The Wind-Up Conspiracy Brings Their Old-Timey Gramophone DJ Sessions to Third Friday
It's pretty safe to say that Roosevelt Row has more than its share of mad DJ sessions conducted amid the arty milieus of both First and Third Friday, especially outside such venues as Jobot or Aside of Heart. But a madcap DJ session done on gramophones? Yeah, that's sort of different.
Courtesy Photo Birch (left) and Decca of Wind-Up Conspiracy.
Such a scenario will unfold later tonight during Third Friday when DJ Birch and DJ Decca, a pair of downtown Phoenix artists interested in all things obscure and old-timey, will embark on a musical journey heretofore unheard of in the local scene -- a special wind-up DJ set on old school phonographs. Way old school, in fact.
They're calling the event The Wind-Up Conspiracy, which involved playing old 78 rpm records on vintage gramophones at a couple of spaces along Roosevelt Row. DJ Birch and DJ Decca, each named for the brand of antique phonograph they'll respectively use, will offer an hour-long set at Lawn Gnome Publishing from 7 until 8 p.m. before moving to Bodega 420 for another 60-minute performances from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m.
To add to the intrigue and flat-out oddness of The Wind-Up Conspiracy, Decca and Birch (who declined to give their real names) will wear plague masks throughout their performances to conceal their identities.
According to Decca, they'll play "both classic and obscure 78 rpm vinyl, a collection of 'but is LOVE still grand a week later?" true love and love gone bad songs" during each gig.
"We've got everything from Dinah Shore's "Daddy-O" to "Strip Polka" by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra," Decca says.