Denver’s local bassheads were able to gather at the iconic civic center park for a 9-hour-long event- The Neon Project- hosted by Party Troopers LLC. This stacked lineup came full of heavy hitters, ending the night with popular artists such as Arius and LAXX. These artists have grown a heavy following from songs such as “Misbehave” and “Hostile.” This team came together to handcraft a free event for Denver locals to safely party and celebrate the amazing lineup.
The neon project was handcrafted from the minds of fellow EDM enthusiasts with a goal to create a safe and fun inclusive show for local headbangers to enjoy all day long. The Neon Project had not only live music, but many pop ups from small business vendors. Displaying their hand crafted art and festival wear, Rave Buddie sold to the attendees. As well as the art, food trucks filed along the path of the park to catch the eye of the event-goers. The goal of supporting small business and local business was a success and the team hopes to work to grow with more vendors in the future.
Lighting up the park
The event had two staging displays- a mainstage as well as the Bass Capital records stage. These stages brought quality sound to the entirety of the park. Featuring a full sound system and an amazing set of lasers and ambience to light up the night, the staging setup brought a versatile mix to this event.
Overall, The Neon Project was a success. This event brought amazing music, lighting, and sound to keep up with their sought-after headliners. Keep your eye out for upcoming party troopers events and continuation of the Neon Project because these events are not ones you and your rave family want to miss.
This summer, we have been blessed with some amazing concerts, shows and festivals and now we have even more fantastic music at Temple! 14 amazing artists will be hitting the stage this month and we are ready to party the night away with them. With different vibes and sounds every week, there is sure to be something for everyone!
Rusko July 1st
Kicking off the month is Rusko. He is hitting the stage Friday, July 1st. Born in Leeds, Rusko grew up with the amazing English Drum n bass scene. Bringing that hometown sound with him through music school, Rusko brings his own grimey dub-step vibe over to us. His most recent hit, “Butcher Shop” is an absolute drum n bass banger and we can’t wait to get down with him!
Klingande July 2nd
Following Rusko, Klingande will be taking over Temple Saturday, July 2nd. All the way from France, Klingande will bring the saxy sounds of tropical house with him. His first album “The Album” is full of some amazing house music and definitely worth a listen!
Deerock July 7th
The next week at Temple starts with Deerock, who is getting the party started on Thursday, July 7th. This East Coast producer is mostly known for his “Get Up It’s Gameday” mixes on Soundcloud, but his newest track, a remix of the Chainsmokers’ “High” is absolute fire!
Culture Shock July 8th
Next on the Temple stage is Culture Shock, playing Friday, July 8th. Hailing from across the pond, Culture Shock is no stranger to drum n bass, growing up listening to the genre on Britain’s various pirate radios. He released a compilation of songs earlier this year, but “Recombine” with Sub Focus is our favorite! We are excited to hear him spin!
Niiko x Swae July 9th
Also playing this weekend is Niiko x Swae. This duo will be bringing the heat July 9th. Hailing from LA, this duo recently dropped, “ Save Me” ft. JRM on Soundcloud. It has a real dancey vibe to it and is sure to be a summer anthem!
GLOBAL DANCE FESTIVAL PRE-PARTY: YELLOW CLAW
This Amsterdam duo is taking the stage July 14th for the official Global Dance Festival Pre-Party. The duo’s music is a mix of a wide range of genres and often incorporates elements from trap, hip hop, dubstep, and more. Yellow Claw’s latest Soundcloud track, “Deep Inside” is a heavy, high energy slammer that is sure to get anyone who listens to it pumped up!
Softest Hard July 21st
True to her name, Softest Hard is bringing the hard beats July 21st. The LA producer brings a unique history to her sound. Being Vietnamese-American in Vermont, she always aspired to be bigger than her town. Her song, “La Luz” just dropped back in April and it is a heavy trap banger!
Bad Girls Club – Hard Candy Burlesque Show July 21st
The Hard Candy Burlesque girls are back July 21st, with their Bad Girls Club. The show starts at 7, so grab some friends and see some bad girls making all the moves, and then head to the main stage for Softest Hard.
Open Art Night July 21st
The Open Art Night is happening July 21st. Come meet and network with other Denver artists. Hosted in the Mirus, bring your artist friends, sip some cocktails and look at the local art. The doors open at 7!
Chapter & Verse July 22nd
Chapter & Verse is bringing the tech house heat July 22nd. Making waves in his UK hometown, Chapter & Verse is a quickly rising tech house star. He just dropped his song, “Taking Over Me” a little over a week ago, and we are loving it!
