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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.

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After a successful launch of bringing back the old-school club scene, New York legend Danny Tenaglia is bringing back his STAX imprint this November along with techno titan Dubfire. Presented by the elite party brand, Ornate Project which held the first STAX imprint. The second edition of STAX will be held at Brooklyn’s premiere dance venue Avant Gardner on Thanksgiving weekend Saturday, November 25, for a bigger impact of sound and engineering.

STAX is a vision by the house music icon to bring back the vibes from his early nights performing at Manhattan nightclubs from Vinyl/Arc, Tunnel, and Twilo. They were among New York City nightclubs' most influential open-to-close residencies. Danny Tenagila would spin marathon sets from the beginning of the night to play until noon the next day. Blasting every unforgettable and memorable DJ set through legendary sound systems, it features its own ten-speaker STAX sound system from Club Vinyl and District 36 NYC. It was designed by Gary Stewart, giving attendees and dancers an opportunity to travel in time to relive those memorial nights.

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With a new club generation of nightclubs and ravers, Danny Tenaglia vows to bring his vision to life at Avant Gardner. The dance space is home to one of the largest dance clubs in the United States. A one-of-a-kind gem, the 80,000-square-foot venue is home to The Brooklyn Mirage, The Great Hall, and The Kings Hall.  Prominently boasting a state-of-the-art KV2 sound system, a 200-foot video wall, mesmerizing laser displays, and pyrotechnic capabilities, the multifaceted indoor and outdoor events space was nominated for ‘Best Club’ in the 2019 International Dance Music Awards. Having hosted everything from live music to EDM, underground house, and techno, the venue has become the crown jewel for New York nightlife aficionados. The venue has brought a slew of acts like Above & Beyond, Black Coffee, Carl Cox, John Summit, elrow, Pretty Lights, Tycho, and many more. On November 25, Danny Tenagila will take over the main hall at Avant Garnder for the ultimate sound-bending system.

STAX is presented by The Ornate Project which launched in 2017 as a platform for music, art, and design. It focuses on forward-thinking music events almost seven years later, The Ornate Project continues to push boundaries by delivering an immersive experience from both sides of the DJ booth. Also, providing stunning visual arts, and uniquely designed venue settings. Plus showcasing a slew of emerging and heavyweight selectors in dance music, such as Lee Burridge, Coyu, and Darius Syrossian, plus collaborating with other party brands such as Do Not Sit, ReSolute, and Detroit's Crew Love. The Ornate Project continues to be one of the leading party imprints in New York City nightlife. 

STAX enters a new chapter at a new location, with Danny Tenagila's personal equipment and music collection, combining Avant Gardner sound engineering will transport dancers to another dimension. 

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