Rick Carrasco — more commonly known to Tri-City music lovers as DJ Ricochet — has no problem admitting that music makes him a little crazy.
Carrasco, 42, of Pasco, has a unique style when working the turntables at electronic dance music events, both public and private.
As a former dancer, he grooves as much to the music while he plays it as his audience members do dancing to it. He also does his DJ thing using vinyl records instead of digital like most electronic dance DJs do these days.
Carrasco is one of a dozen DJs from across the state who will be in Pasco on Nov. 28 for an electronic dance event called Stuff Your Bass, which the promoter says will be a family-friendly rave-type event. It starts at 5 p.m. at La Tropicana, 101 W. Columbia St. Admission is $18 at the door.
The headline is DJ Darrius Washington from Seattle. Also appearing will be DJ Cronvic, DJ Radikill, DJ Felon, DJ Sky, 2 Evils, DJ Cir3, DJ Riot and Dave Keset.
The event won’t be the usual, more notorious, type of rave, said spokeswoman Wendy Lilly.
“The organizers of Stuff Your Bass want to change the image and culture of a typical rave event by weeding out drugs and alcohol that is usually associated with these kinds of events,” Lilly said.
Those creators, Megan and Casey Hilburn, also thought Stuff Your Bass would be a good title since it happens the day after Thanksgiving, and the bass beat is always at the heart of this kind of event.
“This will be an alcohol- and drug-free music festival, so anyone showing clear signs of intoxication will be directed to our security staff for appropriate actions,” said Megan Hilburn. “Usually when you read about people being sent to the hospital from a rave event, it’s because of dehydration. To avoid this, we will have free water and Gatorade stations to ensure everyone stays hydrated.”
The event also features much more than DJ music. There will be performances by Ms. Gay Columbia Basin, Tatiana Rexia, and the Imma Boss gogo group will give a Hula Hoop demonstration. There also will be a wide range of kiosks selling food and a selection of arts and crafts. The booths open at 5 p.m. The music starts at 8:30 p.m. and goes until 2 a.m.
And kids can be as much a part of the festivities as the adults, the Hilburns said.
“For anybody who might have doubts (about bringing kids), we will be bringing our 6-year-old daughter, who will be doing a small Hula Hoop performance,” Megan Hilburn said. “She has been training with some of the best hoopers in our area, and we are excited.”
Carrasco said kids are big fans of electronic dance music, and his 10-year-old son is a budding DJ himself.
“My son loves being a DJ, and he’s pretty good at it already,” Carrasco said. “But he’s not as good as his dad, yet.”
Carrasco himself fell in love with music as an adolescent.
“I started when I was 10, using one record player and two tape decks,” he said. “I love the old ways, like using vinyl records, because there’s more depth and warmth to the sound.”