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Weren’t we just talking about how wildly unpredictable the live music scene has been lately? Last night, local hip-hop producer Nate Treme (who has an excellent new album out) messaged me with the news that pioneering DJ, turntablist and composer Qbert is slated to perform, 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m., on Friday, June 26 at the Celebrity Lounge (here’s the listing on their live entertainment schedule). The Celebrity Lounge is located inside of Eldorado Resort Casino Shreveport at 451 Clyde Fant Parkway. There is a $5 cover for the show. The show time is listed as 9:30 p.m., but word in the Facebook event says Qbert starts at 10:30 p.m.
Qbert, along with turntablists like DJ Shadow, Mix Master Mike and DJ Craze, is widely recognized as one of the pioneering DJs who elevated the art form of turntablism. He’s a founding member of Invisibl Skratch Picklz, a Filipino-American DJ crew whose increasingly elaborate turntable sets won them multiple world championship titles and landed them in popular documentary films like Battle Sounds (1997) and Scratch (2001). Qbert’s own film, Wave Twisters (2001), is sort of thought of as the hip-hop equivalent of Disney’s Fantasia.
In other words, Qbert is inarguably one of the most accomplished turntablists in the world. He’s also a lovable weirdo, as is evidenced by the fact that he’s currently touring in support of an album that he says “is from space.” For my money, he’s sort of the Bootsy Collins of the turntable. His performance at Eldorado’s Celebrity Lounge should make for an unforgettable night.