Fools serve up some serious beats for cancer research
What began as a simple idea to have good friends with a talent for spinning vinyl fly out for a weekend of bonding and boarding in Vail has snowballed into a fundraiser for cancer relief.Fools Against Cancer, named in honor of April Fool’s Day, is an inaugural Vail Valley DJ festival Saturday at 8150 that will house some of the most respected names to hit the turntables, and all proceeds benefit breast cancer research. Here are a few of the players.Miami DJ Mike Sike started at the Trip Lounge on Spring Street in New York, where he served up early breaks, techno and drum and bass. From there it was on to Nation, where he built a reputation and following for his utter disregard for genre; seamlessly blending jungle, hip-hop and techno long before it was vogue to do so.
Nation was one of the first East Village bars to have turntables, and Sike manned the decks there over the course of three years. Exposure at Nation quickly parlayed into residences at Save the Robots and Jungle Nation. Along the way, Sike has worked with just about everyone on the East Coast music scene. He has been the featured DJ at the VW Lounge at Sundance and the Garden State and will spin for the soon-to-be-released Mark Forster movie “Stranger Than Fiction” wrap parties. NYC DJ Bill Shane is a celebrity in the New York music scene. A recent Time Out stated, “NYC DJ Bill Shane resident rock star has been rocking dancefloors around the world for 10 years now with his unique style of deeply infectious and bouncy grooves. Not bad for a skinny white boy.” Shane’s destination list reads like a Fodor’s guide to global nightlife, with repeat stints in Mexico City, Bogota, Medlin, Cartetena, France, Spain as well as every major club in the Big Apple. A past local of the valley and one heck of a boarder, Shane promises to serve up a tasty can of beats anywhere from Underworld to the Fat Boys.
A midnight breakdance competition, sponsored by The Boardroom in Avon, should make things especially interesting. First place takes home a new snowboard, with additional prizes yet to be announcedTo pre-register for the midnight breakdance, e-mail the festival coordinators at email@example.com. Doors open at 9 p.m., the cost is $8 and tickets can be purchased at The Boardroom Avon, Eagle Valley Music Vail, Mojo Music Avon, The Get Hi Gallery in Eagle-Vail or at the door on April Fools.
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