Even if the DJ at Legends was savvy enough to drop Eric Prydz’s filter-house classic “Call on Me” last weekend, I still maintain that our fair city could use more quality electronic music.
After hosting a successful series of EDM DJ contests, it looks like the Wicked Moose is on my wavelength, as this weekend finds the venue hosting a performance by Tommie Sunshine and a handful of other ravey DJs for our dancing pleasure.
Before we all blast off into the future with Tommie Sunshine, though, we’ll have a chance to look back at where we came from, thanks to The Vintage Tones of Spielzeiten Und Pausen, who kick things off on Friday night with a set at Thyme Restaurant and Lounge.
The crew plays deep cuts and hits from the ’50s and ’60s. Thanks to a preview of their setlist for Friday’s performance, we know that their upcoming set will be Beatles heavy, with more than a dozen tunes by the Fab Four, including two of my personal favorites, “I Don’t Want to Spoil the Party” and “What You’re Doing.”
The rest of the set, which will run from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m., will feature tunes from the Everlys, Roy Orbison, CSN, and America. For more, head over to the group’s Facebook page, facebook.com/pages/The-Vintage-Tones-of-Spielzeiten-Und-Pausen.
On Saturday night, the Wicked Moose puts its sound system to the test with an evening of neon lights, 808s, and deep bass courtesy of world-renowned DJ and producer Tommie Sunshine.
Sunshine, whose look channels Jeff Bridges playing The Dude, is a prolific remixer and house producer who has rocked crowds across the globe. His sound tends toward the poppier aspects of EDM, so listeners new the genre should have no trouble finding their dancing feet. His Soundcloud page, soundcloud.com/tommiesunshine, features a ripping remix of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Maps,” as well as a whole host of podcasts and DJ sets for you to click through.
If you’d like a visual preview of his effect on crowds, look no further than the front page of his website, tommiesunshine.com, which features a clip of his set at this year’s EDC festival in Las Vegas.
Sunshine will be joined by special guests Gavin Boss, GRDN PRTY, and DJ Supafly. Doors open at 8 p.m. and the music starts an hour later. Tickets are $12 in advance and $18 at the door.
For a less synthetic groove on Saturday night, you’ll want to head over to Kathy’s Pub, where the Charles Walker Band will be playing. Walker and his band should be familiar to Kathy’s regulars by now, as they’ve visited the stage a few times over the last year and have yet to fail to bring the funk. Walker leads the group with his saxophone and wild stage antics, but his band is no joke, either. You can check them out at walkerband.com, where the video for their single “Soul Deep” shows off their considerable talents.
Finally, Rochester’s midweek gets a lift from some avant-garde metalheads on Wednesday night when Mushroomhead invades the stage at the Wicked Moose. Doors for the show open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at 8. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door.
Mushroomhead formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1993 and has been treating listeners to a dark blend of metal, industrial music, and art-rock ever since. The group dons grotesque masks when performing, which you can check out in the video for “Out of My Head,” the thrashy single off of the group’s 2014 offering, “The Righteous and the Butterfly,” at the group’s website, mushroomhead.com.
They will be joined by special guest Avatar, which should give us all cause to sigh in relief, as the band’s last touring partners were the Insane Clown Posse. The day Rochester becomes “down with the clown” is the day I lose all hope.