Subkulture Presents


Nitti Gritti, DJ Jesse Strange

Tue Apr 02

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Cain's Ballroom

Tulsa, OK

$20.00 - $25.00

Tickets at the Door

This event is 18 and over


Advance $20

Day of Show $25
Door $25

There is a $2 fee that applies to each ticket purchased at the Cain's Box Office.

No re-entry! No smoking! No refunds!

Support acts are subject to change without notice!

Hello, world: Rusko kindly requests that you wake the fuck up.

The Leeds-born DJ/producer who ascended with the original U.K. dubstep movement – and gave it one of its first and most enduring anthems, a bolt of foul-mouthed rave lightening called “Cockney Thug” – is here to tell you that music is not about labels and dance is no fad. And to prove it, he proudly presents “SONGS”: His gutsy, freewheeling, brilliant second album.

“The sound of my early releases was very dub-influenced, and just good, fun, bouncy vibes,” he says. “The majority of dubstep at the moment I think is aggressive, and I don’t like angry music; I don’t want to be angry in a club. So I wanted to make something really happy, but still heavy.”

“Happy and heavy” is a proper way to describe the vibe that has carried Rusko from the first moments of dubstep’s life to the biggest stages in the world; from a single, seminal bass wobble to a swath of sounds that can’t be capped in a few simple syllables. He might be one of the guys who started it all – but he’s sure as hell not going to leave it at that.

A staple of the global electronic underground, Rusko has packed nightclubs, concert venues and festivals across the world, and not only dance-dedicated ones: From Electric Daisy Carnival and Ultra Music Festival, to Coachella and Lollapalooza; from Germany’s Melt! to Australia’s Good Vibrations. He created the majority of “O.M.G.!,” his hard-hitting debut artist album, on the road, cutting tracks by day, and testing them on living, breathing dance floors by night. But for the follow-up, he wanted to try a different strategy.

“From January to late September 2011, I didn’t make a single track,” he says. “I spent all that time touring around the world, building up a massive swell of ideas inside me.”

With the long tour done, the artist took two months completely off and ensconced himself in a tiny one-room studio in California’s Hollywood Hills, with no phone reception and spotty-at-best Internet access. The hermit style paid off.

“I made all 14 songs in 8 weeks,” he says. “I didn’t try any out like before; I just stayed in the same headspace and vibe, and made the whole album in one go. You can really tell: Compared to ‘O.M.G.!,’ it sounds like one crazy Technicolor song!”

There is indeed a rowdy kind of sprightliness throughout “SONGS,” which sets a wizard’s box of dance music charms to some of its most misunderstood: cracking, smacking breakbeats, and reverberant, sonic-boom bass. The rave piano vamp of first single “Somebody to Love,” the accelerated classic house of “Pressure,” the head-nodding reggae of “Skanker,” the epically trancey sweep of “Opium” and “Thunder,” even “Dirty Sexy,” a tongue-y but not so cheeky nugget of American-style R&B: They all express a different part of what makes Rusko pogo like a punk while he spins, and carry the energy and soul of his inimitable, genre-be-damned style.

Back in 2007 – when “dubstep” was an idea known to a critical few – Rusko and DJ/producer Caspa lit the spark with a dubstep-dedicated mix for London nightclub Fabric’s influential compilation series Fabriclive. Rusko’s “Cockney Thug” was the centerpiece, evangelizing the bass “wobble” that’s since set the world on fire – a seminal moment that the Guardian UK called one of the 50 key events in dance music history. The young artist released a slew of singles and EPs, including the “Babylon” series, which shows his transition from happier rave to heavier dub. Remix commissions came in droves: Rusko has put his buoyant spin on over 20 tracks, including Kid Cudi’s “Day ‘N’ Night,” Lady Gaga’s “Alejandro,” and Kid Sister’s “Pro Nails.” He also produced the majority of “Maya,” M.I.A’s third and highest-charting studio album.

In 2010, Rusko’s “Cali Anthem” becoming the first dubstep tune to be listed on US radio, and “O.M.G.!” was released on Mad Decent/Downtown. Containing tracks like the raucous “Woo Boost” and elegantly aggressive anthem “Hold On” (featuring Amber Coffman from The Dirty Projectors), it cemented the young artist as one of the leaders of the new dance movement.

Rusko is touring internationally behind “SONGS,” and preparing to release an EP with a similarly ingenious group of rule-breakers: American hip-hop outfit Cypress Hill.

So world, if you’re awake, now hear this: Rusko is here to roll the beats, and dance music will never be the same.
Nitti Gritti
Nitti Gritti
NITTI GRITTI is the name that continues to push the boundaries of electronic music. With an ever-expanding list of A-list supporters including DJ Snake, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Major Lazer, and Tiesto, NITTI has proven himself a heavyweight within the dance music community.

