by Lauren Collins

Looking for a night of old school hip hop, funk and soul music in an interesting and local venue? The Rialto Theatre presents Juke Joint 2.0 featuring DJ Roger Riddle and DJ Vinnie G. We spoke with Riddle about what makes the Juke Joint 2.0 such a unique show.

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The Devil Strip: How is this show different from the shows you normally do?

Roger Riddle: The show is special because I’m teaming up with a couple of friends. The force behind it that put this idea together is Eriq Troi and he’s a local musician. He also brought in DJ Vinnie G, who’s a really cool guy that I’ve just gotten to know. A lot of the events I’ve played have been more pop and mainstream in the music, this getting a little deeper. It’s a lot of old school hip-hop, a lot of old school funk and soul so it’s more like what you hear from a mixtape from me if you were listening to my mixes online, as opposed to what you would see at some of the other spots I’ve played around Akron.”


TDS: What is like to be up there DJing?

RR: It depends. When the crowd is dancing and having a good time, you definitely feel it. I probably talk a lot more on the microphone and there’s a lot of back and forth. As a DJ you’re watching the crowd and see what kind of songs they’re responding to so I’m kind of changing in real time what I would like to play next. I put together a list but that’s not necessarily what I’ll stick to the entire night. If I see a particular style that’s drawing more energy out of the crowd then I’ll start to play a little bit more of that. It can be a lot of fun. As the crowd responds, I respond and hopefully they respond again. We get to feed off of eachother.


TDS: What’s the difference between DJing in Akron and DJing other places? How do the crowds differ?

RR: One thing I’ll say about Akron’s crowd is that when they come to party, they dance from the beginning to the end. I’ve done some shows where it’s just networking and those are just people kind of standing around chit chatting and those are fun, but when there’s a real party and people want to dance in Akron, compared to other places where they have to get warmed up first before they get into it. The first songs out and someone’s on the dance floor in Akron.


TDS: Who are some of the artists you will be playing?

RR: I’ve got a lot of remixes, so songs that people may know that they haven’t heard that way before. There will be some old school Michael Jackson, Gladys Knight and the Pips and Marvin Gaye. Hip hop wise De La soul, Big Daddy Kane and even some more obscure stuff. Cece Peniston for 90s fans, which may be a little bit obscure but she had a big hit that was fun in the 90s. Obscure stuff like Jazzanova.


One Response

  1. Roger Riddle

    Thanks so much for covering this event.

    Here’s a link to a selection of songs I played during my set at the Juke Joint 2.0
    Be Thankful For What You Got (FKJ Remix) by William De Vaughn
    Slave – Watching You by Slave
    Inside Out by Odyssey
    Rock Creek Park by Blackbyrds
    Jam on it (Main Mix) by Mos Def
    Let The Beat Hit ‘Em by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam
    Unknown by Unknown
    Saturdays by De La Soul
    Golden (Kaytranada’s Life Extended Living Edition) by Jill Scott
    Stronger Than Pride (Karizma K2 Mix) by Sade
    Everybody Everybody by Black Box
    Big Fun (Original 12” Mix) by Inner City
    100% Pure Love by Crystal Waters
    Optimistic (Original) by Zepherin Saint, Ann Nesby, G3
    I Can’t Kick This Feeling When It Hits [Explicit] by Moodymann
    Looking For The Perfect Beat (12″ Vocal Version) (Remastered) by Afrika Bambaataa & The Soul Sonic Force
    I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On by Cherrelle
    A.I.E. (Cobblestone Jazz Remix) by Soil & “Pimp” Sessions
    Elevator (Going Up) (Louie Veg by Louie Vega, Monique Bingham
    My Life Is A Minimal Circle (Original Mix) by Rick Wilhite
    Haven’t You Heard (Joey Negro Extended Disco Mix) by Patrice Rushen
    It’s Tricky by Run-D.M.C.
    Push It by Salt ‘N’ Pepa
    The Tears Of A Clown by Smokey Robinson
    Momma Say Bull Shit (rmx) by Rod Lee
    Ensemble by Sinclair
    Lions Of Judah (Four Tet Re-Edit) by Emanative & Ahmed Abdullah


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