Spinning At the Taft and Shaking Up Dick’s

Watcha doin’ tonight? There are two interesting musical events happening that we didn’t have space to feature in the hard-copy CityBeat this week. Both are intriguing enough to take a chance on. And both are in downtown Cincinnati. Support the city core!

• I confess, I’m not much of an “art guy,” but the Taft Museum has always been my favorite local art room. I’ve just always loved the sense of history of the building. Looking at that antique watch collection and trying to imagine who wore them back in the day, I would have never been hit with the idea of putting a DJ booth in there. But that’s just what’s happening tonight for the museum’s “Taft with a Twist: Illuminate” event. In an effort to attract YPs (they even have a MySpace page and podcasts! ), the museum gets a hip makeover tonight, with a nightclub atmosphere and a musical mix of Electronica, Dance music and Hip Hop. The DJs spinning are top-notch — djdq (of local turntable crew Animal Crackers and the tri-city Hip Hop group Glue) is joined by Illustrious Louise (pictured; photo courtesy of the Taft Museum), a local Electronica spinstress. The event runs from 7-10 p.m., there is free parking and food and drink is available. Since our “Best of Cincinnati” issue is coming soon (March 28), I need to start practicing — call this one “The Best Place for a Chance to See the Ghost of Charles Phelps Taft Breakdancing.”

• Funny, funky MC Mickey Avalon brings his acclaimed, raunchy Hip Hop to new club Whiskey Dick’s tonight. Dirt Nasty (who apparently is old MTV VJ Simon Rex) joins Avalon, along with local farmerly dance troupe, Barnyard Burlesque, always the makings of a good night out. Whiskey Dick’s is a pretty cool new room, with a giant performance stage (and kickin’ sound system) and a little side-bar area where local bands have been performing. Should be a fun night. Here’s a couple of vids to get you ready.

Milky fun in Dayton with the Barnyard crew:

And here’s Mickey’s hit, “My Dick” (ah, I’ve finally found my wedding song!):

Another great new local room, The Gypsy Hut in Northside, is hosting an afterparty featuring DJ Empirical and Ruckus Roboticus, if you need a night-cap.

— Mike Breen

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