The engineers of our you-can-do-it culture would like you to think that being a DJ takes nothing more than an iPod and a killer playlist. While those things might work in that basement nightclub down the street, try bringing that foolishness to Mansion on a Friday night and see how things turn out. Better yet, try stepping into DJ Iries Nikes for a day; we promise you cant rival this man on the ones and twos. The song goes Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, but Irie performs mouth-to-mouth on the oft-lifeless music scene at night, in the afternoon, and sometimes in the early morning. With spots spinning the Drive at 5 on 99 Jamz and at gigs around the world, hes a busy man, and we often wonder how he does it.
The Pepsi DJ Division is less concerned with the hows, and simply wants to thank Irie and is paying tribute with a celebration called Month in the Mix. Friday night at Spirits, join DJ Kool G and Ace Hood in saluting one of the nations greatest, and while youre at it, hear how a pro does it. Theres no cover, and doors open at 10. Visit www.pepsidjdivision.com to check out the other honorees.
Thu., Aug. 7, 2008