Never thought to venture to the Avenue of the Arts for anything more than classical music or theater? To that we say: Rob Paine... Bliss... and Tuesdays.
"It's real laid back," DJ-producer Paine says of the Avenue, countering misconceptions of an uptight atmosphere.
A lounge (there is no dance floor), Bliss maintains its leisurely flow by opening its doors onto Broad Street for an outdoor patio.
"The location is great," Paine says. "I've never played in such a central location before."
After a hiatus, Paine returned two weeks ago to his Tuesday gig, where he offers "a mishmash" of house and dub - and guests. This week, King Britt will assume his Scuba persona to help hold down the evening with Paine, who says he will be inviting friends on a monthly basis.
Ever the multitasker (Paine's name is synonymous with his roots-and-reggae weekly with Zacharijah at Filos on Fridays), the host also will be busy Saturday at Silk City's "Shakedown."
"Those parties have been outstanding; they're always packed," Paine says. "We leave feeling upbeat about house music."
Paine and Willyum, his cohort in the monthly residency at Silk City, have more to feel upbeat about this week as "Shakedown" does double duty as the record-release party for "Time," their tribal house track.
Paine would seem pressed for time himself with his residencies, label, and being a cross-country traveler, but he loves it all.
"I can't stop," he says.