Live music is making its way back into our lives. Even a sold out show during a global pandemic was done with the help of Denver’s Globe Hall, Party Guru Productions and Em Possible. From six feet away everybody sat at their tables while enjoying either an early solo acoustic set or a late night special guest featured show. Em showed her excitement to be back in the limelight on stage. She shared stories with the audience of how songs came to be while creating an atmosphere that felt like sitting in a living room. As friends, family and fans socially distantly gathered around to listen you could tell this was going to be a special night.
Em Possible being the Denver local she is, this made for an even more special time. Both sets were very unique. The second one was truly special as it was Em Possible’s first sold out headlining show. She told the crowd how she has performed with others on sold out shows before but not yet her own. As the first set began, Em Possible played us some of her own written songs along with some classics we’ve all come to love. Songs that she has written about her mother to stories about their favorite songs to all sing together such as Can’t Feel My Face, we got a bit of it all. Moving forward into the night the room became more intimate as Em shared more stories along with the songs to back them up.
After an outfit change and sanitation of the venue it was time for the second show. Joined by friends Dylan Gleit on the guitar and Jake on the conga drums, they pumped up the nights energy. While great tunes played food and drinks were also available for purchase. To better practice social distancing food was brought to each table. Sandwiches, vegan options, alcoholic beverages and other BBQ items were available for purchase. Masks were to be worn at all times unless eating or drinking. Even Em had to wear a mask!
With the help of Party Guru Productions and Globe Hall this was a very special night. Finding a way to put live music back into the ears of Denver’s people all while doing it safely. Em will be a special guest this Saturday at the Larimer Lounge with Flomoji! If you are looking for a safe, socially distanced event to hear that live music this is your chance, limited tickets remain. Go check out more about Em Possible down below, maybe you’ll discover a few new tracks for your playlist!
Decadence Arizona is one of the biggest parties on New Year’s Eve across the nation. It is hosted by Relentless Beats and is held at the Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, AZ. It is the perfect way to bring in the new year surrounded by friends and some of the hottest DJs right now. This two day festival was full of fantastic artists including Illenium, G Jones, Galantis, Dillion Francis, Zeds Dead and some great mashups like Dab The Sky and Griztronics. Plenty of local talent was performing as well, including Blossom and Storytime. This was my second year attending this celebratory festival and I was excited to see what changes were being made for this year.
Decadence Arizona 2019
This year’s experience exceeded expectations. Relentless really stepped up their game to make this festival very enjoyable while being realistic. I was very happy with the layout, the lineup, and the crowd. Every aspect of this festival was very well done. There were three stages, plenty of hangout spots, and the compact layout kept everything within walking distance so you didn’t miss any music. There were also heaters galore to keep you toasty while taking a break from dancing.
The Relentless Beats Rangers were also on standby all night. They greeted you at the gate with a high five and were ready to answer any questions about the show. They were there to support and guide you with whatever you may need. Everyone was very welcoming and it was comforting to know that you were in a judgment-free zone so you could be yourself.
Vendors of all types were ready and eager to provide any party favors, including chicken tenders, burgers and even desserts like funnel cake and fresh-baked cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Water stations around the venue were easily accessible to keep you hydrated all night. A huge merchandise booth was readily available so you were able to represent and support your favorite artist that was playing during the festival. There were also a lot of vendors selling giant hand fans, pashminas, and even homemade perlers. It was great to see some local businesses get to be a part of this experience.
New Year, New Memories
Everything at Decadence Arizona was really positive. The vibes, the crowd, and the music were so enticing. It’s events like this that remind you why you started going to shows and the great community that you’re apart of. Decadence is a great way to make new memories while manifesting everything you want to do for the new year. If you have never been before I would highly recommend going for 2020 and bringing your friends along with you. Relentless Beats will keep outdoing themselves and you’re not going to want to miss out on this amazing experience.
Make sure to keep an eye out on their Twitter and YouTube page for further announcements and an exclusive after-movie video of this year’s festival.
