Myth: All the dancing is by necessity like the videos of alt-music contras on YouTube.
Myth: All alternative contras use strobe lights and fog machines.
Myth: Only strict techno music works for this sort of event.
Myth: I can save lots of cash and just grab a random sample of tunes from someone's iPod.
Myth: Using a DJ for so much as one event will kill live music in the contra community.
I wish I hadn't been late to the chat -- the comments were really neat -- but I really liked that in addition to featuring some very cool bands and callers who haven't yet burst onto the national stage, there was room to talk about some of these other trends. Many thanks to Jeremiah Seligman (a.k.a. dJ improper), Penelope Weinberger (organizer of DC's Contra Sonic), and Julie Vallimont (who straddles the Tradition and techno sides of things amazingly well while organizing Spark in the Dark up in Boston) for participating in the discussion, and to the fabulous folks who came out and asked really good questions!