Saturday, January 26, 2002

belial house party


A related House Party ensued the weekend after the DJ Hellraver show. It was not quite as intense as Capricorn's Delight, but that was not really these folks style. Everyone kind of chipped in music from their personal CD collections, talked and mused over various topics, plying me with questions here and there before quietly dispersed into shadows of the night. These were the Goth/Industrial scene, which surprisingly turned out to be a bit more relaxed in their late night efforts.

Monday, January 21, 2002

evolution featuring hellraver


Down to Davey's Uptown Ramblers Club for a little Monday night weekly called Evolution.  This edition just happened to feature the renowned DJ Hellraver, whom I had heard of from the mega-club days of Limelight, Palladium, and the Tunnel.

What shocked me was that after playing for those huge crowds in the mid-90s, he was here playing to small crowd of about 30 folks.  This was to be the case for many of the big names I would encounter though, and somewhat of a standard for Kansas City.  We always seem to be privy to the most intimate performances here, and nobody is the wiser!









Friday, January 18, 2002

stylus friday jan.02


A regular Friday night out at Club Evo's in Kansas City, KS, "a balanced club setting where clubbers and party people can consistently enjoy a family like atmosphere with great music, great people, and clean restrooms."

Area 1:  Trance/Techno - Kansas City's tast of European & Domestic dance scenes.  Featuring the finest local talent with your host FitzRoger.

Area 2:  House Lounge - Come and kick back at the new House Lounge every Friday night, hosted by KC's source fro cutting-edge records, DeepFix.  With a vast rotation of DJs, the House Lounge is sure to please all the headz with the latest cuts from the best labels in the country.  You won't hear House like this anywhere else."

Saturday, January 12, 2002

a machine for living


A huge party at the El Torreon Ballroom, once one of the premier concert venues in Kansas City; now, a church.  The event, "A Machine for Living," promoted by local record store DeepFix Records, offered an intense of night of technical performances from John Selway and JT Donaldson, along with a host of some of the finest local talent that Kansas City had to offer.

Dark and intense, the party lasted until 3 am, and I was there for the entire show.  Everyone danced, except those that could no longer.  I was amazed and secretly thrilled that people would come together like this for no other purpose; well, there were some other purposes, but they lurked on the fringes.  I was prepared with battery power this time and managed to get quite the collection of photos of the event, as it unfolded.

Room 1 ... John Selway - New York - Ultra, IN-TEC  /  JT Donaldson - Los Angeles - Seasons Recordings  /  Offtrack - KC - Techno Justic League, Solo, DF  /  Zack Smith - Springfield, Afterhours  ///  Room 2 = Drum & Base Showcase ... cQuence, James Bond, Ben Fuller, edw!n






Friday, January 11, 2002

capricorns delight

I was invited to a party in a downtown penthouse called Capricorn's Delight; a birthday party in honor of local DJ Solaris and a girl known only as Shadie.  If I recall it was Solaris that lured me in, intimating that if I really wanted to see inside, I should come.

Arriving at Capricorn's Delight,  I announced my arrival by shattering my gift of a giant bottle of J├Ągermeister on the floor.  Of course, someone immediately attempted to dub me with the nickname of "J├Ąger," which would have been acceptable enough , except I was already known as "that phocas guy."  Cleaning up the mess and taking a short tour around the facilities, I got a chance to meet a few folks, until Kansas City's Finest arrived, complaining about their lack of invitation.  They were polite and considerate about the whole thing, and simply asked that everyone pack it up and relocate.  As a result, the Penthouse Party transformed and relocated as a House Party out south.

Although not quite as nice as looking out over the city, the new location provided a bit more comfortable environment to chill for the remainder of the night.  Arriving at the new location, I was immediately accosted by what would turn out to be one of my most loyal backers, and good friend, DJ NuSkool.  He was a bit confused at my attendance, what I had been up to, and demanded to know if I was a cop.  I told him No, and asked if he was.

Agreeing that we were both harmless in that regard, we stormed the house together.  So many kids and so many DJs lit up the house that night that my mind still reels a bit.  I only recall now from the photos and friendships made that night with folks carrying some of what seemed like the most bizarre of names; DJs  Paul Wicked, DotCom, Velvin, and even Shandi.

There were some interesting conversations that night, and I really didn't meet a single person that I didn't care for; all were intensely fascinating in their own way, accepting irregardless of the obvious age difference, and overall just a lot of fun to hang out with.  I got a chance to finally meet the infamous DJ Solaris, who I had only talked with online.  He was late, having missed the early situation with KC's Finest.

Sometime in the early am, I decided it was time to head home though.  The DJs had played their hardest and loudest.  People were beginning to glaze over and fade into the corners of the house, yard, and points beyond; as well, their own imagination.  They had partied hard and danced hard, and the morning light was threatening on the horizon.  It had been fun, and I knew I was on to the right group of folks, but still felt needed to find a little more ... shall we say, diversity?



Monday, January 07, 2002

Wednesday, January 02, 2002

wednesday perk jan.02


A return to the weekly chill lounge featuring coffee, cocktails, and professional turntablism. Old School Vinyl simply cannot be replaced, and those that can spin it are generally considered experts in their field. This is definitely the place to be. Hosted and presented by local talent: cQuence, flotilla & sl8r.