Ready For a Journey: DJ Ron Update – Friday, October 3rd

Ready for a journey..

 

Nashville AIDS Walk
Tomorrow (Saturday) is the big day!  Moving to a new location this year, Public Square Park, the Nashville AIDS Walk will kick off at 11am.  But of course you will want to get there earlier – not just to find parking, but for the opening from Chris Carmack (from the TV show Nashville), Twerk Master Jay, and Mayor Karl Dean – how’s that for a unique lineup – something for everyone.   It’s going to be a full day of fun for a great cause – raising money for Nashville CARES.  If you haven’t registered yet, go to www.NashvilleAIDSWalk.com, or you can register on site before the walk.   It’s an absolute honor to be spinning the walk again this year, and I hope to see y’all there!

 

PLAY With Me This Weekend

I am incredibly excited about spinning all weekend at Play. Tonight is the Red Party, benefitting Nashville CARES, with special guest Milk from RuPaul’s Drag Race.  Be sure to wear red tonight!  I’ve been going through a lot of new music, picking out the best and finding extra special remixes of all of the big hits.  At the top of my list is that Subgroover mix of Kristine W “Love Come Home,” which will definitely close out one of the nights.  “No Enemiesz” by Kiesza is my personal anthem of the moment, so much so that I had my good friend DJ Ricky Sixx put together a special video mix of it (and you can check him out when he makes his Tribe debut Saturday night!).  If you liked “Hideaway,” you are going to love “No Enemiesz.” Y’all remember “Never Played the Bass” with the sick Wideboys remix that I played for over a year? The singer Nabiha is back with two hot records – the groovy and soulful “Mind the Gap” and the aggressive, electro “Animals.”   You will hear all these in the mix this weekend along with your favorite club hits and pop remixes.  Don’t be surprised to hear some great Erasure remixes since we are giving away tickets Friday night to their concert next Wednesday.
Erasure in Concert
While Erasure is on my mind, can I just tell  you how addicted I am to The Violet Flame?  I am so looking forward to their show on on Wednesday at War Memorial and from what what my friends in Miami and Atlanta have said, this tour is not to be missed! They are performing all the classics you want to hear along with selections from the new album. Opening for them is All Hail the Silence, who you probably have not heard of yet, but you definitely know who the members are – trance legend BT and singer Christian Burns.  After collaborating on tracks together, the two decided to form a synth-pop duo circa 1983 and record their entire album analog.  Now that is hardcore.  Check out my article in this week’s Nashville Scene or online here.  There are still some tickets available here and you can also enter the drawing to win tickets tonight at Tribe and Play.

Last Weekend
So, last weekend was just as amazing as I imagined it would be.  After an incredible Friday night spinning at Play, I made my Atlanta debut Saturday night at Blake’s On the Park.  It was SO MUCH FUN!  Blake’s is like a mashup of Tribe and Play – a two-leveled bar and club with videoscreens, friendly and hot bartenders, two dance floors, and a drag show – basically something for everyone.   The energy was insane and I got so many compliments on my set.  I even got to catch up with a lot of my DJ friends (Mike Pope, Rob Reum, Bill Berdeaux), and have a feeling that I will be playing there again soon.

After a quick nap, we left Atlanta at 10am so I could be back in time to spin a private tea dance in honor of a friend coming back to town.   Less than an hour before the event was supposed to start, my car overheated near Hickory Hollow.  One thing I’ve learned is that when you smell smoke and the check engine light comes on, you pull over and stop driving.  My good friend Vinny Marrero picked me up and drove me to the gig.  I got there in plenty of time and the party was quite fun for everyone (lots of classic tea dance music with some fun random requests thrown in).

A personal highlight came when the party was winding down.  I asked the host if anyone was heading to East Nashville and explained that my car had broke down.  When he said that he had no idea because I was so exuberant for the whole event, that made me smile even more.   As I learned from Pepper Mashay many years ago, when it comes to performing, it doesn’t matter what happened outside the club (or event), you are there to perform and have a good time.  Those are words that I live by and when you see me spinning, I aim to be just as happy and sparkly as the vibrantly colored and patterned outfits I wear!

By the way, if you are looking for a DJ for a private event during the holiday season or anytime during the year, I often do events in Nashville (and around the U.S.)  and you can reach me directly by replying to this eMail.  (Please pardon the gratuitous self promotion <grin>).   (Picture with Mike Pope taken at Blake’s On the Park, Picture from Tea Dance courtesy of Kazu Hishida.)

As always, I want to thank you for your support – it means more than you can imagine.

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