Part DJ competition and part history lesson, the Red Bull 45s pits four jocks against each other spinning only seven-inch 45 rpm records for a max of four minutes at a time. The goal is for each jock to match the beat of the previous performer so that, in theory, the music never dies; rather, the DJs feed off of, and build on, one anothers methods. This is no easy task, especially in an era when many DJs rely on programs such as Serato Scratch Live to do most of the heavy-lifting, like matching beats. Set to do battle are Seattles Supreme La Rock and Jake One, Las Vegas John Doe, and Spokanes James Pants, with special guest DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 on-hand to spin, too.
Thu., Feb. 26, 9 p.m., 2009