By Andy Soloman
LIGHTA! SOUND all vinyl takeover – July 4 @ Red Room
The beginning of BC’s festival season is a perfect time to catch this collective of local favourites doing what they do best. All Vinyl Takeover on the Red Room’s PK Soundsystem is bound to be an aural treat, especially when combined with the depth and quality of tunes present in the Lighta! crew’s collective record collection. With a lineup consisting of Michael Red, Max Ulis, DJ Cure, Taal Mala, Mandai, and Tank Gyal, you can expect this one to head in many musical directions, most likely without a single dud track played among them.
Mark Grusane – July 4 @ TBA
It’s easy to welcome back one of the best underground selectors of quality body-moving dance music. A native of Chicago, Mark Grusane has been immersed in DJing and dancefloor culture for almost thirty years. He’s consistently been one of the go to guys for those long eclectic sets that surprise while keeping the energy levels high. He seems to be a fan of Vancouver too; Last time he was here, he added a free daytime set at Pacific Rhythm the day after his show – the recording of which is still available to check out online. Local support comes from DJ D.Dee and Neo Image.
High Tide II: Summer Boat Party – July 18 @ The Queen of Diamonds
Although we’ve certainly seen our fair share of rain or shine voyages in the past, with the way this summer is going, a sun soaked boat party seems like a no brainer. There’s no lineup info out on this one yet, but rest assured the crew at Intimate Productions know how to run a good ship. Plus, with the expansion to a larger vessel this year, The Queen of Diamonds, you can be sure that there’ll be a full force of seaworthy local talent on board to put the wind in your sails and make sure that all dancers are on deck from start to finish.
Talib Kweli – July 25 @ Venue
Putting the forward strides made for the LBGTQ community aside, our friends south of the border have certainly had their fair share of societal hiccups recently to say the least. One of the most outspoken artists regarding these issues has always been Talib Kweli. Kweli has been releasing seminal hip hop since the late ‘90s, as both a solo artist and with collaborators Mos Def and Hi-Tek. Never being one to withhold his opinions, now more than ever seems like a pertinent time to hear what this man has to say.BC, British Columbia, Vancouver EDM, Vancouver hip hop