Sippy July 23rd
Sippy is coming on July 23rd with her Down Under Sound. Don’t be fooled by her appearance. Sippy makes the grimiest dubstep! Her most recent song, “Trippin” actually just dropped today, 6/22 on Beatport and we are OBSESSED!
Wehbba July 28th
This international producer, Webhha is hitting the Temple Decks on July 28th. Since he is traveling all the way from Brazil, you know he will be bringing the heat. He’s an international techno superstar and we are beyond excited for his techno beats!
Party Favor July 29th
No stranger to the party scene in Denver, Party Favor is returning July 29th.This Bass music producer is a veteran in the music industry and always puts on a good show! His song “Spirits Part 1” just dropped on June 17th and it’s another Party Favor banger!
Party Pupils July 30th
Wrapping up the month, Party Pupils is hitting the stage July 30th. LA based, this future house artist is bringing the technicolor neon vibes of LA to the stage. “Renegade” with Big Gigantic is a banger of theirs that came out at the beginning of the year and it absolutely slaps!
July Wrap Up
No matter who you see in July, be sure to make Temple one of your stops! There are tons of fantastic artists playing and it’s sure to be a party this July!
Jantsen Returns to The Fox in Boulder on Saturday, 5/28
The Gutter Dubstep legend Jantsen (Subsidia Records, Circus Records, Disciple Records) is coming back to his home base of Boulder, Colorado for a night of heaters at the historic Fox Theatre in downtown Boulder on Saturday, May 28th. The show has Wolf-e-wolf from Gravitas Records joining as direct support. IAM_Jacko and Krushendo will be opening up the night providing some equally wonky and heavy dubstep vibes to start out the night proper.
Jantsen has recently put out an absolute huge album entitled,”Gutter Til I Die”, filled with grime and his patented gutter sound. He also dropped another absolutely massive mix Gutter Music 5. You can hear this absolutely epic mix which includes his newest album and some extra spicy VIPs. We also got you on the album playlist on Spotify.
The Fox is Giving away two pairs of tickets to this show coming this Saturday.
Things in Denver are already heating up for the summer. That is to say, different venues throughout the city are preparing to host a vast variety of musical talent. Local favorites along with regional and international artists are all scheduled to head to the Mile High City this year.
One of the most recent show announcements comes from Metanoise. On Saturday, July 30th, they are bringing Future Shape 360 to the Fillmore Auditorium on E Colfax Ave. In fact, this immersive experience will host five different artists, including one group that hasn’t played in the state of Colorado for quite some time! With a capacity of almost 4,000 people, this Denver venue is able to host large shows, events, and indoor music festivals.
Don Diablo is a Dutch producer, songwriter, and DJ. This forward-thinking musician is always exploring new sounds and genres. Many will recognize his track “Problems” with JLV featuring John K. He has a modern approach to everything he does, continuously displaying his sense of future trends. Throughout his career, he’s collaborated with or remixed artists including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Madonna, and more. Meanwhile, Don Diablo has performed all over the world, landing at internationally renowned festivals such as Tomorrowland and Ultra Miami.
Cherub is an electronic-indie duo from Nashville, Tenessee. Formed in the year 2010, this group brings a beautiful mix of electronic music with funk, pop, and more which creates a fun, addicting sound. One of their most popular tracks, “Doses & Mimosas“, came out in the year 2014. Their latest album, DJ BJ’s Faves, came out just short of two years ago during the summer of 2020.
Cherub has not performed in Denver in quite some time. Needless to say, the Mile High City is quite overdue for an energetic set from this duo. Is anyone else already getting antsy for their glorious return this summer?
Denver-based musician, producer, and DJ Bass Physics is also set to perform on July 30th. His mission is “to have a positive impact on the world through the power of music“. He creates a wide variety of sounds and sub-genres including melodic bass, electronic rock, and more. For example, “Pull The Trigger” with SoDown does a great job of showcasing his heavier sound. His live sets are refreshingly diverse, with the use of live instruments including a guitar and keyboard. Furthermore, Bass Physics has performed at Red Rocks, Electric Forest, Global Dance Festival, and more.
Digital and acoustic percussion blend together with electronic sounds to create what is COFRESI. This DJ and producer has upbeat, energy-filled music and his live sets are no different. For instance, he captivates the audience with songs like “Early Night” with Flamingosis and “Keep U High” with Bass Physics. COFRESI has already performed at a few festivals this year including Infrasound Festival in Minnesota. Before his performance this summer at the Fillmore Auditorium, you can also catch him at Summer Camp Festival in Illinois.
The Minneapolis-based DJ and producer, Gigamesh, is an incredibly talented music producer. He is most well-known for producing the instrumentals for Mike Posner’s song, “Cooler Than Me“. After hearing one of his original tracks, like “Control” featuring Caroline Smith, it’s easy to hear his signature sound present itself throughout his tracks and performances. Throughout Gigamesh‘s career, he has completed multiple tours throughout the United States as well as internationally.
