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Cancer Rising: DJ Avalon, DJ Hitachii

  • The WInnebago 2262 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

Two Madison DJs collaborate on an astrologically themed dance party. Info

DJ Hitachii.

DJ Hitachii.

If anything it's a wonder that we haven't already seen more astrologically themed shows and DJ nights around Madison, given how much about half the folks I know in the music scene seem to understand about the arcane influence of the stars. Whether or not you're into all that, it admittedly offers a good excuse for a dance party.  Two Madison-based will be crabbin' it up here with a dance night that attempts to harness the energy of Cancer season. DJ Avalon is the moniker of Avalon Clare, who moved to Madison recently after living and spinning in Philly, Colorado, and Puerto Rico, and has a natural affinity for skipping across genres and different approaches to working the dance floor—below, you can hear a set Clare played at Robinia Courtyard in February as part of Half-Stack Sessions' DJ series. DJ Hitachii is Sylvia Johnson, best known for their work in queer-punk duo Gender Confetti and electronic-pop solo project Midas Bison. Both DJs, Johnson says, have agreed to stick rigorously to Cancerian artists in making their selections for the night.

"I think we will run a visualizer of aquatic life in the background, keep the vibe in blues and purples, and most importantly, all the music will be by artists who have a birthday in Cancer (an incredible list full of talented women)," Johnson says, citing such examples as Missy Elliot, MIA, Solange, The Supremes, Lana Del Rey, Kali Uchis, K Flay, and Blondie. Johnson further explains that "Cancers are known for intuition, sensitivity, and moodiness," and that the night's theme will express itself musically by evoking rich inner lives, "deep feelings," eroticism, and "sensitive crybaby" vibes. Ambitious emotional territory for a dance party, and there's nothing wrong with that. Johnson and DJ Kalycho are working on starting up a "sweets themed queer dance party" series called Candy, and the next installment of that is on July 27 at Art In. —Scott Gordon