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North Shore electonica fans got a treat Saturday night at the Crystal Bay Club where four DJs from around the U.S. kept party revelers on their feet with world-class house and break beats well into the morning.The Champagne and Bacon Production Company, run by Incliners Ryan Chernick and Steve Emmerich, hosted the event as the first show of the 2006 Winter Electronic Music Festival series. Chernick and Emmerich have been putting together DJ shows for the electronically inclined on the North Shore for two years including the high-energy event last February that featured Lorin Bassnector, a master of tripped-up hybridized sound.The Feb. 11 show featured world renown breakbeater, DJ Icey, as well as the Bay Areas DJ Antonio, DJ M3 and Tahoes own, DJ sWiTcH.

DJ sWiTcH, who started playing music in Tahoe seven years ago and has since become a regular at venues up and down the west coast, started off the evening with baseline tracks that got people out of their seats and tapping their toes.I play the funk, Switch said in describing his music style. People that dont listen to electronic music or people that dont listen to a lot of electronic music, I can get them on the dance floor.Switch said that while he had played with Antonio and M3 before, this was the first night he would play with Icey.Im a big fan though [of Icey], Switch said before hitting the stage. There are fillers and thrillers and he always plays the thrillers, and theyre always really good.Icey, who originates from Orlando, Fla. said he has been playing about 110 gigs a year. Between jet rides he has also managed to release over 200 12-inch singles and five full-length CDs of which over 300,000 copies have been sold in North America alone.

Iceys unbelievable, co-host Emmrich said. He is the top break beat producer in the world.On Saturday, Icey sat back to groove on tunes thrown down by DJ Switch before getting ready for his set.Before I DJ I like to chill out absorb what is going on, Icey said.By the time Icey hit the stage to prove his break beat promise, a friendly mass of mostly Tahoe locals had filled the nightclub, fulfilling what Emmrich said was a the Champagne and Bacon Production Companys mission for putting such shows together.We wanted to bring music that we like here, Emmrich said. There is nothing I like more than turning people onto music.



Dancers, who were apparently turned on by Saturday nights music, kept the clubs mood vibing through DJ Icey and into DJ Antonios set. Though many attendees had moved into darker corners of the venue by 4 a.m., sweet sounds produced by DJ M3, who finished up the performance, continued to emit from stage speakers right through to sunrise.If you missed out Saturday, despair not. On March 11 the Champagne and Bacon series will continue as Lorin Bassnector returns to the Crystal Bay Club along with TINOCORP featuring Jack Dangers Ben Stokes, DJ Brother of Santa Cruz and the original Tahoe breakbeat duo, Mantasm.


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