Saturday, February 28, 2015

facing the lens

The photo experience had begun to change, as folks turned towards the camera.  I noticed this, just after returning from Mardi Gras, and it became even more apparent during the month of March.    They smiled. They posed.  They put on a show.  I had started off looking for a more of a fly-on-wall view of an event, but this added a new, more personal dimension to the story line.

March 2002 started off with several hundred descending upon the the El Torreon ballroom and danced the night away to a DeepFix production.   It was quite a show, with Mateo Murphy from Montreal and Lance DeSardi, out of LA headlining, with backup from St Louis' Don Tinsley and local Kansas City house legend Pat Nice.  A Drum & Bass room rounded out the selection for the night, hosting Mr. Solve out of Springfield, and locals Ben Fuller, edw!n, Krillin and James Bond.

The following Monday, along with a others throughout the month, found me back down at Evo's,  It was quickly becoming the spot for local underground dance sounds.  Mondays were fun, laid back, and full of appreciation for local talent.  At a couple of other shows on Friday or Saturday, the place was completely off the chain.

Detroit legend DJ Assault stormed the Club with his own particular brand of Ghetto-Teck aka Booty House, just before St Patrick's Day, and Chicago favorite Mark Almaria made it down to play for the birthday of a close friend. Unfortunately, the later was disrupted by Kansas City's finest.  I don't recall exactly what that was all about.  After poking, dodging a few dancers, and adding to the flashing light display within the club they picked up the door receipts and left.  Puzzling that they would think they were entitled to the door cash, having not contributed to the effort of running the event.

The final show of the month at Evo's was of an entirely different sort, but somewhat the same.  I was invited to come and photograph Euphoria 3, but was warned that it was primarily an Asian crowd.  Was that supposed to make a difference?  It didn't seem to.  I am not sure what that difference would be anyway.  A couple of guys I had heard before, were playing; from New Orleans, DJ Goof, Johnny 5, Special K & Burnz.  The remainder of the line-up was local talent.  It turned out to be quite an intense show, with a packed house that seemed to appear all at once, dancing hard until the last beat.  The photos returned to their essence briefly, with very few posed shots and lots of partying shots.

In between these shows, a random variety of angles around town too.  At the start of the month, I stopped in at the Longbranch Steakhouse to take a few photographs of their Mortgage Burning Party, and chilled a bit to some live Jazz at 12 Baltimore.  St. Patrick's Day arrived, and I started at the north end of Grand Avenue and walked south, opposite the flow of the parade route during the Kansas City St Patrick's Day Parade.  It was a fantastic time, but quite a walk. Later on in the month, we toured an out of town friend around the music and cocktails available on a Thursday night at Jilly's on Broadway and the Aqua Lounge in MidTown.

Visit Google+ to see the newly restored albums from these events in March 2002.  There is a direct link to the albums view under the collections tab above also. You will need to be in our circles to see some of them, but most are publicly available.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

february mardi gras

Sorting the photos from February of 2002 reminds me that I may not always be able to write quite so much about every single month worth of photos; there are 246 for Mardi Gras 2002, alone.  As time passed, numerous events took that form, portraying a story of sorts.

There were only two other events that I covered in this month though.  The first was a little party at Oldham, the place that would later morph into KC's most dance-music influential nightclub, Kabal Restaurant & Nightclub.  That's a whole other story on the horizon though.  On this night particular night it was just a newly renovated and opened restaurant space, with local Steve Thorell dishing out House Music from a folding table to a small group of friends in the basement.  The only other event outside of Mardi Gras would be later in the month, when we returned from Mardi Gras just in time for a local DJs birthday celebration back down at Club Evo's.

Mardi Gras was the event photo story for the month though, and we arrived in New Orleans, just in time to meet up with friends at the Endymion Parade, led by Grand Marshall Jason Alexander.  We took a stroll through the Quarter afterwards, to see what we could see.  It was still a few days before Mardi Gras, but the party was starting to form.  Some girls from Playboy, one of which appeared to be Pamela Anderson, were putting on an early show.  Down the street further, some local were doing the same.  Everything was as expected.

Lundi Gras was pretty laid back.  We really didn't go into the Quarter for much, except to drop off some equipment at Checkpoint for the Creaters of Habit gig that night.  Our close friend was playing a gig with his old krewe, and it was to bleed into the early hours of Mardi Gras morning. We didn't get involved with that after the gig, but did peak around the corner into the Marigny for a moment, catching a little percussion improve and meeting random people needing a light.

The next morning we skipped most of the parades.  Instead, we roamed relatively open streets that would later collapse under the weight of the massive night time population.  We avoided even that. during the night on this trip.  We focused on meeting various people and capturing some of the random uniqueness that wandered about and had a blast.

Without doubt, the adventure ended back in the Marigny.  It is our favorite spot on Mardi Gras night, either on the street or at Cafe Brasil.  We even took a little video snapshot of it. There is no better place, except maybe a moment to chill at the Dragon's Den.  .

The albums for February 2002 are available again through our Google+ page. Public and club events will be public; the "parties" will not.  You will need to be in our VIP circle to access those, or know somebody that is.  The private House Party photos are strictly VIP. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

moti blow your mind

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House artist and production artist MOTi remains a bit of a mystery to some, but is is heading a new wave of EDM talent, his first single absolutely tore up the house charts in the first quarter of 2013, as 'Krack,' electro house at the highest level,   Followed up with an official remix for the Emili Sande hit single "Next To Me."

House isn't the only thing MOTi dabbles in either; Hip-Hop charts include his 'Hello' remix for the Stafford Brothers ft. Lil Wayne.  Next on his agenda are collaborations with Alvaro called 'Nanana' (Hysteria Rec.), a huge hit-single with Tiësto called 'Back To The Acid' (Musical Freedom), and a fresh anthem with Quintino appearing on Spinnin' records.

After a hugely successful year which saw collaborations with some of dance music’s hot commodities including Martin Garrix and Dzeko & Torres as well as his first ever headlining tour, MOTi is primed for the big time.

The rising Dutch star teams up with his megastar mentor and Musical Freedom founder TiĆ«sto for the newest single “Blow Your Mind”. As one of 2015’s most highly anticipated collaborations, “Blow Your Mind” is a peak big-room smash with electro synths, dizzying breakdowns, and has already garnered support from the likes of Hardwell, David Guetta, Sander van Doorn, and W&W plus many others.

His last track, “Don’t Go Lose It” initially made the rounds without any producer attached to it and the speculation began…who was behind this track? MOTi, that’s who.

Currently sitting at #3 on the DMC Buzz Chart,  “Don’t Go Lose It” goes beyond the usual dance floor banger and leaves a lasting impression. MOTi pays homage to legendary South African musician Hugh Masekela by building “Don’t Go Lose It” around a groovy Masekela track of the same name and the result is pure magic.

“Blow Your Mind” is available now from Musical Freedom.