Road Report: Braving T-Storms or Flat Beer, ABDJ Marches On
The America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ is nothing if not intrepid. We’ve endured 8-hour airport delays, hotel cancellations, unreasonable hotel managers, intrusive hotel maids, stifling humidity, certifiably loony fans, flat tires and flat beer, but this past weekend offered up a new challenge—good ol’ Southern T-storms.
We’re still wiping out the wetness from our travel materials, as we continue to recover from the series of crackling thunderstorms that pounded us at 2 High Studios in Atlanta this past June 17-19. The outdoor Bubblicious event was blessed with legions of the region’s true believers—we met fans from all over Georgia, plus some knowledgeable DJ/promoters from Tennessee and Alabama that are keeping it real for EDM down in Dixie. But by Day 2, the weather swept in and held us in its grip. And that lightning—whoa!
Of the 4 America’s Best DJ nominees at Bubblicious, only Charles Feelgood, Donald Glaude and DJ Dan made it to the decks—the weather, unfortunately, kept our old friend Reid Speed at bay. Nonetheless, we’d like to thank the promotion team from Underground Syndicate for all their Southern Hospitality and let’s give Mother Nature a lecture for next year. (We’d also like to send a sincere shout out to the good people at Fox Brothers BBQ for a weekend full of outstanding dishes.)
This week we cruise northward for what Barry Manilow might call “a weekend in New England.” Dunno if Barry has Worcester, Mass., in mind whenever he sings that AC fave, but we will this Friday. Why? We’re bringing the America’s Best DJ Summer Tour Presented by Pioneer DJ to Worcester’s Club Oasis. What’s there? Kick The System Foam Party featuring America’s Best DJ nominee Annalyze.
We’ve known Annalyze for a few years and have enjoyed her deep skills as she demonstrated products at the Winter NAMM show and our own DJ Expo, but this will be the first America’s Best DJ event for the talented turntablist from Rochester, N.Y. Rock the house, girl, we’ll see you in Massachussetts.
As always fans can vote for their favorite nominee at www.americasbestdj.net, and they can cast ballots in-person at events like Kick The System. Of course, voters are automatically registered to win our Sept. 6 drawing to send one lucky voter (and a friend) to Las Vegas for the America’s Best DJ Closing Party/Award Ceremony on October 1 at Marquee Nightclub.
– Jim Tremayne