If you weren't at Talbott Street last night, you missed what is bound to be one of the best-attended electronic concerts in Indianapolis this year. Music fans gave German Grammy Award-nominated DJ Paul van Dyk and his opening artists a warm - eventually sweltering - welcome. Just two hours after opening its doors, the downtown club filled to near capacity with writhing, dancing bodies, whose sweat and hot breath fogged the mirrors surrounding the main stage. Van Dyk, on tour behind Volume
, a two-disc retrospective of his 15-year DJ career, opened with "For An Angel," which led into a set focusing on instrumental techno more than vocal-oriented songs. His crowd brought with them the energy of a rave back when that word meant something positive - music that makes you feel alive.
Earlier in the main room, DJ Rudy Kizer, who hosts the local Sunday night Hit the Decks
radio show on WRZX, 103.3 FM, spun mash-ups of Foo Fighters' "Time Like These," as well as Daft Punk's "One More Time." Following Kizer, acid house-style DJ John Larner, who was raised in the Chicago and Detroit dance music scenes, struck a big city-vibe, turning mellow mingling into a sea of glow sticks and dancing intensity. (One has to wonder how many club-goers used Van Dyk's virtual glow stick iPhone application during the concert.)
The VIP room upstairs sold out before midnight, so people looking for a chiller atmosphere hung out in Legends, Talbott's lounge, which hosts the Ladies of Legends drag show on Fridays. DJ Copper Top opened there with driving beats, spinning "Leben ... I Feel You" by Schiller (featuring Peter Heppner of the German synth band Wolfsheim) and numerous female-fronted tunes.
By the time DJ Jackola capped the night in Legends with his trance mixes, Van Dyk was already on the main stage, just one man in front of hundreds of adoring fans snapping photos with their cell phones. Van Dyk plays Nashville tonight, and will then hit four other U.S. cities before he begins his international tour.