PUSH Ultra Lounge is one of the few places that you can go in Florida to hear great music. But what does our generation define great music as? My friends and I have a love affair with house music. To be more specific, we appreciate all kinds of house music including tech-house, g-house, bass house, deep house, future house, minimal house....the list goes on. We love this kind of music so much that it surrounds us almost every weekend, no matter where we are, or who we are with.
On Sunday, April 17, a St. Petersburg, Fla.-local record label (Furious Funk Records), put together a funkified affair on the rooftop of PUSH with none other than Dirtybird member Worthy and the rising young virtuoso of Lutz, Florida, Landis LaPace.
I had no idea it was going to be SO packed. I got there a little late, missing a few local openers, but got there just in time to catch Jesse Scotto of Furious Funk laying beats down HARD. Before he went on, the crowd was moved by Tampa-based SmokeHouse Records’ members Ronnie Lopez and Brandon Sutton. Other openers included Zane Russell Stewart, The Kenderine Brothers and SubPirate.
After Scotto, Furious Funk head honcho Danny Kadesky aka Suddenly Strange went B2B with fellow labelmate John Hernandez (See Shellz). The chemistry between these two on the decks is immaculate. Not only do they mix flawlessly, but their track selection is always diverse and on-point.
One of the coolest things about dance-music is that it brings people together, regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, etc. Not only did Landis LaPace grace us with his presence, but almost his entire family came to support him. If I’m correct, it was his grandmother cheering him on behind the booth toward the end of his set. Landis, without a doubt, killed it. His unique, funky house vibes brought everyone together and showed the mature crowd how skilled an 18-year-old can truly be.
Worthy closed things out sensationally. After thinking attendees may of had enough music for the evening, Worthy kept the energy alive up until the last minute of his performance. The Dirtybird vibes were truly present that entire afternoon/night. It almost felt as if I were back in Miami at the Dirtybird B2B groovin the night away.
This just goes to show that Tampa is on a whole other level when it comes to house music and we’re not even close to being done with it yet!
Check out more events with Furious Funk Records HERE.
Photos taken by: Elias Theroux & Brian Mahar
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