2018 positioned itself as a massive year for NITTI GRITTI. He started off the year on a headlining World Tour, where he performed across the United States, China, and Australia. His biggest release “Crack” was signed to Tiesto’s label, Musical Freedom, and was the seventh most played track at Ultra Music Festival. He also has shown his talents expand far beyond dance music by co-producing Enrique Iglesias’ latest single, “Move To Miami” featuring Pitbull and Bad Bunny’s “200 MPH” with Diplo. He’s also released official remixes for Bazzi’s “Mine” and Mario’s “Drowning.” NITTI GRITTI ended the year performing over 100 shows across 3 continents coupled with several superstar collaborations.

Known for his contagious energy behind the decks and ingenious productions, NITTI GRITTI has garnered a dedicated following of both producers and fans alike, and is ready to dominate the music scene. It’s time to get down to the NITTI GRITTI.
DJ Jesse Strange
DJ Jesse Strange
Jesse Strange is the musical alias manifested when this peculiar performer takes the stage as he delivers powerful and energetic sets that leave the crowd begging for more. Jesse, in 2 short years, has become an Oklahoma sensation and has successfully dominated the dance music scene in Oklahoma. Playing shows all over the state in top dance clubs such as Frequency, Citywalk, Club Albee, The Underground, Red Ultra Lounge, Vanguard Tulsa, Electric Circus, Kamps Lounge, Social Nightclub, Community Bar and Vape Lounge, and Cain’s Ballroom, and Nevada Max’s just to name a few. Jesse delivers sets that are always diverse and eclectic, catering to the needs of the crowd and forever changing to accommodate their musical thirst. MUVE Magazine quotes, "Jesse Strange Delivers an Energetic, Transcendent, and Memorable performance every time.”

Jesse has accomplished a lot in a very short amount of time, landing shows that have taken some years to accomplish. In November 2012, Strange headlined one of the biggest weekly dance parties in OKC known as Robotic Wednesday. In 2013 Jesse was brought to Wichita, Kansas to headline for Nocturnal By Nature’s DTF event. Shortly after he opened for Archnemesis, which was his first major headline show, and after was Dieselboy. Strange also played at the 2013 Euphoria Music Festival in TX and, upon return to OKC, was confirmed to open for Zeds Dead in May. In the summer of 2013 Jesse had the opportunity to play with several names like Candyland, Gladiator, Two Fresh, Codes, The Floozies, Jen Lasher, DJ Micro, BARE, DJ Fergie, Eoto, Datsik, Designer Drugs, Baauer, DJ ICEY, DJ Love, Crystal Vision, Kids at The Bar and many others.

Stranges primary musical focus is on dance music although he strives to be an open format DJ in order to remain flexible to any crowd. He has found influence in his music from artists such as Deadmau5, Skrillex, and Armin Van Buuren just to name a few. He pulls attributes from each artist from the careful, emotional attachment and flow of the music to the energy on stage to keep a crowd hyped and moving. Jesse seeks inspiration from all backgrounds of music, ranging from classic rock and hip hop, to classical music and country. He is always feeling there is something to learn from every artist in order to expand and grow his musical skills as a DJ.

In 2014 Jesse has been ranked in the top 5 DJs in the state and steadily increasing each day. Having signed with AdictiV Records, Subkulture, and HAVOC, Jesse has gained the support from the labels as well as their artists and other artists in the midwest. Forever expanding and looking for new musical possibility Strange, has taken to the production side of music creating his own bootleg and mashup edits released on his SoundCloud. Reworks of names like Knife Party, Evanescence, and Hypercrush have been made and posted. 2014 has not only been a great year for music for Jesse but the events he has been a part of as well. Jesse was able to play at Oklahomas first 2 day EDM music festival Mystik Sanctuary. Strange also headlined at Insomnia Afterhours in Dallas TX and is currently scheduled to open for Life In Color in Oklahoma City at the end of October.

Jesse believes the crowd is the driving force behind any good artist. Without the support and love of friends, family, and the fans… There would be no great music today. With that in mind, Jesse strives to push himself to be the best in the business, constantly making new connections and friends along the way, in hopes of someday reaching the stars with his music. The sky is the limit in Jesse’s eyes, and he intends to reach it.

Jesse Strange has a wide variety of music ranging from electro to hip hop. this DJ doesn't play music he plays the crowd. He reads the crowd and bases his song choice on them. the energy put into his mixing is phenomenal and is unparalleled by none other. Personal preference is electro, house, and the latest dubstep. However this versatile young mind is not afraid to go outside of his comfort zone and make thing stranger than they already are to please the crowd. He loves what he does and make no mistake he thrives on the crowd. This conquering young mind is astounding and relentless with every track making precise mixes with the utmost accuracy to ensure proper key, phrase, and most of all basslin match accordingly and truly shocks the crowd with his unmistakable effects and spectacular performance comparable only to a jackrabbit having a seizure.

Hyper and energetic Strange wastes no time and holds nothing back while playing he tries his hardest to put as many tracks in a set so not to leave any genre untouched, yes even country 😉 while maintaining a godlike energy through the speakers. he will most certainly become someone to see and definitely a face to be recognized in the modern dance scene.
Venue Information:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St.
Tulsa, OK, 74103