- Derrick Carter is back at U Hall this Friday.
If you're looking for something avant-garde in dance music this week, you ain't gonna get it. But look at this week's Red Fridays as a refresher course in house.
The Red Fridays series has been impressively consistent in drawing big house music names to the U Street Music Hall. But risk-taking? Not always. Red Fridays is the gourmet hamburger craze of house music: top quality ingredients, but fundamentally classic, American, and agreeable.
This Friday, beloved Chicago house DJ Derrick Carter returns to U Hall with the "legendary" Doc Martin (for future reference, in house music, 3/4 of DJs over 40 are referred to as "legendary"). Owner of multiple pretentiously-named dogs, lover of shoes, and a technically masterful architect of Chicago's so-called second wave (a term the Illinois native doesn't embrace), Carter is a classy DJ with a varied repertoire. Doc Martin, meanwhile, is a California guy who thinks house music unites everyone under a beautiful banner of love and understanding. Both are vastly experienced DJs that appreciate all types of music, so expect to hear a technically refined set ranging from deeeeep grooves to R&B and uptempo tech house. But will either of them move tectonic plates? Probably not.
The rest of the week: Barcelona techno DJ Paco Osuna is at U Hall on Thursday with two local guys: minimal DJ Measax (Fredericksburg) and Bo Hebert (Baltimore). Boston deep house duo Soul Clap — who released a decent trio of R&B remixes at the end of the summer (including new takes on Jamie Foxx's "Extravaganza" and R Kelly's "Sex in the Kitchen") — plays the Warehouse on Friday. The following night the tempo picks up when funky house impresario Aaron Dae is at the same venue.
This week doesn't graze distant galaxies, but next week gets weirder when Hamburg's cosmic captain Tensnake comes to town.