Tonight (!), Saturday, March 22nd brings what is always one of the premiere events in San Francisco club land and the underground culture that supports it - the Opel Anniversary party, this time celebrating 6 years of consistently fun events.
Featuring a talent packed line up from Lot 49 Records (www.lot49.co.uk), the record label that represents the leading edge of tech funk house and breaks. Pulling out all the stops, Opel brings us 3 special guests - Meat Katie, Lee Coombs, & Dylan Rhymes all playing together for the first time in the U.S. outside WMC. This is also a CD release party for Lee Coombs' upcoming mix cd release on Lot 49.
The Opel anniversary, this time called 'The Time is Now' is not just about music though, as a key part of it's popularity is the special Fashion and Performance show. Celebrating the fashions of the now, are locals designers from the thriving artistic community of the dance and Burning Man culture. Local designers bringing their best this time are Tamo Designs, Miranda Caroligne, Spindledesco, Silver Lucy Design, Moda Sandrita, Kayo, Fati Beloved, and Medium Reality. A full description of the designers and their approach to style can be seen on the Opel website: www.opelproductions.com
Joining the music line up include Opel front man Syd Gris, + residents Hoj, Melyss, and new resident Dex Stakker. Opulent Temple's Nathan Vain, special guest from Florida DJ Heiress, the always respected old school talent that is John Schiffer, and Temple resident Tone round out the line up. There will be an artist installation from Analogia, special visuals show from On the Fly Films,
Most important to what's always made Opel special though is the great and friendly crowd that comes out, an eclectic cross section of clubbers, Burning Man enthusiasts and the extended underground. Opel has carved out a special niche in the SF scene because of the diverse ways they bring the party, a testament to founder Syd Gris' many activities in the local dance scene. From current clubs as varied as Temple, Mighty, Shine and Ruby Skye, to the older haunts of Kelly's Mission Rock, Paradise Lounge, and Sublounge, to many an underground spot, outdoor festivals such as SF LoveFest (of which Syd is one of the organizers) and How Weird, and of course the seminal sound camp at Burning Man Syd organizes as a 'desert version of the Opel project' - the Opulent Temple. The Opulent Temple is one of the wonders of the Burning Man festival, for it's ability to get world class talent as diverse as Tiesto, Stanton Warriors, Paul Oakenfold, Christopher Lawrence, Rabbit in the Moon, DJ Dan, and many others; to come play for free. Completely self sufficient and without any help from the organizers of Burning Man, they bring the biggest production for one week in the desert to thousands of dance music fans e very night of the week.
We look forward to continuing to see what more Opel and Syd Gris have in store for us!
About the Artists:
Meat Katie: (meatkatie.com / Lot 49, UK). Meat Katie, aka Mark Pember has made a name for himself as one of the world's leading DJ / Producers, those who have seen him DJ in the past 5 years will know that it is his diversity and energy that has earned him such respect. His tough, techy style, has seen him headline gigs across the globe, as well as playing alongside an eclectic group of DJs and bands, from techno to break beat and beyond. Not satisfied with being a world class dj
Lee Coombs: (www.leecoombs.com) The Opel anniversary will also be a celebration for Lee's upcoming mix release on Lot 49 Records. Bending boundaries and ignoring the status quo – where would the Breakbeat scene be today without Lee Coombs. For over a decade this British producer has been at the forefront of it allfi; releasing groundbreaking mix CDs, remixing the world's most acclaimed artists and knocking out dancefloor destroying productions that are considered classics years after their release. The man has been pioneering future sounding retro tech funk from the early days. Coombs' celebrated DJ sets & tracks are an interwoven blend of acid undertones accompanied by modern breaks with deep influences of electro, house, and treacherous techno.producer Mark has found time to set up and run his own taste making record label, Lot 49 (with Dylan Rhymes, whom he also shares studio space with in London). Lot 49 has without a doubt has sustained its reputation as being a taste-making label, with over 25 releases featuring artists such as, Vandal, 30Hz, D Ramirez, Elite Force, Dexter, Jono Fernandez, Lee Coombs, Marco Bailey, James Talk, Alex Metric, Lützenkirchen, Evil 9 and obviously Meat Katie & Dylan Rhymes.
Dylan Rhymes: (www.dylanrhymes.com / Lot 49, UK) Bio: Dance music has been the biggest part of Rhyme's life from a young age. Inspired by early hip hop and electro a la Kraftwerk and Doug E. Fresh, Marvin purchased his first set of decks at 15 and caught the bug in a bad way. Rhythm Design Studios in Uxbridge became the birthplace of Outsiders, Drake and Beaver’s much-lauded project for Junior Boy's Own Chicago influenced Jus Trax label. Friend, DJ and London mainstay Clive Henry then joined the team and the trio became Peace Division, a project that gained props from every corner of dance music without exception. Since then he has cemented his reputation as one of the leaders of the breakbeat and tech house scenes through his output through Kingsize Records, Meat Katie's Whole9Yards and Lot49 labels and his own Blue Black imprint. Besides original work, Beaver has also remixed the likes of Deep Dish, Infusion, Dave Gahan, Overseer, Unkle and Puretone while he has collaborated with Meat Katie, Christian J, Force Mass Motion (as Silencer) and Anthony J Gorry (on his 2004 album, Dead Famous).
Syd Gris: (Opel / Opulent Temple / SF LoveFest). Dr. Syd Gris: Psychologist, promoter, activist, writer, camp organizer and DJ. Syd has been organizing events since 2001 when he started throwing underground parties with Radiance, as well as benefit events for different charities with Spundae, before starting his own production company under the name Opel, intended to be parties with purpose showcasing a range of forward thinking underground dance music with a dash of social activism thrown in the party message. He is the co-founder and leader of the Opulent Temple, and also volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco LoveFest, (formerly Loveparade San Francisco) where he heads up the Promotions and Marketing Team, and Floats & Entertainment Team. His musical tastes and dj talents are as diverse as his interests, being able to move in a number of worlds like few in the SF dance music scene. Depending on the setting you’ll hear him playing a range of tech funk breaks & dirty electro, to heady and muscle-ey West Coast progressive and progressive trance.