By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Well then folks, while this will not be my last time writing this column, it will be my last time writing it from this province. I’ve found some work in Cranbrook and will be moving to Kimberly, B.C. in June and therefore, most of these shows I will now describe I won’t be able to attend, sadly. So do your best to make it out to as many of them as you can and enjoy them on my behalf!
Starting the month of June off with a colossal BOH! 403DNB present RELOAD!! featuring S.A.S. which is one half of UK jump-up super-group SASASAS. This incarnation features DJ Phantasy behind the decks and Skibadee and Shabba D blessing the microphones. If you want an idea of how this sounds, check out their most recent mix from Rampage festival in the U.K. Some of the most high-energy drum and bass imaginable; replete with rowdy jump-up sounds, technical mixing, amazing MC work and of course, lots of RELOADS!! Get your hair blown back on June 3 at Dickens Pub.
That same day, if neck snapping D’N’B is not your bag, The HiFi is bringing Manila Killa and Robotaki. These two producers both create quite lovely synth based electronica similar to Odesza or The M Machine, which you can read about more in this month’s Jucy! The former also has a remix of Enya’s monumental and groundbreaking classic hit “Only Time,” and actually does it justice.
On June 8 Australia’s Rüfüs/Rüfüs Du Sol will perform at The Palace Theatre. This trio plays beautiful deep house and electronica through guitars, keyboards and drums. This will be a great show to catch if you’re into dance music but also appreciate the musicality of a band playing their songs live.
Also on June 8, over at Distortion, catch Bass-Time Continuum featuring sub-bass wizards ill.Gates and Knight Riderz. Please note this is a time-traveller themed party and there is going to be a costume contest. Sounds pretty open to suggestion and interpretation so, dress like a time-traveller of any iteration, but mainly just show up for a good time.
On June 16 the auto-tune pioneer/international philanthropist Akon will be appearing at the Marquee. One of the most successful solo artists, let alone rappers of all time, with numerous hits, collaborations with Michael Jackson, Whitney Huston and Snoop Dogg, and a Guinness Book of World Records mention as the number one selling artist of ringtones in the world, he is sure to bring something special to the stage.
And now for something completely massive, if you haven’t already heard, Richie Hawtin (A.K.A. Plastikman, A.K.A. one of Canada’s most prosperous electronic musicians) is coming to town on June 28. He will first be appearing as RBC’s Master in Residence at the National Music Centre, giving an interview to music journalist Larry LeBlanc. He then will be performing that night at the HiFi for their 12-year anniversary celebration. Think of a better way to celebrate 12 years of HiFi glory, I’ll wait!
So it looks like I’ll either be suffering perma-fomo throughout my time living in B.C., or I will be making frequent trips back and forth to see shows. I will be for sure coming back on June 12 for Tool, who I just learned has my honorary “Let’s Get Jucy” mention of the month The Crystal Method opening for them! Can’t be missing that one. Have fun out there people, do everything that I would do.Akon, DJ Phantasy, ill.Gates, Knight Riderz., Manila Killa, Richie Hawtin, Robotaki, Rüfüs/Rüfüs Du Sol, S.A.S., Shabba D, Skibadee, The Crystal Method