Maxx: One of the cool kids.
COOL SHOES9 p.m., Downtown Music. $5.
There's a regular, inevitable conversation between past movers and shakers in the local scene who've done got old. Or rather less active. It goes like this. Q: Where are all the kids doing what we did? A: They don't exist. Of course, that's how nostalgia works: the halcyon days are always in the past. Unless, that is, you're in your teens or 20s and like to dance. Because those hundreds are buying digital turntables, they're buying samplers, they're downloading more music in a week than most of us heard all year in the '80s and they're throwing some really live parties. Perhaps none more so than Cool Shoes, the monthly get-down at Downtown Music that's lately been packing in somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 folks. Last month, when the headlining DJ, a skinny kid from Conway who speeds up and glitches out Southern rap, took the stage, the crowd went berserk. On Friday, the lineup includes the experimental, beat-heavy instrumental act Western Meds (9 p.m.), Discovery regular Kecia
(10 p.m.), event organizers and DJs Shawn Lee and Risky Biz
(11 p.m.), impressive young MC Maxx
and event curator and resident old dude (he's young at heart) Deeter
(12:15- 2 a.m.).
PLUS: Uber talented artist Cameron Holifield
is doing some live art stuff.