DJs Take Control at Jilly's
Address: 1744 Broadway, 816-221-4977
One week, you've got Mark Southerland doing his ambient tape-jockey routine with old 8-tracks, and the next, DJ Crochet is spinning girl punk-pop from the '80s and '90s, getting the crowd riled up with a little Siouxsie and the Banshees. Where the hell are you that this makes sense? You are at Jilly's on a Friday night. Back in the spring, three area DJs -- John Dretzka, Senor Ozgood and Christopher Landis Shevley -- got together and started DJs Take Control, with a mission to bring together the sounds of DJs who work outside the mainstream boom-boom-boom-with-strobe-lights gig. The only stipulation was that the music be danceable. It started out small, with only a handful of people attending, but those few eager visitors danced like all get out. It didn't take long for word of mouth to work its magic, and soon the event was packing the bar until closing time. On First Fridays, watch out; you're not the only one with the brilliant idea of capping off a night of art openings just a few blocks away by stopping in to do a little bit of the old robot.
pitch.com | originally published: October 9, 2003