Wonder Women: DJs Spill the Beans on Their Sets

Wonder Women: DJs Spill the Beans on Their Sets

By Logan Lanphere (Markerting Intern)

Our summer dance nights are unrivaled in Minneapolis, and our upcoming Wonder Women Dance Party in the Mainroom surely won’t disappoint. On Friday, July 28, First Avenue presents Wonder Women, a night dedicated to celebrating decades of music from the world’s most influential female musicians. Dance the night away to classic hits and deep cuts from Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Selena, and many more. Here’s a preview of what you can expect to hear:

DJ Miss Brit  – expect experimental grooves, house, disco, and early hip hop as well as tracks from R&B queens Solange, Jill Scott, and Erykah Badu. Miss Brit may even throw in some Latin and Afro Beat tunes with Jennifer Lopez and Yemi Alade. 

DJ Mike 2600the 20-year DJ veteran will continue the evening with classics from the 70s through the 90s: think Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Fleetwood Mac/Stevie Nicks, Donna Summer, Amy Winehouse, and Madonna. Mike tells us he’s got some classic hits as well as some deeper cuts.

Ysheyellin (aka Mina Moore) targets the 80s and 90s, with tracks from Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, and Brownstone. Plus, get ready for some prominent female MCs of the same era; we’re talking Latifa, The Lady Rage, and MC Lyte.

DJ Bonicswraps up the night and complements with some hits that were missed. The 90s will be a major focus with Expose and others. Then, it’ll be time to step out of the 90s and back to today with some contemporary divas like A9, Kelis, and C3. 

We’ve got a stellar line-up of DJs and an endless list of important female musicians to feature, making Wonder Women a  can’t-miss dance party from beginning to end. Head to First Avenue July 28 for an eclectic night celebrating years of influential female musicians. Get your tickets here!

Recent Record Review: Nicolas Jaar - 'Sirens'

Recent Record Review: Nicolas Jaar - Sirens

By Logan Lanphere (First Avenue Marketing Intern)

The second full-length effort from electronic and dance music prodigy Nicolas Jaar is more than just a record, it’s an experience. Jaar uses ambient noise – a set of keys falling to the floor or wind chimes ringing in the distance – to establish an atmosphere of mystery. Making your way through this record is not unlike navigating a labyrinth; you’ll stumble upon new sounds and sensations as Jaar’s voice guides you along. It’s the sort of music that should, whenever possible, be experienced live to really feel the full breadth of its impact.

Sirens opens with “Killing Time,” a lofty track that sets the tone and setting for the rest of the record. It’s eleven minutes long but it effortlessly glides by, leading the listener into a louder tune, “The Governor.” Compared to its predecessor, this track is energetic and lively, making it my favorite tune on the album. From here, the record carries into a series of classic Nicolas Jaar tracks before revealing the best moment of the album.

The final track, “History Lesson,” brings us to this moment. With less than a minute remaining in the entire record, Jaar slams his foot on the gas with an overload of sounds that comes together beautifully like the finale of a fireworks display. The drums kick into gear, and Jaar gives us all he’s got for one minute, only to take it away as quickly as it came. Jaar avoids over-saturating the song with content by keeping it just long enough to satisfy the listener. It’s always refreshing when an artist not only knows when to bring the energy, but when to shut it off.

Check out Nicolas Jaar’s latest record Sirens, and don’t miss a chance to see why his unique brand of electronic dance music has earned him critical acclaim at First Avenue on July 14! Grab Tickets!

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