Crookers Twists & Turns Grand Central With Amazingly Weird Songs.
Being unique in the dance music scene is pretty important if you want to be successful.
But that’s no problem for Crookers, as his music is not only unique, but weird in the coolest of ways. And it’s been like that for years.
Thursday night, he brought his weirdness front and center to the Grand Central stage, and as the Miami Heat were freshly named back-to-back NBA championships just a few blocks down, the crowd in attendance was extra rowdy.
Grand Central resident Mike Deuce opened the night. I have to say, he threw down one of the most unique opening sets I have seen in a long time. I’ve never seen the crowd the venue attracts get down so hard to tunes like Duke Dumont’s “Need You (100%),” Diclosure’s “When A Fire Starts To Burn,” and Destructo’s “Higher.” It felt more like a 21+ WMC party.
Mike upped the energy with Funkin Matt’s “I Wish” and Astronomar’s remix to Neoteric & Wax Motif’s “Go Deep” before Crookers took to the stage at about 1:30 a.m.
He started his set with no introduction, mixing straight out of Mike’s last song. His first few jams were simple, but hard hitting, almost a tech-tropical sound.
As time passed, the revelers got wackier. Someone ins a giant Gumby outfit was hoisted and carried above the crowd. Outside, cars drove by with their passengers hanging out of windows, banging pots and pans in celebration of the Heat win. I went back inside to see Crookers drop his new, nasty tune “Ghetto Guetta,” which had such a phat bassline I felt as if I was in 2009.
He dropped Crookers classic “Knobbers” and the crowd went off. When the breakdown came it cut to the original Super Mario Bros theme song, which was cut by a vocal stating “No, that was a joke,” after which it went back to the original breakdown of the song.
He proceeded to play some trap tunes, including trap remixes of “Wild For The Night” and “Niggas In Paris.” A young girl hopped on stage during the trappening to give him a hi-five, which he gladly accepted.
Of course, it wouldn’t be a Crookers set without some Dr. Gonzo. At one point the music seemed to stop and I heard Dr. Gonzo speak a bit, then proceed to cut into “Dr. Gonzo’s Anthem,” making the vibe weirder than it already was.
As the clock approached 3 a.m., the end was nigh. It felt like we were in a time machine as he finished off with his timeless remix of Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N Night” and his crazy remix of AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck.” He closed off his set with what seems to be some Italian uptempo folk song.
We came sober and left with our ears twisted and turned by an Italian mad man. I wouldn’t have had the night any other way.