PICK OF THE WEEK: Mark Farina – Saturday, July 7th – Twist and Shout, Denver, CO & The Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO

Why You Should Go: Because Mark Farina mixes the finest in downtempo groove and jazzy flavored hip-hop. His genre bending ways have led to the creation of of a new genre known as Mushroom Jazz. The Mushroom Jazz sound evolved when Mark found himself being assigned to the “B” room at a club in Chicago instead of the main room. “As opposed to competing with the house music being played in the other room I decided to play more mellow stuff that you couldn’t really play in the house room.”

Around the same time, music like De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, Soul2Soul, and labels like Acid Jazz and Talking Loud were just starting to release their music, and Mark found more and more inspiration for this new sound he was DJing.

“After a while playing in this other room I began to make a tape series and I called it Mushroom Jazz. The Acid Jazz term seemed a little too abrasive and I wanted something a little more organic for the sound I was trying to develop.” The tapes evolved into a series of releases that is now 5 volumes strong.

Farina’s most recent release House of Om has been hailed by fans and critics alike. In their recent review of House of Om DJ Times said “Every once in a while, an entire genre of music can be defined by the tastes and technique of the selector who somehow understands it better than anyone else. Such is the sort of success that San Francisco – based DJ/producer Mark Farina has achieved for himself since starting off as a record collector and dedicated beatfreak in the house mecca of Chicago.”

So whether you are a fan of his House mixes or his Mushroom Jazz a party where Farina is spinning is always a good excuse for a night out. For those of you who can’t brave the full on party at The Fox, check out Farina spinning the afternoon away at Twist and Shout in Denver on Saturday afternoon (4-6).

Venues:
Day Show: Twist & Shout, 2508 E Colfax Ave, Denver, 80206 – (303) 722-1943

Night Show: Fox Theatre, 1135 13th St, Boulder, CO 80302 – (303) 443-3399

Doors:
Twist – 10:00 AM
Fox – 8:30 PM

*Approximate Set Times:
Twist:
Mark Farina – 4:00 PM

Fox:
DJ Harry – 9:00 PM
Mark Farina – 10:00 PM

*Price:
Twist:
Free!

Fox:
$22.50 (ADV)
$22.50 (DOS)
PURCHASE

*All times and prices are gathered from other sources and I am not responsible for mistakes or inconsistencies. They are intended only as guidelines. Please, always call the venue if you desire the most accurate information possible.

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Who Is Timothy Dwenger

Music has always been a part of my life. It probably all started listening to old Grateful Dead, Peter Paul & Mary, and Simon & Garfunkel records that my parents had, but it wasn't long before they were taking me to concerts like Starship, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Huey Lewis & The News. I got the bug to write about music after reviewing an Eric Clapton concert for a creative writing project in high school but didn't really take it up seriously until 2002. Since then I have published countless articles in The Marquee Magazine and done some work for Jambase.com, SPIN Magazine, and various other outlets. I started Listen Up Denver! as a way to share the music information that is constantly spilling out of my head with people who care. Please enjoy!