Winter Music Conference is a yearly gathering in Miami of the biggest talents in electronic music and the fans who follow them. If you can't get away to sunny South Beach next week, there are some happenings in our own backyard that can get you pretty close -- without the beach part, of course. Loda consistently brings together the best local and international talent at Gallery in Silver Spring. For tonight's Forward event -- part of a weekend electronica mini-festival -- they're upping the ante. With bedrock support from DMV mainstays Aaron Sparks, Joe L. and Baltimore guest LoveGrove, Forward features two spaces with eight DJs covering the tempo and style spectrums from downtempo to techno. The main event is Jeremy "Ayro" Ellis (listen), a Detroit funk and jazz musician who transferred his keyboard chops to digital beat manipulation. This one-man band creates tracks live on stage with keyboards and drum machines, similar to Mark de Clive-Lowe and others, except Ellis also sings on all of his own tunes.
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