All summer long excitement was in the air as people waited anxiously for the arrival of the highly anticipated Made in America Festival that Jay-z announced in May. This past weekend, the festival finally arrived, and it was just as magical as we'd all hoped it would be, if not more.
With acts like Run DMC, Pearl Jam, Drake, The Hives, Calvin Harris, Santigold, a surprise performance from Kanye West and of course, Jay-z himself, this is an event that Philadelphia will never forget. Photos by Marie Alyse Rodriguez.
Get ready for sounds of house, techno and deep groove as the storm that is Tornado Wallace hits Morgan’s Pier on Saturday, August 25. Gracing us all the way from Melbourne, Australia, Tornado Wallace is a DJ and producer responsible for two amazing releases in 2010. First was the Tornado Never Dies EP on Sleazy Beats, followed by the Paddlin’ EP on Jimpster’s Delusions of Grandeur which happened to top Juno’s charts for a number of weeks and was listed in their top 50 tracks for 2010. Wallace has been collecting records all throughout his teen years, which led him to be catapulted into the DJing world at the young age of 18. His career has been booming ever since, making this show quite the opportunity. You can check out his sounds here. (and don’t miss the opening sets by Magic Message DJs Jeffrey Bouchard and Shearn!)
Saturday, August 25th
221 N. Colombus Blvd
9 pm-2 am
$5 cover after 10 pm
American DJ phenom Kaskade has put his stamp on not only electronic music in the US, but rather worldwide. Last year The New York Times decided to examine exactly how Kaskade rose to super stardom, how this Evanston, IL native exploded onto the scene and has made such an enormous impact. Praised by DJ's and pop sensations alike, Kaskade is arguably the biggest name in the dance music scene today.
When he embarked on his Freaks of Nature tour in late May, anticipation for the tour mounted with each passing show. Now a little less than a month in, Kaskade has delivered in each performance. Kicking it off in Las Vegas and working his way through the country, Kaskade's Philadelphia stop has been touted as one of the major events in the region. His appeal and draw for an audience is staggering, and within minutes of walking into the arena, stadium or concert venue, you can tell why he earned his place atop the DJ ranks in America.
What has set Kaskade aside from his EDM counterparts is his full length album titled Fire & Ice. This album defined his career thus far and profiled exactly what he had in store for dance music fanatics and aficionados. The two disc album showed two sides of his sound, ranging from light and airy to dark and eerie. Collaborations with Skrillex, Neon Trees, Skylar Grey, Rebecca & Fiona, and many more gave the album a very unique and intricate sound and appeal.
Next Thursday marks the first of Sex Cult records new monthly party at The Barbary, SEX CULT. What’s it all about? Well, Sex Cult has teamed up with Designer Drugs to bring you the best names in Grindhouse, Electro, Dubstep and Hardhouse every fourth Thursday of the month. Next Thursday you can expect to see Designer Drugs themselves, PLS DNT STP, Skitysnygg and an opening set by Aaron Ruxbin (with more DJs TBA). Under 21? No worries. Downstairs will 18 to enter, 21 to drink. We’re expecting this to be pretty crowded, so get your advance tickets here and get ready to dance. Did we mention there’s an open bar 10-11pm?
Thursday, June 28
951 Frankford Ave.
18+ to party, 21+ to drink
$10 - 18+
$5 - 21+ before 12
$8 - 21+ after 12
Double Dutch is at it again! Next week it’s resident DJ Gun$ Garcia’s birthday edition and The Barbary will be bringing you yet another awesome all-female line up. The guest of honor is Roxy Cottontail – a New York-based (Maryland-born) artist. Her style is eclectic and effortlessly cool, finding it’s roots in punk, electro, dance, house, hip-hop, reggae and rock.
As always, DJs Gun$ Garcia and Jess Okay will be holding down the dance floor. But that’s not all- it will also be the world premiere of Marissa Dana. Hosted by Phalla, this Double Dutch is guaranteed to be better than ever. So, come enjoy some nail-art by Tout Est Bombe, cotton candy by Miss Pinky Polka Dots and of course, a sick live performance. Don’t forget to look for us either! We’ll be snapping photos all night.
It’s month three of PHLTH at Fluid Nightclub and it’s only getting better. Hailing from Austin, Texas, RUN DMT will be spinning the dirtiest of beats, bringing the Austin drum and bass scene directly to Philly. They’ll be accompanied by one of our favorite resident DJ’s, Flufftronix, up and coming artist, Dirty Dave, and Delaware’s own H-Mazz. If dubstep, electro and heavy bass are what you’re looking for you won’t want to miss this.
613 S. 4th Street
18 to enter, 21+ to drink
$10 in advance/$15 at the door
Jacques has spun at huge New York venues such as Happy Endings, APT, Tribeca Grand and 205 Club and has charmed people internationally at Tokyo's Womb, Rio's D-edge and London's Fabric and Plastic People. He’s also released music on labels such as New York’s DFA, Chinatown, RVNG INTL, Throne of Blood, Italians Do It Better, Editions Disco, and Wurst, as well as Tokyo's own Mule Musiq & Crue-L, Parisian imprint I'm A Cliché, Munich's Permanent Vacation, Sydney's Hole In The Sky & Future Classic and London/Berlin's Rekids.
Resident DJs Tony Modica, Jeffrey Bouchard, and Shearn will be in the house as well. Come get down!
Leah R. Kauffman, Photos by Yusuf Muhammad
Gilbere Forte, Tayyib Ali, Jokers of the Scene, Shwayze, and many more artists performed at The 618 Festival Saturday at The Great Plaza. Even the Sexy Sax Guy (major meme) was there! Scroll down to see one festival-goers account of a 15-year-old puking in a trashcan.
Home grown recording artist Gilbere Forte