What do you plan on doing this Saturday night of March 15, 2014? Are you ready for a couple of off the wall suggestions and are willing to experiment with something outside of ones normal activity with a couple of friends?
Here are two very different suggestions where one takes in the first race of the Formula One automobile racing season and the other has a unique West coast appearance and performance by a world renowned mixer of acid house and electronic music for listening and dancing.
This excerpted and edited from Riverside International Automotive Museum -
RIAM F1 GALA
F1 Season for so many of us is a celebration of all things speed.
What better way to kick off the 2014 season than joining friends old and new to watch the Season Opening Australian GP Theater Style, surrounded by incredible machinery and legendary personalities?
The Riverside International Automotive Museum will kick off it's 2014 Event schedule with this gala that features a Catered Dinner from Magnone Trattoria & Market, Cash Bar, Door Prizes and a Keepsake of the event.
RIAM's F1 GALA special guest, Brett Lunger, pulled Niki Lauda from the inferno that was his Ferrari at the Nurburgring during the 1976 German Grand Prix --- made so notable by Ron Howard's recent racing epic "RUSH".
Many of the folks who have committed to attend are people who have made their name in motorsports careers either as drivers, team owners, public relations and representation and all will be surrounded by some of the most rare racing automobiles on display in a museum ... and all will be attending the RIAM F1 GALA not as professionals but as hobbyists.
The second, and most different suggestion has to do with a specific style of music that has been around for well over a decade but its popularity in the United States has been long in coming.
Pete Tong MBE will be performing for one night at the club known as "Sutra" in Costa Mesa this Saturday night March 14, 2014.
This excerpted and edited from Evolution 93.5 Miami -
ALL GONE PETE TONG
It's fair to say that Pete Tong's life is intertwined with the history of acid house and electronic music itself. His career mirrors the story of dance music over the last 25 years. A true renaissance man, Pete has never been about one thing and now more than ever he embodies the many facets of dance music culture, from radio shows and album releases to clubs nights and festival arenas, prolific is probably an understatement.
All Gone Pete Tong [heard on iHeart Radio's Evolution 93.5 out of Miami] was launched by Pete initially as a Club night at Pacha Ibiza in 2011. Now in 2013, it's burgeoned into a worldwide party brand, radio show (daily in USA, and weekly around the world), and a mix compilation series with album guests including Groove Armada, Felix Da Housecat, Booka Shade, Reboot and Skream to date.
Just when the world though Pete had all dance bases covered, Pete announced in April 2013 that he's bringing daytime clubbing back to Ibiza with "Le Grand Bazaar" at Ushuaia Ibiza and confirmed initial guests including Fatboy Slim, Carl Cox and Hot Natured...
At the heart of all of this, is Pete's ability to push and nurture new talent. From Guti and Benoit to Maya Jane Coles and Disclosure - there are few successful electronic artists that didn't benefit from the Pete Tong Push ™. "That's a big remit of my radio shows," smiles Pete. "But I don't turn water into wine - all I ever saw myself doing was fanning the flames of something that I thought was inevitable. I'd like to think that by backing the special ones that I can help it happen for these artists... a little bit quicker"
It's been a long, tumultuous ride for Pete. "I left school at the end of the 1970s and always wanted to be a DJ," he starts, "To make a name for yourself back then you had to have the coolest and rarest records - if you managed to get hold of the hottest tune in the record shop, it could be months before any other DJ managed to track down a copy; your status and ability to call a tune in the underground record stores was very important, it's hard to conceive that today with the instant access available online"
Pete's own music output is starting to become more frequent and free flowing - working alongside the likes of Paul Rogers, Dave Spoon and Steve Mac, Pete's fast-becoming a production powerhouse. "Sometimes I have to explain why I didn't do more of it before," says Pete, who has been in the studio with Rogers almost every day this year - it's an important part of his career now. "Running a record company from 1983 - 2000, I didn't have time to make music before and I come from an era where DJs didn't always make music - which would be very unusual today. Back in the day, trying to make a record was more difficult and expensive".
Recent remixes include; Gorillaz 'Stylo', Phoenix, Underworld and U2 with Paul Rogers, and Robyn, Madonna, Cheryl Cole, James Blunt and Razorlight with Dave Spoon, and recent singles "Shake The Dice" on Toolroom and Dawn featuring Azari frontman SYF on Defected are testimony to Pete's continued commitment to the studio.
Which just leaves one last question: did he ever see such longevity being possible back in the early 80s? Pete ponders the question for a moment. "If we're fortunate of one thing, it's that we were in the right place at the right time. Without wanting to sound crass, in our own way in our own world, it was a bit like being in The Clash or The Sex Pistols around the time of punk. We all loved music before acid house, but when the rave explosion started, we were in the right place at the right time - and we made the right moves." He's still making them now.
The "Radio 1" legend himself Pete Tong is landing at Sutra to put on a massive show. Pete Tong is the host of the famous Essential Mix and Essential Selection. This Saturday night don't miss out on the rare opportunity to see Pete Tong Live. Come enjoy your night with the very best electronic music selections in the world at Sutra - 1870 Harbor Blvd, Costa Mesa CA • 949.722.7103.
So, there you go ... a couple of off the wall suggestions for the willing to experiment with something outside of ones normal activity with a couple of friends!