Live and Local Spotlight: Ol' Dirty Sundays Three-Year Anniversary Party

The weekly hip hop dance party celebrates its longevity this Sunday.


History says it took about four years to paint the Sistine Chapel, and while we're not quite comparing the achievements of Ol' Dirty Sundays to that majestic painting on the ceiling of some Italian church, the grandeur of what ODS has been able to build in less than 40 months is certifiably legendary. The DJ lineup (originally featuring Casper, LeSage, Blenda, and Mega) and the weekly event's extremely devoted fanbase literally transformed Crowbar's concrete biergarten into a hand-painted (thanks Effren) haven for hip-hop, soul, funk, R&B, reggae and generally life-affirming music that provides the soundtrack for a party alive with the energy of b-boys, artists, chefs (try Mic Delux's tacos), friends and family all gathered to be moved and powered by the inexplicable drive of the turntables.

Each week features resident DJs, but Lesage and Casper — the holdovers from ODS' beginnings — make it a point to book talent that ranges from revered local and regional talent (Cambridge-based Whiskey Barons or Orlando's Lazy Sundays crew playing tribute to the likes of Fela Kuti or the Fania Records legacy), to might-as-well-be-holy acts like Z-Trip, DJ Scratch, Rich Medina, Rob Swift, Ski Beatz, and Charlie Chase (the last now a regular). No one will ever forget the time Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) grabbed a mic during Talib Kweli's DJ set, but ODS' most endearing quality will always be its regulars, who bring an almost palpable spirit to a party that we hope we're still toasting to 20 years down the road.

Details: Sun., May 25, 7 p.m.-late, Crowbar, Ybor City, free admission.

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