Dance and Electronic on any Vancouver Weekend 3
JavaKinetic | October 31, 2006 at 11:22 pmby
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Before I go into this, I should let you know that NowPublic had originally suggested that I should "own" Halloween in Vancouver. That thought was really appealing, but, I had plans set in motion already. To that end... this is what I came up with:
Okay! How the heck do I start this one off? It was freaking Halloween Weekend after all! I knew that Saturday was going to be its own form of insanity, so I thought I would hit a relatively well known Canadian DJ for Friday night.
He was one of my favourites actually. DJ Max Graham. Mr. Graham decided to spin at Celebrities this time around. Let's just get this out the way right now okay? Celebrities is on Davie, and Davie is of course gay central. Yes, Celebrities is generally a gay bar, but when a special event or DJ kicks into town, the club caters to everyone of all persuasions. So, if you are a bit apprehensive about walking into Celebrities... just get over it, and get into the mode. Mood!
What's really great about Celebrities is that, well, it's a great place! The layout is just about ideal. The dance floor is sunken and the DJ booth is just a foot or two higher right off the floor, and on either side is about a 100 metres of bar and bartenders. If you don't feel like jumping about for a few minutes, you can climb up the stairs and view the happy crowd from a story above.
Max Graham pulled in the crowd rather nicely. The energy was great, everyone was doing very well with each other. Something I watch for is the people and how they interact with one another. This weekend once again, it was a well balanced cross section of Vancouver. I really like to see that. Checking in with friends the next day, it turns out .... they loved the night.
The only thing that I wish Mr. Graham would do a little more of, is play the really familiar stuff. I must confess, I became a fan when Max remixed Yes' (a circa 70's band) "Owner of a Lonely Heart". I have hit a couple of his evenings in Van since he pulled that coup off nicely, and I haven't heard that played yet. I gather he spun it so much that he never wants to amplify it ever again. I can understand that. I often think that if I was in an old band that doesn't ever fade away... I would commit some horrible act of self termination. I can't imagine what it would be like to be Randy Bachman for example.
Right. So, that leads us up to Saturday night. I not saying much about that, but I can tell you that I was an evil Manchurian magician who, at 5am, manned the door for a bit. Oh! And to that guy who said he would pay the 5$ when your friend showed up??? Well, I know who you are, and I know where you live!
That's an idol threat actually. Perhaps that persona effectively faded by about 8am Sunday morning.
So get out Vancouver! Let me know what you saw last weekend!
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