◆ Date: January 31st, 2015
◆ Location: Blue Moon Cafe, Sheperdstown, West Virginia
◆ Music: Team $pirit, Plaeground, Trey Frey
◆ Visuals: Interrobanger
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After 5 hours on the road Laura, Haeyoung and I arrived to historic Shepherstown, West Virginia. Shepherstown is known for being the oldest town in the state, settled in the late 1700s and we took delight in the quaint colonial architecture. At 9:18 most houses were dark with the exception of small electronic candles burning in the windows. One charming house lead to another and we turned the corner to see the warmly lit Blue Moon Cafe. The Blue Moon is a bar, restaurant, art gallery, cafe, and performance space all rolled up into one. Paintings from local artists lined the walls and fresh baked cookies were for sale along with beer and pub fair. An artificial fireplace glowed in the back of the performance space as Trey Frey and Interrobanger set up gear on a set of old fashioned sewing tables. A very young crowd dined in the back as they waited for the show to begin. The familiar white sheet was already duck taped to the back wall while the projector was being Jerry-rigged to a door frame.
The music started to get bodies moving around 10pm with Team $pirit. The room started to warm up and layers started to come off. Local 20-somethings began to dance in their snow caps clutching their PBRs. It brought back memories of I/O Chip Music at Niagara Bar on the lower east side when we would brave the bitter NYC winter and pack into the overly hot and tiny performance space in the back of the bar.
Plaeground took the stage next with his dark and tribal beats. His long dreadlocks drooped down the side of his body as he manipulated his synths and moved the crowd to his beats. The floor started to shake as dancing got heavier and I knew once Trey took the stage we might actually cause the floor to collapse.
Trey set up 2 sets of gameboys and started his set. It had been two and a half years since he last played in his hometown and he was beaming with pride. The crowd was passionate and soon enough the windows were completely fogged and the place was so packed people had to stand on benches on the edge of the room to get closer. At the end of his set no one wanted him to stop so he played an encore as dancing broke into light moshing and jumping as the floor buckled underneath.
It was an amazing show. The energy was high, the music was good and dancing with my friends was all worth the trip out of NYC to this quaint town. I haven’t had fun like that in a very long time.