Tuesday, Jan. 23, 9 p.m., $15
In the first The Drum and Bass Liberation Front Tour performance at the Melody Inn last year, hyperactive breakbeats from turntables were backed by live melodies triggered on keyboards, with one guy on a set of drums frantically drumming out counter rhythms and another slapping strings on his bass. Two of the nation’s best MCs twisted their hip-hop-laced lyrics on top of the whole shebang. In other words, DJ techniques birthed in the belly of hip-hop turntable trickery transformed into a whole ’nother child of DJing, live instrumentation and hip-hop wordsmithing — all live, improvised and completely earthshaking.
On Jan. 23, the DnBLF Tour brings its groundbreaking performance back to Naptown to raise the roof of the Melody Inn once more. With nine performers, four CDJs, three computers, three keyboards, two drum sets, two turntables, two microphones and a whole lot of energy, these performers will put on a great show, whether your thing is electronic music or live bands. With internationally known performers from Philadelphia, Pa. (Mental Sharp, DStar and Mason) and Los Angeles (Infiltrata), along with some Southern (Focus) and Midwest (Beet & Bad Lieutenant) flavors, the talent will be thick and the music like nothing you have ever experienced.
Expect no timeslots and no rules. Anything goes and crowd participation is key. If you have ever thought DJs are boring, this is your chance to see what happens when music brought to your ears by turntables is turned into a rowdy, no-holds barred jam session. Grab a cowbell and join in.