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2010 America’s Best DJ Tour, voting has begun
Edited Press Release
Once again, it’s on. The voting for America’s Best DJ kicked off
Memorial Day Weekend. The three-month-long promotion run by DJ Times
magazine asks the eternal question: "Who’s America’s Best DJ?" This
weekend fans started giving their answers by casting their votes for
their favorite DJ at www.americasbestdj.net.
Voting also gives fans the chance to win awesome prizes.
The voting will be supported by a Summer Tour that’s presented by
Pioneer DJ and DJ Times. Sponsors for the tour include Novation,
Beatport, The Palms Las Vegas Hotel & Casino and N9NE Group.
Running in tandem with the competition, the 20-event America’s Best DJ
Summer Tour kicked off May 29-31 at Movement: Detroit’s Electronic
The Memorial Day weekend event at Hart Plaza, which drew over 80,000
fans in 2009, offered a massive platform for the launch of the 5th
annual tour. At Movement and other tour events like Baltimore’s
Starscape Festival on June 5 DJ Times is maintaining a dedicated
exhibit booth and take paper-ballot votes from fans supporting their
favorite U.S.-based DJs.
At upcoming tour events like Baltimore’s Starscape Festival on June 5
and DJ Icey’s show in San Francisco at Ruby Skye on June 18 DJ Times is
maintaining a dedicated exhibit booth and take paper-ballot votes from
fans supporting their favorite U.S.-based DJs.
As with most any electronic music event, San
Francisco is well represented. 2010 nominees based in San Francisco or
with close ties to the City include Behrouz
(pictured left), Claude Van Stroke, DJ Dan, DJ Qbert, Mark Farina, Miguel Migs
and Mixmaster Mike.
Voting fans will earn the opportunity to win gear from Pioneer DJ and
Novation, plus free music downloads from Beatport. One lucky voter plus
a guest will win a grand prize trip for two to Las Vegas that includes
roundtrip airfare, accommodations at The Palms, and VIP treatment at
the America’s Best DJ closing party in Rain Nighclub.
Both the online vote and tour runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The
America’s Best DJ award show and closing party will take place on
October 2 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. (Incidentally,
Z-Trip the 2009 America’s Best DJ winner maintains his "Z-Trip
Revolution" residency at the Rain nightclub in The Palms, where he took
over the decks after the passing of DJ AM.)
Out of the 100 U.S.-based jocks nominated for the America’s Best DJ
title, seven performed at Movement. They included A-Trak, Claude
VonStroke, Derrick Carter, Josh Wink, and The Martinez Bros., plus
current Detroit-area DJs Stacey Pullen and Theo Parrish.
Also, seven nominees will perform at Starscape. They include Wolfgang
Gartner, DJ Craze, Dieselboy, DJ Dan, Reid Speed, Charles Feelgood and
The Trouble & Bass Crew.
At the 2009 Movement festival, eventual winner Z-Trip
rocked the Motown crowd to the point that existing supporters and many
new converts came streaming over to the DJ Times booth to cast their
paper ballots for him. That week’s voting bump (in-person and online)
vaulted Z-Trip into the ABDJ lead. Three months later, he was at Ghost
Bar at The Palms in Vegas being presented with a gold-plated Pioneer
DJM-800 by Paul Oakenfold and Pioneer staff.
2010 America’s Best DJ Tour Dates
May 29-31 - Detroit - Movement Festival, Hart Plaza
June 5 - Baltimore - Starscape Festival, Fort Armistead Park
June 10 - NYC - Trouble & Bass Crew @ Santos Party House
June 18 - San Francisco - DJ Icey @ Ruby Skye
July 3 - Washington, DC - Saeed Younan @ Lima Lounge
Here are the
2010 America’s Best DJ Nominees
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