Jade Cicada and Detox Unit hosted a spunion block party at Jannus Live Friday

And our contributor realizes Jade Cicada favors Seth Rogen.

click to enlarge Jade Cicada and Detox Unit hosted a spunion block party at Jannus Live Friday
KAYLEE LOPRESTO

While I’m a vocal and frequent critic of Jannus Live as a venue, the ambiance of Friday’s performance was a welcome departure from its typical vibe and atmosphere. Instead of tipsy forty to fifty-year-olds stumbling around the venue with their painful lack of self-awareness, it was similarly unaware wooks shuffling through the crowd in this once sacred institution of light rock and $8 beer. Pashminas rode off the shoulders of patrons like capes as everyone got down to the anarchistic nothings being blasted through the speakers at this spunion block party. 

For those of you unfamiliar with the term ‘spunion,’ a spunion is the next level of a wook. In other words, a wook who has been partying too much. 

As the freaks filtered into the venue, a sense of panic and confusion could be felt from the normal St. Petersburg bar crowd on the sidewalk outside as they peered upon our colorful and otherwise hedonistic outfits. After explaining the show/crowd to an older drunk woman with leather skin, she announced that she was going to sneak in the sold-out show through the exit gate, only to walk directly up to the will-call booth in a corridor next to the actual entrance. 

While Hullabalo0 and Detox Unit are acts I would wade through a hot tar pit to see live, I had my reservations about seeing Jade Cicada again. Last time the Harmonic Connection brought him to town was at their south Tampa festival, Harmonic Dream Gathering, in April of last year. If you’re as petty as I am or just have a photographic memory of our articles, you might remember that at this event Jade Cicada pushed a camera into the face of CL photographer Kaylee LoPresto and I may have insinuated that he is a bit of an asshole. But thanks to the undimmable lighting at Jannus on Friday, I get why he was so against photography last time: dude looks just like Seth Rogen. I wish I had photographic evidence to support this claim, but seeing as though we were not allowed to shoot his set again you’ll just have to trust me on this one. Jade Cicada looks just like Seth Rogen in a hat and better computer skills. 

Despite being my sworn mortal enemy, I actually really enjoyed Jade Cicada’s set and was surprised at how much I resonated with Bogtrotter this show. If being a wook is a spectrum from Tipper to Bassnectar, the show Friday leaned heavily towards the Tipper side of the genre with mind-warping beat complexity, withholding record scratches, and no words from the headliners. While having a deejay scream the name of who they “collabed with on this next track” or just acknowledging that we are all physically in Tampa Bay is fun and all, the true artisans of the industry don’t say shit once they’re behind those boards. To all the deejays out there talking their way through their set, we aren’t here to see you, we just want those funky beats you got. Shut up and play them. 

Among those who frequent festivals in this scene, there are certain Jade Cicada and Detox Unit tracks that would be instantly recognizable to the average patron. Despite their more notable discography, most of the tracks played by the two were foreign to those in attendance. While we didn’t get a few fan favorites from either producer, their sets definitely kept fans both dancing and on their toes. 

I’ve always contended that St. Pete is an incredible community with a shitty downtown scene meant for much older, blander folk, but Friday was a glimmer of hope into what a fully realized DTSP could be. According to the staff at Jannus, a local vintage clothing collective Reclaim Threads was the first vendor to set up in the alley with anything other than strictly band merch, giving the venue a more festival feel selling odd trinkets and boasting an intricate light setup running up a sidewall. And while it sucks that Jannus wasn’t able to play music past midnight, it was a step in the right direction for both downtown and the local scene itself.

click to enlarge A local vintage clothing collective “Reclaim Threads” was the first vendor to set up in the alley with anything other than strictly band merch, giving the venue a more festival feel with their odd trinkets and light setup running up a sidewall. - KAYLEE LOPRESTO
KAYLEE LOPRESTO
A local vintage clothing collective “Reclaim Threads” was the first vendor to set up in the alley with anything other than strictly band merch, giving the venue a more festival feel with their odd trinkets and light setup running up a sidewall.

When the clock struck midnight, the shimmering screen on stage turned black and a barrel of confused wooks was poured back onto the sidewalk and into the night, brains rattled and feet sore from the unforgiving concrete dance floor of Jannus Live.

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Michael Fritz

Michael Fritz, Jr. is a former intern at Creative Loafing Tampa and a sophomore at the University of Tampa, where he's studying writing and economics.

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