‘Moonshine Overamerica 2000’, San Francisco

The fourth annual 'Moonshine Overamerica Tour' sets up camp on a chilly night by the San Francisco bay...

Devoted to promoting generalised facets of the electronic underground in the

US, the Californian label has recently assumed the guise of a

travelling circus, taking their roster on the road for a gruelling five-week

road tour with 25 stopovers across the country. The fourth annual ‘Moonshine

Overamerica Tour’ sets up camp on a chilly night by the San Francisco

bay, showing off a rotating line-up of their most-prized DJs to masses of easy-

to-please dance fiends, before heading home to L.A. to play one final


Four bright, roomy tents transform the industrial sector of Oakland

into a mini electronic-themed, open-air amusement park, dividing junglists from

trance fiends and house heads from techno freaks beneath one of the Bay Area’s busiest freeways. Swarms of glowstick-bearing, pacifier-sucking, semi-

shirtless ravers worship at makeshift altars of such notables as Carl Cox

, Donald Glaude, AK1200 and Cirrus as they spin, sweat and

force smiles despite fatigue.

Clad in matching black jumpsuits decorated with plastic accessories glowing

green, Cirrus set the main stage spinning with a crowd-devastating one-

hour live P.A. full of crackling, rock-ready breaks and electrifying acidity.

The duo’s well-received knob-twiddling talents give way to an exhaustive set by

AK1200 featuring MC Navigator. The drum ‘n’ bass dictator hunches

over his records, sweat pouring as he bobs behind the decks while MC

Navigator delivers a semi-freestyle, ragga-trained lyrical flow flailing

cautiously against a loud backdrop of a massive American flag.

While AK1200 demonstrates his precise mixing proficiency and technical

aptitude with a host of doom-laden, bass-heavy cuts, former Seattle

scenester and master of facial expressions Donald Glaude sheds all

seriousness as he merrily works an aurally appreciative crowd in the

Trance’n’Dance arena. Smiles spread, fists pound thick air and circular

visual effects rotated out of control as the yellow-haired Glaude

playfully slid levers and twisted knobs with the ease of positivity-producing

expertise. But as the peak-hour approaches, Glaude’s admirers

collectively migrate back to the main stage to experience the unmatched skills

of Carl Cox like lemmings.

Cox’s arrival onstage is met with a din of respectful noise.

Masterfully taking to the decks with a mix of unpretentious enthusiasm and

energetic promise and dropping tracks like Storm’s ‘Time To Burn’ and

Underworld’s ‘Push Upstairs’, Cox serves up his standard floor-

levelling set to an expectant crowd of veterans and newcomers, proving to the

rest of Moonshine’s roster what it takes to be an global entertainer –

modest confidence and an inimitable style.

Melissa Piazza