Friday, March 29, 2013

jux-ta-pose

On a whim, we visited the Uptown Arts Bar for the KansasCity Techno event jux-ta-pose, featuring Luke Hansen from St Louis.   Arriving early, as is our habit lately, we were pleasantly surprised to discover this was the old “Hangout.” 

Although it was mostly the same as we had left it last, it did have a fresher look.  The front bar area was certainly more inviting, with uncovered windows and plenty of soft lighting setting the perfect mood for socializing away from the dance floor.

The staff was super friendly too and we had an opportunity to visit with the General Manager about the establishment, its direction, hopes and dreams.  They have quite a line-up of events every day of the week, in an effort to support the arts community.

There seems to be a little something for everyone; indeed, looking over their calendar of upcoming events, we made up our mind that we would definitely be returning soon.

The music was excellent though, with two rooms of sound from opposite ends of the I-70 corridor.  DJ Todd Howard got us out on to the dance floor for a little shufflin during his set, and we got the chance to catch up with a couple of old friends.

We lingered until around Midnight, but it never really picked up much.  Another event demanded more attention, we suspect.  At another venue, the Dirt Monkey show was to be the last performance of Jack & Jill; very likely the best House DJ duo Kansas City has offered in recent years.  Who would intentionally miss that?

We did, but were fortunate enough to get to visit with them, and say farewell to Mr Nuro again.  We had every intent of making an appearance for their last show together, but events of earlier in the day began to take their toll; perhaps, one day, there will be another.

A collage of the video shot is shown below, and a few random photos from the night, below that.




Friday, March 22, 2013

above & beyond anjunabeats volume 10 tour

We headed out to St Louis this past weekend for Above & Beyond at Europe Nightclub in St Louis.  A bit off the beaten path for the usual clubs, it caters primarily to the electronic dance music (EDM) scene in St Louis.

The venue frequently hosts some of the greatest acts in EDM, through a collaborative effort between B&W Productions and Donnie Disco Production that is has been going on for around 10 years.   This combination mixes nicely for a diverse crowd with mostly singular intent, dancing.

We arrived early enough to catch the opening act for this show, but don’t recall who that was.  If anyone knows, post up a note.  He played a pretty good set, with quite a variety of tracks.

Rob Lemon took over to a mostly full house and really got everyone moving.  By the time Above & Beyond took over he had the whole house rocking, and then the place exploded. The entire place was in motion, lasers and other lighting effects emphasizing every beat and breakdown.

We had to cut out early, so only caught half their set.  What we did see was amazing and worth the trip.  With any luck, maybe we will see them here in Kansas City some time.  Failing that, it is back to St Louis. 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

swell with brett johnson

It was good to get out and get a good dosing of House this past Saturday at Czar Bar for the monthly Swell. The featured artist for this round was Brett Johnson, who played a fantastic set that kept folks movin and groovin throughout the night. It was obvious from the beginning that folks had come prepared to dance.

We arrived just in time for the end of a set the relative newcomer DJ Panduh, and folks were already dancing. Progressing through local veterans Mr Nuro and Jason Kidd, the dance floor only continued to swell (no pun intended… or maybe it was); indeed, by the time Brett Johnson took the stage, you almost had to Conga through the mass to even have a chance at making a break for the restrooms.

This event was not just about Brett Johnson though. It was the last night Kansas City would be able to claim Mr Nuro as their own. phocas.net has been there for nearly every beat of his career; that certain savoir faire that Mr Nuro brings with him in person and on stage will be sorely missed, along with his contributions. He has made an indelible mark on the KC dance music scene through personal projects, pairing up with Amjanda as the duo “Jack & Jill,” and recently under the banner of KansasCityTechno.com. He has always worked to be and provide for the best in dance music for Kansas City, we wish him well, and look forward to his eventual return under the Lone Star banner.