Fatboy Slim
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Fatboy Slim @ Maya Day and Nightclub

Long before the "Harlem Shake," there was "The Rockafeller Skank." Doesn't ring a bell, huh? It should, considering the 1998 plunderphonics-heavy groove was one of the more epic big-beat hits in the enormous arsenal of British-born musician Norman Cook. Still clueless, bro? Perhaps you know the Englishman by his more famous handle, Fatboy Slim. As one of the more prominent vanguards of EDM's halcyon days and pre-Skrillex zenith in the aughts, the esteemed DJ and producer's infectious acid house and big-beat sounds were practically inescapable, as jams like "Song for Lindy" and "Right Here, Right Now" were a part of movies, video games, and commercials. Then there were his most recognizable songs, 1999's "Praise You" and 2001's "Weapon of Choice," both of which were aided by unforgettable videos by director Spike Jonze (remember him?) that seemingly aired round the clock on MTV. Cook's come a long way (pardon the pun) since that era, having given up drinking, performed during the closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics, and focusing more on the production side of music. Cook still hits up venues both in Europe and here in the states for DJ gigs and will make his first-ever appearance in the Valley on Thursday, July 4, at Maya Day and Nightclub, 7333 East Indian Plaza in Scottsdale. While we're not expecting clubgoers to bounce off the walls of the posh venue like Christopher Walken, there should be an excess of dancing antics at the Independence Day pool party as Cook performs "under the big bright yellow sun." Gates open at 11 a.m. General admission is $40, VIP access is $80. See www.sletickets.com.


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