Cincinnati

Evan Wallis
It’s rare that everyone involved and attending an event leave completely satiated, but that was the undeniable vibe during bar close at Grammer’s while the parking lot was emptying after the Turntables ‘n’ Snares Mash-ups event (another Far-I-Rome Production show).

Every room was packed; including the enormous patio, with people completely captivated by the energy created by 10 bands, 10DJ’s on 4 stages. The crowd of over 700 danced, sang and experienced an amazing night of Cincinnati music and art.

Each Band and DJ collaboration brought forth a genre mixing vibe, which gave everyone in the diverse crowd something to enjoy. DJ Optik (of Scribble Jam fame) got the packed Red Room upstairs dancing with his Funk and Soul vinyl collection, and when Buckra jumped into the set the with their own brand of Funk the room seem to erupt. No one could resist the urge to dance, I swear you could feel the room fill with excitement and floor move in jumping rhythm with the dancing masses.

The Red Room stage definitely set the bar high that night at Grammer’s.

Eclipse’s experimental jazz/hip-hop fusion mixed with DJ Gerald Shell’s hip-hop loops and ambient sounds peppered throughout the set immediately after Buckra continued to feed the energetic crowd, even if the floor was buckling from the dancing mob.

Upstairs wasn’t the only stage that experienced a night to remember. Where They Landed, paired with DJ Aaron Glorius, turned off the lights in the Movie Room, filling it with the ambient light of laptop screens, setting the stage for an unforgettable experience of Jazz/Theater/& Funk When their set was over, the room emptied and everyone was smiling or still dancing.
Majestic Man pulled off an opening act with DJ Rude Kat the set a benchmark of infectious music loving energy that permeated through to the folk/pop/70’s R&B set of Zella Whelms and DJ Harvination.

The energy flowing through the entire evening was certainly tangible, even when the packed rooms reached stifling temperatures, it didn’t hinder this crowd from dancing and enjoying the night.

The outdoor stage gave people not only a break from the heat inside, but a chance to experience other attractions. Bunk Spot created a massive mock TV to project a dancing Katie Perry look alike on the wall of Grammer’s. This went along perfectly with what seemed to be the theme of the night. Music-Art-Dance. Once Shotski and The Best Revenge, paired with DJ Pillo and DJ Dirty C, respectively, finished their sets of punk and indie rock mixed with hip-hop grooves, the music was scheduled to end on the outdoor stage. That didn’t happen. DJ Dirty C obliged the willing audience with an impromptu dance party, spinning tunes that had the crowd churning up a dust cloud from the gravel lot until the bar closed.

Even those who weren’t in a dancing or musical mood had something to do. Arthole had on-site screen-printing set up outside and were printing posters, or even on people’s t-shirts. This night truly had something for everyone. A slew of picnic tables provided places for a conversation, or a seat for the revelers who were enjoying a burrito from Habanero’s Latin Burrito Truck, which was serving up Latin fare all night.

The great folk at Grammer’s worked through being understaffed and tried to attend to everyone at the venue in a feverish pace from start to finish with an ever-present smile.

Nothing was going to stop this night from being a success. Massive crowds, too few bartenders and excessive heat didn’t stop everyone from enjoying a groundbreaking night of music. As Rome Ntukogu (Far-I-Rome Productions) said to sum up the experience…”We created something amazing tonight…cheers!” Turntables ‘n’ Snares was a moment in Cincinnati music and art not likely to be soon forgotten.