Yessirrr! Again what a great weekend! And another great DOWN and DERBY!!!
What is that you may ask? Well a rolling skating party that happens monthly not just here in PGH but in NY, Las Vegas, and LA. And believe it or not it started right here in Downtown PGH. (I got to play at that event a few years back.)
Let me repeat what i said. A ROLLING SKATING PARTY!!! If you haven’t been i suggest you go and support a truly unique event. WHY? YOU MAY ASK!
- When’s the last time you been at a roller skating party?
- There’s over 200 pairs of roller skate’s for for all shapes and sizes!
- People come decked out in costumes.
- DRINKS ARE CHEAP
- This place will let you know that there are cooler people than you!
- Showering is optional and so are wigs.
- There’s a Limbo contest.
- The DJ’s are always ON POINT with music from Roller disco treats to some straight ****** HIP HOP.
- It’s okay to fall
- There’s always cuties there.
- AND it;’s a roller skating party!
The highlight’s for saturdays DOWN and DERBY are!
- The Stanley Cup made an appearance (It might have been the same “protestors” on TV!”
- Definitely a group of movers and shakers from around the city were in the building including – The Common Wealth Family, Knockturnal PR, Hood Gang, Steve from Decade in the SS, Jordan Beckham, and DJ Keebs to name a few.
- Dj Royale from Philadelphia was the Guest DJ of the month – (Highlight song – Roy Orbinson’s Pretty Woman)
- A hot girl won the LIMBO contest.
- It was Open till three.
- There were button makers there and for only 2 dollars you could get any button made! ( I made a Bonics button which later got jacked by a cute girl.)
- I got to play a special D&D set
There is no D&D for the month of October. They instead are doing a party on Halloween Ft. Music by Dead People.
I’m really proud of this event seeing it grow from an experiment in an abandoned high rise a few years back to a full functioning party like no other. Despite the costumes, flamboyance and flair that the back room of Belvedere’s in Lawrenceville holds during D&D, I don’t think that this party really goes out on a limb to become the spectacle that is. It’s just a party where people can be comfortable to express themselves however they want. No to mention on roller skates and always incredible DJ’s on the decks. There’s no pressure to skate and or to be in costume nor will you judge anyone that does. I would suggest that each and every one of you get a chance to go check out a D&D. Be a part of something legendary.
FOR MORE INFO ON D&D check out www.downandderby.org
TO SEE MORE PICS check www.myspace.com/down and derby
Here is Vince Masi one of the creators of Down and Derby talking about the event
What a a weekend gang. Post G-20 and it feels like the town is back together. No for real. I wasn’t sure what kind of mood the the city would be. I remember why I love this city after going out this weekend. It’s the people.
I Dj’d at S-Bar in the South side not really knowing what to expect. Truthfully I thought it would be a mediocre night in PGH and people maybe still hesitant to go out due to either Protesters or the fact that were 1 Billion Law enforcement members in the city. But i was wrong. What started to seem as a slow start turned into a packed house at the S-Bar.
I then realized that Friday was a giant exhale from city as a result of the past 2 awkward days. I think that is best way to describe the G-20, AN AWKWARD MOMENT for the city. Friday people were drinking, dancing, and were relieved that it was all over. I don’t think many people even talked about it at the bar. Bottom line people were out and having a rubbing loving good time. Ya dig! Even the streets outside were packed with people with no sign of G-20 solace.
i do however understand that not everyone was happy on Friday. There were people counting their loses from protesters and lack of business from G-20. But some people even endured loses from Steeler Superbowl and Pen’s Stanley Cup celebration.
I have to mention that S-Bar was ridiculous on friday. In attendance that night. Steelers, WIllie Parker, Hines Ward, and Deshea Townsend. Also Scottro, Tall Cathy, and Allison Morris (KDKA). Funny in my own awkward moment I asked Allison what she thought about the G-20 and she stated that she wasn’t a huge fan. (It was an awkward moment cause i was asking her what she thought about G-20 amongst this huge party atmosphere).
Thanks to the city for just being you…. AWWWW… I love the city and especially the people. There isn’t anything like it…
We deserve the spotlight that we got. Even though it was not necessarily the spotlight that some of us wanted. But just seeing PGH on the national TV I was proud. I couldn’t help but think that some people around the world spoke the word PITTSBURGH out loud for the first time. And we are that word. Word.
