March is here and ripe with electronic-music events.
March is here and ripe with electronic-music events.
Westword Magazine

Sixteen of the Best Denver Electronic-Music Events, March 2017

With one of the warmest Februarys on record, spring fever has hit earlier than expected. Your favorite DJs and electronic-music artists are heating things up and filling up dates throughout March in the Mile High City.  If you're looking to hit up a nightclub, dance in a large venue with some fellow ravers or just check out the electronic scene, there is plenty to choose from.

1. Tchami
Tuesday, March 7
Ogden Theatre

Hailing from Paris, Tchami will bring deep house vibes and flashy dance tendencies that have captured listeners across Europe and North America to the Ogden for what will surely be a great night of dancing.

Hippie Sabotage (Kevin Saurer in crowd) plays Red Rocks on June 17, 2016.
Hippie Sabotage (Kevin Saurer in crowd) plays Red Rocks on June 17, 2016.
Tom Murphy

2. Hippie Sabotage
Wednesday, March 8
Ogden Theatre

Since Hippie Sabotage's remix of Tove Lo's "Habits (Stay High)" launched the group into stardom (the song has half a billion views on Youtube), the act has solidified its place in the electronic world. Brothers Kevin and Jeff  Saurer incorporate hip-hop influences in their California-chill electronic music.

Church Fire slaying a live set.
Church Fire slaying a live set.
Tom Murphy

3. Test Kitchen: International Women's Day Edition
Wednesday, March 8
The Black Box

Despite the EDM world being dominated by male artists, local electronic-music venue the Black Box looks to celebrate local talent with a long list of women performing and spinning on International Women's Day. Presented by the Girl-Illa Movement, the lineup includes Dirty Habitz, Kitty Crimes, Koo Qua, Jay Triiiple, Queenz of Hip-Hop, Mirror Fear, SIXXXD, Landy V, Church Fire, Lethal Weppin, Paisha Love, and Kokola and the Rarebird Collective.

Bro Safari performing during the sold-out Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks on May 14, 2016.
Bro Safari performing during the sold-out Global Dub Festival at Red Rocks on May 14, 2016.
Miles Chrisigner

4. Bro Safari
Friday and Saturday, March 10 and 11
Ogden Theatre

For those looking to wild out to some trap, Bro Safari makes its way to Denver for a two-night stand at the Ogden Theatre. Bang your head to snares and drops all weekend long at this dubstep show with stunning visuals.

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Big Gigantic
Jason Siegel

5. Big Gigantic
Thursday, March 16
Fox Theatre

A recipe for a good night includes a saxophone, a hometown crowd and the funky jams of Big Gigantic. Boulder's own saxophone-honking, live electronic duo will play the Fox Theatre. Join a wild audience for this rocking Big G show.

6. Oliver Heldens
Friday, March 17
Church Nightclub

A regular of Europe's summer electric scene, Dutch DJ and producer Oliver Heldens is bringing his dance-house tracks from Mediterranean islands and clubs to a 150-year-old cathedral in central Denver. Oliver Heldens has climbed up DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs and has kept busy by working with Zeds Dead, Tiesto and producing his own "Heldeep" weekly radio show on Sirius XM. You won't want to miss this Saint Paddy's Day show.

Excision playing 1STBANK Center.
Excision playing 1STBANK Center.
Miles Chrisinger

7. Caspa and Excision
Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18
1STBANK Center

Nearly a decade ago, when Skrillex was still singing for From First to Last, Caspa joined forces with Rusko to create bass-heavy party music called dubstep. On this side of the Atlantic, Excision was pioneering dubstep up north in Canada. The two have joined forces for a bass-thumping two-night run at the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield, with a long list of supporting guests.

Read on for more of the best electronic-music events in Denver this March.

Shiba San
Shiba San

8. MK and Shiba San
Saturday, March 18
Ogden Theatre

Two longstanding members of the house scene, MK and Shiba San, are splitting the decks at the Ogden. MK has been remixing, producing and manufacturing house hits as far back as 1989, and purists and traditionalists flock to see him spin. Shiba San goes deep — submarine-deep — with his deep house sets and pulsating bass rhythms. Catch the two for a great chance to see some old-school and deep favorites.

9. Duke Dumont
Saturday, March 18
Beta Nightclub

As indicated by the music video above, it is impossible not to dance to Duke Dumont. House tunes with strong vocals are signature trends in Dumont's infectious tracks. The last time the British artist played Colorado was the Vertex Music Festival; however, Beta's intimate nightclub atmosphere guarantees an electric performance.

10. Klingande
Saturday, March 18
Bluebird Theater

A Swedish DJ and producer, Klingande has an affinity for the saxophone, similar to Big Gigantic. Klingande will stick to mixing rather than hopping onto the booth and wailing away — but don't let that deter you. This Swede's hot tropical house vibes will warm up the Bluebird and make for a great show. Press "play" above to hear some sultry sax and summer sounds.

A massive drum and bass lineup for Reload's eighteenth Birthday.EXPAND
A massive drum and bass lineup for Reload's eighteenth Birthday.

11. Bad Company (UK), Loadstar and DC Breaks
(Reload Productions' 18-Year Anniversary)
Thursday, March 23
Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

If you want fast-paced, hard hitting, bass-driven music but still want rhythm to dance to, look no further than Reload's 18-Year Anniversary party. A smashing lineup of Ram Records veterans will bring some of the best breaks and bass from stateside and the United Kingdom alike. If you're interested in rap, these MCs will rhyme over tracks pulsating at 100 bpm. Don't miss this celebration.

12. Bingo Players
Thursday, March 23
Beta Nightclub

If you really want to ring in the summer early, Bingo Players is the way to go. The Dutch DJ and producer is best known for the smash single "Cry (Just a Little)." Bingo Players has a choppy style that originally set it apart from the scene, but the act has gravitated back toward mainstream EDM. This is not a bad thing, as Bing Players puts on a heck of a show.

13. Tritonal and Doctor P
Saturday, March 25
National Western Complex

Hailing from Austin, Tritonal has collaborated with dance-pop icons the Chainsmokers as well as Cash Cash for commercial success. Tritonal's tracks are catchy and have appealed to mainstream tastes. The duo will be accompanied by Doctor P, who brings dubstep to this National Western Complex show.

14. Chimpo and Sam Binga
Saturday, March 25
The Black Box

Bristol, England, isn't known for much. Besides Banksy, some grimy DJs have come from this city's alternative scene, including Sam Binga. Jungle has risen to prominence around the United Kingdom, hitching itself occasionally to grime and drum and bass but still remaining largely underground here in the States. If you want something raw, different and captivating, Sam Binga will expand your boundaries of what electronic music can be.

15. Audien
Friday, March 31
The Church Nightclub

Being featured on mixes from electronic heavyweights Tiesto, Armin Van Buuren, Hardwell and Above and Beyond, Audien has brought his trance-inspired music into the pop world. His remixes of Halsey , Coldplay and Bastille garnered him the attention of Lady Antebellum for that act's collaborative crossover "Something Better." Audien combines uplifting pop tendencies and trance-synth riffs.

16. Netsky
Friday, March 31
Beta Nightclub

Belgian DJ Netsky (pronounced "Net Sky") started his career making face-melting drum-and-bass tracks for the U.K. label Hospital Records. Recently, Netsky has shifted to Sony Music, which aptly reflects his transition from fast and hard music to more commercial and palatable electronic music. His track "Rio" demonstrates a smooth, horn-filled example of where his career has taken him.

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