In the spirit of representing the talent of local artists, Queen City Cartel will be hosting a slew of events all week long at various venues throughout the city. For tonight's event, "Overboard," they will be taking the party to the high seas for the first time with a DJ party on the Ms. Buffalo II.
The night will consist of three hours of entertainment from Buffalo's favorite local DJs, split into three one-hour rounds. Each hour will consist of a friendly throwdown between two artists: Round 1 between D. Cal and Rufus Gibson; Round 2 between Stuntman and Mario Bee; and Round 3 between Esbie and Medison. All of the performers are longtime members of QCC, but each will bring something different to the DJ table with their individual musical styles.
"The idea itself came from MNM Presents' wildly successful boat parties, but we wanted ours to have a local twist, hence it being on 7/16 (716), and have the ticket prices be low and encourage the city to check out some very talented locals," said Steve Rittner of QCC. "We also wanted something nautical in between MNM's Memorial Day and Labor Day boat events."
There will be plenty of space for indoor and outdoor seating on both floors of the boat and a dance space set up on the top deck. Redbull will be sponsoring product and a DJ table and there will also be a bar serving beer, wine, and liquor. Entry to the event is $10 and tickets can be purchased at Headspace, located at 67 Elmwood Avenue, or online
. The boat party is scheduled to run from 6 to 9 p.m. and then the party will move to The Vault for an after-party sponsored by Toats Orig from 9:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. The after-party will be free for Overboard ticketholders and $3 for non-ticketholders.
On July 17, WaxMuseumRadio.com will be "clearing out the cobwebs of the once mighty Wax Museum Radio Station" for a Rinse session. This broadcast will feature DJs Bigski, D.Cal, eSBie, Medison and some special guests. The session is closed to the public, but can be accessed online at WaxMuseumRadio.com from 4 to 10 p.m.
On July 18, Duke's on Allen St. will be hosting Hump Day Hip-Hop at 10 p.m. DJs Rufus Gibson, Medison and eSBie will take you back to the late 80s and spin their way through the days of Hip-Hop and R&B. This event is free and open to those 21 years and up.
On July 19, NOIR will be hosting the city's longest running weekly party--Phenomenon. There will be a brand new light show, reflective stage, live drums and the sounds of a 20,000 watt system. Featured DJs include DStar, SwaggleRock, and Roboroc, along with live drums from CITA. The night kicks off at 10 p.m. and admission will be $10 for those age 18 and up.
On July 20, Spooky Business will be hosting their Spooky Showcase at the Allen Street Hardware Café. Local artists Marilynn Militello, Donny Arthur, Brett Mikoll, and Nicholas Misso will be performing, along with Chilharmonic Orchestra. Admission is $5 and the event will start at 11 p.m.
Rounding out the week will be EVOLve at Sinful Nightclub, kicking off at 10 p.m. Featured DJs include Toronto's own Ticky, Paul Kuezi, Ed Santiago, Sunglasses Mike, and A-Block (Rufus Gibson and Kitz). Admission will be $5 for those 21 and up.
"The idea for 716 week came from the underlying philosophy that we've always had: to showcase the local talent and better the local scene," said Rittner. "The purpose of hosting 716 week is to make people aware that there is in fact something going on here, if you pull back the curtain."