. Second, from 10 p.m. until midnight, attendees will have the opportunity to win tickets to the Playboy Lounge in Las Vegas. It’s a nationwide contest, which will send winners from all over the U.S. to Vegas for a chance at the grand prize, a trip to the Playboy Mansion in Los Angeles. Two music options are available for your listening pleasure. Upstairs is DJ Mike Magoun spinning requests. He plays everything from ’70s disco to modern house music, with lots of hip hop and pop music thrown in. Downstairs is Jason and Tyler of Delta 9. They keep the lounge vibe going with plenty of house music. You can hear these three on Saturday, too. For both these nights cover is $5 or two or more canned goods. All collections from the door go to the Vail Valley Charitable Fund. Sanctuary is the place to look your finest, so ladies don’t be afraid to dress up, and the fellows should follow suit.
nSaturday: 8150 once again treats us to the type of large-scale party only they can bring. DJ Bad Boy Bill is making his first trip to the valley. This award-winning Chicago DJ is a true technician on the turntables. He is always scratching, cutting and tweaking the sound to get the energy in the room pumping. That famous floor should be bouncing. Bill started by remixing songs live by playing two copies of the same record together, scratching. He’s gone on to be voted one of America’s top five DJs of 2002 by BPM Magazine. 8150 resident DJ Kid Twist describes Bad Boy Bill’s shows as “high energy and fast-paced. He hits the best parts of every track. He plays a style all his own – hard house disco.” Kid Twist will be opening the show.
nSunday: Something new is flowing beneath Bridge Street. Scott Stoughton and Boulder-based 30th Street Productions is beginning a weekly spot at The Bridge. A collection of DJs and live musicians will descend on the room every Sunday, evoking memories of the Burnt Lounge. Sunday, DJ.com will be spinning. A live percussionist will join Greg Warren (Jive) on horn.
nMonday: At 8150, Monday gives a chance to local aspiring DJs to shine. Open turntable night allows six DJs to sign up (first come, first serve). They get 45 minutes each to show their stuff on the wheels of steel. The $10 charge includes all-you-can-drink wells and beers. Those with the chops might become part of 8150’s resident corps.
Brian Ross is a bartender at 8150 and a snowboard instructor on Vail Mountain. He writes the weekly Club Scene column.