This Summer has been all about extremes. It’s either been unbearably hot outside, or there have been torrential downpours mixed with violent wind that’s knocked down trees and knocked out power across the DMV. Forget about all of that at ’95 Live. Hosted by the good people of Florida Avenue’s Commonwealth DC, Stussy DC and For The Greater Good, you’re guaranteed to hear-and love-everything from both ends of the 90’s musical spectrum. However, don’t be surprised if you hear a few random out of decade hits in between 90’s classics. The best strategy is to drink to the point that you don’t care or notice.’95 Live might start off slow, but things almost certainly pick up after midnight. Just remember that Steve’s Bar Room is a hole in the wall, so it gets packed quickly. Guests are treated to free giveaways from Commonwealth, Stussy and Hellz Bellz; and ladies are apparently offered free champagne from 9-11.
This week, Skinny Friedman of the DJ team Philadelphyinz returns to ’95 Live for the first time since March. His partner Apt One last appeared at ’95 Live in early June, and they throw monthly parties in New York and Philly, in addition to travelling all over the share their sound. Their set incorporates a mixture of hip-hop, funk, house, club and disco music; but they’ll play anything that the crowd will dance to. As products of Pittsburgh’s hip-hop scene in the 90’s, his partnership with Skinny began while they were in college, where Skinny held the position of rap music director at Washington University’s WKUR. Following college, the Pittsburgh native moved to Brooklyn and started a monthly party in Philly with Apt One. This marked the official birth of Philadelphyinz. Their initial success led to a second gig at the Medusa Lounge in Philly and a monthly one in Brooklyn at The Lucky Cat. Recently, they’ve taken The Philadelphyinz show on the road, doing nearly 20 shows from coast to coast this year, sharing the stage with Wale and hip-hop legends De la Soul among other names. With Philadelphyinz, Skinny has also dabbled in production; as their remix of the Pittsburgh Steelers fight song-“The Pittsburgh Anthem”-has become a staple in their hometown. They’ve also collaborated with Pittsburgh native Wiz Khalifa, who was featured in the March issue of XXL Magazine as one of 10 Freshmen to watch in ’10. Lastly, their tracks have also appeared on mixtapes by DJ’s Mick Boogie and Benzi. Skinny should bring some versatility ’95 Live this week, as he and his partner Apt One have in the past.
Steve’s Bar Room
1337 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036