E-Days Preview: Concerts

What: Light the Night Dance Party
When: Friday March 30 at 6:00 PM
Where: Steinhauer Fieldhouse
Who: Catalina Rhyme Mixers and SkywA opening for Robotic Pirate Monkey and At Dawn We Rage

Friday night’s “Light the Night Dance Party” features a line-up of electronic remix and mash-up bands. Four bands will be featured, each with a unique style that should keep fans entertained and dancing. In a bit of local respect, the opening bands, Catalina Rhyme Mixers and SkywA, both feature students who attend Mines.

Skyler Waggoner will take the stage as the creative mind behind SkywA, and Cooper Newby will perform as one half of the two-man group Catalina Rhyme Mixers. Waggoner is relatively new to the genre, but should provide a fresh performance. Catalina Rhyme Mixers has been mixing together for a while now, and they have played at quite a few college frat houses. This should make them well prepared for the task of entertaining college students with their music.

After these two locally inspired bands, the night will really get going with Robotic Pirate Monkey and At Dawn We Rage. Both bands are relatively well known in the genre. At Dawn We Rage follows a similar style to the openers, but adds the increasingly popular dubstep style to the mix. The dubstep should provide a change of pace before the main headliners take the stage. Robotic Pirate Monkey provides mixes and mash-ups of popular songs ranging from Gotye and Lilly Allen to Aerosmith and Miley Cyrus. They have become well known for cross genre mash-ups, but will also have a few original tracks, which truly showcase their style. With four albums worth of mixes, Robotic Pirate Monkey will have plenty of material to keep the crowd entertained. These four bands provide a progression of music for the night, keeping all who attend upbeat and dancing.

What: Main Concert
When: Saturday March 31 at 7:00 PM
Where: TBA
Who: Tennis opening for Cold War Kids

This year’s main concert features popular Indie rock and folk bands with a much different style of music than that seen in previous years. The night will begin with Denver based husband and wife duo Tennis. The couple, Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley, formed the band while they were in college after a seven month sailing trip along the eastern seaboard. They have released two albums, “Cape Dory” and “Young & Old,” and currently receive much attention among the folk band community. They signed with the record label Fat Possum, which is also associated with groups such as The Black Keys, Youth Lagoon, and Band of Horses. Last month, Tennis’ latest album, “Young & Old,” went on sale. It’s producer was none other than Patrick Carney, the drummer for The Black Keys. The headlining band Cold War Kids is a popular indie rock group from Long Beach, California. The band signed to the record label Downtown Music in 2006, and has produced three full-length albums on the label. The band tours frequently, and is known for unique thematic lyrics from singer Nathan Willett. Their latest album, “Mine is Yours,” released last year features a back to basics approach. Jacquire King, whose previous work includes Kings of Leon and Modest Mouse, produced the album. The concert contrasts well with Friday night’s concert both in musical style and atmosphere. Be sure to check both concerts out this weekend.


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