A native of indie-rock nexus Olympia, Washington, the turntablist who goes by the name of DJ Dan has made his biggest mark in the development of rave culture and breakbeat science. In the early '90s, he was a pioneering force on the Los Angeles rave scene, helping to establish an after-hours mecca called No-Doz. After relocating to the Bay Area, he hooked up with the Funky Tekno Tribe, a high-profile promotions team, and released his defining track: "Loose Caboose." That track landed him on the British label XL Recordings, which led to a series of collaborations with UK legend Carl Cox and various Moonshine artists.
On Friday, August 15, DJ Dan and DB will headline an end-of-summer-vacation rave at Texas Ski Ranch, with a DJ lineup that includes locals such as Big Rich, Da Monkee, Anaken, Lucid, and Boogie Monster vs. Keeque. The music runs from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m. Texas Ski Ranch is located at 6700 I-35 North, just north of Exit 193.
TOM'S, CAN YOU HEAR ME?
A longtime favorite of local barbecue adherents, Tom's Ribs is bringing live performance to its Stone Oak location by introducing a 13-week Texas music series, focusing on acoustic singer-songwriters. The series - which the baby-back haven calls "Original Music From a San Antonio Original" - debuted on August 7 with the Two High String Band and continues with folkie chanteuse Sara Hickman on Thursday, August 14, from 7-9 p.m. Upcoming performers will include Hugh Fadal, Ruthie Foster, Bleu Edmondson, Shake Russell, and Susan Gibson (writer of the Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces"). The shows will take place in the restaurant's bar and will be free. Tom's Ribs is located at 121 N. Loop 1604 West at Stone Oak Parkway.