Chicago's Kaskade, voted top DJ in a DJ Times poll last year, brings his 46-city "Freaks of Nature" tour to Buchanan's at 9 p.m. July 24.
Kaskade, aka Ryan Raddon, calls it his "largest and most comprehensive tour," launching May 25 and running through Aug. 12, with a rumored Aug. 5 stop at Lollapalooza in Chicago (where our own At the Drive-In are rumored to be playing).
In an electronic dance music world where DJs are continually upping the ante on production values, the hot-as-fire house DJ will perform in front of a three-story, 80-foot wide LED screen, which will feature images synchronized to the music.
It's being promoted locally by SMG Events and national tour promoter Insomniac.
Tickets are $31, plus service charges, on sale at 10 a.m. March 17 at Happy House, the Headstand and wanttickets.com.
In other concert news:
• Members of Radio La Chusma, Fixed Idea, Hypocrite Orchestra and other local groups will band together for the annual Bob Marley tribute concert, dubbed "A Punky Reggae Party," at 8 p.m. April 20 at the House of Rock on Viscount.
"Bob Marley's influence upon various populations remains unparalleled, irrespective of race, color or creed," said RLC bassist Charlie Villanueva, one of the organizers. "Bob Marley's revolutionary yet unifying music, challenging colonialism, racism, has had profound effects, even in countries where English isn't widely spoken. Bob Marley's message dealt with the struggle of the poor and the powerless."
The show also will feature Mexklan, All That Bleeds, Aftermath and Dub Cartel.
It's a fundraiser for the Lee and Beulah Moor Children's Home in El Paso and the Hogar de Bethel Orphanage in Juarez. Donations of canned food will be accepted for the West Texas Food Bank.
Admission is $6 for 21 and over, $10 for 18-20.
April 20, by the way, is neither Marley's birth or death date, but the annual celebration of counterculture and cannabis culture (important to Marley's rastafarian beliefs) around the world, commonly known as 4:20.
Marley is the subject of a new documentary that was screened at the South by Southwest film and music conference in Austin.
In other news:
• Bri Bagwell, the Austin-based, Las Cruces-bred DIY country singer, will be touting her new video for the song "Whiskey" during an April 21 show at the Rio Grande Theatre in her hometown.
Bagwell recently raised nearly $21,000 on Kickstarter.com (her goal was $11k) to help pay for it and other projects.
The RGT show will be at 7 p.m. They'll premiere "Whiskey," about a woman who is second to the bottle in her man's life, then she'll perform with her band, the Banned.
Tickets are $20, available on her website or by calling 575.649.6411.
There's a preview of the video, which features a cameo by Roger Creager, at the link above.
Bagwell, by the way, will return to the State Line's free outdoor concert series at 8 p.m. June 27.
• Remember that El Paso's own Dirty River Boys will open the State Line series on April 18. They're in the midst of their own Kickstarter campaign to pay for their first full album.
They've raised $14,405 of a targeted $25,000. They need to come up with the other $10 by April 22.
The band, which has released two EPs, should have the album out by October.
• Speaking of the State Line, the first wave of its summer series has been announced.
In addition to DRB and Bagwell, Radio La Chusma has been confirmed for May 16, Jason Boland on July 4, the Derailers on July 18, Cody Johnson on Aug. 1 and El Paso's Dusty Low on Aug. 22, the last show of the series.
They're free and start at 8 p.m.
As in years past, it's also a benefit for the West Texas Food Bank, which accepts donations of canned food items at the shows.