The underground world in New York was chock full of choices for New Year’s Eve — Lee Burridge and Moby, Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, and PillowTalk, Francois K, Pat Mahoney, or Steve Lawler and Carlo Lio (to name a few) were all in town for the big night. None of these however, garnered more of a flurry of interest and excitement than the announcement that Luciano and a trusty crew of beatmakers would be throwing a Vagabundos party on New Year’s Day. The event opened its doors at the Compound in Brooklyn at 4:30am, only 30 minutes after Dada Life and company closed out their high-powered New Year’s Eve party.
On New Years Day, Ruby Skye San Francisco hosted Dancing Astronaut favorite, Laidback Luke. A few Astronaut’s had the pleasure of seeing him at TAO (Los Angeles) and thought that his set was the highlight of the night. On New Years Eve, he not only did the year ending countdown but included some new touches I had never seen from him before. We were curious to see if his New Years Day set at Ruby Skye was going to match the energy of his New Years Eve set. Perhaps playing for a massive crowd at the TAO festival the night before had exhausted him… no! After watching his performance at Ruby Skye, we learned that Laidback Luke is inexhaustible when he’s on stage. Not only did he match his previous night’s performance, but he reached an even higher level.