I am an out and out FAN of Rich Medina.
Sure, he’s my dude.
I’ve known him since college.
And yes, we’ve partied and bullshat (past tense of bullshit, and bullshitted is also acceptable) across the globe.
But whenever this fool is on the ones and twos (aka ‘wheels of steel’ aka ‘Technics’ aka ‘turntables’) he just does something to me.
…I get this…
…urge to dance.
It usually starts with a subtle foot tap.
Then the rest of the leg gets involved.
Before I know it, both legs are similarly compromised
And I’m involuntarily engaged in a two-step.
Slowly side to side.
Shifting my weight alternately on one leg then the other.
Soon, it’s no longer subtle or slow.
There’s a wild stomping going on with both legs.
Not to be outdone, my fingers are snapping.
I have been mesmerized.
He does it to me every time.
And it’s not like I’m NOT trying to dance.
Why would I be up in the club if I was?
But I’m just saying.
Why you do me like that Rich?
Once, after a particularly raucous set, I had to take a moment to collect myself.
Rich had me going IN on the dance floor.
I was sweating, dreads all wacked out, and I had to catch my breath.
As soon as I had found a spot to cop a squat, there he goes again.
Water, no get enemy…
Water, no got enemy…
And I’m back.
The horns were calling me.
Body all twitching and jerking – of it’s own volition and against my entreaties to remain at rest.
Why this diatribe about Rich Medina’s hypnotic DJing skills?
Because on Friday, April 6th, he and Mark Hines (a guy with similar effects on the eyeballs) are playing at DROM.
The event, Scored & Jump N Funk Presents: The AfroBeatles, is an evening not to be missed.
Just in case you think I’m full of shit, read how DROM describes the night
SCORED & JUMP’N FUNK present the AfroBeatles bringing together an evening of live scoring with rare footage of Fela Kuti and The Beatles with narratives woven from The Beatles acapellas and African cinema. The indelible, DJ, producer, and poet, RICH MEDINA will be hosting and narrating this night of fresh “off-the-wall” music, “Yeah, yeah, yeah!”
So if you like the Beatles…
Or if you dig Fela Kuti…
Or if you’re a fan of live scoring…
Or if you’re into choreographed dance routines…
Or if you simply like hanging out in the city with cool folks…
Then DROM is where you need to be Friday night.
It costs $10 to get in.
But it’ll be well worth it.
Give me a shout if you come.
You’ll probably find me on the dance floor somewhere…
In a trance.
Click the image for a treat.