By Paul Rodgers
CALGARY – As much as I have enjoyed this summer, I am not overly sad to see it go. September hopefully means a reprieve from the out of control wildfires that have surrounded my little town, plus there’s still FozzyFest and several other festivals to look forward to, including a new one! Plus, check out all this great local programming that’s happening this month:
Chromeo is always a phenomenal show and this year they bring their Head Over Heels tour to The Palace Theatre on September 3.
An OG dubstep pioneer is back in town on September 7 at the Marquee. Caspa was one half of the Caspa and Rusko duo that created Fabriclive 37 — an album that helped launch dubstep into the stratosphere, and since then he has consistently kept his sound on the straight and narrow.
On Saturday, September 8 Circle — The Travelling Food, Beer & Music Carnival returns, this time at Shaw Millennium Park. This travelling, family-friendly festival crams an entire festival experience into one day. As well as live music, they also have another great line up this year featuring the funky sounds of New Zealand’s K-Lab, legendary breaks outfit Fort Knox Five, and rising Kootenay star Moontricks. This is in addition to numerous other acts including a fantastic selection of local DJs, plus countless other carnival-related activities.
The night of September 8, Ekali can be found laying waste to The Palace Theatre. He has become one of the biggest names to come out of Vancouver’s bass music scene and continues on a steady upwards trajectory.
Calgary’s finest occultist, lean-bass hustlin’ duo Chuurch has been on a tear lately accomplishing some really monumental feats in their musical career, including being featured prominently in the recent Deadbeats tour, and playing multiple gigs at the hallowed grounds of Red Rocks Amphitheatre. See them do their thing on September 20 at Commonwealth.
British DJ with a history that stretches back to the late 1980s, Danny Howell is known for his lively stage shows, crowd interaction, astounding selection abilities and for founding Dig Deeper recordings. Catch him at Habitat on September 21.
Neon Steve is back at the HiFi club with Molly Fi and Benanas on September 22 fresh from a wave of festival appearances, including his stomping grounds at Shambhala’s Fractal Forest, Steon Neve will undoubtedly have a whole new arsenal in his sleeve.
Surrey B.C.’s Merkules is rapidly becoming one of biggest names in Canadian rap, racking up tens of millions of views on his YouTube channel and Facebook, a brand new album under his belt and a headlining tour that swings through The Palace Theatre on September 27 with Lil Windex, Evil Ebenezer and Caspian.
Another one on September 27, over at Commonwealth is bass-house heavy hitter Rrotik with his inaugural performance in Calgary.
Also on September 27 Medasin, who just released a wonderful new album called Irene will grace the Hifi’s stages and treat the crowd to some delightfully pleasant sounds.
Plenty more where all that came from as always, and there is one more show that, at the time of writing hasn’t been announced yet so I’ve left it out. But this really, super cool DJ called Quotes is playing and you should probably go check it out. It’s on the 21. Keep your eyes and ears peeled. Adios.Benanas, Caspa, Caspian, Chromeo, Chuurch, Danny Howell, Ekali, Evil Ebenezer, Fort Knox Five, HIFI Club, K-Lab, Let's Get Jucy, Lil Windex, Medasin, Merkules, Molly Fi, Moontricks, Neon Steve, Rrotik, September 2018