When I walked into First Ave’s mainvroom for my first experience of DJ SovietPanda, I was sceptical at first. After seeing major DJ sets like Paul Van Dyke, Benny Benassi, and Mix Master Mike I questioned why I was wasting my time with this kid's attempt to connect with his audience.
Ultimately proven wrong. I purchased my ticket and maneuvered through the group of young adults wearing vibrant colors and dressed to impress. I moved toward the bar observing my surroundings. As I walked, I noticed that the establishment was far more busy than I had anticipated. I was surprised but couldn’t keep myself from moving to the pulsing bass in his electro set. The crowd participation was impressive to say the least. Everyone seemed to be in their own world as the light show casted shadows on a sea of partiers. For what I would consider a house DJ, SovietPanda proved to be a perfect fit for First-Ave’s main room on Saturday nights. The mix of music is enough to keep things interesting, but not enough to overwhelm the audience. Girls and guys of all different ages make up the wide variety of people attending.
Three dollars for a Saturday night of entertainment doesn’t seem possible. I assure you it is very possible and it seems that Minneapolis has just that. Saturday nights aren’t what they used to be. They are better. I don’t know what you’re doing this weekend but I suggest you check out DJ SovietPanda at First Ave’s main room. While there, grab yourself a drink and find me on the dance floor. I’ll be the person oblivious to their surroundings dancing like a madman to techno for as long as there’s music to do so.