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Top Photos of 2017 at The Blue Note & Rose

In case you missed our countdown of the top photos of 2017 at Rose Music Hall and The Blue Note, here they all are in one, convenient place!

Stay tuned to find out which shows make the list in 2018!

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Columbia Holiday Soirée: What to expect

What: Columbia Holiday Soirée: A Mad Men Era Vintage Costume Ball
When: Saturday, December 16thDoors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $20 General Admission | Ages 21+
Featuring: Amalgamation Jazz Orchestra and DJ Jen Ha playing ’60s era hits!

Word on 9th Street is that the holidays are here, so it’s time to celebrate! At The Blue Note, we do it big. We roll out the red carpet, pour lavish cocktails, strike up the jazz band, serve exquisite hors d’oeuvres, decorate for Christmas, lay the white linen tablecloths and dress to the vintage nines so that we may strike a pose at the photobooth.

We swing, we shimmy, and get down to vintage hits that never went out of style.
I guess you could say we’re the cat’s meow.

 

Our annual event was originally inspired by the style and sophistication of the ’60s and the AMC television series, Mad Men. Although the show and era have ended, this spirit lives on through the hottest vintage holiday soirée in Columbia.

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This year, we’ve even teamed up with Candy Cane Crib to ensure The Blue Note is the merriest and brightest building on 9th Street.

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We want you and your in-crowd to join us for a night to remember. Invite your friends, freshen up on your dance moves and get ready! Not sure what to wear? Stop by Muse Clothing. They’re prepared to help you dress to impress. We’ll also have a coat check ready upon your arrival.

To get you in the holiday soirée spirit, here’s our playlist:

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To recap, we made a Holiday Soirée List
(and checked it twice!) :
Red Carpet ✅ Jazz Band ✅ Fancy Cocktails ✅
Photobooth ✅ Christmas Lights and Decorations ✅
Vintage Hits spun by DJ Jen Ha ✅ Hors D’oeuvres ✅
White Tablecloths ✅ Coat Check ✅ Vintage Style ✅
A Dazzling Holiday Party to Remember ✅ ✅ ✅ YOU⁉️

Be fashionably early. Get your tickets here.
Let your posse know you’ll be there. RSVP here.

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P.S. Need to learn some slick dance moves? All the kids are doing ’em.


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5 Reasons to Catch Ekali

When: Tuesday, December 5thDoors at 7:00 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
Where: The Blue Note
Tickets: $15
Opener: Medasin + JUDGE

Finals are right around the corner, but here are some great reasons to skip the half-assed study sesh you might be planning and check out Ekali…

1. Significant musical past

Starting out in the Vancouver music scene as a bassist for the band Said The Whale, Ekali’s (Nathan Shaw) band earned a JUNO Award for Breakout Group of the year. As individual efforts kept him making beats, he gained SoundCloud recognition displaying a handful of tracks with over a million streams. This ability to remix all sorts of genres is most likely what paved the way to his invitation to The Red Bull Music Academy, beating out 4,000 other applicants.

RBMA is a world traveling music series where 60 hand-selected singers, DJs, producers and other musicians collaborate to further their advancement within music. Ekali is part of the 2014 Tokyo class, where he joins other notable musicians, Flying Lotus, TNGHT, Ta-ku and even Aloe Blacc, as alumni.

2. Highly hip-hop influenced

In 2015, Ekali earned the writing credits to the songs “Preach” and “Wednesday Night Interlude” off of Drake’s album, If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late  from samples of his original SoundCloud release “Unfaith”.

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This hip-hop involved background seems to be a direct influence on his collection of hip-hop releases like “Threatz” by Denzel Curry (Ekali & Gravez Remix) and his newest song, “Babylon”. If you are a hip-hop or trap fan and aren’t accustomed to electronic styles, this is a good show to catch.  

 3. Knows how to bring a crowd

Last semester, Ekali opened up for Troyboi right here at The Blue Note and showed how he deserves to be the main act. From the moment Ekali started, a crowd of about 100 slowly expanded to about 650 as he rounded off his set. As more and more people filled in, the set became so much more involved and you could feel the energy all around, especially in the catalyst himself, Ekali.

Among the many festivals he toured this past season, I caught his set at Middlelands.

Here he is turning a crowd from nothing to a mob:

4. The Babylon Tour

The USA production involves floral stage designs to match most of his song releases and strategic light placings that give the off a modest club vibe. The Babylon Tour contains an abundance of dates in cities all around the world, and nearly all are in venues with a capacity of less than 1,000. These two factors make for an original show that is highly dependent on both the artist and the crowd. Look to see more risks taken by Ekali to match the diversified crowd.

5. Mix master

Evident in almost all of his live sets and recorded mixes, Ekali demonstrates his ear-catching ability to mix some of the calmest trance and future bass tracks into D&B and heavier trap/grime beats. This ability to jump bass genres while staying in key and keeping the beat will blow the minds of fans of all genres. He has series of awakening mixes that convey his niche of music. He also shows his vast abilities across the entire electronic spectrum displayed in several credible live mixes like Diplo & Friends and triple j, featuring all sorts of artists and genres.