Saturday March the 9th, marked the 11th anniversary and yet again another successful Shakedown for legendary Philly deep house duo Rob Paine and Willyum. The event was held in the historical Trocadero, whose old foundation was shaken by all the peace-lovin beats being served by some of the most important DJ’s and Producers the game has to offer. The Shakedown is a special type of event that is free from judgment or any other superficial negatives that may be going on in clubs today. The Shakedown and the music it provides facilitates a communal bond that is developed on the dance floor between absolute strangers. Once we walked into the building we were suddenly infected by all the positive vibes being contagiously passed around by the already present party goers.
As we were checking our coats and getting ourselves together we could hear the main room absolutely going off, and mind you it was just about 9:30pm! Things were heated up quickly by Chicago legend Mark Farina and his renowned Mushroom Jazz set. The music is his set was an assortment of some of the finest music ranging from old school hip-hop, disco, jazz, funk, soul, and that classic-jackin house music baby!
As our crew ventured around the Troc, we made our way to the upstairs to check out the balcony were the masterminds behind the Shakedown, Rob Paine and Willyum, along with local all stars Carl Michaels and DJ Dennis were set to play. While we were in the balcony area, Michaels and Dennis were pumping out deep house that was infused with mo-town, funk, and disco. The vibe was definitely set perfectly as Paine and Willyum took over the controls filling the air with slick tech house and those deep dirty grooves. The entire upstairs was definitely filled with that Philly brotherly love, as old friends and regulars from the scene gathered for a few drinks and unforgettable times on the dance floor.
Heading back down to the main floor, Doc Martin was turning the Troc inside out. Martin’s set ranged from the classics all the way to that filth driven techno. The main floor definitely had that warehouse rave vibe to it and made us feel that this is the way house music should be celebrated! As we once again made a pass thru the main dance floor everyone was having one hell of a time as Doc’s set was definitely plugging everyone into the universal consciousness or what Paine and Willyum like to call the Shakedown!
Just as we thought the night couldn’t get any better, we were greeted by a flyer for the fourth annual Winkdown! Josh Wink will be gracing the decks all night long at the Barbary, located at 951 FrankFord Ave, Philadelphia, Pa.