On November 2nd, Cherub kicked off the new month at the Fox Theatre for one of their Baby Angels tour stops. It was certainly an electrifying end to Spooky season, and the perfect start to November. Gibbz, a solo artist based out of Brooklyn, opened up the show with an incredible live performance. He is undoubtedly a man of many talents, looping catchy beats, playing his keyboard, riffing his guitar, and singing his heart out effortlessly during his set. Following Gibbz‘s set, stagehands prepared for Cherub as fans began to fill up the venue. Being that this show was just after Halloween, the theatre was still filled with people rocking their costumes, getting their full fill of Spooky season.
The Fox Theatre Lights Up as Cherub Takes The Stage
Finally, the room illuminated full of color as Cherub came on, and you could immediately feel the excitement and energy as the crowd roared. They played some of their biggest hits throughout the show. After all, it wouldn’t be complete without the bouncy beats of “Monogamy,” or the nostalgic feels that come with their song “Dancin’ Shoes.” The duo put on an electrifying and energetic show. As a result, the crowd jumped, clapped, and even laughed at times.
The night was intimate and filled with funky electro-pop sounds unlike any other. Cherub went above and beyond with their performance, consequently the crowd was fully immersed and interactive with their music. The funky duo ended the night with a bang. As the crowd reached its peak energy, they began to play their hit song “Doses and Mimosas.” You could feel the happiness and satisfaction that poured over the room. In other words, it was the perfect cap off to a truly unforgettable night. There are many reasons why Cherub is truly an amazing act to see, above all, they have the type of energy and sounds that will surely have you grooving and dancing like never before.
Canadian native Joel Zimmerman, better known as the major music pioneer, Deadmau5, just rocked Colorado with two undoubtedly mental nights at America’s favorite venue. Deadmau5 delivered one of the most innovative productions of our time: the Cube v3. In fact, it was coded and mastered by the king himself. When Deadmau5 revealed the new Cube v3, Denver could only pray for the icon’s return to Red Rocks in 2019. Zimmerman is seemingly a perfectionist, as many would guess, crafting and coding every tiny detail of his newest baby. The Cube has the ability to spin on its axle, as well as cater to “on the fly controls” for the screen. In short, that means that they can put anything on the screen and do anything with it at any given time.
Besides the beauty of the visual production, the sounds captured the hearts of all those who attended the winter party. On the first of November the attendees were hit with below-freezing temperatures, but Zimmer was in his element as he ostensibly loves performing in the cold. The two-day extravaganza showcased many different sounds from open to close, hosting quite the selection of Mau5trap family. Direct support consisted of the rapidly exploding techno killer, i_o, as well as the ever-so-creative Getter. The line up also brought in heavy hitter’s Callie Reiff and LIGHTS.
Once doors opened, a flood of energy entered the sold-out show as the sounds of Callie Reiff began to play. The multi-talented woman kicked off her career in 2016 with the release of “Tin Machine”. The New York native is a power house, with releases on A-Traks Fool’s Gold Records and notable recognition’s from EDM front-runners like Diplo. Callie Reiff came at us both nights with major hits and a variation of banging tunes. The self-taught drummer added live aspects to her set by including a drum pad, making her insanely fun to watch.
Based out of Toronto, LIGHTS filled all our alt-pop needs. LIGHTS boasts an impressive one million monthly streamers and over a hundred million US streams total. LIGHTS released “Skin&Earth” which pushed any limitations and exceeded all expectations, further proving her uniqueness in the scene. The high energy performance was not something to be reckoned with as it created an unparalleled experience for show goers.
Dark Techno Killer
The highly anticipated i_o made his Red Rocks debut on Friday night. Without a doubt, he demonstrated exactly why he has blown up into the dark techno killer that he is. i_o collab’d with Tommy Trash in 2017, really providing the most exposure to launch his stellar career. On Friday night we got techno two-stepping as his set was absolutely absurd, dropping new and old tunes. i_o will only continue to flourish with his death-defying tech.
Getter, who ended his most recent tour early after tough criticism of his changed sound, did not come to mess around. This show was his first performance on the Rocks, making this set a mile-stone in his career. The “Visceral” artist bumped out major new heater “Heartless” which came out in the middle of last month. Getter played a variety of different sounds, even mixing in some crowd favorite “Terror Reid” stuff in the last fifteen minutes to everybody’s surprise.
