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Air Dubai will play at Denver s Marquis Theater with The Pirate Signal and Effektor at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Air Dubai will play at Denver s Marquis Theater with The Pirate Signal and Effektor at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
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Who: Air Dubai with The Pirate Signal and Effektor

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Marquis Theater, 2009 Larimer St., Denver

Cost: $10

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Local music fans got a crash course on the Boulder/Denver music scene at the University of Colorado’s recent Battle of the Bands. The winning act was Air Dubai and the contest put the Colorado band on the map.

Air Dubai’s fusion of post punk, psychedelic and hip-hop grooves have also earned the band top billing at the Marquis Theater. The local outfit’s set to headline Friday night’s show at the prestigious Denver venue.

Nick Spreigl is Air Dubai’s drummer, and he’s ready to play the Marquis and get the word out about his band.

Q: How long has Air Dubai been playing the Boulder/Denver market?

A: We’ve been around for about seven months. We’re a Denver band, but one of our members is from Boulder. And, we seem to play a lot of shows in the Boulder area.

Q: How did Air Dubai go from duo to band — and how did that change the sound?

A: Looking back on it, the move to a full band just seemed natural for us. We weren’t able to express ourselves in the way that we wanted to playing with beats, so the full band format works for us.

Our sound is constantly evolving and it’s something we’re just starting to discover. That’s the thing about a live band — the music changes as the musicians do.

Q: How does your band’s blend of hip-hop and rock set this band apart?

A: We think of those terms as a broad generalization of our sound. If you come to a show, you can see we really blend all sorts of styles together — from electronic to pop to punk.

We’re just different from other bands. As far as hip-hop goes, we’re not The Roots, we’re not the Flobots and we’re not Gym Class Heroes. We have a sound and image of our own that no one else has.

Q: How did it feel to win the CU Battle of the Bands and earn a Dec. 5 show at Club 156?

A: It was awesome! We were really excited to play with all those other great bands — and we were more excited when we found out we won.

We won free recording time at Coupe Studios, a headlining show at Club 156 and a photo shoot. We haven’t gotten any calls directly because of it, but it has definitely been a nice thing to put on our resume.

Q: What’s the new Air Dubai record going to be like?

A: We’re really excited about it. This is going to be our first record as a full band.

We’re currently in the studio and we’re working on putting out the new stuff really soon. We’ll be recording some of the material that we play at shows, but fans can also expect a lot of new music.

Q: What do you have planned for the Marquis?

A: We’ll be having a great lineup for this show with some of our favorite Denver bands — including The Pirate Signal and Effektor. We also have some new stuff planned and the debut of some new songs.

It’s going to be a great show with a lot of great bands. It’s guaranteed to make you dance!