Boogie Lights Brings Electronic Dance Funk To Denver


“The feeling of the 70s mixed with the sounds of today to create a new genre: Electronic Dance Funk.”  

That’s what Denver’s DJ Boogie Lights has become known for in the local music scene. Mixing the sweet, sweet sounds of 70s funk and soul with 90s house, nu-disco, and modern tropical house, Boogie Lights has become affectionately known as the “Everlasting Gobstopper of Funk.” 

The man behind Boogie Lights, Mark Henrichs, has been releasing remixes, mash-ups, and original tracks for the past two years under his current moniker. Just last May, Boogie Lights released his biggest single to date, “The Feeling (ft. Abi Clark).” It’s a transportive fun house of funk and disco with upbeat electronic elements and catchy lyrics. It’s got a 90s nostalgia to it that makes it hard not to want to just rave out to in your favorite mesh vest.

Listen to Boogie Lights’ “The Feeling (ft. Abi Clark)”: 

This Saturday, July 8th, Boogie Lights has his debut show at Denver’s Tony P’s. Mammoth Water and Universal Concepts will share the stage for a funkclectic evening. Grab details here and if you miss it, make sure to catch Boogie Lights next at Moe’s Original BBQ in Englewood on August 19th with Johnny & The Mongrels and Sylva.

 Keep up with Denver’s Boogie Lights here.  

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Big Wild Really Might Just Be Invincible

By: Annie Kane

It’s been almost a year since we interviewed Big Wild prior to his set at Larimer Lounge in Denver, and we have to make a music snob move by saying: we called it. Over the course of the past year, Big Wild has arguably become one of the biggest rising stars in EDM. The Foreign Family Collective artist sold out Denver’s Gothic Theatre two nights in a row this year, and just last weekend, he brought the house down at his (of course) sold-out show at The Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Did we mention he’s also playing Red Rocks later this year?

Despite growing from intimate clubs to massive stages, Jackson Stell, the man behind Big Wild, still manages to have every audience member dancing their face off throughout his entire set. From entering with “I Just Wanna” from his new EP Invincible, to closing out with a collaborative performance with iDA HAWK on his title track hit “Invincible,” Jackson’s unrelenting energy kept the audience fueled well past midnight at Bowery last weekend, and buzzing right on into the early morning.

Listen to Big Wild’s Invincible EP:

Big Wild has a few shows left on his current tour before he hits the festival circuit for the summer, so make sure to snag yourself tickets here.

-Annie

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"It's Not Quite Techno; It's Not Quite House: Nicolas Jaar's Sold-Out Gothic Theatre Set Last Weekend

By: Mirna Tufekcic

Last Saturday, a friend hit me up to check out Nicolas Jaar at The Gothic Theatre in Denver. He had a spare guest pass and I took it on a whim. I didn’t know what to expect going in. I wasn’t even aware of the music genre I was about to witness. But man, was I in for a treat.

Jaar.

Jaar.

Nicolas Jaar is a 26-year-old mad scientist doing experiments with electronic music in front of massive crowds. It’s not quite techno; it’s not quite house, but it’s got both of those in there and then some. He is definitely pushing the envelope in this world of music. Apparently, none of his live performances are ever alike, and he is constantly improvising with live sampling onstage, a method which sends you on a journey between “rhythmic anguish” (his words) and meditative states with deep house beats, groovy rhythms, and otherworldly sounds which you just have to hear and feel for yourself. But, be warned, things may get trancey. Between the ambient, contemplative sounds and artfully composed lighting, it’s easy to get lost in the experience that is a Nicolas Jaar show… or to get really uncomfortable because you’re not sure what to make of what your eyes and ears are witnessing.

Check out Jaar’s “Swim/Mistress”:

Post-show I had the chance to roll backstage to meet the guy behind this crazy experience. As my friend and I strolled into the green room, Jaar must have caught me checking out his baseball hat. He looked up and said right off, “Man, I know this hat looks stupid and people are always asking why I wear one, but it actually has a purpose. It gives me shade so I see what I’m doing and it puts me in the zone.” From there, my chat with Jaar proved he is quirky and super easy going. His Chilean accent had the room charmed as he joked around, and when I revealed my journalistic tendencies with BolderBeat he laughed and smiled,“There could have been some good conversations here, but now that you told me that...” and the sentenced trailed off into all of us laughing. Touché, Nico.

