Rare Gallery footage and special New Year’s Eve offer from DJ Nicky Siano
by Andrew Mason
Earlier this year DJ legend Nicky Siano threw one of the greatest parties in recent memory, a throwback to the glory days of New York City nightlife that drew a huge and enthusiastic crowd. The founder of the uber-influential Gallery club of the ’70s (which employed the teenaged Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles and inspired the Paradise Garage) chose a vintage bumper car arcade called the Eldorado in Coney Island for the location, due to the jaw-dropping vintage Richard Long sound system it had lurking in the shadows, the same type of system Long and his partner Alex Rossner installed in the Loft and Studio 54. After the overwhelmingly positive response, Siano is reprising the event on New Year’s Eve at the same venue, but upping the ante significantly. Joining the turntable master of mood are three legends of the disco era, performing their classics live.
When it comes to dance music, it doesn’t get much more foundational than the hits Rochelle Fleming had with her group First Choice. Starting with “Armed and Extremely Dangerous” and including smashes “Let No Man Put Asunder” and “Doctor Love,” these are pinnacles of soulful disco. Melba Moore got her start on Broadway but soon found a home in the clubs via funky tracks like “Standing Right Here” and “You Stepped into My Life,” favorites at the Garage and more mainstream clubs alike. DC LaRue gained fans in the disparate worlds of disco and uptown park jams with his “Cathedrals” and “Indiscreet,” both massive underground club tracks and early b-boy break classics.
The price of admission will bring performances from these legends in addition to Siano on the decks, and more. “Everything inside is free,” Siano says, adding that there will be food, a champagne toast, and other surprises. As is Brooklyn tradition, the New Year’s Eve ball drop will take place at the Coney Island Parachute Drop, visible from the Eldorado. “It’s a family event,” Siano emphasizes, “all ages are welcome!”
Keeping in Gallery tradition, Siano is organizing the party himself, with help from a small circle of friends and some support from discogs.com and Serato. As a special offer for Wax Poetics readers, he has set up a page that will allow the purchase of discounted tickets, exclusively for Wax Poetics family. Info and all details are available via this link.
To get in the mood, Siano graciously provided Wax Poetics with a clip from his never-publicly-shown documentary Love Is the Message, a brief look inside the Gallery from 1977 that gives a good representation of the spirit of the party. “The crowd has diversified,” Siano says, “but the energy captured in this clip will be there New Year’s Eve!”
Wax Poetics readers interested in attending can find more information and details for purchasing tickets here.
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