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Half-Stack DJ Sessions: DJ Avalon, DJ Ellafine (free)


  • Robinia Courtyard 829 East Washington Avenue Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

Two Madison DJs, one exuberant and one dark, hit the decks. Info

DJ Avalon. Photo by Jess Loyal Paul.

DJ Avalon. Photo by Jess Loyal Paul.

Half-Stack Sessions, a group that formed in 2017 with the goal of making Madison's music community more welcoming for women and non-binary people, has recently started branching out into DJ nights, in partnership with DJ and promoter Sarah Akawa (who often performs as Saint Saunter and formed the Queer Pressure nightlife collective). This edition's headliner, DJ Avalon, will make good on the Half-Stack DJ Sessions' "no genre policy" policy: The selections in her mixes have incorporated everything from pulsating electro to feminist punk to wistful indie-pop, from Robyn to The Slits to rapper Quay Dash. Why not? There's always a tasteful through-line and usually an exuberant party vibe. Avalon recently settled in Madison, after stints living in Philly, Colorado, and Puerto Rico, so we may be seeing more of her at local clubs and dance nights soon. Madison-based DJ Ellafine should bring a darker edge to the bill with her ear for gothy synth-pop and industrial music, but is plenty versatile in her own way, as she demonstrated in a 2018 interview for Tone Madison's Aces series. —Scott Gordon

Earlier Event: February 15
John Christensen, Russ Johnson, Tim Daisy
Later Event: February 16
Jams: Sage Caswell, Savile, Geoff K.