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Snow, foam and DJs

Brian Ross

nFriday – Old school goes strange: Hell’s Belles, a female AC/DC tribute band, takes over 8150. The raucous and raunchy group gives dose of metal and then some. For those looking for a less intense but no less strange scene, DJ Late Night is at Tongos. He puts together an eclectic mix with punk, hip-hop, and some classic alternative. Mostly he wants to frighten people but what he does is entertain. At Sanctuary you have your choice of vibes. On the top floor is Mike Mcgoun getting the dance floor populated. He spins house, hip-hop, and some popular dance hits. His selection of songs is vast and he is happy to fulfill your requests. Downstairs has a more lounge-like atmosphere, with comfortable seating and V.I.P. rooms. Providing the sounds will be the members of Delta 9, DJs Akawa-kulter and Paradice. These two locals put out funky tribal house mixing their records tag-team style. As the energy of the room increases, so does the music’s. Enjoy your dirty martini and if the feeling grabs you get up and start a dance floor right there.

nSaturday – You’ve got options: two different environments to get your dance on. At The Bridge is Steve Stone and Z-28 spinning hip-hop. The vinyl they bring includes classics, current popular tracks, and underground gems. Sanctuary brings back everyone from the night before for round two. While all this is going on 8150 counters with the return of last summer’s best event, the foam party. They have brought DJ MLE up from her residency at Vinyl in Denver. The party this summer was “one of the funnest parties I ever played, and that was the off-season,” said MLE. With the season going strong, she hopes it’s even better this time around. About playing in Vail, MLE said “I love playing at 8150, it’s a laid back mountain town with people from all over and they are all there for a good time, whether 100 or 500 people it’s a blast.” While she spins her nu-school breakbeats with progressive, and old school beats added in for extra flavor the dance floor will be filled with five feet of foam. Be prepared to get wet.

nSunday – Good music abounds. Sunday Night Solutions brings dub to The Bridge. DJ .Com spins bass heavy tracks with Scotty Stoughton layering the sound with live vocals and percussions. When special guests show up the mix gets more developed. Sanctuary has its own night with Service Industry Night. It’s a show of thanks for the hard-working locals of Vail. This week DJ Sense of Casa del Sol Records provides the music. If you think you have the skills Open Turntable Night at 8150 makes an appearance a day early this week. Get on the decks and show your friends what kind of talent you’ve got. At Agave in Avon DJ C-Note presents the Zen-Den. With hip-hop, down tempo, and lounge beats it is a great place to chill out for the end of the weekend.



nMonday – The club scene’s sole provider is in Avon. Agave brings you Groove. DJ Gibby, Mike D. and more lay down progressive, house, breaks and techno to fill the room.

nTuesday – One of the valley’s hardest working DJs arrives at Agave. Chris Kuchler will be playing his Chicago-style funky house. Meanwhile at The Bridge Steve Stone and Z-28 reprise their Saturday night roles. Of course the set won’t be the same, but the cast is.



nThursday – ends the week with Chris Kuchler bringing his talents on the wheels of steel to The Bridge. As well, a special night of hip-hop arrives at 8150. Earlier in the year Bukue One was in town; he’s one of the few emcees to powerfully deliver conscious, positive lyrics. I group him with the likes of Q-tip, Common and Mos-Def. Now the member of the Hieroglyphics and Souls of Mischief crew is back and this time he is pulling out the big guns with Mista Sinista of the X-ecutioners. Sinista learned his skills from his father and the Dr. Butcher of Queens, New York. With Dr. Butcher’s help he was taught the art of turntablism – an art that brought him to the forefront with battling skills and a reputation as one of the best tour and scratch DJs in the world. His recently released solo LP “Free at Last” showed Sinista’s ability to experiment with different genres of music. Be prepared for an energy-filled night with positive and clever lyrics.

This week provides a wide range of club entertainment. Foam parties, Chicago house, hip-hop and more, influences from around the world all settle into Vail. Hopefully the snow keeps falling and the parties get bigger.


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