Mar 042013

Author: Nicole Beale

Our very own Fort Collins venue, the Aggie, housed sell out disc jockey duo, Savoy, on Feb. 22, 2013. Last summer Savoy headlined their own Red Rocks show.  To have such a performance in the Aggie that holds only 650 people made this show a must see.

Savoy decided on a Live with Lasers tour, hitting several small venues around Colorado along the way. Savoy showed up in Boulder, Aspen and Fort Collins. Each of these venues holds less than 1,000 people. Savoy calls Colorado home and wanted to make this Colorado run special, according to their many posts on Facebook, getting everyone hyped for the sellout shows.

Keeping it as local as they can, Savoy had two openers, both from Colorado. Bass Physics kicked-off the night and got the party started. They consider themselves to be in the genre of “electronic-soul” music. They incorporated several different instruments into their set, including acoustic guitar, electric guitar and keyboards.

The next opener was J Flash, hailing from Boulder. J Flash is an electro/house DJ that set the tone for the rest of the night. J Flash got everyone jumping and on their feet. It was a bouncy style of music that everyone seemed to enjoy. He was successful in getting everyone hyped to see Savoy.

Anyone that knows Savoy knows Savoy’s lasers. During this Live with Lasers tour, they brought out some new, heavy laser machines that lit up the Aggie like never before. Savoy did something special for the Aggie that is not incorporated into every show. Savoy has DJ sets with two DJs mixing on stage, but they also do a live set with a drummer. It adds a whole new element to their shows and makes it that much more exciting.

Savoy came on with confidence and started the show off with a bang. They began the buildup and as soon as the beat dropped the lasers came on leaving everyone screaming and in awe.  Lasers lit up every inch of the Aggie, flooding it with thousands of colors going in every direction.  Savoy played several songs from their new EP, “Personal Legend,” but they also brought out some old school hits like “Automatic.” Savoy played until the wee hours of the morning, and when they were done, the people weren’t. The crowd brought them back for an encore.

Leaving the show, many people were discussing how awesome of a show it was and how they couldn’t believe that Savoy played at the Aggie. It was an amazing show for everyone who got to experience it. If you didn’t get to, check out the links below.!/SAVOY/app_178091127385!/jflashmusic?fref=ts!/bassphysicsmusic/app_178091127385

Best of CSU: The Aggie Theater, bringing the best beats

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Nov 042012

Author: Nicole Beale

The Aggie Theater. Photo by Logan Martinez

The Aggie has been in the entertainment business for over a hundred years, but not always as a concert venue. The Aggie was originally a movie theater before it was converted into what we know it as today. Fort Collins is becoming quite the hotspot for artists on the hit-parade through Colorado. With the Aggie offering two bars, delicate acoustics, great acts and sometimes live art, it couldn’t get much better for students.

The Aggie is located about two miles away from campus making it convenient for many students. Colorado State University freshman and music connoisseur Juliana Cullen enjoys coming to the Aggie regularly.

“The Aggie is the biggest venue around, which draws in big acts along with local acts, which brings in all sorts of people,” Cullen said. “Since it is close enough to walk or bike to it’s an easy trip to make on the regular.”

Cullen also said she enjoys the party atmosphere that the Aggie offers.

Aggie manager Kyle Stych said he works hard to get the bands that people want to hear up in Fort Collins. More than 50 percent of the bands that come through the Aggie are local to Colorado.

“If people will come to see it then well have it. We’re in the business of selling tickets,” Stych said. “While we like to appeal to all audiences, we do target the generation that’s prominent around our area, a primary age of 18 to 32.”

The music scene in Fort Collins is thriving and the Aggie promises to keep the music flowing.  With many great shows to offer, there’s a little something for everyone no matter what you’re into.

“We try to get every type of music in here that people will listen to,” Stych said. “While dubstep is beginning to decline in popularity, hip-hop is still strong and funk will always be funk. Down-tempo is one genre that is really on the rise”.