Back in October, legendary DJ/producer Dan The Automator freaked a bunch of people out when he made an unannounced, surprise appearance at Smoke & Barrel Tavern.
If you missed the performance, it’s nothing to be embarrassed about. Almost nobody knew it was going to happen.
That will not be the case on Friday, Feb. 4, however, when Dan comes back to town with friend and collaborator Emily Wells for a performance at UARK Ballroom during a screening of a local indie film.
For those who aren’t familiar, Mr. Automator is considered by many to be one of the most groundbreaking and inventive creators of hip-hop alive today. He has produced records for Prince Paul (Handsome Boy Modeling School), Del tha Funkee Homosapien (Deltron 3030), Gorillaz, and countless others.
Dan will be back in Fayetteville soon because of his relationship with local filmmaker Matthew Wolfe.
Wolfe, who created the film Left/Right with his brother and Philadelphia native Todd Wolfe, is a Fayetteville resident and a big fan of Dan The Automator. After a successful festival run (11 awards at 15 international festivals), he reached out to Dan to see if he’d provide the soundtrack for the film. Dan said yes.
Since their collaboration on Left/Right, Dan and Matthew have worked together on several other projects. Most recently, Wolfe agreed to shoot a video for Dan’s new project with hip-hop violinist Emily Wells. The shoot will take place in Fayetteville, and since he’ll already be in town, Dan agreed to play at Wolfe’s film screening.
The event kicks off with a showing of Left/Right at 8 p.m., followed by performances by local DJs Shortfuze and Lucio. Dan the Automator and Emily Wells will close out the night.
Tickets to the event are $20, and will be available at the door.