Internationally renown B-boy crew Massive Monkees have enjoyed worldwide breakdancing success for well over a decade. Their notable global wins include the 2004 International World B-Boy Championships in London, and in 2012, they became the first American dance crew to win Korea’s famed R-16 breakdance competition. In honor of their accomplishments and their ongoing community service, in 2004 former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels proclaimed April 26 as Massive Monkees Day, with the city hosting an annual celebration of the date.
This year marked the group’s 15th anniversary, and the 28-member dance crew threw a “massive” street party to commemorate the milestone. The after party, held at Seattle’s ultra-hip Gallery 2312, was attended by many of the world’s top breakdancers, who flew in from around the globe to celebrate. Also in attendance were celebrity DJs including Crazy Legs from New York’s legendary Rock Steady Crew, rising star DJ Lean Rock, and Rock Steady Crew B-girl and DJ Kaotic Blaze.
‘It’s one of dance music’s highest profile events,” observes Massive Monkees producer Benito Ybarra. “Gallery 2312 was really a great venue for this event. It’s one of the city’s hot spots.”
Recently, Gallery 2312 replaced its old sound system with new Mackie SRM650 loudspeakers. With its application-specific speaker modes and 1600W of High-Definition sound, Mackie’s SRM650 loudspeakers provide Gallery 2312 owner Jonathan Moore with the power and sonic flexibility required for the multi-purpose venue.
“Good sound is a big part of the events and programs we hold at 2312,” says Moore. “Whether it’s a party with a DJ, a gallery opening, or whatever, music is always a critical part of the celebration. To have great sounding, reliable gear like Mackie SRM speakers is a great fit for us.”
Ybarra adds, “I call on Mackie for sound at these kind of events because their stuff sounds fantastic. Massive Monkees have been working with Mackie for years, and we’re definitely as supportive of them as they are of us.”
Mackie’s local Seattle base is also an asset, says Moore. “”It is always a plus to be able to work with folks that are accessible and can stop by and check things out as opposed to dealing with brands that might be not even have a rep in the northwest, or whose HQ is somewhere around the world,” he says. “We definitely have a shared sensibility and a common understanding.”