Redeye July 03 2003

Midnight Mayhem: A visit to Vinyl June 27, resulted in an unusual sight. No, it wasn't the breakdancing circle flanking the stage. Rather, it was seeing bodies at all. Seems every other Friday night the oft-empty space is opened midnight-4 a.m. to the sounds of four turntables of funky, soulful breaks courtesy of DJs Faust and Shortee. The occasional gyrating halters in the crowd couldn't make the breakers falter as they threw down their best moves in front of the cameras for possible inclusion in Shortee's upcoming "DJ 202" instructional DVD, as well as video compilations by sponsors Tribal Streetwear. The next chance to put your root down is July 11.

Higher State of Consciousness: Winner of this week's "DJ's DJ" goes to Josh Wink, whose classics-spotted set of pumping-filtered thump attracted locals including Greg Adamson and Jason Gerry to the Crescent Room June 27. Wink was such the DJ's DJ that Junior Sanchez came over to check things out after Eleven50's event shut down.

Think Globally, Dance Locally: Gay pride weekend is becoming more about parties than politics as seen by the lineup around town this past weekend. Abel attracted a large shirtless bunch at blü June 27, but the crowds were split June 28 with Brett Henderson at Earthlink Live going head-to-head with Joe Gauthreaux at blü. The highlight of the weekend was June 29 at Vision with the divalicious tracks of Mark Tarbox and a special performance by Martha Wash raining down on the men. Follow up with another weekend of pride the day before Independence Day as local DJs celebrate the city's ability to freely express through dance at Independance July 3 at Eleven50 with DJs Bobble, Lewis, Hyst, Keiran, Kai Alce, Edo, Marcos Pieras, Sikora, Rob Reum, Lil' Steven and others.

Get Into The Groove: July 10 the Crescent Avenue volleys continue when trance challenges tribal/tech-house as the U.K.'s Danny Howells takes it deep and the Netherlands' Marco V and San Francisco's Moda play it Big Room.

Those who like a little more bounce to their ounce would benefit from a session of discordant disco with new/no wave outfit Glass Candy & the Shattered Theater playing the Earl July 3. Led by yowling waif Ida No, Glass Candy bridges the gap between groups such as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Numbers. A glam slam.

Until next week, keep one RedEyeopen. And send all comments, questions, observations and invitations (with the event/date in the subject line) to redeye@creativeloafing.com.