Mark Farina Slays Dancefloor During Annex Detroit Debut
The newly established Annex has been hosting parties since late fall 2015 and it’s a wonderful addition to a growing list music venues in Downtown Detroit. While it’s nothing fancy or noticeable on the outside of the building, the minute you walk through the doors and up the stairs you are in an enormous room. With a bar at the center-left of the stage, ample room on the dancefloor and couches around the perimeter of the room, this venue will easily become a popular go-to here in Detroit. Upon entering, you’re engulfed with a massive helping of screens covering the walls, state-of-the-art lights, and of course CO2… everything you’d expect from a club capable of hosting big-name DJs. Thankfully the owners invested in the soundsystem, too. The whole frequency range was well-balanced and had the low end to give the kick drums plenty of juice, but never overwhelm the mix. Even hanging out in the rear quarter of the venue, the sound was pretty nice and equal.
The debut of Friday parties at Annex Detroit had Golf Clap prime the floor for Mark Farina on his Mushroom Jazz tour. Golf Clap threw down a high-energy deep house set that got the dance floor packed, but didn’t overwork the crowd. A few Golf Clap originals and remixes were sprinkled throughout and Bryan’s [Jones] wizardry on the 1’s and 2’s make them a tough act to follow. Lucky for us, Mark Farina was up to the task and spiked his signature Mushroom Jazz sound with a bit of the vibe Golf Clap left.
To say Mark Farina’s set was on point hardly does it justice. It was perfect for the venue and Detroit. The tunes were different than his normal style—deeper, darker and harder. It was reminiscent of the Chicago House scene yet, there were still undertones of jazz and disco throughout. If you weren’t up dancing, you were moving your feet, your shoulders, your head. The crowd was vibing all night to the melodic mix of house and techno that Mark Farina played and the dancefloor was strong for his entire set.
The Annex is a perfect party place- uniting one’s senses for an ultimate clubbing experience.