The Grand Finale - Detroit Bar - February 28, 2014
Orange County D.J. collectives Abstract Workshop and Dirty Science closed out Detroit Bar's 13 year history with a bang to the beat of classic hip-hop tracks last Friday night. The packed house barely fit into the balmy interior of what was left of Detroit Bar as hundreds of people dwarfed the average sized venue's capacity on the cold and rainy evening. Getting a drink at the bar was, how should we say this...a challenge. But considering it was the bar's last hurrah, most people didn't let a little struggle for booze get in the way of a good time.
"Tonight it is the last night, this is it," said Detroit Bar talent booker Eric Keilman. " That's why it's so barren in here," referring to the noticeable lack of furniture and decorations. "It only takes four walls to put on a good show, it's just about the music."
Dumperfoo paints live at Detroit
Dynamic duo Blu and Exile owned the stage with energy that made even the oldest fart shake in the room their tail feathers while artist Dumperfoo painted images of J. Dilla live. Hands and fists pumped high while the duo threw down some serious tracks equipped with in-your-face energy and lyrics that lasted long into the night. Not going to lie, I was wondering when Blu might actually take a breath! Inside that tall, lanky frame hides a set of lungs stocked with enough air to rap until next year!
Throughout the evening, Abstract Workshop's 16-year run with Detroit Bar featured class acts like DJ Hyder, DJ Scotty Coats, DJ Cocoe and Delmos Wade adding funky fresh sounds to the turntables. Each DJ showcased their personality through classic tracks straight from J. Dilla anthologies, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde and stretched all the way to sounds from Talking Heads and Simple Minds. And where would an Abstract Workshop night be without classic tracks from James Brown and Al Green's "Let's Stay Together."
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