Diplo + Mad Decent Block Party

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At the risk of sounding like a tired old man, I remember when Diplo’s Mad Decent Block Party was actually a block party. A girlfriend lived on Green Street by the Institute Bar, and she ordered me, via text, to come hang at this insane free party outside her front door. I consented. It was insane: hipsters everywhere hula-hooping, summer drinking and twerking before twerking became ubiquitous. These days, it’s a multi-city, traveling behemoth of a festival with a pre- and post-party at Union Transfer. All told, this is literally about 15-plus hours of straight madness, from inside the night before and outside on the day of—then back inside until 2 a.m. on Saturday morning. The party-goer that turns up the whole time deserves a medal.

You know what’ll be the apex of it all? Probably when DJ Snake takes to the Festival Pier stage to doll out his 2014 super-jam, “Turn Down For What.” There is no denying that song (and its correspondingly awesome video) has powers to make you bug the hell out. The typically young and sexy crowd on the Delaware will also delight in Chance the Rapper, a rising talent in the realm of weird and tripped-out cerebral hip-hop, and Dillon Francis, an L.A.-based EDM producer who specializes in the chiller, island-vibe flavor of moombahton.

Certainly, Diplo himself has tons of ammo to get the kids riled up. He just released a quite-good compilation called Random White Dude Be Everywhere, a collection of remixed tracks, like from his 2013 and 2012 EPs, including “Revolution,” “Biggie Bounce” and “Express Yourself.” Of course, if he wanted to, he could go deep to his 2004 debut, Florida, a nod to his Mississippi-born, U Central Florida-turned-Temple-transfer upbringing. It’s a totally tight record on par with DJ Shadow’s work, which began about eight years prior. No doubt, though, the crowd’ll be anticipating some Major Lazer staples like “Pon de Floor” or the magnificent Bruno Mars and Tyga-guested “Bubble Butt.” Hell, maybe he’ll toss in M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” if he’s feeling playful—and if he wants to blow the UT roof off at 1:40 a.m. // BILL CHENEVERT

Pre-party and afterparty: Thurs., Aug, 7, 9pm and Fri., Aug. 8, 10pm. $25. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com; Mad Decent Block Party: Fri., Aug. 8, 3pm. Sold out. With Dirty South Joe, Flosstradamus, Mike Taylor, Gent & Jawns, Swizzymack + Vic Mensa. Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing, 601 N. Columbus Blvd. 215.629.3200. maddecentblockparty.com


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Thursday, August 07, 2014
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