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June 21, 2010

Gutter Magazine's Glitterball rocked Red Maple

busting moves at the glitterballMy legs are still a little sore from dancing so hard at Gutter Magazine's first (and hopefully annual) Glitterball at Red Maple Saturday night.

DJs Mikie Love and Exclaime were all about the vintage jams, from the Jackson 5 to late '70s/early '80s jams I didn't even recognize. There was no stopping the groove.

Red Maple was split into two spaces -- up front was the Glitterball, and the back was an event thrown by Baltimore nightlife empress Heidi Klotzman of HeidnSeek Entertainment

The DJs in the back room spun more traditional house stuff, which was good, but it's not really my thing. Guess I'm just a retro kinda guy ...

The only minor nuisance with the party was the patch of carpeting that was set down on part of the dance floor up front. It's much easier to dance on hardwood floors. But whatever -- around midnight, the whole room was flooded with dancers, who were literally cutting a rug (zink!).

We were even treated to a performance by Lazerbitch singer Libbey Picken (pictured, below). Remember her video? She was just as sassy in person.

Picken sang a few of her new songs, as well as "Coquette" -- the one featured in the video. At one point, she yanked off her T-shirt, revealing a sparkly bra, instantly doubling the sass factor.

I was typing into my phone when, halfway through one of her songs, Picken called me out for it.

"Stop texting, Sam Sessa," she said.

Guilty as charged.

The party was still bumping when I left, sometime around 1 a.m. Summer hadn't started yet but lordy it was hot in there. I'm sweating just thinking about it. Somebody get me a paper towel!

(Photos by Rachel Verhaaren)

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 6:17 PM | | Comments (4)


We wore that rug down!!

That guy dancing with Libbey looks like Brody Jenner. Did I miss a Baltimore appearance by my favorite non-celebrity celebrity?!?! haha.

Libby is not in that photo. She looks nothing like any of the people in that photo.

damn. i was just slightly cut out of this photo. and no, that ain't libby.

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Erik Maza is a features reporter at the Baltimore Sun. He writes for several sections of the Sun paper and contributes weekly columns on music and nightlife. He also writes and edits the Midnight Sun blog. He often covers entertainment, business, and the business of entertainment. Occasionally, he writes about Four Loko, The Block, the liquor board, and those who practice "simulated sex with a potted palm tree." Before The Sun, he was a reporter at the Miami New Times. He's also written for Miami magazine, the Orlando Sentinel, the Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Gainesville Sun. Got tips? Gripes? Pitches? He's reachable at Click here to keep up with the dumb music he's listening to.

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