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Riding into the night

Cassie Pence
Special to the Daily DJ Knucklz

LIONSHEAD – Sure you’ve stuck a gorilla grab, but have you sipped to completion the Garfinkel’s fish bowl?Garfinkel’s in Lionshead hosts The Session after-party, complete with DJ Knucklz on wheels of steel and drink specials from 6 p.m. to close Friday night, including a 20 ounce fish bowl filled with any elixir of your choice.”It’s a good opportunity for the public to interact with the professionals of the snowboard industry,” said Garfinkel’s General Manager Mike Dunlap.The Session is an annual snowboarding competition at Golden Peak that draws snowboarding’s biggest names because it is a rider-driven event that is constantly evolving, not to mention the $80,000 in prize money awarded to the biggest and most talented shred heads. It begins Friday, Jan. 14.

DJ Knucklz is no stranger to snow events. He rides for Helly Hanson and Scott, but also mans the turn tables for the companies’ various promotional and after-parties. He also lived in Vail for three seasons. Snowboarding, in addition to music, is his life.”The mountain is my church. It’s where I go to get closest to whoever god is,” said DJ Knucklz, who lives in Salt Lake City. “When I’m snowboarding, I’m most at peace with myself. It frees my mind.”DJ Knucklz said the crowd determines what he plays, but he’s capable of spinning everything from hip hop to reggae to ’80s new wave to jazzy breaks and Baltimore breaks, which is similar to house, but you won’t hear Baltimore breaks anywhere else but Baltimore City, DJ Knucklz said, unless you grew up there, which he did.”If the dance floor is hoppin’, I play Baltimore breaks,” said DJ Knucklz.He produces a lot of his own music, making beats and music on his computer, sampling different drum machines and working with live musicians. You’ve heard of New York, the city that never sleeps. Well, DJ Knucklz created his 22-track CD, “The City That Sleeps,” in honor of Salt Lake, in which with he is in constant battle to keep the droopy-eyelid area aroused and dancing. He hosts a radio show Friday nights, “Friday Night Fall Out,” from 10:30-1 p.m. out of Salt Lake. You can also listen to it on the net at http://www.krcl.org.

“I like playing for a crowd that has skied and snowboarded all day. They are always happy, ready to party and dance. Resort party towns, like Vail, are great. People are there to have a good time from all over the country. The crowd is so diverse,” said DJ Knucklz.Garfinkel’s crowd can expect to hear reggae, hip hop, some originals and ’80s from 9 p.m. to close. Drink specials begin at 6 p.m. and besides the fish bowl, include $2.50 domestic bottles and from 10 p.m. to midnight, the “Power Hour,” drafts are $2.”The after-party is just another opportunity for people to win cash and other prizes,” said John Dakin of the Vail Valley Foundation, the organization heading The Session.For more information on DJ Knucklz e-mail him at directivedrivepro@hotmail.com. For more information on Garfinkel’s call (970) 476-3789.

Arts and Entertainment Editor Cassie Pence can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 618, or cpence@vaildaily.comVail, Colorado

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