For those down to catch a little Tony Manero fever on Saturday night, 1107 Events is hosting its second annual Electric Christmas at the Glass House with more than half a dozen DJs rockin‘ the club until the wee hours of the morning. The main floor will be all ages and alcohol-free, but those born during the Reagan era or before can score their liquid courage at the Glass House Bar next door. Maybe they’ll have spiked eggnog?
Paparazzi, who headlines the event, co-founded 1107 Events with partner Shalyce Benfell a few years back. Cesar Rios, as his mom calls him, started spinning in the early ’90s as a young teen and performed with such international stars as Justice, Moby and Soulwax, but he had his biggest impact putting together his own events. He launched one of SoCal’s first progressive electro clubs in the early aughts and did weekly parties with both Franki Chan and Steve Aoki. 1107 Events currently hosts two weekly parties in L.A., House on Mondays at Level 3 and the cram-packed Dance on Tuesdays at Arena. He also does larger events like Club Matinee, which just hit the Fox Theatre last Friday. So far, the Electric series events—which also included Electric Summer last August—have all taken place in the Inland Empire at the Glass House.
Regarding the IE event, Paparazzi remarks, “The basic overall theme is to throw a DJ concert, and we chose the artists according to who is doing exciting things in the dance community. A big thing we look at is who will not only DJ well but also treat it like a concert and do a lil‘ something special. At one of our previous Electric events, one of our DJs used a live drummer. As a promoter for this event, we also try and turn the Glass House into a dance-friendly environment with TV walls, special lights and equipment that’s usually in a nightclub.”
Electric Christmas performers WE A.R.E. and Royal Rich, who were also on the summer bill, are actually Inland Empire regulars. Royal Rich often rocks Gotham City at the Hudson in San Bernardino, where he’ll perform on New Year’s Eve, while the WE A.R.E. trio can be seen at joints like the Fly Lounge in Redlands and High Five in San Bernardino.
“We are fans of all kinds of music, [including] rock, hip-hop, Latin and funk, but electronic was the music that gave us a direction,” says WE A.R.E. “We all grew up with it and have such a love and respect for it. Our goal is to let electronic music be heard, known, loved and, most of all, respected!”
Electric Christmas also features DJ performances by Empire, Saint, Breakdown, Joaquin and Elektrolux for a well-rounded lineup of electronic sounds.
“The diversity of the music being played is pretty wide but [it] has a foundation in electro music,” Paparazzi adds. “Like myself, I have more of a house background but love rock, punk and hip-hop music, so I may toss in an Undertones or Dr. Dre track just for kicks. It helps break up the monogamous tone of 4/4 house electro tracks and reminds the audience that it’s a rock concert. We also have a DJ set by Breakdown, a well-charted production duo based in LA. They have more of a drum ‘n’ bass background, and I’ve seen them utilize MCs to rally up the crowd.”
And if you’ve been to an 1107 event before, you know it’s also about seeing and being seen . . . on the Internet. Magnum XL will be handling the photo booth and Crazy Chris Films will shoot the party in HD, and the pictures and clips get posted online after the event. You can also assume they’ll be more interesting than the photos Grandma wanted to show you. We Are Vapors, a Whittier-based company founded by Andre Beauvais, will also be on hand hooking up the sweet street threads.
Electric Christmas at The Glass House, 200 W. 2nd St., Pomona, (909) 865-3802; www.theglasshouse.us, www.myspace.com/club1107. Sat, Dec. 26. 8PM. $15. All ages.