Opel Sweet 16 Anniversary
The Crystal Method, DJ Dan, Syd Gris
119 Utah St.
San Francisco, CA, 94103
Doors 10:00 PM (event ends at 3:30 AM)
This event is 21 and over
The Crystal Method
American electronic music duo formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in the early 1990s. Throughout the past two decades, the musical landscape has continually merged, morphed, and matrixed, fractured in countless directions while intersecting at the most unexpected points. Electronic music underwent a renaissance in the aughts, rising out of the warehouses and blank spaces and overtaking the biggest festival fields in the world. THE CRYSTAL METHOD followed a similar trajectory since their formation in 1993. The Grammy Award®-nominated, platinum-certified trailblazing duo—Ken Jordan and Scott Kirkland—set the stage for the genre-mashing electronic sounds that fuel the current zeitgeist.
It’s tough to say more about DJ Dan than what is most likely known by just about any dance music fan that has ever taken interest in the genre. Just take a look at what some other legends have said:
“Dan is a pivotal ingredient to live DJing and production, a real teacher to all."-DJ Sneak
"The thing I love about Dan is that he's always had a funky spirit and he always pushes the elements of music."-Carl Cox
To those who still may not know all that much on Dan, we’ll help you out from under that rock. As you can tell from just a bit of the praise from musical icons DJ Dan has received, our West Coast bred friend has been around the block a few times (and turning heads all the while). Music has been forever entrenched in Dan’s life, having garnered a superior record collection at the age of 8 that would give Amoeba Records a run for its money. Starting his professional musical career with some smaller clubs in Seattle and then Los Angeles, DJ Dan had a rise to recognition in the dance music community that could be considered meteoric. Forming the Funky Techno Tribe in 1993, DJ Dan fused together breakbeat, house, dub, and techno to create a sound that later was fittingly crowned, “West Coast House”. And with renowned tracks like “Needle Damage”, and remixes for everyone from Depeche Mode to Duck Sauce, Dan’s production prowess is undeniable. The journey that Dan’s talents have taken him on could go on for pages and pages. He has played alongside the likes of fellow legends from Carl Cox to John Digweed with a mission of making club goers unable to fight the urge to dance the night away.
And it’s not just party goers and fellow DJ’s who bow down to Dan, the press have drooled over his music. DJ Mag named DJ Dan the #1 House DJ in 2006 while Urb Magazine named him “America’s Favorite DJ” and “America’s Hardest Working DJ” while he was also DJ Time’s ‘America’s Best DJ’ 2014 Top Ten Finalist. The media has never been more accurate. But one of the proudest moments could be said when THUMP warned partygoers to ‘never fuck with DJ Dan’ much like one unfateful attdendant did this year in Baltimore to which Dan had the most powerful of responses.
Dan’s widely renowned Los Angeles based label Instereo Recordings,has further etched his name into dance music’s core. With TJR, Phunk Investigation, Wolfgang Gartner, DJ PP, DJ Sneak, Hatiras, and DJ Dan being amongst the many artists featured on the Instereo Recordings, the label is hard to ignore in the industry. Dan also has releases on Toolroom, Pacha Recordings, Ultra, Guesthouse, Work, XL Recordings, Magnetic, Rising, and many others.
In 2014 Dan shows no signs of slowing down. His EDC set was rated as one of the best sets of the weekend by DJOYBEAT.com as well as Magnetic Mag. Similar buzz had Insomniac President/ CEO Pasquale Rotella chiming in:
"We go back since the early 90′s and he DJ’d some of my first warehouse parties. He’s an LA underground staple and music legend.”
And if that wasn’t enough, in the recent major dance music poll ‘America’s Best DJ’, DJ Dan clocked in at #9 in a extremely competitive field; beating out some of the largest names in electronic music.
As this dance music world continues to evolve, it is safe to say that DJ Dan will continue to be one of its strongest voices and most powerful influencers.
Syd is one of the longest running fun creators in the Bay Area dance music and underground arts scene. He’s been called a “Renaissance man of the West Coast scene”, and Spin Magazine recently called him “The man behind the music of Burning Man” . The founder of the legendary Opulent Temple collective, best known for their premiere sound stage at Burning Man, founder of Opel Productions, throwing club events and ‘parties with purpose’ in San Francisco for 14+ years, former producer of the San Francisco LovEvolution before the city of SF squashed it for getting too big, a child psychologist with a Doctorate in transpersonal psychology, occasional music producer, blogger on social issues, and of course – a DJ.
Syd has been organizing events since 2001 when he started throwing both underground parties and benefit events for different charities with Spundae. The following year he started his own production company Opel Productions, intended to be parties with purpose showcasing a range of forward thinking underground dance music with a dash of social activism thrown in the party message. In 2003, he finished his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, founded Opulent Temple, and joined the Board for San Francisco’s Love event. In his current ‘day job’, he works out of a community clinic with foster kids in the Bayview Hunter Point area in San Francisco. As curator of Opulent Temple during their long run of epic years, he’s applied his varied tastes to raise the bar on the music experience on playa while setting his own pace musically to help shape new directions of dance floor musical peak experience.
On the DJ tip, Syd is one of the West Coast’s top talents, playing some of the biggest events in party land including Lightning in a Bottle, Outside Lands, Woogie Weekend, Wakarusa in Arkansas, WTF in Oregon, WEMF in Canada, Fabric London, and of course many epic sets at Burning Man where his varied style of future house, nu-disco and tech funk breaks can best be applied. Syd knows what to do in any situation to bring the universal vibe of dance music and continues to show with obvious fervor his love of the music and our scene.
$15.00 - $40.00
Happy Birthday Opel!
We consisder it not a small thing to still be here, going strong with our intentional flavor of Music, Vibe and People in San Francisco and beyond.
To celebrate we wanted to spend it with 2 long time friends and legends, core shapers of our music scene, especially here in the West Coast and US.
What a pleassure to pair these 2 on one bill!
THE CRYSTAL METHOD
:: DJ DAN
djdan.com / In Stero
DJ Dan & Friends tour
:: Syd Gris
Opel / Opulent Temple
& MORE TBA
The Great Northern
119 Utah @ 15th St. SF, 21+
The Great Northern
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