Countdown To July
Future Shape 360 is only a few months away! Therefore, Denver is beyond ready for this new immersive experience taking place at the Fillmore Auditorium. Cherub is making their triumphant return to the state, and other artists on the lineup are being welcomed back with open arms.
Krushendo Puts Out EP Announces Show with SoDown, DMNO, Bass Physics, Defunk, and More!
Krushendo returns with the last song off his EP entitled Believe in Myself which features BVLVNCE on vocals. This tunes reminicent of old Adventure club mixed with emo/rock inspired vocals which are beautifully executed by BVLVNCE. This concludes his biggest EP to date.
Krushendo has been on a roll this year since directly supporting ILLENIUM at X Games in Belly up; he has since played with MiTiS, Crystal Skies, 1788-L, Opiuo, and Defunk all in the short span of a few months. His most recent headliner at SHIFT Thursday’s at Cervantes Otherside was one of our favorite local shows to date. He has a bunch of shows on the calendar including Rekinection Festival in St Louis with LSDream, Shpongle, SoDown, Dirtwire, Maddy O’neal and many more this coming weekend May 19-21. He also has shows coming up with SoDown at The Mishawaka on July 29th and he hits Boulder May 28th with Jantsen.
They say you have to capture your audience with the very first sentence. That an article is defined by the content of your words. Though I loved Earthgang, I expect the same from any show, which brought me to one simple conclusion; this particular show’s content did not carry. This is not a conviction of the artists or show, just the consistency I see from show to show. I’m not an expert by any means, but I continue to see a problem with how Hip-Hop is treated, and how it treats itself. This won’t be the only thing I focus on in this piece, I do believe it should be touched on.
It was another beautiful Saturday night in Denver and Mission Ballroom was ready to match the vibe. I got to the box office at 8:00pm to get my media pass. By the time I was on the floor at 8:15pm, the first artist was done, which was disappointing. I bet you’re like, “ok? Why did you even bring it up?” I’ll get to that. Next up, we had Mike Dimes hit the stage. Dressed in all black, Mike Dimes put on a great show. High in energy and incredibly engaging, Mike Dimes and his Dj were really in sync with how each song was presented. It was clear they have been working together for awhile and knew exactly what the other was doing. At the climax of his set, he took off his jacket and I thought homie was about go off. Quite the opposite actually. He did two more songs and his set was finished. Don’t worry I’ll touch on that as well.
Next up, the dynamic duo known as EarthGang arrived to deafening screams and uproarious applause. Equipped with a full band, which really surprised me, EarthGang put on one hell of a performance. Drenched in swag, Johnny Venus strolled out in an yellowish green fit while Doctur Dot had a much more relaxed outfit, rocking a bucket hat with designer jeans with lil’ devils on them. That was something that really stood out to me, they came out shining without having to flaunt. Of course, both had their bling, but they let their fashion sense do a lot of the talking. Digging deep in their bag, they played classics from all over their discography including “Saturday,” which is top-tier EarthGang in my opinion.
We have finally arrived to the meat of the article. I know, super corny. Before I go on, this is just an opinion and I say this because I love the community. I think there were a few issues with this show that seems to happen during most hip-hop shows. I’ll break it down for you. I believe Hip-hop is treated very differently than other genres here in Denver, especially at bigger venues. Artists are always fighting with crews about sound levels, such as Snow tha Product and Lauryn Hill. Some of these artists are forced to fit a whole performance in 2.5hrs along with other artists like last night where an EDM artist can go to the same place and get a 2hr set, along with 2-3 other hour long openers. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good EDM set, but if we’re a community that loves music, then we should act like it..
The Second part of my argument, though straight to the point, is just as important. I think the Hip-Hop community needs to focus on how it treats itself. I mean, these are Grammy nominated artists, and the artists they bring on tour are extremely talented themselves. They shouldn’t have to take this disrespect, even if unintentional. Anyone that loves hip-hop knows that you’re going to see a performance, and just like any other performance that takes time. I don’t know what happens behind the scenes, but I hope that these artists are fighting for more than 15 minutes to prove that they deserve to be on that stage. And maybe they are and that’s why you’re seeing Rick Ross at Reelworks, instead of Red Rocks.
When I Say Earth! You Say Gang!