Deadmau5 Cube v3 Masterpiece
The forefront of all things progressive-techno has Deadmau5 written all over it. The meticulous producer never fails to bring the best of the best to his shows. He always pays the closest attention to detail: whether coding his cube, scrutinizing every sound in his music, or even shaping the mau5 head into the lasers. It is impossible to deny that the human dynamo brings nothing short of a story-telling rather than just a set.
The visuals on his cube were images of the year; capturing popular meme’s and opening his set with scenes from notorious video games. Getting the full experience, it was only proper that Deadmau5 bring out a vocalist to sing his Grammy nominated tune, “Raise Your Weapon”. This Day of the Dead weekend was nothing short of perfection, furthering the belief that Deadmau5 is one of the largest pioneers in dance music.
The group will continue to perform on tour around the country, bringing in other Mau5trap family as well! The Cube v3 is enough of a show for anyone as it provides one of the most innovative ideas to the dance music scene. If you would like to check out more tour dates go ahead and click, here!
Spooky Season is here everybody! With it comes the changing of the leaves, the blustering winds, and the cold chill of Winter’s subtle approach. But we’re not here to talk about the weather. There are TONS of incredible performances in this spooky October, with plenty of chances for new and exciting experiences. Fair warning, many of these festivals are reaching low ticket warnings or are almost sold out, so don’t sleep! This was a fun list to compile so make sure you find your taste and dig in!
#1 Desert Daze, October 10-13th, Moreno Beach, California
To begin with, starting off our list is the mellowest of them all, Desert Daze. First, this festival has incredible reviews and is a well known and looked forward to fest. In fact, it’s highest praises come from the reviews of the organizers and the venue. Lastly, this place is surreal; in an area of the world where the line between the earth and sky are truly blurred. It’s a vast open valley tucked away at the base of a mountain along Moreno Beach.
To expand, the artistic curations and pop up bazaars, marketplaces, and communities sort of turn this place into a smaller Burning Man. Expect to behold tons of beautiful and trippy things and people. Naturally, the lineup for a weird (and we mean that in a good way) festival is a little out there. A number of artists have opted to do album performances, with a 36 Chambers set from Wu – Tang Clan, Chocolate & Cheese from Ween, and The Soft Bulletin from The Flaming Lips.
#2 Aftershock Festival , October 11th -13th, Sacremento, California
Aftershock Festival aims to leave its attendees in a state of rock-induced shock. This three day alternative rock, metal, and hardcore show has a slew of reasons to attend. Firstly, Sacramento is a wonderful town teeming with music. The festival is located in the scenic Discovery Park, right in the split between the American and Sacramento river. Furthermore, there are tons of varying ticket, travel, and hotel packages at affordable prices, plus ways to earn free tickets! We’re all about the promoter life, and seeing more and more shows do this is so refreshing! Lastly, the lineup is stacked. Heavy hitters Tool, Slipknot, Blink – 182, Korn, Rob Zombie, A Day To Remember, Knocked Loose, Bring Me The Horizon, Marilyn Manson, Stone Temple Pilots, Bad Religion, and SUM 41 will all be taking to the stage over the weekend.
#3 Rolling Loud, October, 12th – 13th, New York City, New York
A step in a different direction lands us in New York City for one of the biggest hip-hop and rap festivals of the year. One of three runs and locations, Rolling Loud’s NYC show is top notch. This festival doesn’t offer a lot of information about its philosophy or vibe, but that doesn’t stop us music lovers from finding a reason to take interest. In short, this show is really about the lineup and immersing oneself in the deep and rich hip-hop culture of NYC scene. The bill lists artists Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Kodak Black, Trippie Redd, Fat Joe, A$AP ROCKY, Lil Uzi Vert, Pusha T, and $uicideboy$.
Exit 111 is a powerhouse. This metal and rock focused show rips the music scene, entwined with its intensity. To begin, Exit 111 is not just a music festival; it’s a three day campout, circus, motocross expo, sports bar, and a car show. To that end, this show isn’t what you’d expect out of your normal camping festival. You’ll be garrisoned around your fellow metal heads, both old and young, giving praise to the gods of darkness and metal at Exit 111. Finally, the show boasts a lot, but its stand-out bits are the HUGE names on the lineup. This year’s show features Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, Deftones, Slayer, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Ghost, Mastadon, Whitechapel, and Coheed and Cambria.
