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December 16, 2023

Danny Tenaglia STAX Event Review

Written by Meagen Surowiecki on December 16, 2023

The STAX vision was again brought to life with help from the Ornate Project and Avant Gardner. The legend and pioneer of house music and techno and New York hero, Danny Tenaglia brought his legendary STAX set up the premiere dance space, Avant Gardner for a surreal night. Bringing his speakers made from retired nightclubs from Danny Tenaglia’s location to Brooklyn, New York to the largest dance space combine forces. The ‘STAX’ speakers were designed with the help of Gary Stewart, allowing attendees and dancers to immerse themselves and relive the old club scene. The night was conducted with the help of a close and longtime friend, the infamous techno DJ and producer, Dubfire.

Entering the event at Avant Gardner to the Great Hall for STAX with no opening only Danny Tenaglia and Dubfire and already stirring up the crowd with a dark house opening set, playing mostly vocals in the beginning. Everyone in the crowd danced all around to the massive speakers and glowing club lights. The STAX speakers were set up at the front of the crowd. Placing the DJ booth between the massive speakers which set off an intimate club-setting vibe, connecting with the crowd. Every feel of the STAX vibration from the mega speakers so the crowd can feel every boom and bassline it delivers. It was easy to move around the Great Hall throughout the night. Although the club was packed, the crowd treated everyone with respect. Since the nightclub is cashless, attendees must connect their debit or credit card to their wristbands at the Billfold POS stands. This makes it easier to keep traffic moving when ordering drinks at the bar and reduces lost or stolen money. This can also be a deadly combination for the attendees because once the drinks are flowing it’s hard to stop swiping. The bartenders are friendly and quick with taking drink orders. STAX at Avant Gardner was a great location to extend the party for its second chapter with their high security, organization, and large facility the night was perfect.

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Danny Tenaglia sets the mood instantly with his house-style beats and groovy tunes. Playing infamous house tracks from old school tracks to his latest releases for two solid hours of a crafted set by the legendary house titan. When Dubfire appeared the crowd cheered with excitement for the legendary techno DJ and producer. He performed at Avant Gardner multiple times however this is the first time he played for the STAX imprint and with Danny Tenaglia. He emerged and immediately Dubfire went full-force on the decks delivering a dark and moving opening to his set which lasted almost three hours. Dubfire quickly grabbed the crowd with a dynamic set. Full of the latest and iconic techno tracks, mixing and formulating the perfect combination of sound through the STAX engineering system. The crowd was entertained by his energetic set it brought a whole new meaning of techno from the talented Dubfire. Over the years, I’ve seen Dubfire perform at nightclubs in the States and destination festivals, that night at STAX was my favorite DJ set. Dubfire stuck to his original roots as the techno artist that he is known for letting his music take over the nightclub and hypnotize the crowd with his obscure set. The house music icon and mastermind behind STAX appeared at the DJ decks again to take over the rest of the night. Danny Tenaglia began with a long, emotional, and unique intro with a monumental transition into his uplifting house set. His second set of the night at STAX was a hybrid of both house music and techno. A combination of light and dark, slow and fast, vocals, and provoking sounds he formulated a concoction of the most vibrant and energetic set. Playing to the morning past the nightclub's original closing time of 5 am, the crowd wanted more and to go all night long at STAX.

Danny Tenaglia worked extremely hard to bring his vision to reality with careful concentration and planning he formulated a plan to redefine today’s club scene. This wasn’t the first time Danny Tenaglia did STAX however, this was the first time he brought STAX to Avant Gardner, Great Hall. The Great Hall is the main dance space at the Brooklyn nightclub. It holds a three-thousand, four-hundred capacity with a 200-foot video wall, and mesmerizing laser displays. It is surrounded by multiple bar stands, an outdoor smoking lounge, VIP tables, and a music industry section. Having hosted everything from live music to EDM, underground house, and techno, the venue has become the crown jewel for New York nightlife aficionados. At the STAX event, Danny Tenagila took over for the ultimate sound-bending system.

The second chapter of STAX at Avant Gardner was a successful night. Transporting the STAX speakers, damaged were not harmed and they are safe and back at the home of Danny Tenagila. He continues to build the STAX imprint and brand to expand to higher boundaries. Dubfire continues to tour around the country and globe while remaining the legendary producer he is known for by creating masterful new tracks for the new year. The Ornate Project continues to build the brand and expand throughout the New York club scene by launching and hosting more events. Expanding its musical palate by booking iconic artists and underground talent. The Ornate Project’s newest party concept is the after-hours series. The night after STAX the Ornate Project hosted a wild after-party with a special guest that was Dubfire.

Article written by Meagen Surowiecki

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