ampersand events and Disco Donnie presents
Sat, Oct 26
Sun, Oct 27
Fright Night Masquerade feat. CASH CASH @ Club Ampersand SAT 10.26
Beverly Skillz, DJ DIGITAL, Trixie Minx
1100 Tulane Ave
New Orleans, LA, 70112
Doors 10:00 PM
This event is 18 and over
"I never thought I'd be in Oklahoma with a crowd of kids singing our song," says Jean Paul Makhlouf, lead singer of Cash Cash, in awe over the popularity they have received on their current tour. "It's a feeling you can't describe." Not a small accomplishment for "this little band from Jersey." In fact, this is exactly the type of moment that occurs when you are a hot band on the rise.
Cash Cash is an exciting techno-pop group from the 2 mile long town of Roseland, New Jersey. The band consists of Jean Paul Makhlouf (vocals, guitar), Alex Makhlouf (keyboards, programming), Samuel Frisch (vocals, bass), and Anthony Villacari (drums, percussion). With a sound that is refreshing, electric and infectious, Cash Cash is able to seamlessly tap into 70s funk, 80s anthem pop and 90s mellow alternative all at once. Their mission, described perfectly by Jean Paul, is to "Bring back some of that 70s funk guitar, mixed in with the life and fun of the 80s."
And they have done just that.
But how has Cash Cash reached the precipice of stardom? You would have to go back to the third grade, because that is how long Jean Paul has known Sam Frisch. Playing together since they were kids, the band originally formed as The Consequence in 2002, a predominantly studio-based act that released a 5 song EP titled "Your Own Place" in 2003. After releasing a self-titled LP in 2005, the band began to lose focus, using a myriad of musicians as various members decided to go off to college. "Being in our band was like being on the show Survivor, we were going through bass players, drummers, keyboard players …" says Jean Paul. With the future of the band nebulous at best, younger brother Alex Makhlouf jumped on board, and he and Jean Paul began refocusing the band: "I knew I had to get the hell out of school, so I did the complete opposite and dropped out of college," recalls Jean Paul. "My brother and I knew what we had to do and decided to give it one more stab."
The brothers decided to spend an entire summer crafting new material and honing a sound, day in and day out, virtually living in Jean Paul's home recording studio. At summer's end, they knew they created something special. By fall the brothers, stacked with backpacks full of cds, began an arduous, yet fulfilling campaign to make their music heard. Storming clubs in and around New York City, including Pete Wentz's AK-47 club, the brothers partied, networked and hustled as many A&R men and record executives as they could find. But the real turning point came when Rob Hitt of Crush Management began DJing their song "Party in Your Bedroom." The infectious, easy-to-sing-along-with, pop sound of the song began turning heads. Shortly thereafter, Jean Paul's Gmail account began filling up with offers from record labels. Changing their name to Cash Cash in March of 2008, the band, with Frisch aboard as bass player/art director, and Alex's friend Anthony Villacari locked in on drums, signed a record deal with Universal Republic records and is poised to premiere an EP in October of 2008. Consisting of 5 songs, including the driving force of "Breakout" and an acoustic version of "Party in Your Bedroom," the EP has all the hallmarks of a band that not only is burning with confidence, but is comfortable with their own sound.
Having just completed their first tour, a tour which not only expanded their fan base, but further matured and coalesced the band in ways only riding a bus can, Cash Cash is mixing a full-length album and setting their sites for a release by year end, with a much larger tour in 09' in support of it. Extremely fan friendly and very much aware of their roots and the influences that drove them, Cash Cash reaches out to their fans at concerts by meeting them outside for impromptu acoustic performances. That extra effort, a sound work ethic, their melodic pop songs with fantastic 3-part harmonies, and the confidence that motivates them are all the ingredients that really separate Cash Cash from the rest of the pack. No "get rich quick scheme" for Cash Cash – they're taking this all the way to the bank.
The south’s most notorious dance floor assassin Beverly sKILLZ has developed a widespread reputation for murdering dance floors on a regular basis. Refusing to be tied down to any one genre, she has been known to throw down anything that will keep the crowd moving. She always keeps the crowd guessing blending electro, dubstep, hip hop, disco, house, pop, old school, rock, or whatever she feels like. Playing music that comes from within is just one of the reasons her sets are always killer. Another reason is her extensive background in battling. A gift for turntablism sets her apart from your average club deejay. She brings her craft to the club in a shock and awe style that won’t be easily forgotten. She’s thrown down some memorable sets with artists such as Skrillex, DJ AM, Jazzy Jeff, MSTRKRFT, Steve Aoki and Dayglow’s "Escape Reality" Tour. She also earned national acclaim by placing 3rd in DMC New Orleans 2011. She can be found most Saturday nights throwing down her signature style at Ampersand. Check out beverlyskillz.com for tour dates & music.
In a state notorious for renowned party capital New Orleans, LA, Brandon Journet, better known as DJ Digital resides in a place that is considered to some as the crowned jewel of the planet. Louisiana is a unique place in many ways, from it's food & hospitality to it's "anything goes" way of life. In the late 90's into the early millennium, Louisiana was seemingly an underground mecca for electronic music and everything that surrounded it with venues like Kingfish" & State Palace Theater. Respectively, the nightclub & after-hours circuit heavily reflected it with parties that would stretch from any given time on a Saturday night until 3pm the next afternoon. The party scene was heaven. The DJ was God. And the "Original LA" was the place.
