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Willy Street Beats: Claude Young, Bill Converse, Sassmouth

  • Willy Street Fair (Williamson & Brearly stage) 1000 Williamson Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

This year's installment of the Willy Street Fair's electronic stage promises to be a masterclass in how to push to the craft of DJing into the outer limits. First, there's headliner and Detroit techno mainstay Claude Young, whom you may remember from his 2015 set at Le Fete De Marquette, where he was shredding on the crossfader with his teeth and working the CDJs with his elbows, as he pushed forth an urgent and powerful set of heady techno and house jams. While Young is certainly a legendary deck-shredder of the highest order, he's also known well within the underground dance community for his innovative, diverse, and razor-sharp production work. Whether Young's hammering out the freakish alien techno on 2000's Patterns: The Album or whipping up a lushly cosmic masterpiece like 1996's "Impolite To Refuse," his meticulously detailed sound design and clever rhythmic programming tie it all together. If that somehow isn't enough, the support slots are also completely bonkers. Hailing from Austin, Texas, producer and DJ Bill Converse is well-known for his sweaty and frenzied work on the turntables—hurling sonic tornadoes of primo psychedelic dance cuts. And finally, Chicago-based deck-wizard, impeccable track selector, and producer Sassmouth will return to Madison to kick off the night properly. Young will also be headlining a Saturday night after-show at the High Noon Saloon—Joel Shanahan

Earlier Event: September 15
Kiernan Laveaux, ADAB, Jared Perez, DJ Umi
Later Event: September 16
CHON, The Fall Of Troy, Hail The Sun