Event Review: The Peoples Art Fair and Christian Martin @ The Works

Alex Calhoun —  August 31, 2011 — Leave a comment

Saturday was an awesome day to be down in the city. Between the art fair, music popping off all over town, and the perfect nighttime weather, I was aching to get out and see what was going down. We started our night off at the Russell Industrial Center for the 4th annual Peoples Art Fair. This event has grown into one of my new favorite summer rituals in Detroit. So many amazing artists that bring that total DIY/outsider vibe, plus a chance to explore the cavernous insides of the Russell always make for a good time. Saw some cool stuff, and got to talk to some awesome people, but soon the draw and promise of electronic music became too strong, so we moved on with our night. House music seemed to be the call of the wild on Saturday, and after some careful decision making, we shot over to The Works to check out Christian Martin. Just as a side note, when we were going through the round-about at Campus Martius, I swear I heard an old school Plastikman track bumping from within the park, oh well. Anyway, the Works filled up quickly after midnight, and there were a lot of people who brought their dancing shoes. For the first part of the evening, I was really digging Matt Vaught in the front room spinning some House gems that tended to stray toward the funky side. It was refreshing to see a local DJ under 30 who doesn’t play dubstep/electrohouse or any of the really tacky forms of electronica that have had such a resurgence over the last several years. Christian Martin went on around 1:30 and had the crowd feeling it off the bat. He brought that laid back, West coast style house music, complete with lots of micro samples and dark synth stabs. Those who are familiar with the Dirtybird label should know what I’m talking about. The back of room took on a very sweatbox vibe for most of his set, lots of shameless dancing in the dark to sultry house music. I really enjoyed myself, and I haven’t danced like that at the Works in some time. Summer’s winding down, but if you’re from Detroit, you know all the hotness that tends to go down in the Fall season, so stay tuned. Peace.

Alex Calhoun

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Alex Calhoun is a writer, vinyl collector, and lover of all things odd and electronic. He currently lives in the Detroit Metro area.
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