By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Here we are with another edition of Let’s Get Jucy. Apologies for my lack of a column last month, my section was filled to capacity with a great array of local stories and I relished the opportunity to lighten my own workload. Anyways, there’s lots going on in March, so I’ll quit justifying my negligence and get into it.
Dubfounded, the residency committed to servicing all of Calgary’s reggae and dub music needs, returns on March 8 at Habitat [Calgary], with this edition featuring Nelson’s Dubconscious and Spain-born, Kelowna based Bag-O-Beetz. The former is extremely active in Canadian scene, performing at Shambhala almost yearly and working with their nightclub Bloom in Nelson, while the latter grew up in in Venezuela surrounded by reggae, calypso, salsa, soca and more. This duo plus locals Syntax and Metafloor, will be sure to deliver a well-rounded night of music.
Turntablist extraordinaire, and the man behind festival Bastid’s BBQ Skratch Bastid will be at Commonwealth on March 7 [Calgary]. Truly a “DJ’s DJ” he has been rocking versatile sets for many years, and his skills are a serious sight to behold.
One of Canada’s premier hip-hop artists Atmosphere returns alongside Evidence, of Dilated Peoples fame. The gig is on March 9 at MacEwan Hall [Calgary].
On March 10 Flava D will tear things up at The HiFi [Calgary] with support from all-star locals Slim Pickins, BB Mars and Franky Dubs. This London DJ, producer circumnavigates numerous regions of house music, playing garage, bassline and jackin’ and definitely knows how to devastate dance floors.
Stanton Warriors will come out and play at Nite Owl on March 16 [Calgary]. Since emerging into the limelight with their award-winning Stanton Sessions way back in 2001, the Warriors have remained a consistent fixture in rave culture, continually amping up their sound while staying true to their breakbeat origins.
This next one was a huge announcement from the True Rhythm crew: DJ Yella of NWA and Lil Easy E, eldest son of the late Easy E and CEO of NWA entertainment, will perform at Dickens Pub on March 27 [Calgary]. Tickets for this are already flying at time of writing, and True Rhythm is also offering VIP meet and greet packages giving fans the opportunity to connect with two of hip-hop’s prolific artists.
Closing out the month of March on the 31 is a warm-up party for Vibrant Music Festival, which takes place in June in the Columbia Valley in British Columbia. Never to early to gear up for festival season, so head on down to The Nite Owl [Calgary] and catch Molly Fi, Funkin Right, Ninjette and Robbie C. Attendees will get the chance to buy discounted tickets for the festival and two passes will be given away to the person with the most colourful outfit.
Despite taking last month off, I resolve to continue consistently with my monthly musings and assure you I will be back again next month with my picks of some noteworthy Calgary happenings. As always please hit me up if you have some listings in mind.Atmosphere, Bag-O-Beetz, BB Mars, DJ Yella, Dubconscious, Evidence, Flava D, Franky Dubs, Funkin Right, Let's Get Jucy, Lil Easy E, March, Molly Fi, Ninjette, Robbie C, Skratch Bastid, Slim Pickins, Stanton Warriors