Restart comes to XO Nightclub in August for the best night of funky disco and soulful house music with residents Ororo and Dingo8, plus special guest Kevin Bumpers.

Raised in Cleveland Ohio, Kevin’s music style was heavily influenced by his parents who would play Disco, Funk, Soul and R&B from the 70’s and 80’s during their family gatherings. He was 21 when he went to his first underground party and watched as the DJ worked the crowd into a frenzy with House Music. Being a DJ has become his passion ever since.

His sound continues to evolve with various house styles from vocal & soulful, jackin & funky, bumpy UKG 4×4, to deep & discofied. In 2012 he founded the monthly house night known as GrooveHaus Cleveland and hosts a weekly radio show called Groovehaus Sessions every Thursday night at 9 pm EST (2 am BST) on D3EP Radio Network. Once a month on Saturday night the house music faithful gather to hear international and local DJ’s dropping the best in funky and soulful house vibes.

Kevin has shared the decks with well know artists Dj Dan, DJ Spen, Todd Edwards, Kevin Saunderson, Tony Humphries, Todd Terry, Jask, Stacy Kidd, Scott Diaz, Czboogie, Trevor Lamont, and Chicago’s very own Dajae! His energy and style are infectious and when Kevin is doing his thing, the floor will be jumpin’! To Kevin, House Music is more than just a feeling—it’s a way of life!

Kevin will be joined by Restart residents, Ororo and Dingo8. No cover.

XO Nightclub
40 E. Long St.
Columbus, OH 432115
(The entrance is on Lafayette Street)
See map below


Squared Welcomes Restart Residents Ororo and Dingo8 to the Squared Roster; Takes Monthly House Event to Avalon

Squared is thrilled to announce that longtime collaborators and fellow households Christina Coles and Brian Salyer, better known as Ororo and Dingo8 are bringing their talents, diverse musical tastes, and monthly Restart event into the fold with Columbus’s premiere source for future forward electronic music.

After many years of supporting one another’s events, including performances by Ororo and Dingo8 at Squared’s events and at the curated stages at the annual, Urban Scrawl and Independents Day festivals, we are officially joining forces to bring the promotional and production support of Squared to enhance visibility and awareness of Restart events, whose main monthly has found a new home on the fourth Friday of every month at Avalon at 205 N. 5th Street. [map]

The first joint installment of Restart will take place on Friday, October 23rd and features Ororo and Dingo8 with very special guest, Jaysoul. The music kicks off at 11:00 pm. We’ll have our killer sound system in tow so come out and join us for a night of soul, disco, funky house and anything and everything in between.

More information about the inaugural event can be found [here.]


Welcome to the Warehouse

Squared’s foi oi oi and What the Bleep join Kevin Brugger, David Murphy, Josh Allen, and Doctah X, along with Detroit’s Mike “Agent X” Clark, Dedikate, and Craig Huckaby, for an all-night warehouse event. 2 rooms of sound; Featuring house in room 1 and dub in room 2. BYOB and come prepared to dance!

Squared Provides Soundtracks to Popular Franklinton Festivals Again in 2015

This past month, Squared once again brought the underground sounds of Detroit, Berlin and beyond to the masses at the two best summer festivals in Columbus – Urban Scrawl and Independents’ Day. Over four days covering two weekends, Squared talent such as Lower Frequency, Coma Coz, Lights Out, and Jason Allen shared the stage with other local favorites like DJ Trueskillz, Druid Cloak, Kevin Brugger, Ororo, and Jenny Arcade.

Squared is a longtime contributor to Franklinton’s Urban Scrawl, having provided the soundtrack for 5 of the festival’s 9 incarnations. Working closely with the Franklinton Arts District and other participating organizations, Squared curates the local talent behind the decks, on the dancefloor and on the mic, extending beyond its own roster, to ensure a unique experience that captures the diversity of sound heard throughout the city.

Amidst a backdrop of fresh paint brushed on murals evolving before attendees’ eyes, youngsters danced among b-boys and old funk samples intermixed with disco, soul, house, techno and more. Not even periodic rains could stop the flow of people, as the weekend-long event drew even larger crowds than ever before.

Taking place in Franklinton itself for the second year in a row, former downtown resident Independents’ Day continued to settle into its new home over the last weekend of summer. The new location is a welcome change that led to a much less congested experience for those looking to enjoy all that the underground Columbus music scene has to offer. Like previous years, Squared managed the electronic presence at ID15, bringing in sound, talent and production. Echoing throughout food truck alley, house, techno, and drum & bass drew in those looking to dance and those looking to eat.

