Armin Van Buuren, the number 1 trance DJ in the world (according to DJ Mag) and best known for radio show A State of Trance, is playing at Plush this week, on Thursday October 9th and Friday October 10th. His Friday show sold out ages ago and there are only a limited number of tickets left for Thursday night! Tickets are steeply priced at $60 (before taxes and extra charges) but if you’re willing to get over that hurdle, click here to purchase your ticket through Clubzone.
When I was in the line up for Pop Opera’s grand opening two weekends ago, I met a promoter from Twisted Productions who hinted to us that a very very big name trance DJ (ie. No. 1 trance DJ in the world) was coming to Vancouver some time in October. But it was very hush hush and he couldn’t say any more. Now that concert details have been released, it has been announced that Paul Van Dyk will be on his Vonyc Sessions world tour and he’s coming to Plush on October 30th! Early bird tickets have already sold out, but you can still buy general admission passes here…for $60.
If you don’t know anything about Taiko, checking out the Mid-Summer Taiko Beat at Centennial Theatre (2300 Lonsdale Avenue) in North Vancouver would be a great place to start learning. Presented by the Vancouver Taiko Society, this concert is a great experience, as it brings together groups from different regions, so you get a taste of different styles of taiko. Some are more traditional, while others are pushing the envelope of what we know to be taiko. While your typical taiko concert in Vancouver will feature mainly Vancouver groups, and 1 or 2 at most, this concert gives you a little taste of everything
Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for children under 12 and seniors, and are available through the Centennial Theatre box office at 604-984-4484. This concert will feature Japanese drumming groups LOUD (Vancouver), Sawagi Taiko (Vancouver), Kiyoshi Nagata + Aki Takahashi (Toronto), and Inochi Taiko (Seattle). For more information, contact 604-984-7248 or email Kayo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, on Friday night I went to the Blank & Jones concert at Richard on Richards. Blank & Jones is a duo from Cologne, Germany with eight album releases – well, nine now after The Logic of Pleasure. Great concert venue with an elevated stage and zig-zags of color-changing neon lights framing the DJs. The concert wasn’t sold out which contributed to its spaciousness and gave everyone the freedom and ability to JUST DANCE. I think this was one of the best touring DJ concerts I have been to in a while – a contributing factor being how Blank & Jones are trance DJs, which is a pleasant change to all the house DJ concerts and clubs I have been to as of late. And because Blank & Jones are not as mainstream as DJs such as David Guetta or Fedde Le Grand, the crowd there was willing to pay $25 for a concert they wanted to be at, as my friend Anca said, “brought together for the love of trance”.
Lastly, Blank and Jones had a lot of crowd interaction – a lot of hands up, and pointing back at the crowd and eye contact. Perhaps it’s because there’s two of them so one can entertain the crowd while the other one spins. I have a video of Blank just standing still and staring at my camera and grinning – probably thinking I was about to take a picture and not realizing I was on video-mode instead.
For more Blank & Jones videos, click here for their official YouTube page.
The next DJ concert I’m going to is Markus Schulz at Plush on July 1st. Hope to see you there!
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