Founders Wes Winship and Shannon Blowtorch hit the tables early on, followed up by heavy-hitter and Cryphy King, Jimmy 2 Times. The headliner of the night was a DJ that I was previously not familiar with: Dirty Finger. Dude hails from BK and holds it down on stages with the likes of Jazzy Jeff, Juiceboxxx, Ninjasonik, and Spank Rock. And he definitely held it down last night. It was great to get a New York native's take on the new dance scene. He brought some usual B'more jams (thank goodness, because I've invested a lot of vinyl into the genre). But he definitely had some nutso remixes of white-boy-party-rock, some seriously cheesy old-school melodies from the 'jock jam' era that actually worked, and my favorite was some unknown indie rock that caught the crowd a little off guard initially. They warmed right up to it, though.
I loved his mixing style. He doesn't quickly transition tracks within 8-bars by fading in and then fading out (the standard style). Instead, he brings in the next track as a certified layer to the current one and lets it ride for maybe a full verse. This definitely takes a great ear and understanding of the music. I've never seen or heard that style. Very cool.
The evening in pictures (many got chopped - click to view full image):