The ten best EDM shows in Denver in June
Catch Dada Life and 150 of Denver's hottest acts at the Westword Music Showcase on Saturday, June 22.
DADA LIFE @ 2013 WESTWORD MUSIC SHOWCASE | SAT, 6/22 The craze surrounding Dada Life is well deserved. The act knows how to throw the wildest party in the EDM game. Banana suits, inflatable champagne bottles, champagne showers and stage diving are just some of craziness that comes with this duo. Couple that with bangin' electro beats and epic buildups, and you've got yourself one hell of a party...in downtown Denver, just as the sun is going down.
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CROOKERS @ SHOWCASE AFTERPARTY/ CITY HALL | SAT, 6/22 Crookers may have hit the radar for some with a mean remix of Kid Cudi's "Day and Night," but he's been on the radar for the heads for quite sometime. He adapts hip-hop roots with modern club spins and always keeps your feet moving with uptempo tracks and low-down bass. (Catch Crookers with Ginger Perry, Shannon von Kelly and Denver Disco DJs.)
PAUL VAN DYK @ BETA NIGHTCLUB | THU, 6/6 As the number-one DJ in the world, trance legend Paul van Dyk has become synonymous with the genre that pushed him to the top. Like so many of his peers, he is now working his way into that big-room sound by finding comfort in the blasting bass lines that he once avoided in lieu of melodic harmonies. However, Paul van Dyk knows how to work a room, which is why has always remained in the spotlight as one of the leading producers, and which is also why he'll surely drive this point home when he plays Beta again.
PAT LOK @ NORAD DANCE BAR | FRI, 6/7 Pat Lok holds true to the disco feel of things by keeping it deep and chill. With disco styles starting to take over the big sound systems, Lok will find himself right at home playing to the acutely tuned ears of Denver's mature EDM crowd At NORAD.
AN-TEN-NAE @ CERVANTES BALLROOM | FRI, 6/7 Experimental and exploratory are just two ways to describe An-Ten-Nae, whose live performance brings out sounds that would be right at home in a strip club, or deep in a warehouse late-night party, getting down in a dark room with heavy subs.
BRASS KNUCKLES @ THE CHURCH | FRI, 6/7 A quickly rising DJ trio, Brass Knuckles lays catchy hooks over electro-house beats that force your body to do one of two things: fist-pump the living hell out of the room, or dance your ass off. This is one rising act to make sure you see.
BORGORE @ BETA NIGHTCLUB | FRI, 6/7 With a recent chart-topping house banger on Beatport, Israeli producer Asaf Borger (aka Borgore) has a new record on the horizon. Aside from enjoying other recent success with Miley Cyrus on the collaborative chart topper "Decisions," Borgore is mainly focused on finishing his forthcoming album at an L.A.-based studio when he's not playing shows.
DATSIK @ OGDEN THEATRE | FRI & SAT, 6/14-15 Datsik, known in his native British Columbia as Troy Beetles, fuses the heaviest elements of rap and dubstep to create a unique sound that translates into the equivalent of standing in the middle of an epic man-versus-machine battlefield. With heavy distortion and intergalactic samples, Datsik delivers a show similar to that of Excision, a fellow Canadian, who helped boost his status by collaborating on various tracks and creating a notorious sound.
ERIC PRYDZ @ THE CHURCH | FRI, 6/14 Eric Prydz may have found success early on with the pop classic "Call on Me," but by staying true to his EDM roots, he has solidified his role in the advancement of the movement with big-room beats that blast out of speakers. It's a non-stop house party with Prydz on the decks.
12TH PLANET @ BETA NIGHTCLUB | FRI, 6/28 As the leading force behind SMOG, L.A.'s premier dubstep connection, John Dadzie (aka 12th Planet) is well known in the EDM world. Touring with Skrillex certainly helped, but this solo act stands alone, with a quarterly Beta residency that showcases just what is going on behind closed doors at the SMOG label. As a known drum-and-bass aficionado, Dadzie brings the dubstep alive with 12th Planet.