21 & over w/ ID. Doors 9PM. $5 pre-sale, $10 at the door.
20 years ago I left my job as Head of Security of St Andrews Hall to pursue another career. My time at “The Hall” introduced me to DJ culture, and I learned how to beat-match for the first time in the basement in The Shelter one evening before doors opened…thank you Tony Ollivierra.
I moved a mile north of Detroit to the City of Ferndale, and discovered a comic book store called Comics Cafe. In the basement was a tiny, record shop called Mo’ Tunes. I got a job at Mo’ Tunes where I worked eight hours a day surrounded by Detroit and Chicago House Music in the form of vinyl records. There were two belt-drive Technic turntables and a crappy mixer…and not many customers due to its awkward location. So, I spent hours upon hours practicing beat-matching and learning from others that worked there, people like Al Ester, Reggie “Hotmix” Harrell and Darryl Harvey.
Charivari 2016 is happening this weekend. One of the main organizers, curators and promoters of the three day festival is Todd Johnson. Todd is also an author of comic books and traditional novels. Mr. Johnson is also the guy who opened Comics Cafe back in the day, and without it, there would have been no Mo’ Tunes. Funny how things seem to come around fun circle.
Electronic music festivals are nothing new these days, but Charivari 2016 will be the first proper festival I’ve ever played. A festival proudly featuring nothing but talent from Detroit. And, I will be proudly playing nothing but new music by upcoming EqualRecordings.com artists and other local heroes from Detroit. I perform Saturday, Noon – 1:00 PM, on the Park Avenue stage. Children and high school students get in free. We hope to see you at Belle Isle this weekend!
Join us to celebrate the release of Spooky Basement’s new album “The Worms are Mad” featuring performances by:
CbJ (Detroit Ska/Punk)
Spooky Basements (Ann Arbor Punk Rock)
Pancho Villa’s Skull (Detroit Punk Rock Mariachi)
DJ Eric Hinchman (Detroit Techno DJ with Punk Rock Roots)
RON ZAKRIN aka GOUDRON aka GHOST 200 [Live PA]
(Ersatz Audio, Interdimensional Transmissions, = recordings)
JOHN “BILEEBOB” WILLIAMS [DJ]
(UR, JiveElectro, THROW, +8, = recordings)
CHARLES PEARSON aka CHARLES PRESET [Live PA]
(Kanaob, = recordings)
ERIC HINCHMAN aka HINCHMOBB aka EL CAPITAN [DJ]
(DetroitBachelorDJS.com, = recordings)
21+ with IDhttps://www.facebook.com/events/827617094021998/
DBDJS & bEDOsHIRTS.com Presents:
:::Cuatro de Mayo Featuring:::
Andy Toth’s production can be described as dark yet funky. He’s been producing music for over thirteen years now, and it keeps getting better. His illustrious career started with a stint in The Detroit Grand Pubahs, whose hit single “Sandwiches,” as well as the follow-up album, “Funk All Y’all,” saw to it that Andy would get the chance to peddle his wares on stages the world over. His ever-expanding production techniques have seen him working with Detroit’s top talent as a recording engineer, mastering professional, and producer of hip-hop, Rn’B, and electronic music. Andy has released tracks on labels like Jive Electro, Throw, D Records, Intuit Solar, Hej, Exchange Bureau Music, and People Mover Productions. Andy’s music has been traced as the root cause of the return of handle bar mustaches, the reason we like big butts, and the mass bumble bee extinction. Check it.
Eric Hinchman began collecting and playing vinyl to audiences of Detroit over 20 years ago. His record selection varies depending on details like the weather, the hour of the day, or even the day of the year. Having performed at nearly every venue in the Motor City and beyond, Hinchman is probably best known for his year and a half residency at Pontiac’s Velvet Lounge, and his 2 1/2 year residency at Hamtramck’s Lush Lounge. Eric is one of the founding members of the collective known as the Detroit Bachelor DJ Society…the concept was created in his living room with Jeremy 2000 & Derek Plaslaiko back in 1997. While we’re at it. Rich grew his hair out and no longer wears glasses, so stop telling Eric how they used to look like each other…it’s no longer relevant…seriously stop. For more info than you could possibly ever need to know visit:
Hip-hop perked the interest of Detroit’s Craig Gonzalez to vinyl at a young age. When he attended his first Detroit underground dance party in 1994, he knew he discovered something special and decided to get in the game.
“There was always something that I just found really interesting with DJing itself,” said Gonzalez. “Maybe it’s the idea of taking other people’s tracks and forming my own kind of story with them over an extended period of time… it can be pretty powerful if done correctly. It’s kind of interesting to take part in something like that.”
Realizing how easy it was to get started, he taught himself to DJ and built up a name for himself, joining the roster of the Detroit Bachelor DJs collective: a lineup including several prominent Detroit dance music DJs. He soon had gigs at the legendary St. Andrew’s Hall for the “Three Floors of Fun” weekly, residencies at Ann Arbor’s Blind Pig on “Solar” Wednesdays and nights at clubs Industry and the Labyrinth in the 90s. Today he keeps the music going at various gigs around town and at CraigGonzalez.com with mixes impromptu and scheduled, while the sidebar doesn’t neglect his other passion for sports and gaming. When faced with this competitor on the decks, expect a selection of take-you-back tracks with his own spin on the story.
For the past 15 years, Drew has been exploring and cultivating his love of electronic music by maintaining a presence in the Detroit area. His involvements with Paxahau, DBDJS, Nefarious & Movement alike have all had positive affects on his life and his constant feeding of the fire that sparked him at the beginning. As a DJ, his styles are deep and diverse, infinitely influenced by the vast sea of incredible local talent the city has forged over the past 30+ years.
NOT AN AFTER HOURS EVENT
(Please show up early!)
21+ with Valid ID
The Tangent Gallery
715 East Milwaukee St
Detroit, Michigan 48202
Easier on the ears ~ Harder on the women.
I was chatting with Keith Kemp online randomly yesterday, and he let me know about his Tumblr blog that he recently started, and I think it’s a great idea. He basically grabs a record from his collection and tells a short story about how it has affected his life. Random tidbits of really interesting information @ Keith Kemp’s Tumblr.
A trend I’ve been witnessing lately, that I’m really getting tired of…people who fuck something up, don’t apologize for, and move along…then, they get mad at you for being mad at them for the bullshit they did in the first place. Distance grows, friendships fall apart, times are not had. Say you’re fucking sorry for the shit you said/did/broke and I’ll invite you over next time we have a BBQ. Stop being an asshole…assholes.
I just got off the phone with my buddy Ron Zakrin who told me that he has migrated his personal website to a Blogger blog. Interesting choice. Check it out and subscribe to his feed to stay informed. He’s a truly amazing artist, musician, gadget-manipulator and friend. I’ve also added his link to the sidebar here for easy access.