Every musical genre has its legend: Rap has Grandmaster Flash, punk has Joey Ramone, jazz has Charlie Parker...the list goes on. Despite being a young genre in the musical spectrum (it's barely 20 years old), drum 'n' bass has legends of its own, like Dieselboy, DJ Dara and AK1200 -- all of whom are dropping by Club Ice this weekend as part of the Planet of the Drums tour. Dieselboy, who is hailed as one of the founding fathers of the sound, looms large in the fledging drum 'n' bass scene. His skills as a drummer helped him beat-match while deejaying for Carnegie Mellon University's radio station. That led to mix-tape swapping over the Internet and eventually mix CDs and high honors from the electronic music scene. "He's very concerned about each track he plays," says promoter/DJ Sean Carnahan. "He's always up there trying to create something that's fresh and new." DJ Dara, originally from Ireland, came to the United States in 1994 and quickly became one of New York City's leading drum 'n' bass pushers. He established the NYC-based jungle record-store Breakbeat Science, which helped showcase new DNB artists. AK1200, founder of the Planet of the Drums tour, made his mark deejaying in and around Orlando; he eventually became a global star, thanks to a deal with influential dance label Moonshine.
"Drum 'n' bass is a pure art form and it's very real," says Carnahan. "It's now more respected and getting wider recognition. It's kicking ass!" The legends take the tables at 9 p.m. Saturday, June 11. 711 Main. For tickets and information, call 713-225-3500 or visit www.77002.com. $10 to $20. -- Travis Ritter
STIRRED & SHAKEN
The Harp's Irish Car Bomb
So, I'm hanging out at the Harp (1625 Richmond, 713-528-7827) with my friend -- we'll call her Bipolar Girl -- on her 21st birthday. We're getting bloody smashed on Irish car bombs, which involves chugging beer and whiskey at the same time. As the evening progresses, Bipolar Girl changes moods and personalities several times. One minute she's angry and threatening people, the next she's laughing and speaking in a fake British accent while telling everybody it's her birthday -- which, of course, brings more car bombs. Soon my friend is dancing on the bar and kissing every guy with a dollar in his hand. When the bartender asks me if I'm going to take care of her, I wonder what kind of guy he thinks I am. Of course I plan on scraping up what's left of her and taking her home. To this day, she won't go back to the Harp. Patrons there just don't tip enough.
8 ounces Guinness Extra Stout
1 ounce Jameson whiskey
1 ounce Baileys Irish Cream
Fill a pint glass halfway with the beer. Fill a shot glass with the whiskey and Irish cream. Drop the shot glass into the beer, chug and take on a British accent. Dancing on the bar is optional. -- Jason Kerr
By now, everyone knows who Pedro is: the shy, mustached Hispanic sidekick to the title character in the cult film Napoleon Dynamite. During his Vote For Pedro campaign, Pedro had little to offer for the talent part of the competition, so his curly-haired, bespectacled buddy Napoleon stepped in and danced for him. However, unbeknownst to most, Pedro, a.k.a. Efren Ramirez, does in fact have a talent, and it comes by way of deejaying. Could it be Pedro who chose Jamiroquai's "Canned Heat" as the song Napoleon danced to? On this, we can only speculate, but when Ramirez drops into M Bar this weekend on his Vote For Pedro Tour, we're sure he'll get the whole room dancing just like his good buddy. 9 p.m. Friday, June 10. 402 Main. For information, call 713-222-1022 or visit www.77002.com. $10. -- Travis Ritter
Mix 'n' Mash
Twenty-some years ago, David Byrne donned an oversize suit, exhorting his disciples to "stop making sense." But even that wacky Talking Head couldn't have envisioned senselessness on the order of the bands poised to storm Super Happy Fun Land this week for the Noise Mashup. Safety Pin plays crazed, solo drums 'n' karaoke; Carpet of Sexy describes itself as "a two-man dervish of overstimulation"; and the, um, provocatively named Rotten Milk vs. Bubblegum Shitface adds new and unsolicited dimensions to the whole mash-up controversy. Call it purposely bad music for people who like purposely bad music. 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 15. 2610 Ashland. For tickets and information, call 713-880-2100 or visit www.superhappyfunland.com. $5. -- Scott Faingold