On the third Saturday of each month, Blank Space (2847 Cherokee Street; 314-458-9472) overflows with a varied crowd of enthusiastic attendees, ready to mingle and dance during its monthly the Bump & Hustle event. What's the draw, exactly? Piles and piles of vinyl. Resident DJs MAKossa, Hal Greens and Needles have about 15 years of collective experience with mixing and matching tracks under their belts. This Saturday, July 20, the Bump & Hustle celebrates its one-year anniversary, melding funk, soul, boogie, disco, hip-hop, psych and more.
One of the Bump & Hustle founders, Rory Flynn aka MAKossa, grew up in St. Louis but recently moved back from a decade of living and DJing on the west coast. Upon his return to the midwest, Flynn scoped out some spots for a regular event and through local networking, found Blank Space.
"Everywhere I found didn't quite have the right vibe for a party. With Cherokee Street, there seems to be a lot of fresh energy," says Flynn. "I felt there was a need for something rooted in funk music. I wasn't seeing a lot of that in St. Louis and wanted more of it."
MAKossa takes influence from artists such as Cut Chemist, Dâm-Funk, Onra and Edan. He describes Needles' style as a specializing in the golden age of New York-based hip hop, while Hal Greens slings boogie funk, a wide spectrum of soul, and Atlanta and Houston-based rap music.
"We're connected to the true essence of hip hop and vinyl culture, which is also DJ culture. Hip hop enables you to take all these different genres, put them together and let them be rhythmic. That's what Bump & Hustle tries to do," he says.
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