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Crash the Decks

May 3 @ 8:00 pm

$10 – $20
Make Sure You Have Fun™ Presents: Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ Exhibition 2024 – Fargo, ND
4 teams of live DJs paired with live drummers going head to head battle style to see who walks away Fargo’s next Crash the Decks Exhibition Champions!
After a successful launch in November 2023, Crash the Decks is back in NoDak for our next exhibition round as we prepare Fargo to enter into the Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ National Tournament in 2025.
Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ Battle Exhibition 2024
Friday, May 3rd, 2024
The Aquarium
226 Broadway N (Upstairs)
Fargo, ND 58102
21+ with valid ID
Doors at 8 PM
Battle at 9 PM
$10 Presale
$20 Day of Show
Have you ever attended an event and, right in the middle of the night, found yourself thinking, “This is the best show I’ve been to in a long time”? That’s this.
Crash the Decks stands as the world’s premier Drummer vs DJ Battle, merging live DJs with live drummers to deliver a distinctive and unforgettable musical performance and fusion, transcending genres in a gripping and competitive experience. Originally rebranded and launched in the spring of 2023, Crash the Decks’ singular goal is to discover the most dynamic Drummer vs DJ duo globally.
After the success of four exhibition rounds in 2023 across New Haven, CT (1), Pittsburgh, PA (2), and Fargo, ND (1), CTD returns in 2024 for its inaugural full tournament in the city where this battle first emerged, Pittsburgh, PA, while hosting exhibition rounds across the country in Fargo, ND; Philadelphia. PA; New Haven, CT; Hartford, CT; Newark, NJ; Washington, D.C., in preparation for the Crash the Decks National Tournament in 2025 with cities being added as the year progresses. Bring your cheering squad, DJ enthusiasts, and drum aficionados to experience the event of the year.
Witness the collision of the most exceptional DJs and extraordinary drummers in Fargo, immersing yourself in a musical competition guaranteed to captivate, get you dancing, and leave you eagerly anticipating the next round. Brace yourself; you might just find yourself chanting “CRASH. THE. DECKS!” on the ride home.
Battling Teams
🥁Joshing Around Wilson + DJ OG Carter💿
🥁Shawn P. + DJ Durty Dave💿
🥁AJ + DJ AP💿
🥁Alec + DJ Type 1💿
📝Emily Swedberg
📝DJ Donny Dahl
📝Michael Carbone
📝Jeremiah Streifel
🎤Hosted by Fred Edwards
Curated by 1PrettyRicky of WEAREONE, Fargo’s Crash the Decks Ambassador
Do you want to compete? Help? Sponsor a future battle? Host a battle in your city? Visit us online at https://crashthedecks.com to inquire, register, or for more information.
What is Drummer vs DJ?
“Drummer vs DJ” is a niche performance style that fuses the excitement of a club DJ with the energy of a live drummer for a mind-blowing and one-of-a-kind experience.
The “Drummer vs DJ” performance style has its roots in various musical genres, including hip-hop, rock, and electronic dance music (EDM). The concept of live drumming and electronic music production coming together in performance is not new, but it gained widespread popularity in the mid-2000s with the emergence of a few key performers.
One of the earliest and most influential “Drummer vs DJ” pairs was DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) and Travis Barker of Blink-182, known together as TRV$DJAM. The two began performing together in the early 2000s, blending hip-hop beats, rock anthems, house, and other dance music genres with live drumming in a high-energy performance that quickly gained a following. They performed at clubs, award shows, and music festivals worldwide drawing thousands, and were known for their innovative mashups and remixes.
Another noteworthy “Drummer vs DJ” duo features DJ Jazzy Jeff and Questlove of The Roots. These two hip-hop DJs have been recognized for their collaborative performances in various event formats, showcasing their combined expertise in turntablism, drumming, and musical taste. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to witness these two live, consider yourself treated.
In addition to these pairs, there have been many other musicians and performers who have embraced the “Drummer vs DJ” concept, often in one-off duos that play sold-out shows at local clubs and events. This performance style ain’t new but our battle league is!
History of Crash the Decks
In March 2016, farESH Brand and Loyal Order co-hosted the inaugural Drummer vs DJ showcase at Spirit Lodge in Pittsburgh, PA. This event marked the first time in Spirit’s early history that it reached full capacity on a Sunday. Over the subsequent two years, farESH Brand organized this event 12 more times in Pittsburgh, transforming it into a battle and expanding Drummer vs DJ into a year-long tournament across four dates in 2018. DJ ADMC and Dylan Wood successfully defended their champion title (4x) and emerged as the winners of the first-ever Drummer vs DJ Tournament held at Spirit Hall. Taking a hiatus in 2019, they aimed to regroup and revamp, gearing up for a 2020 return that was unfortunately halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between 2018 and 2023, farESH Brand ceased operations, leading to the closure of its online shop. Co-founder Ryan “RB” Brown established Make Sure You Have Fun™ in 2017, which absorbed the event concept, underwent a rebranding, and repackaged it. As the concept evolved into its own entity, it warranted a name beyond the familiar “Drummer vs DJ” title, adopting the name “Crash the Decks.”
In May 2023, Make Sure You Have Fun™ hosted Crash the Decks: Drummer vs DJ Battle Exhibitions in Pittsburgh, PA; Fargo, ND; and New Haven, CT, under its new name.
In 2024, our quest persists as we broaden our search for the world’s best Drummer vs DJ duo, reaching Hartford, CT; Newark, NJ; Washington, D.C.; and Philadelphia, PA. Concurrently, we are hosting exhibition battles and a city championship in Pittsburgh, PA; New Haven, CT; and Fargo, ND, laying the groundwork for the first-ever CTD National Tournament in 2025.
Join us at Crash the Decks to experience an event you have missed dearly or a brand-new event that will leave you awestruck and convert you into a Crash the Decks enthusiast.
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May 3
8:00 pm
$10 – $20
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The Aquarium
226 Broadway N Fl 2
Fargo, ND 58102 United States
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