Rare groove to make the people move!
Third up on the Sunday Soul session at the Palace was DJ Marcy. It’s a bit unfortunate for the DJs in the mix at the palace, as crowds usually thin out when they start their sets, then start to grow midway through, when people are anticipating the next band about to play. That said, for Marcy it wasn’t so bad. After the initial lull, I noticed the dance floor had almost filled up again completely some fifteen minutes later.
DJ Marcy, another long time funk/soul DJ, having played parties in the Tokyo scene for years, was armed with his box of 45s and ready to get the crowd moving. Move they did, throughout the weekend, this was one of the most rowdy crowds I had seen at Fuji Rock. Perhaps it was because it was the final night, perhaps the drinks were flowing more free than usual or perhaps the rare groove tracks just inspired everyone to shake their ass. More than likely it was a combination of all three, but all I know was, it was the first time all weekend I had seen the Palace open up a dance circle and have people dancing against each other to the approval of the surrounding crowd.
To be fair, Marcy was dropping the rare groove and funk classics on us like a scene out of Disco Fever. He delivered forgotten classics like The East Coast Connection’s “Summer in the Parks”, Stevie Wonder’s “Another Star” and Seguida’s “Mambo Rock”. At one point it seemed like the crowd couldn’t handle so much funk as the intoxicated dancers weren’t so much busting a move as much as they were busting their asses falling down. It was at this point Marcy switched it up and gave people a breather, he played some Jazz leading us to his final tune, Soil and Pimp Session’s “Summer Goddess”. It was a nice transition for our next band, the overtly jazzy, RM Jazz Legacy.
Photo by Yutaro Suzuki Text by James Mallion
Posted on 2015.7.29 11:51