Benefit for the Portland Peace Festival

Music seen at Bubba's Sulky Lounge, June 21, 2008
By TODD RICHARD  |  June 25, 2008

Dancefloors are alive. They are living, breathing, changing animals that are hungry for more. In this context, a right-on DJ serves the role of lion tamer or snake charmer. On Saturday night, a collection of Portland’s brightest DJ talent exercised the most fantastic control over the crowd at Bubba’s.

The event was a benefit for the upcoming Portland Peace Festival (July 14 on the Eastern Prom), and despite a wealth of other events in town, the room churned all night. Host Kris Clark's ability as a promoter is only eclipsed by the fact that he continues to curate the best parties in town. This one started off with the Soul Proprietor, followed by j.hjort, whose days of trying to justify sets of German techno are over. He has arrived at a point where his tastes and technology are running in tandem, putting a smooth sheen on the gritty sounds. Matty T (of Brown Jacket Media) never disappoints, and the dance celebration grew expanded under his able supervision.

The unquestionable winner of the MVP Award that night, however, was Jen "popgirl" 23. I can’t recall ever seeing her so at home and so excited to DJ a set. Her massive shit-eating smile (as big as her cowboy hat) was enough to charm the exploding crowd, and her set reaffirmed her status as Portland’s Most Valuable Popgirl.

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