July is here and it is HOT! Along with the rise in temperature, this month brings new events to the scene here in Jax. Friday nights at The Coffee Grinder (9834 Old Baymeadows Rd.) DJ Albert Adkins and guests spin Deep and Progressive house. Catch me spinning there 07/08. Wednesday nights at Club Suite (4880 Big Island Dr, in the Town Center), in partnership with Redline Entertainment, bring Energy Wednesdays…the special shows this month include DJ Boris (Pacha, NYC) on 07/13, Cedric Gervais (Space, Miami) on 07/20 and BT on 07/27! Unwind every Sunday at the oceanfront patio of Club O (Jacksonville, Beach) for Sundaze. See Jacksonville’s best local talent serve up the tunes South Beach style.
This Saturday night, 07/09, I’ll be spinning along side Catharsis, Albert Adkins, Rob 69, Flux, Roger Lim and Phil G @ Walker’s Wine Bar (2692 Post St, Riverside) for Enclave. This is going to be one BIG party as we celebrate Catharsis’ Birthday. If you are in the area, this one is a must. You can also catch me spinning most weeknights (12A-2A EST) on JTV at www.justin.tv/jaxdjnapoleon. Until then..
Peace and Music.
Oscar rolled through last night playing an interesting set. We heard everything from electro to dirty house to Snoop Dogg (La da da da daaaa) remixes. Hell, he even hinted at a little trance. The crowd was diggin’ it, but something tells me it wasn’t his normal Terrace (Space, Miami) stuff. He mixed all night using Traktor and the X1 Kontrol and did a lot of live remixes on the fly, looping and sampling tracks that we all knew. It was a good night…dance floor was full of sweaty, dance till you fall down type folks and I was one of them. Getting up early the next morning was pushed aside for the love of house. It’s what drives us.
The scene here in sunny Jacksonville, FL is somewhat of a roller coaster ride full of ups and downs. As a DJ, I have been familiar with the goings on in the EDM crowd for the last 10 years. During the peak years of ’05-’08, the River City saw big names like Paul van Dyk, Gabriel and Dresden (thank God they’re touring together again), Sandra Collins, BT, James Holden, Satoshi Tomiie, ok, you get it. Those were great years full of great shows. Granted, these shows weren’t going on in arenas or outdoor grounds large enough for a small town, but they did go on in small clubs and I was more than happy to go.
After ’08, I found myself having to drive to Orlando, Tampa and Miami to catch a “good” act. Lengthy drives for, if I was lucky, a 3 hour set. Don’t get me wrong, the local talent is great. Jacksonville’s own have always been at it. In coffee shops, lofts and just recently, oceanfront patios, the local stars pump out their House genre of choice. The same loyal crowds listen and dance their hearts out. It is great to see, as I am usually right there with them.
In short, the scene seems to be back on the incline part of the track…..recent shows like Sander Kleinenberg and Kimball Collins, a veteran of the FL scene, have swept through SUITE, a venue who has decided to step up and give us some much needed weekly Wednesday night HOUSE. Coming up are Oscar G, Cedric Gervais and BT. You can also catch Jacksonville’s best playing oceanfront every Sunday @ Club O in Jax Beach. More to come!