Listings – 4/27/2004


If you’re going to see Jeff Mills spin, thank the heavens that he’ll be in an enclosed DJ booth, as the Detroit techno guru has been known to literally toss the records over his back after he’s finished with them. His mixing is somewhat sloppy, but what he lacks in accuracy he gains in speed and innovation. The opposite of the long, fluid meld (say, like Sasha), a Mills’s mix is disjointed, erratic, and infused with an energy that few other DJs can manage. The visit of Mills, co-founder of the legendary label Underground Resistance, to Avalon is a return to one of his former haunts, as he was a resident of the Limelight back in the day when regular DJs didn’t have to play progressive trance or some other saccharine crap to please the masses. Think about it: Can you even imagine a Detroit techno DJ as a resident at a major New York club in this day and age? Didn’t think so. How far we’ve fallen. Saturday @ 10, Avalon, 47 W 20th, 212.807.7780

Cielo, winner of the DanceStar USA Award for “Best Club,” is starting to get the lineups to live up to its vaunted status. The nice cozy, summery place has a good, but not overwhelmingly large dancefloor that is going to get some great use thanks to the new weekly residency called Roots. Kevin Hedge (of Blaze fame) and Masters at Work’s Louie Vega—who is all grown up now and is not so li’l anymore—are at the party’s helm. Wednesday @ 10. As if that weren’t enough, the Cielo peeps nabbed another legend for a monthly residency at Better Days, none other than Frankie Knuckles, who is credited with giving house music its name. Sunday @ 7, Cielo, 18 Little W 12th, 212.645.5700