Coming out of high school in the summer of 1999 as a mere "bedroom DJ" who's record collection consisted of mediocre to less than desirable selections from local thrift store visits throughout his prep school years Digital was introduced to this thriving nightclub circuit and soon his hobby (and record collection) went from "hobby" to "passion". He would have never guessed that within a year, his plan to embellish upon his audio/video interests by achieving a degree in Mass Comm. at the local university would drastically change.
Fast Forward to a decade later and Digital has rocked crowds from the golden coast all the way down to Miami playing close to 200 nights out of the year. This was no easy task. After making the bold move of becoming a college dropout at the turn of the millennium, he dove right into his establishment as a DJ. Rapidly gaining popularity, he soon began producing numerous remixes and originals alongside his peers.. some of which introduced him to the craft that he would soon call a career. Pressing his work to wax and being featured on many other compilations as well as his own personal mix CD releases allowed Digital to catapult his name and signature sound to music fans and fellow DJs alike from all over the globe. You could make thousands off of a track that took you all of a week to create. Sometimes with the right idea and sample an all nighter would even do the trick. And from the producer popularity the gigs instantly followed. Some producers didn't even have to know much beyond "matching" beats and pressing play. The parties were packed and the promoters were paying big. Peer to Peer sharing was at it's peak, and this was a DJ's best friend because of how fast it allowed people you may have never even met to serve as your own personal promoter with every respective track shared. What no one realized soon enough was that this double edged sword was simultaneously killing record sales as well as the popularity of "dance music" with many DJs and label owners folding to seek other forms of income.
Digital watched as artists and DJs who he once looked up to as idols waived the white flag and gave up on the industry. Luckily, even though electronica was his stronghold, he was very well seasoned and able as a DJ, regardless of the genre. Often this eclectic taste was heard thru his music and when DJs who could "play everything" became the new demand, he slid right into place.
"It is crucial to be able to adapt and adjust as a dj .. because no matter what your scene may be .. tomorrow, your scene won't be your scene anymore."
Digital's surplus of musical knowledge spans through rock, soul, electronica, hip hop, pop & underground, from classics to currents in each respective genre and 10 times out of 9 he's probably got it on wax… in doubles. Being an avid digger Digital sees every new city as an untapped gold mine of used wax and he's probably bought more records AFTER the introduction of Serato than some DJs bought BEFORE it existed. He often jokes that he probably has more music on wax than most DJs have on their hard drives.
His appreciation for creativity and art in any way shape or form has allowed him to network with brands and individuals that directly influence and ultimately inspire him to continue to open up his own creativity to break down walls between genres and introduce new methods and ideas within his sets. A self proclaimed "hustler", he often refers to himself as a "student of the game" which keeps him grounded and constantly working to "never sound the same".
A broad range and appreciation of music is clearly reflected with versatility and high octane delivery. A fusion of precision and advanced skill level seem to come as second nature as he is most comfortable when creating on-the-fly with a combination of turntablism and a "did he just do that" level of improvisation.
Acknowledged and respected as one of the most dedicated working DJ's in his industry, for the past decade Digital has also managed to balance a radio career amidst his hectic schedule touting a Music Director position at Rhythmic Powerhouse Hot 107.9 [KHXT] in Lafayette, LA. With daily and weekend mixshow commitments as well as a full-time afternoon timeslot on the frequency known as "The Hottest Music Station" in his market, Digital is engulfed 24/7 in what he loves most. Music.
Performing with and alongside artists such as N.E.R.D., George Clinton, A-Trak, Jazzy Jeff, Paul Van Dyk, Curren$y, Egyptian Lover, 2 Live Crew, Tittsworth, Lil Wayne, Craze & many more as well as being networked and directly involved with respected brands such as Serato, Politics, Red Bull & others.
Always satisfying and dazzling audiences. Never will you see Dj Digital giving anything less than 100% in front of a crowd. Whether 10 or 10,000, his promise is to leave it all on the tables with each and every set. He has earned genuine respect through his performance and his professionalism. With technicality, personality and undying passion combined his reputation is highly regarded and has also given him the fortunate opportunity to be one of the most sought after DJs in the industry. Forever appreciative that his passion has allowed him to make a living, from venue to venue. No matter the genre; mixing, scratching, and rocking crowds is second nature, and what Digital does best.
With a relentless schedule behind the decks coupled with his radio obligations DJ Digital splits time working and residing between Lafayette & New Orleans, LA.
This burlesque beauty has delighted audiences throughout the U.S., Europe, Australia, and soon to hit Switzerland too! Whether a bubbly blonde or a sultry brunette her performance is sure to wow you. Known for her comic inspired strip tease she has toured with Comic Relief and recently was awarded HEEB top 100 for outstanding comedy. But Trixie is definitely good for more then a laugh; with a hour glass figure covered in jeweled lingerie her energetic bumps and grinds will have you begging for more. Check out the site for photos, video, and show schedule to experience the fun yourself.
Trixie produces two New Orleans based shows: Fleur de Tease & Burlesque Ballroom. She is also a member of the New Orleans Bingo! Show. To learn more about these shows please click on the links below.