Mezzanine & Jay Siegan Present
Peter Hook & The Light
Slaves of Venus, DJ Omar
444 Jessie St
San Francisco, CA, 94103
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Peter Hook & The Light
"A natural born anecdotalist" (Sunday Times Oct 2009), Legendary bass guitarist Peter Hook remains energetically devoted to music, rock and roll and the experiences that his three decade career has given him, with bands like Joy Division, New Order, Revenge, Monaco and Freebass, as a director of the infamous Fac 51 The Hacienda and now new Manchester indie venue The Factory. Hooky's been-there, seen-more-than-it all thirty years in the business has seen his bass playing redefine the role and inspire countless young musicians across seminal classics such as "Love Will Tear Us Apart", "Atmosphere", "Ceremony", "Thieves Like Us", "Regret", "What Do You Want From Me?" and more.
A well respected rock and roll icon, Hooky has become synonymous with the Manchester music scene and what it represents culturally. He presently DJ's all over the world, both as himself and also with the revived Hacienda, continues to record and produce new music, and manages his own affairs, both in music and in other ventures. With the honour of being portrayed in two major films "24 Hour Party People" and "Control", Hooky has recently completed recording his Freebass project which also features Mani (Stone Roses / Primal Scream) and Andy Rourke (The Smiths) as companion bassists. The album "Its A Beautiful Life" is presently available for download from. www.fac51thehacienda.com, and is awaiting a physical release in the autumn.
Most recently Hooky has opened a new chapter on his life, as a critically acclaimed author with his honest to god, no holds barred account of the turbulent times of the Hacienda years in "The Hacienda - How Not To Run A Club." Very well received, the book received 4 and 5 star reviews across the board for its indelibly sharp yet warm portrayal of the characters and chaos that surrounded The Hacienda. The paperback, enhanced and collectors versions of "How Not To Run A Club" are to be issued this autumn from September 2010 onwards and Hooky is presently planning two further books, the next on Joy Division and then one on New Order. Having decided to commemorate the 30 year anniversary of Ian Curtis' passing by performing Unknown Pleasures in two charity supporting concerts at The Factory in Manchester with his band The Light, offers have come in from around the world for these special concerts and over the Summer of 2010, are performing at 1234 Festival London, Benicassim in Spain, and other high profile European Festivals including Vintage at Goodwood. Towards the Autumn and winter 2010 Hooky will be touring Australia and New Zealand, Spain, Italy with The Light Performing Unknown Pleasures and other Warsaw / Joy Division tracks before coming to the US.
Links: http://www.fac51thehacienda.com/, http://www.myspace.com/peterhookneworder, http://www.freebassuk.com
Recently DJing opening sets for La Roux, Danger, DJ Omar of Popscene fame has been keeping San Francisco on its dancing feet for the past decade. A DJ with an eclectic array of musical tastes and cultures, there's no predicting what comes next — anything from disco electro to goth. Taking time from a jam-packed week of bookings, Omar gives SF Station some insight on his successful DJ career. Don't forget to catch his set at Live 105's Subsonic Spookfest on October 30th and Triple Cobra on Halloween!
SF Station (SFS): Are you originally from San Francisco?
DJ Omar (O): I grew up in Washington D.C, but did not start DJing until I moved to SF in the 90's. D.C. provided me with a diverse musical education via Punk, Hip Hop, House and GoGo. It set the stage for the genre-mixing slant of my later DJ sets.
SFS: How long have you been DJing, and what got you started?
O: I started Djing when we started Popscene. I was collecting Britpop and Mod records at the time and there wasn't any place to dance to that type of music so we started a night that focused on that. The more I started spinning one type of music, the more I wanted to try my hand at playing other kinds. Things just sort off took off from there.
SFS: Popscene is a great party. How do you manage to keep it always excellent?
O: Popscene has been around for over a decade and it has always been about creating an exciting environment in which to celebrate the passion and diversity of new music and new people. The combination of the amazing talent that has graced our stage throughout the years, along with a passionate and exuberant audience, hungry to discover and dance to new music, is what keeps us going for so long.
SFS: Any fun or crazy stories to share?
O: When Kasabian performed at Popscene, they brought so much sound and lighting equipment that we had to rent generators to accommodate all the juice they were using in fear that they would blow up the building. Muse also had so much equipment that we had to set up the DJ booth in the kitchen. When The Horrors played, their singer Faris climbed across our ceiling, smashed our disco ball into two pieces, gave it to the crowd and then wore a piñata as a hat. Amy Winehouse's only performance in SF was at Popscene, and I can't even begin to describe all the memorable moments from that night.
SFS: Since you are a local staple, who are some of your favorite local acts?
O: Tamaryn, Hottub, Veil Veil Vanish, Girls, Zion I, The Limousines, Tenderlions, Rykarda Parasol, The Pack, Murder Of Lillies, anything on Tricycle records. There are many more amazing bands in the Bay Area but, sadly, I'm drawing a blank right now.
SFS: What do you like most about DJing in San Francisco?
O: The diversity and vitality of the people is unparalleled.
SFS: What keeps you inspired and motivated?
O: My friends, family and colleagues from around the world.
SFS: Who are some of your favorite artists to spin currently?
O: If there is an artist I like, I see what label they are on and check out the label's roster. Currently, my favorite labels are: Italians Do It Better, This Is Not An Exit Records, Wierd, Eskimo Recordings and Southern Lord.
SFS: What do you like to sing along to in the car?
O: Mostly soft rock from the 70's, all types of metal and Blondie.
SFS: Lastly, what are you dressing up as for Halloween?
O: I have four Halloween events so I have a couple of options planned for each night out: Edgar Allen Poe, Ned Flanders and a Smurf will likely be represented,
the other option will have to be a surprise!
Catch DJ Omar at various gigs around San Francisco, visit Popscene (http://www.popscene-sf.com) and DJ Omar's Myspace page (http://www.myspace.com/clubmouthwash).
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