It’s no secret that we’re big house music fans here at Independent Philly, so when we heard that Mark Farina was coming in from San Francisco to DJ at the 100th Shakedown party on Saturday night, we had to be there.
The Shakedown has become a Philly institution for house music over the better part of the past decade and it’s no surprise that they chose Mark Farina to help celebrate their 100th party (as well as the release of his 7th Mushroom Jazz album). The event took place at The Barbary on Frankford Ave (right up the street from the new SugarHouse casino) and while it was freezing cold outside on the snow covered street, it was a hot mess inside the venue.
The crowd seemed to be a little more spread out over the three floors of music at the beginning of the evening but by the time Mark Farina took control of the decks on the ground floor, the room was jam packed. The Barbary got pretty funky. It was hard for many people to deal with the lack of floor space, elbow room, and bathrooms, but the one thing everyone could agree on was that there was no shortage of tasty beats.
Opening sets on the main floor from DJ”s Bryon Stout, Willyum, and Rob Paine (of Worship Records) laid the foundation for the night (we enjoyed all of them) but Farina was the icing on the house-music cake as he rocked fans with a great selection of upbeat tracks (as he danced around the DJ booth).
As the night ended and we exited back out onto the freezing cold streets of Philadelphia, past the casino, we were warmed by the feeling that at SugarHouse, it’s the house that always wins; but for those of us just up the street at the Barbary, on this night, we’d hit the House Music Jackpot.