Finding a good event to attend New Year’s Eve in Kansas City is always a bit of a challenge. While there are usually numerous events, they generally lack in the music department.
Just about the time we thought about settling for Power & Light, Sherri stumbled on an event hosted by our old friends at Miakoda Entertainment, and featuring DJ P! That resolved the issue quickly and completely.
As one of the pioneers of the “mash-up,” DJ P has been blowing minds all over the country for almost 20 years now. He has won multiple turntablist championships; most recently BET’s Master of the Mix. His career includes several other appearances in championship competitions, residencies in Las Vegas, and collaborations with greats like Mr. Freeze and Jazzy Jeff.
|( 01.31.2003 ~ DJ P @ Project Groove One-Year Anniversary )|
Since that time, I have had an opportunity to catch DJ P nearly every time he plays Kansas City, as well as a couple of times in his hometown of Springfield. I have never been disappointed, and this night was no different.
Local DJ Pint Size kicked things off this evening with some solid House music from the upper decks. The little Batcave was just beginning to fill, and although there were not many folks there, heads were bobbin’, and a few random folks made it out on the dance floor. It was so good to hear her play again, and she definitely set a good tone, playing some quality tracks.
Next up on the lineup, DJ Proof took over to show off his skills in the fine art of turntablism. It was a bit of a rough transition from what had been playing previously, but he had some good tricks and tracks up his sleeve. Things were beginning to gather a little momentum too, and a few more folks were staking out their space-claim on the dance floor for main event.
Indeed, I think I ignored most of the folks that met up with us there earlier, as soon as I knew he was on. I did not stand transfixed though. It started that way, but feets gotta move when they get the groove, and several old friends joined me in my most perfect position for the show, right up front.
I was a little amazed he pulled it off so well. They had him on his a separate setup on the dance floor. As much as folks were bouncin’ to the beat, I was certain things were going to fall apart, records would skip, or something. It never happened. He kept things moving and the needle solid on the wax all night long, and keeping folks dancing.
Closing out his set, he played back and forth with Tony Markham for a bit, who eventually took over to close out the night about 1:30 am. He is one DJ I have always enjoyed hearing as well. He always seems to have the right tracks for the right time. I miss hearing him play. The last few times I have been out, it seems like I always miss his set though. Either he just finished, or he is going on too late; just poor timing on my part, I guess.
The Batcave is a fun little spot with its own funky little groove though, and definitely worth a return trip, for the right tunes. Decked out in black light and neon, I am not sure if it is always that way, but it fits. The bartenders were awesome too and very attentive. We had a great time, dancing in the New Year with friends we had not seen in long while. We definitely look forward to doing it again soon!
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