Bauhaus first floor needs work
Desire Productions welcomed Montreal's Fred Everything to Bauhaus Friday night for a night of Canuck house. The first floor was kind of empty, but the second floor where Everything was playing had a hopping little party going on. There seemed to be more people from the techno scene than house regulars, but Everything won them over, keeping the floor filled.
Bauhaus is hosting more and more special events lately, which is interesting considering it's been around since before the number of venues in the entertainment district exploded. It's just far enough out of the core of clubland not to attract too many random people, and the second floor is a great small club room with a good system.
The first floor never really works, though, and could probably use some remodelling and a new sound system. It's too open and bright, which scares people off when it's not rammed.
J-Dub plays it friendly
Dirty Friday's presentation of Chicago house DJ/producer J-Dub at Hush/Underbar also took place Friday. The vibe is shifting from the lounge feel it started with as Hush to that of an underground club now called Underbar. The crowd has a lot of familiar faces from the Living Room's glory days (it was run by the same people), and while it's not consistently packed, the energy level has been high during recent visits. J-Dub played a driving set of bumpin' funky house - not a lot of vocals but plenty of oomph. He looked like he was having a great time, and dealt graciously with all the people wanting to step into the booth to shake his hand.
Boa-Redux sounds super
A Jeff Mills gig in Toronto is a highly anticipated event for the techno community. Few other DJs in the world can convince people to drop $50 at the door, let alone at a club that doesn't serve alcohol. There wasn't that much of a lineup outside Boa-Redux last Saturday at around 2:30 am, and it seemed for a moment that the high cover had scared away the crowds, but once inside it was clear that wasn't going to be an issue. Jelo warmed up the crowd with hard house, breaks, techno and progressive, which, depending on who you talked to, was either incredibly inappropriate for a party like this or the perfect warm-up set. The club is apparently looking at him as a resident, so that might explain why his style wasn't exactly in tune with the rest of the lineup. Whether you like his sound or not, you can't deny that he's a good showman and is technically tight, but it would have been nice to have had a whole night of pure techno.
Around 3:30 am, to wild applause, the man of the hour took over Boa's incredible sound system. The bass and clarity in that room are astounding. People are starting to say it sounds better than the world-famous system at the Guvernment .
Mills played many of the expected Detroit classics as well as his own productions, along with lots of new material, all of it mixed in and out at a breakneck pace. Great watching the wizard at work.