Laptop Dance

A cover charge seems fairly reasonable for a live musical performance, but many of today’s dance nights provide zero visual stimulation. That is, unless someone in the crowd gets drunk enough to strip and/or vomit in the middle of the dance floor. So why would you pay someone to push play on a laptop? Fortunately, this will never be an issue with Detroit native Jeremy Ellis (a.k.a. Ayro). Not only is his entire set a freestyle of electrified funk, nu jazz, and deep house complete with live keyboard and mpc drumming, but Ellis also sings, dances, and improvises over his creations, crafting new songs while remixing his old ones and adding songs by other artists.
Fri., Aug. 22, 9 p.m., 2008
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Adriane Goetz