Notable Spin Doctors Pack Clubs in Shelby, Utica
Several high-profile DJs bring in the crowds at local hot spots in Shelby and Utica.
Our Utica/Shelby area may not be New York cutting edge when it comes to club life, but several local DJs and clubs are doing their best to keep up with the trends.
Empire Lounge is barely 6 weeks old but is winning fans with its sophisticated atmosphere and amazing staff. Their Saturday night spin doctor DJ Mike Scroggs is no stranger to the top Detroit scenes. An 18-year veteran on the ones and twos, Scroggs knows how to keep a dance floor packed. "I play what the crowd wants to hear. Right now, the biggest requests are what's hot on the radio, mostly top 40. I also spin house," states Scroggs.
Fans of Scroggs can also find him live on 106.7 The Beat and may remember him from 93.1 WDRQ.
Teddy's Times Square has hosted some of the best DJs in southeast Michigan both current and past. Coming back to show the dance floor love is DJ Mike Fresh. After a short break, Fresh is coming back to make Friday nights funky at the 3-year-young venue. His style? "I like to play requests and keep an 'anything goes, interactive' take on the party. It's well-known that music is what makes the party," says Fresh.
DJ Dirty White—aka Rick Pruneda—has been on the DJ scene for 14-plus years and has played venues near and far, including a stint at Teddy's Times Square. His style is pretty off the wall—from hip-hop to house to old-school—all with a bit of rock thrown in. "The DJ 'culture' in the Utica/Shelby area is pretty diverse. You got House DJs, top 40 DJs and everything in between. It's a great scene," Pruneda says.
Pruneda also suggests not making a generalized request. "I promise you, something you may think is danceable can clear our floor. As long as no one is walking out the door, we're doing our job just fine." You can catch him away from Teddy's at Dooley's and Fritts' Pub.
Club 22 also has great party music. You can catch DJ Lenny B and other guest DJs on the weekends spinning throwback tunes to their party peeps.