The Engine Room is the place in Tallahassee to check out the newest trends in music today. It attracts musical acts from across the nation and from different genres ranging from punk to house music. More recently, a lot of electronic acts are performing there which is telling of the new trend in music. The music scene is quickly moving towards more electronic acts since emerging technologies are making full bands a thing of the past. The people who book the shows really have their finger on the pulse of the music industry.
Every week there is something big going on at Engine Room. One reoccurring night of madness is Menace Beach. It's a wildly popular dance party that attracts all the cute hipster girls in town with promises of hours of mashups and an endless supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon. The party goes on until the wee hours of the morning. It's not unheard of to start your night at Menace Beach, then leave to go to St. Mikes down the road for a few hours then return to dance your face off. The dance floor doesn't quit until the place shuts down.
The electronic music artists that the Engine Room brings in are really big names in the industry. Artists like Emancipator and Bonobo put together some of the more amazing hip-hop infused electronic music that I have ever heard. Bonobo's use of the flute surprisingly fits the genre. Jethro Tull brought the flute out of the symphony and into popular music, but I'd say that Bonobo brought it into the 21st century. The recent popularity of the Dubstep genre has also become apparent in the number of Dubstep acts that play at the Engine Room. Excision, Bare, Mimosa, Two Fresh, and Pretty Lights are only a few of the heavy hitters of the Dubstep world that have played The Engine Room.
One of the great things about The Engine Room is the patio area. It offers a safe haven for those whose legs are getting tired from moving and grooving. After a few hand signals to rally the troops and some short strides you can be outside with everyone enjoying the deck. Two very different experiences are merely a few feet apart. There is usually a food cart outside so you can take a break from tearing up the dance floor and refuel the tank.
If you've got canned heat in your heels one night, pop on over to The Engine Room for one of their Menace Beach nights. It's always guaranteed to please and be sure to tip the bartender. Also, check out the upcoming shows so you can plan accordingly. And remember, when you're getting ready for a long night of dancing, The Engine Room is a high heel free zone. It's to ensure the safety of all toes involved.