Which by the way, yes, Nicolas Jaar goes by Nico. When I called him by his full name, he said, “Nicolas?” and a wave of nervousness set over me. “My father is the only one who calls me by that name, and only when I’ve done something wrong and I’m getting reprimanded for it.” he laughed. Ok, the dude’s got a sense of humor.  

Nicolas Jaar is at the tail end of his North American tour, of which many of his shows have sold out, including Denver’s. Jaar will jet to Europe next, and you can keep up with him here.

-Mirna

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Big Wild Brought All The Feels To Denver Show

By: Annie Kane

California transplant Big Wild brought all the feels of a summer night beach party to Denver’s Larimer Lounge.

A stop along his spring tour, Big Wild sold out the cozy Larimer Lounge in Denver last Saturday night, and had everybody twirling around. Jackson (the name and brains behind Big Wild) had nothing but happy vibes in all of his songs, resulting in smiles plastered across every face in the crowd. I overheard one fan ask her friend if she wanted to move to a better spot so they could actually see him perform, and her friend replied, “I’m okay, I can hear the music and that’s all I care about!” She then proceeded to dance her a** off.

Behind Jackson onstage was a plain white screen, upon which splashed saturations of colorful light that appeared and reappeared, painting him in colors that complimented his lively songs. A small drum was set up at the edge of the stage, which he occasionally sat on and hammered away at during longer beats. When he did so, fans smooshed themselves against the stage to get a closer look, or better yet, a more epic snapchat. The small venue allowed for an intimate performance with this budding artist, and one that isn’t likely to be repeated as Big Wild’s fame continues to grow.

Watch my recap video of the night: 

Jackson’s focus on his music was evident as he meticulously altered sounds on his computer and keyboard between hammering on the drums. His concentration did not block out his own experience of the show though; he took breaks to dance to his fun beats and revel in the crowd’s infectious energy. One fan came up to me after the show remarking on Jackson’s very attitude, and how his live performances have such a sharp vision; a vision that allows his music and powerful talent to come off smoothly. I couldn’t have agreed more.

After attending this show, I was not surprised to learn how many shows Big Wild has sold out on his tour across the country. If you missed him this time around, hopefully you scored tickets to his already sold-out Red Rocks show on June 18th, where he will be opening for close friend Odesza.

Did you catch BB's exclusive pre-show interview with Big Wild? Peep it here.

-Annie

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Good Vibes Only with Innovative Producer and Artist Jai Wolf

Jai Wolf at The Fox Theatre.

Jai Wolf at The Fox Theatre.

Incoming electronic artist Jai Wolf sold out The Fox Theatre last Friday in what was the first show of his debut headlining tour. At only 23 years old, New York-based producer Jai Wolf (Sajeeb Saha) has been rising quite rapidly, with some of his tracks reaching over 20 million streams. Wolf’s popularity stems from his ability to mix various genres into his music, avoiding the traditional model of DJ sets. He remixes everything from rap to pop and electronic music. He fuses his ethereal beats with those “already feelgood” songs, producing something entirely new. His classical music background, along with splitting his childhood between New York and Bangladesh, results in the refreshing sound that is Jai Wolf. And in Boulder this weekend, his excitement to play was evident, as he had The Hill in its entirety bumping for his whole set.

"For Jai Wolf, my face is not the most important thing because it’s music first.  "

"For Jai Wolf, my face is not the most important thing because it’s music first."

Listen to Jai Wolf’s “Indian Summer”:

In an interview with The Michigan Daily, Saha said,

I think the cool thing about electronic music is the listeners are some of the most open-minded people. For Jai Wolf, my face is not the most important thing because it’s music first."

I can attest to this fact first hand. There were nothing but positive vibes at JW’s show. As I maneuvered my way through the twirling members of the crowd, people parted without any arguments. Smiles were smeared across the faces of every audience member, with hands held high in praise of his spinning, happy beats. There was no doubt that the fans in attendance appreciated his music. He played some house favorites, such as his remix of Skrillex’s “Ease My Mind” and the notable track, “Indian Summer”. The recognition of these songs exploded amongst the fans. Along with his popular tracks, he managed to drop some new music and remixes, including one off Kanye’s The Life Of Pablo, “I Love Kanye”.

Hands Up.

Hands Up.

The word “magical” seems the most fitting to pin-point Jai Wolf’s set. If you’re looking to catch a this talented artist soon, be sure to grab a ticket early, as his shows are already selling out across the country. Also be on the lookout for some new work from Jai Wolf coming out later this year. Keep up with Jai Wolf’s tour and more here. See more images from this show on BolderBeat's Facebook.

-Annie

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