Here’s what EILEEN FROM BLAWNOX thinks about G-20
THE RUN DOWN
The G-20 has finally hit the BURGH and what do you think? Man, when first announced I was excited that this little city would get some shine around the world. Before I really looked into it, i envisioned it would be this cultural phenomenon like an influx of people from around the world would discover how beautiful this town is. As the days got closer, I learned about the protests that have happened with events like this in other cities and its effects. I did not know what to expect. And then huge amounts of law enforcement arrived. I saw Apache helicopters in the sky, National Security Vans, crazy FBI tank car vehicles, and even Palm Beach County Sheriff’s vehicles taking over the city.
Their were 2 things going on. The Protests and the actual G-20 event. And both were going on just miles and minutes from me at anytime. After talking to people about the G20 and listening and watching news and dialogue I myself am torn about how I feel about G-20. Yes the world was watching. But it has seemed to me they were watching a lonely beautiful city. I would have loved to see shots of the city on the news of more than 4000 people enjoying a baseball game. I would have loved to see more people out on their boats enjoying the rivers rather than filled with the National Guard and Police Boats. I would love for them to take a shot of the city downtown with people waking around than cops upon cops. It even made me upset that these protesters broke the windows of my beloved Pamela’s Restaurant in Oakland. Pamela’s??? For real…
It was an was an eerie feeling last night DJing in Station Sq for a half filled club while just minutes and miles away the police were using riot gas on the campus of the University of Pitt. Some of these protestors college kids. I wonder where I would have been if I was still in school at PITT.
I’m still torn on how feel about G-20 I guess you can’t win them all though. You can’t make everyone happy and of course there”s always 2 sides of every story. I’m am sure PGH will get back to normal in a couple days. Hard working people will be back to work on monday and we will be toasting beers while cheering our STEELERS on sun!
My boy DJ Zimmie sent me this video showing the amount of officers being unloaded in the Oakland Area.
This is a video I took of OBAMA rolling down the Parkway West with his Entourage from the Kiss Studios.
This is a video of a girl throwing her bike at the cops and the cops beating her down.
I got Brick an Local Business owner in Shadyside to comment on what he thought about G-20
My boy Evan was shooting photos in the Lawrencville and in Bloomfield and he told me what he thought about his experience. You can view some of his photos atwww.triblive.com.
Even Jon Delano from KDKA got love from Obama when he called upon him to answer a question
Meeting new artist is such a unique experience. Seeing these artist from from then on after and how they grow weather good or bad is just as interesting. Meet Jason Derulo an artist from Miami, FL. I think that this dood is on his way to have a hit single. The single is called “Whatcha Say” and it sample artist Imogen Heap. Not Bad. Jason did small performance at Baroom PGH before and during a CLub Kiss Broadcast. Artist Fact: Bonics is the first person to play “Watcha Say” on the radio.
Yes the might John Legend. It’s so great to see actual musical talent on stage. By far encompasses is the definition of a real musician. If you haven’t seen Mr. Legend I suggest you do. Even if you don’t know some of his work, just seeing a performer like him let’s you appreciate the actual skill and craft of being a musician. What a soulful performance. Thanks John!!
DOPE!!!! I got to do the Girl Talk Show After Party. For those of you who do not know who Girl Talk is, look it up. Girl talk has an amazing following which made the dance floor fun. And not to mention he is a home town hero so it was definitely cool to be able to rock this one for the home team. Thanks to Zen, Talk to Vinny, and of course GIRL TALK!!!
Shout out to Nugget and Mcfly! Also thank you to the Cheerleaders Staff!!!
YAY… Down and Derby is a serious that was started in here PGH and now it’s taken its wings and now does monthly appearances in NYC, LA, & Vegas. I was apart of the first one a few years back and I’m glad to see it become so successful. On this particular night i got to rock with HANK D. Hank is a great dj with much music knowledge. Glad I could still get down with such a cool event. Thanks VINCE!!!
Look at those legs…
I got to interview DONWILL from Tanya Morgan an on the rise hip-hop crew who’s members are natives of both Cincinatti and Brooklyn. I found out about this group a few years back by reading an article where ?uestlove dropped their name. I bought their cd “Moonlighting” and looked out for them ever since. Their new album is called Brooklynatti and promises to be another banger. I got to check them out when they opened for WALE at the Shadow Lounge and now their back for an encore show at the lounge. Peep the interview – SHOUTOUT TO ALEX and J.STRONG