The Shop's Seventh Anniversary @ Hidden House

When Al Page and his friends started spending their Saturday nights at the Hidden House spinning up hip-hop and old-school cuts back in 2005, the DJ admits the operation was haphazard at first. "We used two CD players and my dad's vinyl, and it was raggedy mixing," he says. "Stopping a record 30 seconds into it, grabbing the mic and talking shit about how wack the song is, then dropping a banger, and having the whole place getting down." Seven years later, things may have gotten a bit more streamlined (as Page and company have upgraded to laptops and Serato) but The Shop is still as fly as ever. The hip-hop night will celebrate its seven-year anniversary this weekend when a number of selectas and former residents stop by the Hidden House, 607 West Osborn Road, and join Page on the wheels or steel on Saturday, February 4. The lineup includes sessions by Miss Robs, Tricky T, Skip Skoolnik, DN3, and others. The hip-hop hits start at 9 p.m. Call 602-266-1763.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.