By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Welcome back to another fantastic edition of Let’s Get Jucy, with your host with the most quotes, Paul Rodgers. God, what the hell was that … I hate myself. Here’s a fun pre-club drinking game: read my column and drink every time I say something cringe-worthy! Here’s some EDM shows in Calgary for you heathens.
Bass sorcerer Thelem is starting off this spooktacular month off with a thump at the Habitat on Thursday, October 5. Fans of that real-real dubstep shit would do well not to miss this one.
One of Major Lazer’s non-Diplo members will be appearing at Commonwealth also on October 5: Trinidad’s Jillionaire. There likely will be heaps of hip-hop mixed in amongst a selection of soca and dancehall rhythms. Very summery, island-life kinda stuff — perfect as fall begins to yield to the icy grasps of winter.
Next on the docket: Mickey Avalon. Known for such timeless, comedy-laced pop/rap classics like “My Dick” and “Jane Fonda”, this Los Angeles nutcase will bring… actually I truly don’t know what one should expect from one of his shows exactly, but it’s bound to be weird as hell and good for some cheap laughs at the very least. Oh yeah, the time and place: this monumental occasion transpires at the Marquee on October 6.
Bring some wine and some fancy crackers cause there’s gonna be cheese, and heaps of it, at the Marquee for Morgan Page on the seventh. I know, I know, 150-plus thousand Soundcloud fans can’t be wrong, and I honestly don’t hold anything against big-room house fans. Actually I do. Listen to better shit, dummies.
True Rhythm present Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde 25th Anniversary Tour at Dickens Pub on October 9. This one really caught my eye and I tried to line up an interview, but I learned that it’s two of the Pharcyde’s former members Fatlip and Slimkid3. So while my interview with The Pharcyde was kyboshed, this is still going to be an awesome, historical show with two O.G. members performing one of the greatest hip hop records of all time in its entirety.
On October 14 Sinjn Hawke and Zora Jones bring their Fractal Fantasy Tour to the stage of the HiFi. The former has produced tunes for Kanye West and Just Blaze. Kind of a big deal.
A true festival favourite: Neon Steve will be hitting up the HiFi Club on October 21. Say what you want about his live sets, which run the gamut of bassline house to trap to drum and bass, my personal favourite stuff he puts out are his Pleasensations mixes. He is both a super-talented selector as well as an accomplished producer.
Horror-core rap pioneer Necro and former Swollen Member Madchild will be rocking the stage at Dickens Pub on October 24.
Grindhaüs: Samhain takes place on Friday the 27, featuring B.C. based glitch-artist Organic Mechanic. The many supporting artists, DJs and performers on this bill, and its overall thematic design at this point, lead me to believe that this might just be one of the better events going on to honour All Hallows’ Eve.
What raver doesn’t love Halloween? You basically get to don your festival-best and party your face off for several days. Supreme Hustle’s annual Monster Mash returns again on October 28, this year featuring Stickybuds, Stylust Beats and Marcus Visionary. Lots of ghoulish breaks, bass and beats at this one, make no mistake.
Also on October 28, Chris Lake, a legendary house music producer who has continued to stay relevant over a career spanning many years; altering his sound here and there but still rocking his tech house style at massive clubs and festivals around the world, will bring his Lose My Mind Tour to the HiFi. Support from Dombresky on this one.
Okay so, this one happens in November but early enough in the month that I can mention it here: Lil Windex is playing at Dickens on November 2. Not the first time a “viral-sensation” has graced these pages, but what in the actual fuck is this guy about? Someone please go and report back to me, I’m not a local anymore but I am genuinely curious.
Halloween has always been one of my favourite holidays, but since getting into going to bass shows ten years ago, it has been amplified into a much greater fondness. I hope you all share that seething passion and party your black, spooky little hearts out. I know I will.
Chris Lake, Dombresky, Fatlip, Jillionaire, Madchild, Marcus Visionary, Mickey Avalon, Morgan Page, Neon Steve, Organic Mechanic, Sinjn Hawke, Slimkid3, Stickybuds, Stylust Beats, Thelem, Zora Jones