The Five Best EDM Shows in May
April has come and gone and spring time is officially here. For most of us in Orange County this means great summer weather, beach days, bikinis and world renowned electronic dance music artists making their way through our city week after week. Since most of us are gearing up for the 17th annual Electric Daisy Carnival this means lots of free time to make our way to Las Vegas pool parties, but why not save yourself the drive and enjoy some of this summer's top shows right here in your own backyard? Rummaging through the over-saturation of EDM shows every week, we did put together a list of the five best EDM music shows this month--including some of dance music's biggest legends and the most up -and-coming artist who should be on your radar.
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May 30th at Heat Ultra Lounge
TJR's track "Ode to Oi" on Chris Lake's Rising Music label has been a festival favorite and staple on every DJ's sets for almost a year now. He has placed himself on the map as an original producer, remixer and DJ known to cross boundaries in the house, techno and electro genres for quite some time. Already having worked with chart-topping artists like Pitbull, created his own masterpieces like "Funky Vodka" and been a resident DJ at LED events and Voyeur in San Diego where he used to reside, TJR has taken his career to the next level currently on a European tour. He makes it back just in time to play LED's "My Life Everyday" Memorial Day Weekend party and makes a pit stop at Heat Ultra Lounge May 30th before hitting the summer festival circuit. With a Funktion One sound system at Heat expect TJR, born Born Thomas Rozdilsky, to create a sick vibe and energy that's not to be missed.
May 28th at Focus
With the release of his debut self-titled album last month, Kastle--born Barrett Richards--is slated to be the next breakthrough artist in the underground music scene. Known for his progressive mix of garage and house inspired rhythms, R&B smooth vocals, futuristic bass music, electronica and dub sound, Kastle has been a staple on LA's very own KCRW, BBC Radio 1 and even Rinse.fm. After his Coachella debut at the infamous Do Lab where his quality production and unique sound shined through, the San Francisco native is embarking on his first North American Live tour across the US, Canada and Mexico to support his album. Kastle makes a stop at Focus Tuesdays on May 28th located at Tapas in Newport Beach for a very special an intimate DJ set. A must-see before he gets to big for the small underground style clubs in OC.