Despite my peeves, this was still an incredible show. Mike Dimes still had a really fun performance and even if I missed the first artist, I’m almost positive they did their thing. EarthGang spoke volumes not only through their lyrics and fashion, but how they catered to the fans, making the show about us. I know that I spoke on something that seems grander about EarthGang, but EarthGang and guests were just as grand. No matter my opinions, I appreciate and loved the opportunity to spend my night at Mission Ballroom and watch these individuals work. it always bring me overwhelming joy to see the culture thrive and last night was no different.
Welcome to yet another Friday night in Denver on the cusp of summer. There’s a light breeze cooling the evening air and the atmosphere is heavy with good vibes. You know what that means, right? It’s time to put on your freshest fit and head to Reelworks in RINo. With the night hosted by Nite.Rinse, Reelworks became the place to be on Saturday night, May 7th. Filled to the brim with house-y vibes, brought to you by Mat.Joe and friends along with Nite.Rinse, this venue is definitely making it’s mark and these artists are solidifying it.
A Londen Summer(s) arrives in Denver
The festivities kicked off with Londen Summers, who absolutely destroyed her set. Coming ready to play, she stepped the tables in a “Bratz-y” outfit that just added to her whole aesthetic. Let’s not get it twisted though, her style wasn’t what spoke the loudest. Simply put, Londen Summers had some of the cleanest mixes I have ever heard. With seamless transitions and edits including popular songs in unique ways, she showcased her talent in impeccable form. Londen Summers kept the energy high, the vibes vibrant, and showed that it takes real skill to do what she does. If you haven’t heard of her, you will soon enough.
Muus and CutSnake bring the house down
Following the first act, Muus took to the stage with shades on and bottle in hand. I knew it was about to go down. With a “too cool for school” vibe, Muus opened up with a great deep house set, phasing in some tribal beats here and there. Though, my favorite edit he did was when he mixed a tribal percussion loop with the lead loop from “Put your hands up for Detroit” by Fedde Le Grand. So friggin’ good.
Afterwards, it was time for CutSnake to show us what was up and he did not disappoint. Let me start by saying this, my man was nothing but smiles when he hit the stage. Opening up with some tribal beats himself, CutSnake came ready to have a good time. Eventually, CutSnake transitioned to a deep house set with some awesome techno edits sprinkled in, concluding his time with some hard-hitting beats, the last ten minutes of his set was amazing. With CutSnake going heavy all the way through, you could feel the bass all the way to 38th and Blake.
Mat Period Joe
At long last, the main act arrived to give us a show. In true legendary fashion, Mat.Joe arrived on the scene joking around and having a good a time, making sure to show the previous act some much deserved love. Now, I’m not an earplug guy, I just find them uncomfortable, but I definitely wish I had some that night. The bass was astounding, startling people standing next to the speakers on nearly every drop, Mat.Joe made sure they were heard. But what really made Mat.Joe stand out was the call and response between both artists. Working almost in unison, Mat.Joe was able to switch off seamlessly while still being able to engage with the crowd and have fun with the people on stage.
An Honest Conclusion
As always, I’m going to be straight up with you guys. This kind of music is not necessarily my forte or even my favorite. With that being said, I still had an absolute blast watching these people work. See, even if something isn’t for you, that doesn’t mean incredible talent should not be recognized. You might not always understand the music, but you can always understand skill. Each one of these artists displayed what sets them apart. From their styles and vibes, to how they mixed and played their music, Mat.Joe and friends were still capable of blowing my naïve mind. But isn’t that what we all want when we go to a show? To be able to walk out those venue doors and say “Damn, they killed that set?” If my assumption is correct and you said “yes,” then you missed out on a spectacular show.
Close your eyes and let me paint a picture for you. It’s a beautiful night at Red Rocks and you’re hiking up the stairs to the ticket gate. You finally reach the ticket attendant, collect your stub and proceed into the venue. But as you walk through the gate, something mysterious happens. You’re suddenly teleported to a time when FM radio reigned supreme. When your clothes couldn’t be baggy enough and everything had to match. A time when Fat Joe, Nelly and Ludacris ruled the airwaves and the culture. Now, I need you to open your eyes, take a deep breath, and register that it actually happened. On April 27th, Luda and friends transformed Red Rocks Amphitheater into a time capsule making for an unforgettable experience.
Red Rocks Goes All the Way Up
The night opened up with the crowd ready to “Lean Back” as Fat Joe took to the stage. Hailing from South Bronx, Fat Joe came with an engaging presence, laughing and conversing with the audience. Multiple times throughout his set, Joe would crack a joke that would have me dying in laughter. Humble enough to be an opener, the big man performed all the favorites from “All the Way Up” to classics like “Twinz.” The real beauty of Fat Joe‘s set was when he took time to honor fallen greats such as Big Pun and DMX. You could tell it was important to him that he did that, resulting in it becoming important to us.