#5 Breakaway Festival October, 4th – 5th, Charlotte, North Carolina
Despite the four Breakway Festivals taking place this year, we’re focusing in on the North Carolina show. This two day festival features some cool artists and is the perfect way to kill a weekend. Firstly, it’s cheap. Two day passes hover around $99 (plus fees), and there are travel packages available for us non-locals. Secondly, the festival will feature some neat installations like a Deep Eddy Vodka cocktail trailer, a roller disco, and a fitness segment curated by famous DJs. In short, this tiny festival will rock your weekend with performances by Illenium, Future, Fisher, Lil Baby, Ekali, Chelsea Cutler, Boogie, and Emogee.
Another key point is that the state of Texas has been putting itself on the map these past couple of years by hosting all of these incredible shows. Likewise, as an example, Freaky Deaky has been blowing up all over social media. Set to take place over the spooky Halloween weekend, Freaky Deaky hits hard with a wide variety of the darker side of dubstep and house. In addition, the spooky weekend of Halloween always adds a little extra spooky fun to the whole experience.
Memphofest is a multi genre music festival happening over the third weekend in October. To begin, this small two day festival packs punches with its diverse lineup and scenic urban festival grounds. Memphis in and of itself is a fun town and coupled along with all these artists, attendees are bound to have some fun. In addition, there’s no shortage of southern hospitality here. Plenty of tasty food, drinks, and exploration is to be had all around the city. Finally, the lineup included The Raconteurs, Brandi Carlile, The Revivalists, DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia, Lovelytheband and many more.
#8 Dirty Bird Campout, October 4th – 6th, Modesto, California
Its important to realize that at Party Guru Press we love our house music. Dirtybird Campout returns to the West Coast for another go. To begin, this long standing festival always creates a buzz when brought up in conversation. Casual appreciators and house-heads alike LOVE the Dirtybird label. One of two annual festivals, DBC West, and its counterpart DBC East, consistently blow our socks off and here’s why.
Austin City Limits continues to impress the music scene every year. For starters, ACL boasts two weekends of music and festivities. That’s TWO incredible weekends of the world’s top artists playing the show. In addition, ACL offers multiple ticket packages ranging from GA all the way to VIP, plus ritzy hotel accommodations. To be sure, the festival is offering incredible food, art installations, and an awesome location. Lastly, ACL has tailored its lineup to feature all sorts of genres. Here are some of the more notable acts: Guns N’ Roses, Billie Eilish, Tame Impala, Childish Gambino, Mumford & Sons, The Cure, Third Eye Blind, 21 Savage, Griz, and Rebelution. You’re going to want to head over to their website to see the full lineup!
#10 Suwanee Hulaween October, 24th – 27th, Live Oak, Florida
Suwannee Hulaween is an Autumn spectacle. To begin, festival juggernaut Hulaween is set to take place at the end of this spooky month of October, to help reign in the spooky weekend of Halloween. One of the most talked about festivals of the season, Hulaween stands tall alongside other shows in the circuit. Indeed, Hulaween is tucked away into one of the most scenic parts of the South, and coupled with the artistic tailoring and attention to detail has earned it the colloquial title, “The Electric Forest of the South.” The scenery is spectacular.
Wow! The Fall season dropped a number of bombs on the music scene. In conclusion, this spooky October is bursting at the seams with all of our favorites acts and places to be. You’ll be doing yourself a disservice by not making it to one of these festivals, so do right by you! The Summer may be over but we’re so excited and can’t wait to share with you what’s coming in the next few months. Stay tuned!
Amon Tobin is an electronic music producer and composer, and has released 8 major studio albums throughout his career. He has additionally released two studios albums through the alias Two Fingers, under the London-based record label Ninja Tune. His music has been featured in major films, like “The Italian Job” and “21,” and video games such as “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory” and “Infamous.” He was born in Brazil, though from age 2 and on he grew up in England. Making music first under the name Cujo, he has been a major influence in the realm of electronic music production since the mid 1990’s.
