There are not many people that can get me out of the house ready to party in the hot sun before 3pm, but David August is definitely one of them. From the moment we walked inside the skyline-front lot that is Verboten’s Stage One, a decent crowd had already assembled I’m sure with the same notion in mind.
August threw down an awesome set with room for days to dance—well worth a little sun burn. While I still think music of his caliber is better suited for a dark, more intimate indoor environment, this was my first time seeing him and I’ll take whatever I can get.
He played a mix of crowd favorites like his remix of Syl Johnsons’s “Is It Because I’m Black” with tracks I’ve never heard and may never hear again—one of those bittersweet sort of things.
DJ Koze and DJ Tennis followed with any equally danceable sets. DJ Koze dropped a great remix of Jamie XX’s “Oh My Gosh” reminiscent of the weekend before. (somebody holla with a track ID)
Maceo Plex, being no stranger to Brooklyn, rounded off the day in proper fashion. The sun had finally set and the crowd was in full force, as is usually the case when Maceo Plex is involved. He ended his set with the epic big room dance anthem “Solitary Daze” and you could definitely tell he would have kept the music going if it weren’t for security giving him the “times up.” Luckily for everyone, this was only the pregame.
StageONE will continue next weekend with Carl Craig, Audion, and Magda as part of the Detroit Loves Subversions summer closing party.