MusicMarauders Presents: Juno What 9.28.12

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom
Denver, CO

Words By J-man
Photos By Carly Marthis

Electro-funk outfit, Juno What, descended from outer space Friday for a near sold out show at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver! The buzz started early with folks talking about the show via Facebook, Twitter and other social networking outlets. The secret is out, Juno What shows are a party! Openers, Sunsquabi and Bedrockk, drew a decent early crowd of friends and fans respectively, however, the bulk of the crowd didn't turn out until Juno What took the stage.

Sunsquabi brought a decent energy as their set progressed through some interesting jamtonica and electronica compositions. Though I was not overly impressed, the set was far superior to what was to follow. Bedrockk hit the stage to an excited crowd. The drummer promptly removed his shirt as the set began. There is no other way for me to say this other than the producer was terrible. Hit shotty vocals collided with weak beats/samples with a drummer adding little to nothing in the way of musical layers. The producer picked up a guitar a couple of times to show us that he indeed had zero musical skill. As their direct support set wound down, their friends and fans chanted "Bedrockk, Bedrockk!"

Juno What brought a much needed change of pace and some fantastic instrumentation. The crowd quickly went from spacious to shoulder to shoulder as the room filled in. An extended set took the party into the late-night and featured fan favorites such as "Shameless" and "What You See" as well as a couple of covers including "Electro City." Special guests included Dan Schwindt (Kyle Hollingsworth Band) & Jordan Linit (Kinetix) for some ripping guitar work. Juno What is a sort of bridge for young fans from the sub-par electronic music that they have come to know, to something different all together. The button pushing parties that young fans have come to enjoy are quickly replaced by something that involves solid instrumentation, tasteful grooves and more energy than a laptop could provide. With the addition of some new tracks, Juno What could truly be one of the most original late-night party bands on the scene.

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