The best EDM in Denver this weekend

Britt Chester

Grant Kwiecinski grew up in Detroit, the American breeding ground for finer electronic music, and home to the Detroit Electronic Music Festival. Having been mentored through classes with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Kwiecinski found his sound in the alto saxophone and has managed to hybridize it with hip-hop samples and danceable electronic beats. His affinity for music evolved into an obsession, and before he knew it, he was supporting a Gramatik national tour and promoting his own music under the pseudonym GRiZ. If you've got tickets to the sold-out show tonight, then good for you -- if not, well, here's your heads-up to start scouting. -- Britt Chester

See also:
- GRiZ on keeping things interesting live by constantly switching things up
- option4 moving on from Lipgloss, which ushers in new talent, returns to original sound
- Brennen Bryarly goes Into the Night as option4


James Zabiela is no stranger to the planetary techno scene, and he's rocked stages in Denver before -- but his longevity and consistent relevance to the scene are part of what make him such a draw for party people looking for mind-melting tunes on the dance floor. His first love was breakbeats, but Zabiela quickly realized that one subgenre wasn't going to be enough to sate his tastes, and he's since ventured further into house and tech-house, becoming a household name in the EDM world with his flavor of the latter (lightly seasoned with breakbeat influences). He's widely known for his affection for science-fiction movies and video games, and his sets reflect as much -- mechanical, futuristic samples with trippy bleeps and distorted vocals sprinkled throughout for good measure. But Zabiela's no one-trick pony: He launched a new record label, Born Electric, last year, and we'll no doubt be seeing some quality tracks filtered through that lens. Maybe you'll hear a preview or two at his set at Beta on Saturday, March 2, with Dragon and Marshall Monica opening things up. (9 p.m., 18+, $15)

Location Info


Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music


1909 Blake St., Denver, CO

Category: Music


821 22nd St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Larimer Lounge

2721 Larimer St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Fillmore Auditorium

1510 Clarkson St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom

2637 Welton St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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