One thing that many students complain about is the lack of musical artists in Colorado Springs and the need to travel elsewhere to places like Denver to really have a good time. Thankfully, places like Ivywild, a wonderful local concert venue dedicated to hosting artists like Shakey Graves, and SOCC (Sounds of Colorado College), the on campus radio station, are breaking these misconceptions and bringing music within our reach.

On Dec. 13, 2014 SOCC in collaboration with BSU and SOMOS are hosting a music showcase that will feature musical guests such as Shady Elders, a local band from Denver, and Netherfriends, a one-man band from Chicago, along with other student DJs.

This event has been in the works for a while and began with the vision of sophomore Raidel Moreno who said, “music has always been a big part of my culture, and it was not until I came to CC that I realized how much. Here I have had to confront the reality of the lack of diversity in the party scene. In response I thought that it would be a great idea for me to start a place where this lack of diversity in the party scene could be addressed.” His creation: a series of weekly events that provide a different scene from the traditional house party.

This is just the beginning of a much larger series of events to come, which will normally be held in McHugh Commons every Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Moreno went on further to add, “The goal is to have a different theme dance party every Saturday. We are already planning to have a Big Gay Party in early February, a Nigerian party sometime in January, and many other themes to come. I would like to note that we are open to collaborate and to recommendations from students.”

Until then, expect to hear the mesmerizing dreamy pop fusion of Shady Elders. The group is gaining tremendous popularity in the Denver music scene, and will be hitting the CC stage the day after their EP release party at Denver’s Larimer Lounge. With psychedelic vibes and loop pedals, Netherfriends, who spent an entire year writing and recording songs in all 50 states, will also be joining Shady Elders at the show this Saturday. His genre has shifted from predominately indie pop to infused with hip-hop rhythms and samplings. Lastly get excited to hear student DJs such as DJs from one of SOCC’s most popular radio station, Chocolate City, and also the legendary Mansour Al-Amin kill it in between sets and afterwards for a funky dance party.

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