People just don’t seem to dance very much these days. Venu Carney would like to change that.

People just don’t seem to dance very much these days. Venu Carney would like to change that.
For a start, there’s the “Lughnasadh Summer Meltdown,” an evening of the latest in progressive dance music featuring electro, house, classic rock/alternative, hip-hop and other dance genres. It will be held from 7  to 10 p.m. Saturday at the Little Room, 108  W. Fifth, and will be open free to the public.
Carney said that he took the name of the event from Lughnasadh, a medieval Irish festival associated with Aug. 1 that celebrated the beginning of the harvest and the first fruits. It’s still celebrated in Ireland and mainland Europe today with dancing and bonfires.
“We can’t have a real bonfire here, but I’ve got one of those virtual fire things, and a couple of lasers, one for outside the building and one for inside,” Carney said.
He believes that the decline of dancing probably has something to do with the advent of the computer age.
“So many people meet other people on the computer — we don’t meet in person any more the way we used to,” Carney said. “I’ve heard that, in Pittsburg, they used to go to Hollywood’s and dance. Now they go to restaurant bars and drink and eat, but hardly anybody dances.”
However, he believes in the power of dance to endure.
“I think dance music will be a constant,” he said. “Dance is ancient, and I think it’s sacred. In the Bible, David dances before the Lord.”
Originally from the Edna area, he has lived in Pittsburg most of his adult life.
“I’ve always been into music,” Carney said. “My mother played piano and organ at the church we attended, I played trombone and sax at school and later got into keyboard and choir. When I was old enough, through my allowance, to buy music, I did and amassed quite a collection — vinyl, CD and now digital.”
As much as he loves music, he also loves sharing his collection.
“I’ve been looking forward to doing something like this for a long time,” Carney said.
He said the evening will be divided into two parts.
“The first hour will be electro music, cutting edge or avant-garde,” he said. “It’s not heard much in the United States, except on TV.”
The second hour will be devoted to rock, specifically mash-up music.
“This is a style of music in which a DJ takes different elements from different songs and combines them into a new piece of music,” Carney explained. “I first heard mash-up music in the 1980s, and really liked it.”
Examples include combining music from bands such as Nirvana or Led Zeppelin with vocalists such as Beyonce or Aretha Franklin.
“One piece combines Stevie Wonder with Metallica,” Carney said.
He will be playing mash-up pieces put together by other DJs, but would ultimately like to create mash-up music of his own.
“If this goes well Saturday night, I’d like to do more events like this at other places,” Carney said.
Anyone wishing to schedule Carney to DJ such an event may contact him at