By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – Let’s just get this over with – inhale – IT’S GONNA BE MAAAAAAAAY!
Bass Turtles Productions are bringing Moontricks to the The Still on May 5. One of the Kootenay’s definitive acts, Moontricks combines live banjo, harmonica, vocals with loop pedals and electronic elements into an amazing soulful blend that has fast tracked him to being a regular on the stages of Western Canada’s best festivals.
Also on the fifth, over at The HiFi is London house-music tastemaker T. Wiliiams
Molly Fi of Girls on Decks is bringing pals Isis Graham and D’Lazy Llama to the HUMPday House Party weekly at Nite Owl on May 9.
The New Wave residency at HiFi carries forth with their tradition of illuminating exciting sounds with their feature this month on OBSKUR:FOKUS, a techno label out of Vancouver. On the controls representing said label is Vancouver/Berlin artist Nomad Black. This goes down on May 17.
One of the first interviews I did for this fine publication that I was brimming with excitement for was Gorgon City. In the years since then they have continued steadily on an upwards trajectory, not selling out their sound to align themselves with trends or flavours of the week. Instead they’ve continued to develop their live act, and put out consistently stellar music, including a new album this year. See some of London’s best at the Marquee on May 18.
On the other end of the BPM scale and taking place at The Palace on the 18th as well, catch a back-to-back set with two of drum and bass’ heaviest hitters, DJ Hype and DJ Hazard. The two have decades of experience between them and are arguably the most incendiary DJs in the game. Definitely the D’N’B event of the month.
One Tribe festival happens again at Camp Chief Hector in Kananaskis country from May 19 to 21. This family friendly transformational festival features Govinda and the Celtic-infused downtempo beats of Drumspyder.
Lots of really great house music happening this month it would seem! On May 20 at Habitat, the globetrotting Doc Martin brings his wealth of talent and experience collected over a career spanning many, many years.
It MUST be spring because the YYC Bike Rave is happening! This year is the event’s sixth and is in conjunction with Crescent Heights Community Festival Village Days. Happening on May 26 it begins in Rotary Park, goes for about two hours, and at a pub in Crescent Heights. Have fun, be safe!
And if you’re still feeling like raving after your invigorating cardiovascular rave activities on May 26, head over to The Palace for Skism, Gentlemens Club and Trolley Snatcha. Bro-step lives on!D’Lazy Llama, DJ Hazard, DJ Hype, Doc Martin, Drumspyder, Gentlemens Club, Gorgon City, Govinda, HiFi, Isis Graham, Molly Fi, Moontricks, Nomad Black, Skism, Trolley Snatcha