There is nothing new under the sun, except maybe eyebrow-raising juxtapositions of venue and vibe. The Rise of Ra, an electronic dance music showcase featuring Brillz and Butch Clancy, seemed to be one such spectacle.
Until a sudden venue change, the event was slated to go down at the Egyptian Theatre, mixing bare-breasted sphinx statues, plush seats and pulsing electronic beats. Though intriguing, this culture clash raised the question: Where would the party people dance?
Now, we have an answer, and it has nothing to do with the Egyptian, and it's nothing new under the Egyptian sun god, Ra, either. The event will be held at China Blue, perhaps a more fitting, if predictable, setting for the nationally acclaimed DJs and a crowd eager to bust a move in their electronic wake. For the first time in Boise, Brillz, from Los Angeles, and Butch Clancy, from Detroit, will take the stage to remix it up. Local acts DJ Zuz, JTR, M Lay and Tony Krave are also in the mix, along with featured performances by Cirque de L'Arcane and Velocity Pole Art.
Though the whole Egyptian-themed concept may have bitten the dust, the beat goes on at the Rise of Ra. Presented by Knowledge Records and Cityskape Productions, 20 percent of ticket sales benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance.