2017 is sure to be a year none of us will ever forget. With the great many uncertainties that face us and those that we love, it’s important to have things you can rely on. One small thing that isn’t about to change is that we here at Aurora are committed to bringing you programming that reflects, informs and entertains the community we are so proud to be a part of. Starting off the year with a sense of (heavily) guarded optimism we present to you our January highlights, best of luck to us all:


Sunday, January 1st


Nope. No way. Were you here last night? It was turned ALL the way up. That’s why we are taking the night off. Probably going to sleep late then all get together for brunch. Maybe go bowling. Definitely get down on a snack attack. We’ll be back on the 2nd so if you forgot something at our off the wall New Years Eve Party, check in with us then. PEACE.


Saturday, January 7th

Tor Johnson Presents

Tor Johnson Records has been a staple of the local independent music scene for 15 years now, big on heart and low on BS they showcase local and label talent at venues all over town, we’re very happy to have them here featuring the likes of:

Weak Teeth

Ordinary Lives





Saturday, January 14th

Bounce House

Back at again with the white Vans. Bounce house refuses to miss a beat, all your faves will be here DJ Where’sNasty?, Sabrinsies, Hill, Cam, Rae, Roberto, Fame, come out and turn up with your peoples. Get here early tho cuz we sell out everytime, doors at 10pm we’ll see you there.



Wednesday, January 18th

The Body

I did an “amusing” and marginally informative write up about this humdinger you can read here

Rest assured this will be a heck of a show starring PVD ex-pats The Body, and local heavies

Lingua Ignota





Thursday, January 19th

The 3rd Shift

Local Producers Unite! Created by local hip hop impresarios Kris Fame and Cam Bells, this night has become the hot ticket showcase for local production and MC talent. A menagerie of styles and scene are represented with turntablists, controllerists, live bands and DJs all taking their turns in the most dynamic collection of local hip hop talent in town.


Tuesday, January 24th

Karaoke Facepaint

It’s not an ironic band name, it’s actually a thing we do. Think: your favorite mid-20’s DIY warehouse karaoke party with your besties plus Chrissy Jones expertly painting fantastical faces (last month I was Captain America Spiderman) in our lovely downtown public domain. Drinks are still delicious and ranging from thrifty to Deluxe. Empress of Tuesday Night, Alison Nitkiewicz, rules the night from behind her hardwood pedestal. Pay her a visit, sing a song, paint your face, sip on sipper and enjoy all the numbers. Tuesdays can feel good if we let them.


Wednesday, January 25th

Covers Night

This installment of our much loved Covers Night pays tribute to legend of the east coast psychedelic/pop art movements LOU REED. Dust off your Velvet Underground tablature, throw your copy of Transformer in the cassette deck and amp up for absolute classics performed by your favorite local artists including: The Neutrinos, Matt Fraza Band, Rafay Rashid, Harvey Garbage, Black Oil Incinerator, Laurie Amat, Jeremy Harris, Chrissy Wolpert, Pattie Magee, Florence Wallis, Dan Dodd, Rachel Rosenkrantz and our very own “Hollywood” Steve Delmonico.


Saturday, January 28th

The Funk Underground

Representing Project 401, MCs Eric Axleman and Sydesho front the old school party rap outfit The Funk Underground. Think Full Force meets The Roots Vs Sugar Hill Gang. Full band, positive vibes and styles, b-boys making some noise, Album release super jammer. You want to get in on this.