Revival revs up New Year's
Toward the end of our stopover at Revival on Saturday, a space suddenly opened up on the dance floor where partygoers realized someone had deposited a significant amount of vomit, one of the surefire signs that it was definitely NYE.
This year's amateur night at the clubs featured lots of overly inebriated patrons, but unlike last year, we saw no fights, which was a nice change of pace. Promoters AD/D took over the main floor this year, bringing in Fischerspooner tour DJ and associate DJ Unknown along with hot local remix team MSTRKRFT .
Unknown wore his trademark paper bag over his head, but removed it toward the end of his set as the place started heating up. The crowd wasn't very responsive, but that may have been due to the occasion more than anything else.
And while the turnout wasn't that representative of a regular AD/D event, it was encouraging to see that the place was full, a nice ending to a very good year for the team.
A few blocks east, at the El Mocambo , I Dig Dancers were throwing a soul and house party featuring a performance by Paul Randolf , one of the rising names in the Detroit new soul scene. Unfortunately, booking a relative unknown live act as a headliner wasn't the best way to get bodies into the club, and he took the stage to a room that was far from full.
Randolf's flashy bass playing and singing were accompanied by a drummer and keyboardist, with backing tracks providing the rest of the sound.
While I get that budget constraints ruled out a big band, playing over backing tracks creates problems. Alongside the real instruments, the tracks sounded thin and distant, and they took away from the immediacy of the experience.
We also made a stop earlier at the newly reopened Cloak & Dagger (see Club Spotlight) for Dreadbeat 's dub reggae party. Iron Will , Dub Rocket and friends threw down some nice bass-heavy beats for the packed little pub. Nice to see that the new owners are holding over most of the existing monthly parties developed in its former incarnation.
We ended the night at a house music event thrown by the Mixed Signals crew at a house where the dancing continued until sometime after dawn.
In my opinion, informal house parties are probably the best way to enjoy New Year's Eve, away from the drunken randomness that rules the actual club scene every year.
Boxing Day Fez fete
Checked out Fez Batik on Boxing Day for a Mixed Signals event that was more official than their NYE party. Detroit's Alton Miller joined Andy Roberts for the occasion, throwing down the funky soulful house he's well loved for.
Seemed like a fun but uneventful night until the next day, when a look at the news revealed that some numbskull had fired a gun across the street at Privilege , disturbingly close to Fez Batik's front wall of windows.