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In concert: Aeroplane at the U Street Music Hall


By Ally Schweitzer

DJ culture has fully penetrated the indie rock world, and nowhere was it more apparent than opening night at the U Street Music Hall.

The sleek new venue, on U St NW (between 11th and 12th) officially opened its doors Wednesday to a refreshingly low-key 20-something crowd. It was questionable whether the sold-out audience showed up for the evening's headliner, Belgian DJ team Aeroplane, aka Stephen Fasano and Vito Deluca, or if they just wanted to hang out somewhere besides their living rooms. After all, tickets were cheap ($10) for several hours of accessible, thoroughly danceable nu-disco, pop and Italo, with nary a corny Usher/Britney Spears mashup to be heard, and quite apparently, zero dress code.

(Is that... a conga line? Read more after the jump.)

With Aeroplane, club co-owners Jesse Tittsworth and Will Eastman (both DJs themselves) delivered a home run: Fasano and Deluca are a couple of scruffy, cardigan-wearing guys who kept the tempo at a fist-pumping pace for the rock-flavored crowd, some of which was actively learning how to dance on the dance floor (“No, honey, you've got to shake a little bit — like this,” one girl instructed her shambling boyfriend). The act was a perfect booking for the new venue, which boasts an Ibiza-worthy 40,000 watt sound system and a distinct lack of snobbery (see zero dress code, above). Aeroplane's beefy, disco-laced singles went over just as well as their better known remixes of indie rock songs.

Only a couple times did the crowd look a little confused: was that a conga line snaking across the dance floor? You bet. In fact, there were two of them, headed up not by someone's polka-loving grandfather, but a couple of grinning 20-something guys who probably had no idea what else to do. Chalk it up to growing pains.

By Ally Schweitzer  |  March 18, 2010; 1:48 PM ET
Categories:  In concert  | Tags: Aeroplane, U Street Music Hall  
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excellent review!!

Posted by: hercules3 | March 18, 2010 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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