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First Thursday: Gin and Juice Thursday at Crowbar

They'll be spinning what "DJ Manek" Ferrer describes as "the party, make-you-want-to-dance hip-hop."


When local pub mogul Jason Kovac decided it was time to renovate Grainey's Basement, he gave it a complete overhaul. From the ashes arose Crowbar, a chill, modern EDM club. Never content to sit still, Kovac and his team have updated the bar's music options now, too, adding Gin and Juice Thursdays, a weekly hip-hop night. Manny "DJ Manek" Ferrer and Matthew "DJ Orracle" Orr will share DJ duties, usually alternating weeks, spinning old-school late-'90s to early-2000s hip-hop.

"To me and a lot of people, that was the golden age of hip-hop," Ferrer said, and when asked for an example of three tracks he might play in a row, he added, "I like to start a little bit rough. I would play, like, Ice Cube's 'Friday.' From there, I would blend that into Wreckx-N-Effect's 'Rump Shaker,' because it has a similar beat style. During the breakdown, I would mix into N2Deep's 'Back to the Hotel.' Those songs are classics that people remember and go crazy for."

There's no cover at Crowbar on Thursday nights, the (drink) mix masters will be slinging specials and the DJs will spin what Ferrer described as "the party, make-you-want-to-dance hip-hop." Snoop D-O-double-G would probably agree.

8 p.m., FREE, 107 S. Sixth St., 208-345-2505,