The openers for the show brought an array of original vibes as well, starting with with female producer Gtilldawn, alias of producer DJ Ginger Perry, based in Denver. She was followed by Denver local David Seied, who kick-started it off with some old school dubstep vibes. You may remember Seied from the early Bassnectar days, he has played many shows at Cervantes’ over the years and has captured the attention of bass-heads alike. Although we don’t see much of David these days, his sets are always something to look forward to as one of the “OG’s” in the Colorado bass music scene.
Keota followed, with a highly anticipated set for his Denver fans. Who’s Keota? We “heard he hangs from the ceiling when he sleeps,” a question asked by a persona in the beginning of his self-dubbed “Free Bird” song, “Whom”. Keota, also known by humans as Tom Brennan, makes bass music of all sorts, lately with the intention of getting you to groove to it. In a recent interview with him, Party Guru Press got the scoop on some upcoming projects. He’s currently cultivating a label, similar to producer collaborations like Spicy Bois and Slug Wife, with Smigonaut, Tsimba, DeeZ and Mickman. Their like-minded intentions, chill vibes and professional aspirations have helped them curate a solid relationship as best friends and colleagues. Keep your eyes out for the launch of this, as well as a new mix from Keota this fall!
After Keota came Tsuruda, who brought more of a drum and bass vibe, although the tempo of songs varied across his set and kind of jumped around. Tsuruda‘s slowed down, crunchy and heavy bass sounds have brought upon a new dimension to electronic music, leading to some of the inspiration of future sounding, experimental bass that this underground community is fueled by. During the earlier stages of EDM Trap Music, the creation of slow rap with heavy bass lines, began to emerge, with Tsuruda as one of the memorable first. He continues to make waves within bass music culture and we look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.
Throughout the night, beginning around the middle of Seied‘s set, a line of anxious bass music junkies wrapped all the way past Cervantes’ Other Side entrance, leading all the way up to the Two Fingers set. Fans ranged from those with X’s on the back of their hands, to seasoned EDM vets in their 40’s. Amon Tobin‘s success, production and persona has created quite a legacy over the years. He’s widely known for one of the largest and most innovative “sound sculpture” studio albums of his, ISAM, with a digital release on April 19th, 2011, and the physical release following on May 23rd. With the YouTube recording of his World Premiere in Mutek, Montreal, in June 2011, hitting over 1.6 Million views, it was clear that projection mapping, music storytelling and dance music could be fused gracefully.
Once Two Fingers took the stage, the crowd gave a wild applause. Although this is an alias of his, with more of a “dancey,” yet experimental vibe, his array of fans stayed engaged, active and with high energy throughout his entire set. Like Amon Tobin, Two Fingers holds the torch for having intention and flow to his music, and that came through in his set that night. Crunchy bass sounds, similar to the heavy lines from ISAM, made their way into a few of the songs, bringing a familiarity to his somewhat nostalgic fans. The show ended about an hour earlier than expected, which caught everyone off guard. This can be a good thing or a bad thing for patrons, but it was obvious that his following was nonetheless impressed with the night, and content to move on the the next gathering. Take a swan dive into Two Fingers newest album Six Rhythms, and follow him on all of his socials.
Are you ready for Same Same But Different Festival?!
Same Same But Different (SSBD) is all about respect and individuality of the mind, body and spirit, while exploring new or different genres of music. SSBD wants everyone to dance and be silly and give more than you get! Explore and be free on the beach, swimming in the ocean water or climbing the mountains.
Seriously, whether you want to listen to various styles of electronic music, funk, or even unique singers, while paddle boarding or lounging in a hammock in the woods, you can actually choose between them all here. If you have the Party Guru in you, squeeze in all of the activities. Bring your RV or enjoy GA camping with the rest. You even have a huge Yoga Lounge and a Coconut Club at your fingertips, and plenty of space for an RV if you buy a pass. Check out the festival map!
