8 Must-See Memorial Day Weekend DJ Events in Metro Phoenix
Under normal circumstances, a solo performance by either one of these European DJ/producers would be worth catching. But given the fact that the two will co-headline a night at Monarch Theatre makes such a gig all the more epic. Both the Irish-born Patterson and the Netherlands-based van Riel are gurus when it comes to weaving trance soundscapes of the progressive, psychedelic and tech variety. Ditto for their openers Victor Dinaire and local DJ Tony Vertigo, which should make for an evening of trippy sounds at the Monarch.
Schooled in DJing during the Chicago house boom of the mid '80s, Bad Boy Bill first made a name for himself distributing promo mixtapes out of the trunk of his car. (Many even credit him as the founding father of the mixtape.) A few years later, the DJ was recruited by radio personality and house legend Farley Jackmaster Funk for on-air work at WGCI Chicago, where Bill honed the rapid-fire chops that made him famous.
In the '90s and 2000s, Bill toured heavily internationally and released a series of compilation records, including an all-time best-seller of dance music, a five-volume set titled Bangin' the Box. And he has continued to garner critical acclaim throughout the years, regularly ranking among DJ Magazine's Top 100. In this decade, the house music-veteran has embraced the new generation's hybrid EDM sounds, mixing equal parts house, rock, and hip-hop -- and always with his signature banging, peak-hour energy. -- Sean Levisman