When: Fri., Jan. 13, 10 p.m. 2012
Moombahton, a dance-music style born in Washington, D.C., has one of the tidier and more charming origin stories of any recent microgenre. In November 2009, DJ Dave Nada was faced with spinning to a crowd of Latino teenagers skipping high school to attend a daytime party thrown by his cousin's friend, and Nada feared they wouldn't dig the techno and house music he'd brought. On the spur of the moment, he decided to play a beloved Dutch house cut—Afrojack's remix of Silvio Ecomo & Chuckie's "Moombah"—at a slower tempo, so that its Carribean-inflected riddim would approximate the reggaeton he knew the kids liked. As the tale goes, the crowd went bananas, and Nada liked what he heard so much he gave his experiment a name and started exploring its parameters—basically, broad-stroke Euro-style rave anthems slowed to a druggy midtempo and spiked with hip-moving syncopation. Moombahton has since taken off with trendy clubbers, helped along in May when Diplo's label, Mad Decent, released a genre survey titled Blow Your Head, Vol. 2: Dave Nada Presents Moombahton; it features a couple remixes and an original tune from Nadastrom, Nada's production and performance partnership with DJ Matt Nordstrom. —Miles Raymer This show is part of Tomorrow Never Knows. Nadastrom headlines; Willy Joy, Team Bayside High, and Rampage & Nader open.
Price: $16, $13 in advance