Dance Music Pick of the Week: Jason Blakemore at the Light Gallery
While many spinners have come and gone since then, Blakemore honed his sound, dropped the Trance name, and built a reputation for DJing and producing quality West Coast house music. Through his labels Bassex and Life Music, Blakemore's dubby bass-lines and breezy compositions have helped to give the left coast its signature dance music flavor. And while the club and rave scenes have, in the last 10 years, gone overboard with the cheesy sound of trance, Blakemore's presence at an event still guarantees that there would be a balance of progressive soul and hefty beats in the house.
Blakemore probably made more of a name for himself in L.A. than in his native Orange County, but he's back home each Wednesday with a new night called Movement in Costa Mesa. He recently booked fellow O.C. star Charles Feelgood, and this week (September 9) he brings back a hallowed name in after-hours DJ culture, Barry Weaver.
Jason Blakemore spins Wednesday with Barry Weaver, Fester and Bret Wallace at the Light Gallery, 440 E. 17th St., Costa Mesa. Doors at 8 p.m. Info. Check out Blakemore's latest mix, "Spin It Back," here.