U Street Music Hall presents
Sat, Sep 1
Sun, Sep 2
Blisspop Disco Fest: Holy Ghost! (DJ Set)
Nancy Whang, Juan MacLean (DJ Set), Jacques Renault
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC, 20009
This event is 21 and over
Holy Ghost! (DJ Set)
Since 2007 Alex Frankel and Nicholas Milhiser have written, recorded, produced and released music under the name Holy Ghost!. With a production style leaning towards spaced-out analog synthesizer based compositions, the New York City natives have become a worldwide fixture of the electronic music scene,most recently releasing the four song Crime Cutz EP alongside the short film Crime Cutz: The Movie. The duo is currently in the studio working on their third LP, intended for release in early 2019
Nancy Whang (DFA/LCD Soundsystem/The Juan MacLean) is among the few who can lay claim to being a key figure in the heady early days of the rise of DFA Records, and her DJ sets remain faithful to the post-punk party aesthetic upon which DFA was founded. Nancy's contributions on early 12"'s by LCD Soundsystem and The Juan MacLean quickly lead to her full-time involvement as a permanent member in each of those bands. Shortly after, guest appearances on Soulwax's seminal track 'E Talking' and Munk's 'Kick Out The Chairs' solidified her place as a highly sought after vocalist in the burgeoning alternative dance music scene.
It was this auspicious debut upon which Nancy has since built an electrifying career as a touring and recording member of LCD Soundsystem. Logging years of touring miles, Nancy was instrumental in establishing LCD as one of the decades most exciting live bands, headlining some of the greatest festivals worldwide in addition to endless club gigs. As if that were not enough, in LCD's downtime Nancy also fronted DFA act The Juan MacLean, again setting off on rigorous touring schedules of both festivals and clubs across the globe. Her appearance on The Juan MacLean's massive dance hit 'Happy House' once again solidified her place as a sort of hitmaking voice of underground dance music.
Of course, all of this live band action is only half of the DFA equation; DJ'ing has always been equally prominent. Like James Murphy, Juan MacLean, Holy Ghost, Shit Robot, Eric Duncan and other members of the DFA collective, Nancy found herself honing her skills as a DJ at various afterparties and special events. While many of her peers at DFA ventured out into the world of late night club-friendly dj'ing, Nancy has stayed firmly rooted in the eclecticism of what could now be considered the defining style of DFA. Her sets have an emphasis on fun, an echoing of the glory days of the NYC scene of the 80's in which disco, proto-house, postpunk, noise, electro, and latin influences all conspire to keep things interesting. No loopy late-night darkness here. Nancy's sets might feature dance party friendly tracks by Liquid Liquid, Deee-Lite, Nu Shooz, Annie, Sexual Harassment, Frankie Knuckles, Kraftwerk, Lipps Inc., and of course the newest and classic tracks from her own DFA label.
Nancy continues to fill her schedule with worldwide DJ bookings while working on the next full album by The Juan MacLean.
Juan MacLean (DJ Set)
Juan MacLean is a Brooklyn based DJ and producer who has been a mainstay of the New York club scene, as well as maintaining a rigorous international touring schedule, since the release of his first records on the DFA record label in 2002. While maintaining residencies in various New York clubs over the years, Juan has graced the decks at legendary venues like Berlin's Panorama Bar, Tokyo's Womb, Sao Paulo's D-Edge, Lisbon's Luxe, Fabric of London, and countless others in between. He quickly established a reputation as an eclectic and adaptive DJ, utilizing years of music making and performance experience to develop a finely tuned sensitivity to quality selection and reading a room. Never much of a genre purist, Juan's sets can feature the gamut from Disco to House to some Techno, with detours into Electro or proto-House along the way, often in the same night. He has also produced an extensive catalog of 12"s and LP's, mostly for the record label established by his old friend James Murphy, DFA Records, including the seminal dance floor hit 'Happy House,' first released in 2009. In 2010 Juan was recruited restart the legendary !K7 DJ Kicks series which helped to spread House music to a wider audience on the cusp of the resurgence of House as a world wide phenomenon. It was selected as the #1 Essential mix by DJ Magazine for that year. Juan has also released on Classic Recording Company and New York City's Let's Play House. Most recently, in 2017, Juan released the latest EP of his Peach Melba project on the stalwart record label Classic Recording Company, an EP that was featured in the Traxxsource Top 10 techno chart and the Juno top 20 Deep House chart. He also released his latest The Juan MacLean 12" on DFA, 'Can You Ever Really Know Somebody,' the latest in a long line of dance floor hits featuring vocalist Nancy Whang. Additionally, Juan is always on call for remixes having mixed records by Daft Punk, Air, Yoko Ono, Lana Del Rey, Cerrone and Franz Ferdinand.
Currently, Juan is finishing production on his 4th LP, slated for release on DFA Records.
Jacques is a DJ and producer from the Washington, D.C. are a who lives and works in Brooklyn. He runs Let's Play House, a roving house, disco, and techno party as well as a n imprint of the same persuasion, with friend and partner, Nik Mercer. He owns three plants, a rotary mixer, thousands of records, and a similar number of T-shirts. Despite working within the confines of a different genre, Dischord Records is still probably his favorite label.
$20 - $25
U Street Music Hall presents the first-ever Blisspop Disco Fest, a two-day celebration of the evolution of disco featuring performances from some of the most recognized names in dance music. Giorgio Moroder, the pioneering producer who is rightly called the "Father of Disco," and acclaimed German dance DJ/producer Claptone will headline separate shows at the 9:30 Club. Late-night festivities at U Street Music Hall will include DJ sets from London-based queer disco collective Horse Meat Disco, DFA's Holy Ghost!, Juan Maclean, and Nancy Whang (of LCD Soundsystem) and more.
The weekend's four shows will let listeners appreciate disco’s past, present, and future, with performances by international superstars and sets from some of the area’s best disco DJs and producers. Don't miss out, disco fans!
***$25 day of show. Extended hours - open till 6 AM!***
No photo/video allowed. Advance ticket sales end one hour before doors.