Flyer for one of my first parties in 1993, held 10 miles
and 20 years from where I'll be playing tonight.
I have a special gig coming up tonight on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. When my folks moved out of the Washington DC area in 1993, this is where I ended up. One of the first ever parties I produced myself was here on "The Shore", as they call it around here. The event, Disco Inferno, was ostensibly for my brothers 15th birthday but, really, any excuse for a party, right? We rented out a big space above the local Town Hall (and the town police station, as it turned out) and I lugged in my sound and lighting rig along with a dodgey old smoke machine. As the flyer advertised, I played a selection of disco and funk mixed in with the "today's best dance music" to a fairly unsuspecting crowd of teens. One slightly awkward kid took it in stride when I told him I wouldn't be playing anything from his stack of Megadeath cds he had brought for me. He just shrugged, walked out to the dance floor and proceded to do the centipede. I wish all those with inappropriate requests reacted the same as that guy. Tonight, almost 20 years later, I have the chance to come back to where it all started for me and do what I love to do.... make the party "100% Phat" ;)
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