Eek-a-Mouse is one of few DJs to truly make a lasting impression on contemporary dance culture. The Jamaican-born artist and Los Angeles resident is credited with the invention of "sing-jaying," a sort of singer-DJ hybridization that allowed turntable artists to break their silence and sing or chant along with their mixes.
His initial hits, "Once a Virgin," "Wa-Do-Dem" and "Biddy biddy beng" made him a household name in Jamaica, and still receive much more airplay back here in the states than one would think possible for 20-year-old music. And his great reggae holiday anthem, "Christmas A-Come," is a must-play at this time of year.
Eek-a-Mouse's importance as a longstanding musical figure is evidenced by the re-release of three full-length albums (all in the past year alone): "Eek-A-Speeka," "Mouseketeer" and "Mouse Gone Wild."
Not bad for such a seemingly ill-fated moniker. Born Ripton Hylton, friends dubbed him Eek-a-Mouse in honor of a horse he kept losing money on at the track.
Tuesday, Nov. 30, 9 p.m. Escape Ultra-Lounge, 600 Hennepin Ave. S. Call for prices. 333-8855.
All that brass
With their blend of spontaneity and humor, not to mention their virtuosity, Canadian Brass has been helping to bring brass music back into the foreground of popular culture. The classically trained quintet is widely credited for infusing a neglected group of instruments with new vitality and relevance, effectively paving the way for an entirely new measure of acceptance for brass ensembles at home and abroad (they were the first Western chamber ensemble ever to tour the People's Republic of China).
The quintet will perform everything from Mozart and Bach to Gerswhin and jazz for this night of holiday music.
Friday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m. Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall. $29-$39. 371-5656.