Wednesday, May 13, 2009

DEMF Afterparty Picks - Round 2: Saturday May 23rd

Becoming almost as quintessential as the festival itself are the afterparties, and Saturday this year is no exception. In lieu of a repeat visit to a much more crowded Oslo, only one other lineup grabbed my immediate attention for this night.

My recommendation:
VOLATL presents: The Other Nine to Five @ The River's Edge Grille

Subtitled "Clink vs. Hello?Repeat," this party boasts a huge lineup featuring artists from (obviously) both the rosters of Clink Recordings and Hello?Repeat, along with support from local midwest and New York DJ's.

VOLATL, a Chicago-based promoter, had hosted the same event last year at Bert's On Broadway. Referred to by some of my friends as the "crack den," Bert's gave last year's event the feel of an underground warehouse party. This year, the event will be held at the River's Edge Grille, a newly renovated bar and restaurant located on the Detroit waterfront. It will be interesting to see if such a different venue will drastically change the dynamic of the party or not. I've not been to the Grille before, but reviews mention a large outdoor deck, which up against the river will make a fantastic backdrop for the party, and has me very excited. I don't know about you, but I love open-air events.

The expensive-for-Detroit cover of $20 might set some people off, but considering the lineup I would say it is well worth it. Repping the Hello?Repeat camp are two of my current favorite producers: Daze Maxim, and Bruno Pronsato. Bruno's festival-exclusive live PA is more than enough to draw me in, and is something everyone should see at least once. Also exclusive to this party is a live PA from Clink's Tim Xavier. For the rest of the lineup, check the flier.

If when 4am comes you still haven't gotten your fill, follow the cabs on over to reSolute's afterhours event at TV Bar for more of Camea, K.atou, and several other DJ's.

By: Reuben Sweeney

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