By Paul Rodgers
Well hello again Calgary, and how are you this fine winter day? If you don’t take any joy from the frosty winter months by conventional means like skiing, snowboarding, or snow angel making, you can at least take solace in the many excellent shows February has to offer. Just dress warm for those bar lines!
I’m going to start things off with Chris Lake, who will be making his return to Calgary at the Commonwealth on Feb. 7. This guy has a far-reaching history in house music and continues to up his game and consistently push out quality music and put on good shows, and what’s even better is you can check the show out for free with an RSVP.
The Marquee is hosting Um.. on Feb. 8 with support from Post Humans. This will be a night of mind-bending music — sounds to induce your most impressed, yet bewildered bass faces.
Monster Energy’s 7” of Pleasure Tour is back at the HiFi Club on Feb.15 and this year the tour features DJ Jazzy Jeff and Brooklyn’s DJ Scratch. The former you may know best from the quintessential ‘90s classic Fresh Prince of Bel Air, but his career and extraordinary skills as a DJ extend well beyond that. The latter is a legend in his own right, with a career stretching back to the mid-eighties. DJ Scratch has worked as a producer with heavyweight artists such as Busta Rhymes, Talib Kweli, LL Cool J, 50 Cent and DMX, just to name a few. In addition, some of Canada’s finest turntablists Mat The Alien, DJ Pump and DJ Illo will be getting things fired up.
Felix Da Housecat put on one of the greatest exhibitions of house music I’ve personally ever witnessed when he performed at Shambhala a few years back, and it would certainly be a treat to catch the Chicago master in the warm, intimate setting that is Habitat Living Sound. This goes down as part of the venue’s ten year anniversary celebrations on Feb. 16.
Now the lineup for this one hasn’t been released at the time of writing, but BassBus always puts on great events and they have a new one called Nightlight coming up on the 16th at Olympic Plaza. The Facebook page says that they will have both international headlining DJs and local selectors, plus stage performers. The event is in partnership with Glowfestyyc and Downtown Calgary and will be a free event. Watch for more details on this one.
Vancouver’s Humans are touring their new album Going Late, and will be making a stop at the HiFi on Sunday, February 17. Always a treat seeing these talented, JUNO-nominated artists do their thing, so definitely a worthwhile stop for a long-weekend Sunday night. Smalltown DJs will be opening things up, alongside some other special guests.
There is plenty of great hip-hop shows happening this month, one of which is courtesy of Commonwealth, who will be hosting one of Canada’s finest rappers Shad on Feb. 19.
The Saddledome is going to get a hot-boxing the likes of which it may never have experienced before, as the Snoop Dogg and Friends Tour rolls through on Feb. 21. The legendary West-coast rapper, successful actor, businessman, podcaster, and infamous chronic Snoop Dogg will be accompanied by a stunning roster: Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Warren G, Kurupt and Luniz. This is without a doubt one of the most impressive hip-hop lineups I’ve seen on a bill in Calgary for a long while, and will no doubt be a memorable experience.
If you didn’t get tickets to the previous hip-hop bonanza, or perhaps Snoop Dogg just ain’t your thing, there’s another great hip-hop show over at The Gateway that same night, featuring Chali 2na alongside The Gaff, AYE and Dragon Fli Empire.
On Feb. 22 check out Benny Benassi, the Italian producer behind monster electronic anthems like “Satisfaction” at The Palace Theatre. A curiosity-induced cursory listen through of a recent mix of his shows a blend of big room house, trance, bass house, classic rave anthems like Daft Punk and Fatboy Slim, and of course a hyper-extended uber mix of “Satisfaction”. I would definitely be intrigued to catch this guy live.
I hope a few of these pique your interest and as always I will be back again next month. Have a great February!AYE, BassBus, Benny Benassi, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Chali 2na, Chris Lake, DJ Illo, DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Pump, DJ Scratch, Dragon Fli Empire, Felix Da Housecat, Humans, J Jazzy Jeff, Kurupt, Luniz, Mat the Alien, Post Humans, Shad, Smalltown DJs, Snoop Dogg, The Gaff, Um.., Warren G