Over the course of the weekend, early sets from Ororo b2b Dingo8 and Beckett got people in the groove, while the ragga jungle and Drum & Bass of Mister Shifter had the entire crowd skanking before sundown. Even Druid Cloak’s deeper, darker, experimental sounds kept heads bobbing. It was another successful year for Independents’ Day and Squared, as techno thumped late into the night throughout Franklinton. With two more successful festivals etched into its long history, Squared looks forward to showcasing the best in Columbus electronic music to even more new fans next year.

Urban Scrawl 9

Urban Scrawl is a free, 2-day festival presented by the Franklinton Arts District at 400 West Rich featuring the live creation of murals by Columbus artists as well as performances by local DJs and dancers curated by Squared. Since 2006 Urban Scrawl has provided Columbus artists a way to flex their creative muscle and participate in Central Ohio’s largest ongoing urban renewal project. Each year the number of participants, mural panels, sponsors, and attendees grows making this a landmark summer event in Columbus, Ohio.

Once the panels are completed they will be available at an annual Art for Franklinton fundraiser auction to benefit Franklinton Arts District’s new George Bellows Artist Grants program. Other panels not auctioned are weather sealed and mounted in cooperation with Franklinton businesses to help enliven the community of Franklinton, Central Ohio’s historic first settlement.

This year Urban Scrawl is Saturday, August 29th from noon to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 30th from noon to 6:00 p.m.

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12:00-12:55 BBX
12:55-01:50 foi oi oi
01:50-02:10 P The Emcee
02:10-03:10 Mister Shifter
03:10-04:05 Coma Coz
04:05-05:00 DJ Kevin Brugger
05:00-05:20 Fleauxchild
05:20-06:15 Jenny Arcade
06:15-07:10 True Skillz
07:10-08:10 Lower Frequency
08:10-09:05 Lights Out
09:05-10:00 Brian Cheng

12:00-01:00 JaH KiLLiN
01:00-01:20 Senseless
01:20-01:40 Phizz Ed
01:40-02:40 What the Bleep
02:40-03:00 PATH
03:00-03:20 Kaz & Royal T
03:20-04:20 Ghost Gardens
04:20-04:40 LethalFX & Tony C
04:40-06:00 Scooter


Musiclaity at Victorys Flyer



A Midwest native, Seth Carter aka Dedikate, started his career djing house parties in 1995 and began his professional career in 2004. Seth’s musical influences span many different cultures and areas of the world. He is a vinyl survivalist and is known for bridging the gap between musical genres, recognizing the spirit and raw talent each artist has given to the earth through recorded music. As a tastemaker and collector of music, Seth is continuously searching for music that brings a unique vibe wherever his music is heard. Seth began his work as a producer in 2012 focusing on house music and disco edits. He founded Musicality Records in 2009 on the principle that music is about feeding your soul. He works tirelessly to bring people the raw beauty of music uniting all walks of life to share in the experience. As the president of Musicality Records, he is involved with several projects internationally, both as a producer and a musician. Seth also created a monthly event by the same name, Musicality, because he saw a need for an event like it in his community. Musicality provides a blank canvas where people can be who they want to be, create their own art and express it without the judgement of others. If you have ever attended any Musicality events, the vibe speaks for itself.

Adrian Willis, aka DJ Trueskills, is a constant curator of culture. His ear and eye have been honed in on music since 1988, when he started spinning at house parties. A Columbus, Ohio Native, he later moved on to clubs like Flyers and Skankland, and after the influential record store Groove Shack closed, he opened Thieves World in 1997. The back of the record shop was used for all-ages hip-hop shows and gave way to the underground culture that Columbus still has to this day. Willis’ is also an avid record collector whose role has changed to selling vinyl. He’s set up booths at festivals and conventions all over the country, selling rare and out-of-print funk, disco, soul and jazz slabs. His broad minded taste in music has made his personal music collection second to none in rarity and obscurity. Trueskills simply knows music in its rawest form and it is always a gift to see him bless the crowd with his selection.

Also featuring:
Tony Fairchild
Kevin Brugger

Live percussion:
Don Carlos

Hosted by:
Renshawn Lomax
Scott Litch