Michael Barksdale wants you to dance this Friday night at Gramps. Otherwise known as Culture Prophet, the electronic artist under King's Head Records is putting together a night of electro, nu disco, and future funk that he hopes your feet will be powerless to resist.
"I really want the night to be more about dancing and having fun than it is specifically about watching a DJ. I know nowadays it's more about going to festivals to see the DJs," he says.
The night is the first of what may turn into a monthly series at Gramps. He was particularly drawn to the Wynwood bar because of his personal experience seeing acts like Boys Noize and Peaches put on some tenacious shows at the venue.
"When there are DJs playing, people are always dancing there. It seems like that place specifically has that vibe a little bit more than some of the other places I've been to," Barksdale says.
While open to the idea of expanding the musical concept to other danceable styles, he wanted to start the party off with genres he deeply enjoys for their relentless funkiness.
"Anybody can dance to it — it's really simple," he says. "You don't have to know how to break-dance or anything crazy like that."
The genre of future funk inspired the name for the night, Future. Barksdale hopes the music will act as a revival for some listeners and be a new discovery for others. "We're going back to the past to bring the future," he says.
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As Culture Prophet, Barksdale will be joined by labelmate Treznik as well as ES.P. The idea is to maintain the monthly series as a platform for the DJs of Miami. "I want it to be a rotating kind of thing where it's at least a different vibe, for the most part, every time."
The dance party is expected to start off with music by Treznik and will progressively get heavier by the point Barksdale goes on to close the night.
"I just hope people come and can have a good time."
King's Head Records Presents: FutureWith Culture Prophet, Treznik, and ES.P. 10 p.m. Friday, November 20, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com. Admission is free. Ages 21 and up.