The double-decker bar and music hall, Y-Not III, located on 1854 E. Kenilworth Place, hosted the FREE event BEYOND Awesome 8: Dance Party on Saturday, April 28th, 2012 with artists Paul Demix, James Dece and Ryan Albydamned for a night with “just the right amount of dirty.” From the main bar on the first floor, one may not even know there was a concert upstairs if it weren’t for the heavy traffic on the stairwell. The bottom level contains a large bar area, seating areas, and common bar activities, and playing a mix of different genres to satisfy the ones not amused by the intense rage fest going on upstairs.
The second story holds the feeling of being in a tree house or log cabin; the walls grow at varying angles and epitomize different building structure plans with structural concaves and half walls dividing separate areas of the space. The miniature stage sits against the North facing wall of the venue, with lounge booths and tables to the right. There was an appealing vintage, bed’n’breakfast style lamp placed right on stage with a glowing red, yellow, and orange stained glass lamp shade to portray the light. The Albydamned smiley face flag hung amiably in the window behind the stage for the duration of the performance.
With Ryan Alby’s heavy samples and exclusive enchanted Egyptian Jungle beats he displays an educated knowledge of his equipment and careful choices of sampling. This long-limbed, friendly character shows true love for his fans and many can tell simply by his genuine smile that he loves making music and thoroughly enjoys making people DANCE!
The “utility pole” seemed to have gone unclaimed this evening, which never appears to be the case at these intense love fests. The concentrated bass chords trembled the floor beneath and fans paraded around the stage nearly knocking over some of the equipment resting on the stage’s outer edges.
The energy produced at these BEYOND Awesome dance parties is a clean, fun vibe, whereas at some electronic shows these days seems like a grungy drug fest where attendants aren’t even paying attention to the music, but simply nodding their head to unstructured, monotonous bass waves in a doped up stupor.
Infringed in the fresh dynamics of music, technology, and authentic spunk Mr. Ryan Albydamned creates an unadulterated environment for creativity, imagination, and originality.