From Khelan Bhatia. Follow Khelan on TwitterÂ @KhelanBÂ or email him atÂ khelan[AT]borderstan.com.
Greetings, Borderstanis. Itâ€™s been a while since weâ€™ve chatted about musicâ€¦ yeah yeah, I missed you, too. Letâ€™s blame it on that pesky election and the holidays, shall we?
Normally, I offer my perspectives on recent concerts in this space but Iâ€™d like to digress to chat about an exciting development in our little â€śburrough.â€ť Many of you are familiar and/or have attended a wonderful party called CTRL which used to be at Dahlak, the Eritrean restaurant on the corner of 18th and Florida NW.
â€śUsed toâ€ť are the operative words here, of course. For those not familiar with CTRL, itâ€™s a self-described Queer Underground party with off-the-beaten-path dance music, inflatable props, and, oh yeah, popsicles. Yep, you read that correctly, I said popsicles.
Well, the exciting news is that Queer Underground is moving from the proverbial basement up to second floorâ€¦ in a manner of speaking. CTRL is making the sojourn from Dahlak (donâ€™t get me wrongâ€¦ itâ€™s a great venue) to a much larger space: DCâ€™s quintessential gay club, Cobalt, at 17th and R NW.
Bee-Tee-Dubs, all four of CTRLâ€™s DJâ€™s, Jeff Prior, Adam Koussari-Amin, Devon Trotter and Brett Andriesen (the latter two affectionately known as the â€śPocket Gays), are uniquely talented guys.
As I mentioned previously, the dance music is slightly off-the-beaten-pathâ€¦ songs you may not normally hear at your regular night at Town or even Cobalt (though there will be a few familiar tracks). But the boys of CTRL have their collective finger on the pulse of the audience and have never failed to get the house moving at a pace of about 130 beats per minute.
The coverâ€™s only $5 (believe me, youâ€™ve spent a lot more on things youâ€™ve liked a lot less), plus drink specials including $3 PBR Tallboys, $5 rail drinks, and $4 Jameson shots. Look for me in the middle of the dance floor. Hope to see you all there.