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A reunion as 3 Degrees returns to Zentra this Friday! Kenny Bobien Performs live with the 3 Degrees residents on the decks along with Halo! Gonna be a hot one. =)
Free Admission Till 12am with rsvp, just $5 after with rsvp! Rsvp by sending full name and Number of guests to firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, July 6, 2007
House Arrest Events PRESENTS Jack Fridays
3 Degrees 'Some Call It House
We Call It Home' Tour
Behind the Decks
FLX Monna Julius tMT Mike Varge
House Arrest Events Residents
Chris Santiago Dysqo E&G
Jack1st Floor Resident Promotions
Friction : Local Kats
Hip Hip & Old School House
MR P's Bday Bash featuring Soul Dub
Tommy Kash Aarta DJ Adam Horovitz Noah D
Major Paper Bugze Justin Nemesis
Halo aka Brian Varga has been involved with dance music since he got his first job at Chicago's Hip House Records at the age of 9. Naturally progressing into the world of the DJ at age 12, Halo was soon a Chicago favorite even though he wasn't old enough to get into the clubs. After the psychotic atmosphere of the Midwest rave scene had lost its appeal, production seemed to be more than the next step, it was Halo's way of connecting with the rest of the world and a way to escape the increasing intensity of Chicago. Working A&R for Moody records allowed Halo to connect more closely with other producers around the States whose work he respected and wanted to support. A longtime friendship and common interests led him to try a project with Hipp-e and the H-Foundation was established. Sets at Fabric London, Turbo Toronto, Zouks Singapore, Soma Glasgow, Twilo New York, More Amsterdam, Pacha Buenos Aires, and Allenby Tel-Aviv caused clubbers worldwide to re-evaluate what they could and would dance to. Music that they had always considered too deep was finally being presented to them the right way and their Saturday nights would never be the same. His sets at raves in New Zealand, Montreal, Croatia, Spain, Brazil and all over the United States challenged him to bridge the gap between the depth he needed to fulfill himself and the energy that the crowds were craving.
This idea gave way to releases like the seminal "Future" on Siesta and his remix for Sirus' "Eye For An Eye" on NRK and has inspired a whole new generation of producers and DJ's to follow suit. After a hectic period of DJ tours around the world, Halo is using the inspiration he received on the road to release music he firmly believes in on his own label Bluem. Pre-release orders for the first Bluem release, a solo project, have already outdone sales of any other record from the West coast while future releases include contributions from producers in Spain, San Francisco, Vancouver, and of course from Halo himself. Halo continues to evolve as a producer, to rock the floor as a DJ, and to participate and succeed in the dog eat dog world of the music industry and yet remains the avid fan and number one supporter of dance music that he was when he was only nine years old. After the huge success of the "Environments" album, a concept that he and Halo worked on together with live musicians and represents the fusion of styles that has become their trademark, the boys now feel it is time to move on with their careers. They have amicably agreed to go their separate ways, with Hipp-e representing the H-Foundation moniker, and each of them DJing as solo artists.
There are always two sides to a story, but the more wholesome side of dance music often gets overlooked. Critics and politicians concentrate on the seedier elements -- drugs and violence. New Jersey's Kenny Bobien is one of the most widely recognized male singers in house, but he doesn't fit the image commonly associated with underground dance music. As well as being a pastor at his church, Bobien is a dedicated family man and the father of a large and growing family. "You have some people who will not ever and have never set foot in a club because of their sacred beliefs in God and what they stand for," Bobien says softly and deliberately on the phone from Newark. "At the same time, you have some people in the club who have never set foot in a church, and so our job is to take the gospel wherever we can take it and to use whatever vehicle we can use to get the people to understand.
"It's a music that reaches everyone, not just a certain sect of people. Dance music does something for the soul that no other music does. It's like gospel music." Bobien's distinctive falsetto has powered many a club anthem through work with such notables as the Basement Boys and Kerri Chandler. In 1999 he released Blessed (A Gospel Dance Theory), a full-length album of soulful, uplifting New Jersey house. A heavy gospel influence pervades all his work, an inspiration that will be explored further in an upcoming pure gospel album with his wife, Stephanie Cooke. "I'm a minister, and when people hear my songs, the first thing I want them to do is to think about where they are spiritually. Where they are spiritually will determine what state they are in naturally. I want them to feel a sense of love, and a sense of unity, a sense of peace that only God can give."
As well-loved as he is in the soulful house scene, he has also carved out a name for himself as a background vocalist in R&B, making his voice almost impossible to avoid in urban music."That's what was popular in the beginning, the vocal records. It's about time we got back to basics. We need to hear more real songs, we need to be inspired, we need to be encouraged, we need to be enlightened, and vocal records can do all of that. "When I was a young boy, I hung out in clubs. I wasn't supposed to be there, but I hung out at Club Zanzibar. The most exciting thing about Zanzibar was standing around waiting. When you walked in and saw the curtains closed, you knew there was going to be a show. We've had some of the greatest singers in the world come through that club. I don't know what's going on in the dance music industry right now -- I don't know how the DJ gets put in front of the artist, and now DJs are like rock stars. The industry has kind of gotten screwed up, and everything is backwards."
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923 W. Weed St.
2 Floors 3 rooms!
House and Hip Hop
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