POWERTOOLS Takeover Downtown Los Angeles

Written by Carmen Diaz

POWERTOOLS, the longest running Dance Mixshow aired in the US (Saturdays 8PM PST/ 11PM EST on SIRIUS XM Ch. 13), celebrated it’s 30 year anniversary by taking over Pershing Square for a special event with a legendary lineup.

Doors opened at 2 p.m. The early party goers seeked refuge from the July sun under a sliver of shade by the beer tents. There was nowhere to hide on the main floor where dedicated house-heads battled out the heat. As the sun tucked itself behind the One Wilshire Building the crowd was at capacity.

Luciana was set to take the stage to perform “I Like That”, a 2x platinum single produced by Richard Vission and written by Satic Revenger who were both on the scene in support. Luciana worked every inch of the stage with an explosion of energy that rocked the crowd as she then handed off the mic to Duane Harden. Duane Harden’s soulful performance of the house classic “You Don’t Know Me”  featuring his vocals, was one of the most notable moments of the evening, one of those rare moments you never want to end. The night grew on and with the stage lighting dimmed low, the main event took their place behind the decks.

Bad Boy Bill and Richard Vission have been teaming up as a supergroup since the late 90’s. Bad Boy Bill is a pioneer and participant in the Chicago House Movement of the mid 80’s, and a co-founder of the biggest online music store specializing in electronic music, Beatport. Richard Vission, the creator and host of the POWERTOOLS mix show, platinum and Grammy nominated producer, with an active DJ career spanning over several decades. He is undoubtedly upheld as an innovator of the house scene in LA. They played an unforgettable set with all the classics from the past 30 years alongside their new favorites to commemorate the anniversary. The phenomenal track selection had the crowd roaring every time a new beat came in under the night’s sky lit up by laser beams that stretched from skyscraper to skyscraper. It was a magical night and the city came out to show love and they got an amazing show by two legends.

In the ever-changing climate of Electronic Music it’s great to see two pillars have their place in the scene and get the love and respect they deserve.