Concert kickstarts spring break

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DJ Doug Appling a.k.a. Emancipator performs live with violinist Ilya Goldberg. Photo courtesy of the Infamous PR.

If you’re itching to get out of town in the days leading up to spring break, know that a light shines before the end of the tunnel. Thanks to Campus Entertainment, the SUB Ballrooms will once again be transformed into a concert venue when Emancipator, Odesza and Little People kick off their West Coast tour on Thursday, March 7.

The night will begin with the hip-hop influenced sounds of Little People, a DJ from London named Laurent Clerc whose music is sometimes haunting, other times dancey and definitely worth showing up early for. His website littlepeoplemusic.com features a trippy music video set in a Star Wars-esque Tatooine-land for his song “Aldgate Patterns” which is sure to hold your attention for at least three minutes. Plus, all of his music is half-price in his online store right now because he wants the crowd to get familiar with his beats before seeing him live.

Up next, the DJ duo Odesza will take the stage for their second show in Bozeman. They’ve only been playing music together since last summer, soon after they graduated from Western Washington University. At the end of the summer, they released their debut album “Summer’s Gone,” which you can download for free at odesza.com. They’ve become explosively popular in the past few months — evidenced by their slot in this year’s lineup of Washington’s giant Memorial Day music festival, Sasquatch.

Odesza member Harrison Mills described their music as “headphone music” that has “enough kick to it to be able to have a good time and dance to it.” If you missed them at the Main Street Arts & Entertainment Complex last December, take advantage of this opportunity — and if you will be seeing them a second time, expect a more jammy show with live mixing and new sounds.

Finally, headliner Emancipator — Oregonian DJ Doug Appling — will close out the evening, performing live with violinist Ilya Goldberg. While his chill instrumental sounds are not exactly music to rage your face off to, he is sure to deliver a dynamic live performance.

Emancipator self-released his first album in 2006 when he was 19 years old. After initial success in Japan, he has now developed a fan base in his home country. He played three sets at Burning Man last year and is now touring to promote his third album “Dusk to Dawn.”

Piano, drum beats, guitar riffs and harmonic word-less vocals — alongside the violin melodies which attendees will see performed live — characterize Emancipator’s music, which ebbs and flows to create a captivating musical experience. While on one hand this is excellent music to chill and study to, on the other hand seeing it mixed live will add a whole new dimension to the sounds, which will undoubtedly take on new forms.

This show offers a unique experience for Bozemanites as far as on-campus shows go. As Gabe Francisco of ASMSU Campus Entertainment put it, “With bands of this caliber usually going through Missoula only, we are excited to be hosting such a great concert in the true heart of Montana.” Especially because the show in the SUB will be Emancipator’s only stop in Montana on this tour.

Unfortunately for those of legal drinking age, there will not be a bar or beer garden at the show. You won’t see much bumpin’ and grindin’ in the audience with these artists, but come prepared to groove — you might even want to bring your hula hoop.

Tickets are only $5 if purchased at the AskUs Desk or the Bobcat Ticket Office with a student ID; the price goes up to $12.50 including fees if obtained online at ticketswest.com. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m., so finish your final homework assignments and get ready to celebrate the beginning of spring break a night early.