REWIND! Green Velvet at North Coast Music Fest

[REWIND! is a weekly feature where Hugh Voltage and Ray De Ation dig through the archives of previous concert coverage. The original words and photos are published as is… with modern commentary about what they think now.]


Hugh: If you are in any way interested in house, electronic or “Chicago” music, you owe it to yourself to see this man live because he’s the godfather.
Ray: Seeing this dude live brought back so many memories of high school, when your friends had giant sub-woofers in their cars, you smoked newports, you found out that you can over hydrate yourself, a few of your friends were really good at glow-sticks, your best friend still spun house records (made of vinyl), and you figured out what vicks vapor sticks did to you when blown into your eyeballs. Seeing him at this age, it was just like that, but memorable, and even more awesome.

Original review follows:
Curtis Jones aka Green Velvet aka Cajmere aka Geo Vogt aka Half Pint aka Curan Stone aka Gino Vittori is a man that has as many names as he has artists influenced by him. As Cajmere, the hit song “Percolator” put him – and Chicago house/electronic music – on the map in 1992. As Green Velvet, the track “Flash” propelled the green-haired singer/songwriter/producer into necessary rotation in clubs throughout the US. You know what? None of that mattered on Sunday at North Coast. Forget everything that happened in the 90s, this is 2010. Does Green Velvet still have it? Of course he does, he’s Green Velvet. Not only did he shuffle through his greatest hits for a backstage area composed almost completely of other DJs (Skeet Skeet said, and we quote, “My head is imploding”), he robot marched and brought juke dancers.

Anyone using turntables at North Coast would cite Green Velvet as an influence and after seeing him perform live it’s easy to understand why. Because it’s time for the percolator. It’s time for the percolator. It’s time for the percolator. Not doing it for you? How about a balloon filled with a gas called called nitrous oxide? When it comes to Chicago house music, Green Velvet isn’t just a name, he’s an icon. Oh yeah, and it’s time for the percolator.

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