Tuesday, March 2, 2010

BlackBook's Steve Lewis: reOPENed Fridays (with Just Blaze) is "Joyous Mayhem"

It's a miracle that one can work in the nightlife industry for as long as Steve Lewis has while maintaining the faculty to speak about it coherently, let alone with the articulation and insight he displays in his BlackBook Magazine column. Lewis is known as the interior designer and erstwhile operator of numerous unhyperlinkable clubs and restaurants throughout the country including Marquee, Tao (Las Vegas), Butter and Aspen Social Club. Today he heads The Nightlife Preservation Society, an organization that advocates on behalf of nightclubs and venues in the face of policies that threaten the culture. In his newest BlackBook installment he shines light on the prejudiced door policies sweeping the scene like a malaise, and provides Santos as the welcome juxtaposition. Specifically, he praises our REOPENED Friday residency as the gold standard in partying despite the post-Jim Crow outlook.

The acclaimed RE-OPEN-ED now features DJ Just Blaze and DJ Soul Upstairs with DJs Gravy, Max Glazer and MC Micro Don downstairs. Just Blaze (from the press release) is “the multi-platinum producer and remixer who has laid tracks for Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Beastie Boys, Mariah Carey, MF Doom, Janet Jackson, Jay Electronica, Kanye West and many more.” It’s classic hip-hop, house, soul classics, electronic disco and absolutely fantastic. The crowd is a dance crowd, mixed and hot. That’s writers speak to say that there are more non-white people there than in most of the so called “great clubs” around town.


This Santos Party is fantastic and I’m going to try to be a regular. I advise you to be there as well. Downstairs I caught my old friend and mainstay Spa Club DJ Max Glazer with Micro Don [and DJ Gravy]. It was joyous mayhem as girls way too hot for me grabbed me and dragged me to the dancefloor. It wasn’t pretty from there, although it made people laugh--and how can that be bad? Santos Party House is what is left of the days of yore. Our complaints, laments and nostalgic waxings are easily answered by their Friday night party.

This wouldn't be the first time that the Godfather of Nightlife has shown us some love. Nevertheless, it would do us all well to heed his advice.


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