An electronic dance group hailing from Oakland, CA that has graced the festival scene with their futuristic historical vibes since 2007. Featuring multi talented performance artists. They will also be headlining Arise festival next month! (8/2-8/4)
According to her bandcamp(edited):”Minneapolis-based producer and vocalist Megan Hamilton fulfills her mantra of “causing funky riots and catchy house tunes” with her newest EP, Feed the Animals, out now on Gravitas Recordings. Megan’s two biggest influences are midtempo glitch hop and house music.”
Summer is finally here, and festival season is in full swing. If you’re a dance music fan in Colorado, you know exactly what that means. Global Dance Festival, Colorado’s premier electronic music festival is right around the corner, and as the weather warms, the excitement builds.
The annual music festival which takes place at the Broncos Mile High Stadium, right in the heart of Denver, is easily one of Colorado’s most anticipated events all year round, and it’s certainly not a show you’d want to miss.
Global Dance Festival brings together thousands of dance music fanatics from all across the state and beyond, down to the Mile High City for two fun filled nights, jam packed with carnival rides, food trucks, vendors/merch booths, art installations, state-of-the-art production, and of course some of the biggest names in dance music. So it goes without saying that no matter where you turn, there will always be something to keep you entertained.
This year the festival boasts multiple dance music heavyweights, including the likes of Excision, Illenium, Diplo, Zhu, Chris Lake, and Kaskade to name just a few. The festival is also known for their blend of rising stars along with local DJs, across multiple stages.
There will be a total of five stages, the Summit stage, Northern Lights Stage, Amazon stage, Tundra stage, and the new Monstercat stage, which will feature a variety of artists from the popular Monstercat Record Label. And let’s not forget the Silent Disco, where you and your friends can grab a pair of headphones and get down to your favorite tunes together in a fun and unique environment.
From Dubstep to House, Trance to Hardstyle, Future Bass to Techno, and everything in between. Whatever your preference may be, Global has been known to always bring a bit of everything for you and your friends to enjoy.
Global Dance Festival has been one of the most popular and fastest growing music events in Colorado, growing exponentially over the recent years after growing too large for its original home at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and it’s easy to see why. After seeing how much is offered it’s hard to say no! If you’re a dance music lover this is undoubtedly the place to be.
So get those tickets, grab your friends, and embrace your sense of adventure while being a part of Colorado’s biggest music event of the summer this July 19th and 20th at the 2019 edition of Global Dance Festival.
Summer is officially here and Red Rocks season is in full effect. Dutch DJ San Holo was the most recent artist to make his Red Rocks Headlining debut this past Thursday, June 13th. Being that it was his headlining debut, San made sure to make the most out of the event, hosting a pop-up shop the day before the show at Mirus Gallery. The pop-up shop featured exclusively available merch, boba tea, meet and greets with San Holo, and even his grandma was in attendance all the way from Holland. Giving back to the fans, even more, San also held a private show Wednesday night for a select group of lucky fans in Denver’s Rino Neighborhood. Both of these events helped set the tone for what would be a thrilling and intimate debut the next night at Red Rocks.
Appropriately titled redrocks1, the event carried a full line-up with performances from Duskus b2b EastGhost, Taska Black, Chet Porter, Clams Casino, Shallou, and of course San Holo. San, who burst onto the scene with remixes of classic hip hop songs filled with future bass sound, redefined his sound last year with the release of his debut album album1. San, who was originally a member of a small rock band, playing bars in Holland, found a perfect way to blend his past as a guitarist into electronic music and delivered a fresh, uplifting, and emotional album with album1.
In the same sense that album1 was a sign of maturity and growth as an artist for San, his redrocks1 performance highlighted his innovation of blending live instrumentation into his set. With smashing guitar leads, filled with atmospheric and sweeping sounds, San’s performance was as uplifting as it was emotional. The entire night was filled with great vibes as San’s stage presence and appreciation for his fans was shown, San brought his family out on stage, thanked the crowd over and over, and gave away 3 guitars to lucky fans at the end of the night. For those who were not lucky enough to be in attendance, the event was also streamed live on Youtube.
redrocks1 was a magical performance that took the crowd through an emotional roller coaster, while always remaining positive and uplifting. This, coupled with San’s obvious appreciation for his success as an artist and genuine love for music, made for a night that will not soon be forgotten. We can not wait for redrocks2 and as San always says ‘Stay Vibrant.’