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The Travelers Club returns to Spin Nightclub for another Warehouse Takeover installation

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    Photo courtesy of Monte Booker's Facebook page
    Monte Booker headlines the latest Warehouse Takeover by the Travelers Club on Oct. 13 at Spin Nightclub.

    On Friday, Oct. 13, music and art collective the Travelers Club returns to Spin Nightclub (2028 Hancock St.) for another Warehouse Takeover installation.

    Now in its eighth iteration, the event made its first appearance in 2013 as a pop-up showcase inside the Union warehouse in Logan Heights. Back then, shows were modest -- "something simple to get local talent together" says their rep Andy M -- but as the events gained traction, the venues got larger (Friday's show will span three stories and feature more than a dozen musicians/visual artists) and prominent headliners were added.

    "Our goal is to keep growing the series," Andy explained, "whether through sponsorships or partnerships -- we just want to keep the momentum going and hopefully create a lane for blending world-renowned acts with local talent and cultivate a sense of cultural identity for the city."

    It's an approach the Travelers Club members developed after road trips to underground LA hot-spots like Low End Theory and HAM On Everything -- places less concerned with the cosmetic surface of Hollywood and more with cultivating the artists just beneath it.

    And with the Gaslamp serving as the epicenter of entertainment in America's Finest City, Andy explains how that philosophy applies here too.

    "The nightlife in San Diego has always largely been centered around the glitz of downtown San Diego's premiere clubs, so, instead, we wanted to bring that sense of underground energy here, all while shining a light on all the talent that is bubbling."

    Indeed, as this Friday they host JR Jarris, Eddie Zuko, Malik Burgers, Dauche and more in support of Monte Booker -- the 21-year-old "Soulection" producer from Chicago's Southside who's worked with Mick Jenkins, Saba, Smino and Phoelix.

    The Travelers Club presents Warehouse Takeover at Spin Nightclub on Friday, Oct. 13. The show is 21-and-up. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are available here.

    J. Smith, aka 1019, is a San Diego native, rap fan and one half of the rap duo Parker & the Numberman.You can follow him on Instagram at 1019_the_numberman or on Twitter