Name just about any mega-club worth its velvet ropes in NYC and chances are Junior Vasquez has played there. Whether it’s Sound Factory, Twilo or Exit, his name has graced the marquee at some point during his twenty-year tenure and is now synonymous with New York nightlife. When you see Vasquez spin, particularly one of his legendary twelve-hour sets, it’s easy to see why a DJ/producer pushing sixty still commands respect. It’s less about what he plays—all things house—and more about his ability to appeal to party-goers from all walks of life. Club kids, house heads, circuit boys and the young and the beautiful all come together to soak up the vibe that Vasquez creates. True, he may rely too often on his well-known remixes of pop songs, and the pounding tribal beats go bland after a while, but no one can connect with a crowd and make a club go off like he can. Would you expect anything less from a guy who took on former pal Madonna in the clubs with a diss track… and got away with it? (Al de Leon)
July 16 at Sound-Bar.