Fressen's got soul
Jason Palma and DJ Stuart have discontinued their Wednesday-night Higher Ground party, so their new Saturday night at Fressen is now your best weekly to hear their impressive collections of vintage funk, soul and disco. As you might guess, the music played during their Saturday debut revolved around classic soul and its offshoots. Opening night was pretty mellow but started filling up around midnight.
There's a good chance this night will do well. For one thing, there aren't many Saturday options for deep classic music, and Fressen is already known for this kind of vibe (despite being primarily a vegetarian restaurant).
At the very least, it's a great spot to start your night, quiet enough to talk but upbeat enough to get you in the mood for the rest of the evening.
Baby It's You , the new weekly Tuesday-night event at the Labyrinth Lounge , is a unique concept in DJing. Modulok spins classic doo-wop, ballads and 50s and 60s soul in an attempt to get people slow-dancing again. (Have you done that since high school?) After a pretty quiet first few weeks, he's finally made flyers, so the word should be getting out soon.
Now that the mystique around DJing is fading, some DJs have begun to approach the medium in ways that have less to do with technique and more to do with setting a mood. I don't know if sappy ballads create a mood you want to be subjected to, but this event does have something different going for it.
Checked out last Friday's monthly Pure Ranking party at Holy Joe's , featuring resident K-Zar spinning his favourite classic roots reggae and dub tracks alongside guests Modulok (see above) and Anousheh . It's a nice casual reggae party where people stop by to have a few drinks and see their friends and maybe dance a little if the urge strikes them.
Although it never really filled up, a constant stream of people came through. Had they all arrived at the same time and stayed the night, it would've been packed. An alternative and retro party ran downstairs at the Reverb , so a lot of curiosity-seekers poked their heads in the door.