TBRU XV: Big D Bear Dance slideshow from Friday night at the Palladium

I headed over to the Big D Bear Dance Friday night to snap a few photos for this here blog and didn’t expect the party to be such a big party. The Palladium’s floor is huge but they modified it by marking in the dance floor a bit and surrounded with more seating. By 10 p.m., the floor was busy and then jam packed by 1 a.m. DJ Ted Eiel lived up to his “muscle house” brand of DJing playing strong beats and familiar songs that gave an exciting flair to the event. He veered away from droning thumps of elongated techno music to play high energy radio hits. It worked because there was never a lag in the dance action. Which is how you want a party to be.

The dance is actually a partner of Texas Bear Round-Up rather than being put on by any of the TBRU steering committees. Having said that, the people behind the Bear Dance still gave proceeds from the cover charge to TBRU’s beneficiaries. And with all the beef and fur there, that probably amounted to a sweet chunk of change.

Anyway, here are a bunch of photos of the dance floor and some of the people there.

—  Rich Lopez

TBRU XV: DJ Ted Eiel gives some insight on spinning for the bears

The Texas Bear Round-Up is underway and the bears, otters and cubs (and whatever other mammals) are running rampant through the city. Tonight, they convene at the Palladium Ballroom for the Big D Bear Dance with Chicago DJ Ted Eiel helming the turntables in his Dallas debut. Before he takes over the night, Eiel gave us some insider knowledge this afternoon into how this evening could play out.

Dallas Voice: What do you expect for your first time playing in Dallas? Ted Eiel:  I’ve had friends in  Dallas for years, so I expect to see a lot of the us “old guard” and  fresh faces, both bear and circuit boys.

So your music is described as  “muscle house.” Sounds hot but what is it? It’s a style of music that is sexy and dirty with a rhythm that makes  you want to move.  I like to say the bassline drives the song, not the  drum line.

You also have a podcast called Chunkhouse. Love the name. It’s a brand I came up with describing my music: sexy , funky, chunky house music. You can download the podcast from my site or on itunes.

What’s a setlist like for dancing bears? Lots of high energy house tracks with huge buildups and catchy vocals. You’ll very rarely hear me do any circuit house or tribal because to me, it’s just not fun anymore. The music needs soul to move the beef.

Which is your go-to song if the dance floor is getting a little lag? Right now it’s Madonna’s “Revolver” (Paul Van Dyke mix). It’s heavy, sexy and familiar.  You have to throw the boys a bone every once in a while!

OK, I love doing mixtapes so if I’m doing a bear themed one, what are some songs that should at least be on there? I’m not big on mainstream music, so everything is pretty underground. But all the tracks usually nod to a song from the 70′s or 80′s, a refresh so to speak.  So I would put on “Sweet Dreams” (Electro Mix), “Hiding All The Stars” (Michael Woods Mix) by Chicane and “Bostich” (Cube Guys Mix) by Yello.

—  Rich Lopez