The CRAM Files: Upcoming performances by DJ Matt Rissi

DJ Matt Rissi
DJ Matt Rissi will be hosting a Pornstar’s Ball at Woody’s on Friday, Sept. 12. — photo by Hazin

DJ Matt Rissi

A pioneer of the Cedar Rapids electronic music scene who has been producing all-night dance parties in and outside of Iowa for over 20 years, Matt Rissi is one of the most respected and hardworking DJs in the area. The fanfare of his events are not to be missed! Here’s a rundown of what he’s up to this month:

Sept. 12: The Pornstar’s Ball at Woody’s Show Club. If you’re inclined to skip this just because of the sleazy title and location, you should know that you’re missing one of the wildest electronic dance music spectacles around. The stripclub is converted into one huge dance space for a raging party that routinely sells out and doesn’t stop until 5 a.m. This installment of the ball, the 24th in the series, features Rissi alongside a showcase of DJs from Denver, Colo.

Sept. 20: Downtown Farmers Market. Rissi comes out of the dark to explore the deeper sounds of house music for a special 8 a.m. sunrise set.

Sept. 26 – 27: Therapeutic Chemistry at Mahoney’s Pub in the Irish District. Joined by Kevin Bassett and Dylan Lazarus, these back-to-back parties have the intimacy of a small space while still keeping an explosive crowd going on the dance floor all night long. The DJ booth is the center of attention, the spot where you can get an up-close look at the magic behind the mixer.

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