My set from Baltimore Pride 2012 - Weenies and Martinis party @ Red Maple.
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Pride in Baltimore is always something we look forward to at the start of summer. The streets are closed down, everyone's out and ready to party, and people are most definitely getting loose! Not surprisingly, Baltimore takes Pride to another level, and regardless of your orientation it’s one of the best parties of the year.
For this set I was digging for some 80s inspiration and ended up going in a slightly electro direction with a hint of nu-disco. The perfect mix for doing nothing serious. Shake it to the ground.
And no, that's not me in the shark mask...
If you are a music lover in the DC area you undoubtedly know that ForwardFest is going on this week, one of the city's largest electronic music festivals. They have done a great job this year of bringing out some names that are really pushing boundaries in current music. Tonight our own Joe Nice will be behind the decks along with Legendary dubstep trailblazer Hatcha for what is sure to be a bass-heavy night of chest-thumping music.
Also, our good friends from the ForQuarters collective as well as The Elders will be in another part of the city for the Forward Fest House showcase. All in all it's a great night to be in DC. We'll see you out tonight!
World-renowned flavor genius and master mixologist Alex Ott sat down with us last month at the Tommy Boy Entertainment sunset sessions in Miami to speak about the similarities between mixing drinks and mixing records, the science behind great libations, his new product Mercy, and what to drink the next time you find yourself in a dive bar:
Wednesday March 21st at Deluca
530 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach
What's better than dancing to great music? Doing it for a great cause! Organized by our good friend Donny Sizemore (Sizemo) and featuring some great Gourmetbeats talent including The Elders and our own Tyler Schmith, the event hopes to raise awareness for the Campaign for Cancer Prevention which supports several of the world's largest and longest running studies into understanding cancer causes and preventions. It's free, but we suggest contributing to Donny's goal of $3,000 towards the cause!
We've created a list on twitter featuring a few select people who will be tweeting live from the 2012 Winter Music Conference! If you are going, think of it as your extra eyes on the street, telling you where the action is. If you aren't going to be there, it will offer some live coverage of the trending sounds of the conference, typically a barometer for what's to come in 2012. At the end of it all we'll be cataloging the tweets and giving a rundown of the whole event. Follow the list HERE - and remember you can see our complete coverage of the 2012 WMC under the #WMC2012 tag.
Who we're following:
@DJNutritious - DJ, Producer and Percussionist, New York's Nutritious is making waves in the house music scene as co-founder of SpinSpinNYC, Brooklyn Shakedown, and with his weekly Gratitude radio show.
@ZoeWilder - Dancer and self-described "Music Fiend", Zoe Wilder is Nutritious' partner in crime, helping to run SpinSpinNYC, hosting the Brooklyn Shakedown parties, and generally dancing wherever good music can be found.
@MzBehavinInBmor - Katie Elder misbehaves all over Baltimore, and she'll be doing the same in Miami. Resident DJ at Ultra Nate's Deep Sugar party, blogger, photographer and one-half of "The Elders", we're excited to see what kind of trouble she gets into at the WMC!
@Megan_ATS - Megan Tipton knows what makes people dance. She has an ear for music that any A/R rep would be jealous of, and she's not afraid to challenge the status-quo!
@Sizemo44 - Just Added! Donny Sizemore (Sizemo) is a Deep House veteran, spreading the love from coast to coast for years now. He's worked with some of the biggest names in the scene, and we're excited to have him tweeting for Gourmetbeats!
One of the best things about the Winter Music Conference is the huge variety of South Beach venues that will be hosting events. You can literally go to an amazing, multi-million dollar club with a top of the line sound system on Wednesday, and then go to a small family-owned corner bistro on Thursday, seeing the same level of world-renowned talent and having the same amount of fun at each. In fact, some of our best experiences at the WMC have been at the most unexpected of places, be it coffee shops, sushi bars, or hotel lobbies. The great thing about having such a tremendous amount of talent descending simultaneously into one city is that the music can sneak up and get you at almost any moment. It’s always recommended that you have your dancing shoes on.
One of those unexpected gems that ranked in our top-10 of party destinations last year was D’vine Hookah Lounge. D’Vine is a small family-owned wine bar and hookah lounge that sits on the busy thoroughfare of Lincoln Road. It's typically not a place that one would go to hear world-class house music, but some crazy DJs have plopped a giant stack of speakers and a booth right in the middle of the place for the duration of the WMC, and it works. It's intimate and comfortable, and full of like-minded house lovers all ready to dance, and the lineup is one you might expect at any of Miami's top super-clubs: Roy Davis Jr., Jonn Hawley, Sonny Fodera, Gene Farris, Corduroy Mavericks, Stacy Kidd... the list just goes on and on! Best of all, the events are completely free and when your legs are tired from dancing you can enjoy a hookah in one of the outdoor couches overlooking Lincoln road. This is most definitely on our list of places to be this year.
D'Vine is located at 445 Lincoln Rd., and you can see a complete list of events online at http://www.thelistwmc.com/wmcvenues/venue/131.html
In the world of independent House Music labels, staying power is rare, and few outfits have had the ability to consistently release standout tracks while staying true to their vision and sound. Even fewer have had the sheer volume of hit records and breakout artists as Chicago's Large Music. Operating now for over 15 years under the leadership of founder Jeff Craven, Large Music's roster has become a who's-who of House Music. They have been behind an unbelievable number of songs that are now considered "classics", while at the same time releasing a constant flow of top-quality music, helping to break a new generation of artists. It's this combination of veteran legends and fresh energy that makes the Get Large Miami party one that we look forward to every year.
Get Large first hit South Beach in 2002, and has been a major conference event ever since. Gourmetbeats first attended in 2004, when those in the know could email to get on the guest list and receive a special "Large" pin in the mail. It's this sense of sincere community, even with Large's success, that makes this event really special and has helped to build Large's devoted worldwide following.
The event itself will be held at SoBe Live, and includes an exciting lineup featuring Deron Delgado, Jonn Hawley, Sonny Fodera, Nathan G, Jask, and a special appearance by Doc Martin. With Large's tremendous influence, we wouldn't be surprised if you saw some surprise guests behind the decks as well. For us, the Get Large event has been a gauge of what the new sounds and influences in house music are going to be for the coming year, and we're excited to see what they bring to 2012!