Two Hundred Five.
Saturday, 2017.05.20, 7:28 PM CST.
and a massive "Thanks!" to those who attended.
Current Mood: Kind of all over
the place. Hectic. Trying to focus. But good..
Current Scent: Metal Jeans by Versace.
week ago tonight, on May 13th, I held a party at the Lot No. 6 art bar
in Tulsa's Pearl District. The event was called "Modenight"
(mini-site here) and
it was a celebration of the works of Depeche Mode and its various spinoff
acts (Martin Gore solo, Dave Gahan solo, Recoil, etc.)
hadn't posted about it here on my blog until now; most of the advertising
was done through the Facebook pages for DJ
Badger and Bravo
was a really special event for me; as of the end of this year, I will
have been collecting the music (and assorted memorabilia) of Depeche
Mode for thirty years. I've seen them in concert nine times (and
hope to see them a tenth and eleventh time this year). They aren't
perfect - no band is - but they are by far my favourite band and the
one whose work I have collected the most thoroughly over the years.
this event, I was joined by DJ Jessy James, who, as many of you know,
is the organizer of Tulsa's ResurXtion
retro party series here in Tulsa.
charged a $5.00 cover, and I really wasn't sure how the turnout was
going to be. We had a decent number of people RSVP as "Interested"
or "Going" on the event's Facebook
page. You can never really trust "Facebook numbers,"
of course, and while I know Tulsa has some big-time Depeche Mode fans,
I still had to ask myself: How many of them would really show
up for a night in which each and every song was related to Depeche Mode?
was packed. Packed.
don't ever remember seeing so many people dancing at Lot 6. I
saw some people I hadn't seen in years.
would be an understatement for the way it made me feel. I have
had my ups and downs during my time as an event organizer/promoter,
but this was a major, MAJOR high point. This was the type of event
that makes me want to do even more events.
was - and am - extremely grateful.
know that some of you may be sick of how many times I say "Thank
you" on my website... but this was a really big deal.)
go out to the following:
who came out and supported the event. You seriously
don't know how much I appreciated it. This event re-energized
my spirit as far as organizing and promoting events was concerned.
To have that many people attending, dancing, and otherwise enjoying...
well, it made me feel awesome. It's like I've said before:
Without you, I'm just some loser playing music to an empty room.
I might provide the music and lights, but you are the ones
who make the party happen. This night was awesome!! THANK
YOU, so much, for the support.
JESSY JAMES. I value our friendship, and I greatly respect you
as a colleague in DJing in promotion. Thank you very much for
agreeing to be part of this. It was great to perform alongside
SOMERVILLE and LOT NO 6. Lot No. 6 isn't the biggest venue in
Tulsa by a long shot. It's a lovely little bar with a small
stage in one corner. Yet, it's one of my absolute favourite
places to perform. You have enough faith in me that I can come
to you with almost any kind of event and you'll say "Yes."
That's a pretty huge deal to me. Thank you very much for allowing
me to organize Modenight at Lot No. 6. I look forward to many
more events there in the future!
right... now, it's time to look forward. PROG51
is coming in three weeks (June 10th), and if you love early Tulsa alternative
music culture (Mohawk Music, Beat Club, KTOW progressive radio), that
event is tailor-made for you. Also, I'm working on securing a
date for the second annual installmen of An Old School House Night,
and I might - just might - be bringing back Pop in a Blender.
I originally planned Modenight as a special, one-time event to celebrate
the release of the new Depeche Mode album. Judging by the massive
success of this event, I might do Modenight again... but not for another
year or two. We'll see.
tuned. More very soon.
and I following "Modenight." Photo by the wonderful