SATURDAY DECEMBER 12TH RHONDA IS ENDING OFF YOUR YEAR RIGHT, WITH A VERY, VERY SPECIAL GUEST!
SHE BRINGS YOU THE LEGENDARY DJ NICKY SIANO DOING HIS FINAL L.A. SET... FOREVER. NICKY WAS RESIDENT DJ AT THE GALLERY AND STUDIO 54 AND IS ONE OF THE PIONEERS OF DANCE MUSIC.
NOT TO MENTION IT'S MISS GREGORY ALEXANDER'S BIRTHDAY! COME GIVE HIM ALL THE SPANKINGS YOU CAN MUSTER UP, BELIEVE ME, HE DESERVES IT.
FOR DISCOUNT GUESTLIST.
Nicky Siano bio:
Legendary New York DJ Nicky Siano makes his final LA appearance on Saturday, Dec 12th at A Club Called Rhonda at El Cid. Nicky's final tour before his retirement in March of 2010 has included sold-out gigs in Paris, London, Moscow, and Sydney, and we're honored to present his final West Coast performance.
Nicky Siano is a pioneer of dance music. Nicky’s career began in 1971 and within one year, at the age of 17, he opened his own club, The Gallery. NY Daily News named him "the city’s best DJ," Women’s Wear Daily called him "a genius behind the turntables," and New York Magazine called The Gallery "one of the five most visually breathtaking nightspots of our time." As the designer and DJ of the legendary club, he inspired the careers of Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, and both Grace Jones and Loleatta Holloway made their debut appearances at the legendary nightspot.
It was no coincidence that when Steve Rubel opened Studio 54, he chose Nicky as one of the two resident DJs (the other was Ritchie Cazor, who has since passed). Continuing his work at The Gallery on the weekends, Nicky weaved his magic during the week at Studio (where played for Bianca Jagger's infamous birthday party when she rode in on a white stallion) and other many legendary clubs, including Le Jardin, The Grand Ballroom, Galaxy 21, The Limelight, Enchanted Gardens, Hurrah, and The Botel. When the Gallery closed in 1977 he took his regular Saturday night party to The Buttermilk Bottom where it continued for the next three years.
In 1977, he became the first DJ to produce a record- the underground classic “Kiss Me Again” on Sire Records sold more than 300,000 copies. In 1983, Nicky produced and wrote the top ten-dance hit “Pick It Up.” He also produced the iconic track "Tiger Stripes" with Arthur Russell in 1984.
From 1984 until 1998, Nicky worked with people with AIDS. In 1993 he wrote the best selling AIDS manual "No Time to Wait".
In 1998 Nicky returned to the turntables for Larry Levan’s birthday celebration. This appearance returned him to music full time, and since then he has played records steadily. In 2004, Soul Jazz Records released the first The Gallery compilation, an incredible historic package that includes rare photos and liner notes by Nicky.
Nicky Siano will retire from DJing March of 2010 to focus on his documentary A Night At The Gallery. Shot at the Gallery between 1975-77, it features interviews and archival footage and is being edited for release later this year.
"Nicky Siano invented the segue." New York Magazine's 35th Anniversary issue, April 2003. In it Nicky is named as one of the "100 People who Changed New York."
"Larry Levan and I would blow up balloons, set up the food bar, prepare the punch, and give out acid, but we also spent a lot of time in the DJ booth, watching Nicky's every move. He pretty much taught us what he was doing." - Frankie Knuckles