DJ Line-Up for Rites XXXIX: The Black Party® 2018


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PRESS RELEASE: The Saint at Large® presents Rites XXXIX: The Black Party® 2018 “PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free” April 21, 2018

(New York, NY) March 21, 2018–As producers of Rites XXXIX: The Black Party, The Saint At Large continues to maintain its formidable legacy of world-class DJs. This year’s event is no exception.

Structured like a five-act opera, with each DJ providing the respective score, The Black Party takes patrons on a trip, with sets increasing in intensity throughout the night, before cruising into an afterhours vibe in the final, morning hours.

The DJ sets, enhanced by twisted visuals (this year by New York City multimedia artist Gio Black Peter) and the party’s notorious Strange Live Acts complete the trippy, sometimes breathtaking, alternate universe that is The Black Party immersive experience.

Herewith, the 2018 line-up for Rites XXXIX: The Black Party happening April 21 at Depot 52 in Brooklyn (scroll for DJ bios):

Fatherhood (Michael Magnan And Physical Therapy) (Batty Bass) New York City
Chris Cruse (Spotlight) Los Angeles
Eddie Elias (Verve) San Diego
Massimiliano Pagliara (Ostgut Ton) Berlin
Danny Krivit (718 Sessions) New York City

Among the myriad DJs who’ve played the Black Party are such greats Danny Tenaglia, Sharon White, Johnny Dynell, Victor Calderone, Hex Hector, Honey Dijon, and several of the Berghain DJs.

Listen to live sets from this year’s DJs and from previous years on The Saint At Large Soundcloud page. Scroll for lists of DJs who’ve played The Black Party from 2014 – 2017.

The Saint at Large® presents Rites XXXIXX: The Black Party® – PIGTOPIA: I Want to Break Free, April 21, 2018 at Depot 52 in New York City. Tickets, twisted teaser video and more at

DJ Bios

Fatherhood(Batty Bass) New York City

Fatherhood is the perfect union of Michael Magnan and Physical Therapy; wherein two New York stalwarts join together to play a joyous high-energy take on house and techno. With many years of experience between the two, Fatherhood provides responsible selecting prowess and parental party guidance. They are known for their long ecstatic sets in NYC and in Europe at venues like Berlin’s Panorama Bar.

Chris Cruse
(Spotlight) Los Angeles

Chris Cruse is a Los Angeles-based DJ whose sound is equally influenced by dark warehouses and West Coast sunshine. Frequently playing events in the US and Europe, his mainstay is a party of his own creation, Spotlight, which aims to reclaim and celebrate the queer roots of house, techno, disco, and other forms of dance music. Despite abstaining from social media promotion and discouraging dance floor photography, Cruse’s Spotlight has quietly become the go-to event for underground music in LA thanks to its anything-goes vibe and consistent global bookings. 

Eddie Elias
(Verve) San Diego

Ever since Eddie Elias played his first professional gig in 2000, the now San Diego-based, Dominican-born DJ has been wowing audiences in New York City and around the country with his unique sound and masterful mixing. Deep, progressive grooves are the foundation upon which Eddie builds his sets; where he goes from there depends on the crowd and his remarkably keen instincts. Whether he’s dramatically layering an improbable number of tracks during a peak hour performance before a crowd of thousands or working a single favorite record with focused precision at a more intimate after-hours, a night on his dance floor is one that won’t soon be forgotten.

Massimiliano Pagliara
(Ostgut Ton) Berlin

Massimiliano Pagliara was born in Tricase (Lecce) in the deep south of Italy. As a child, he listened to diverse types of music: rap, classical, reggae, dub and 60s rock’n’roll. Coming from this small village, he and his friends created a small musical world for themselves, spending time every day playing records in his basement and at private parties. Today, Massi spins at some of the most popular underground venues in Germany (among them Tape Club, Berghain/Panorama Bar, SchwuZ, Tresor (Berlin) as well as playing across the world. Massi describes his style as an eclectic mix of house, disco, electro and techno – one may call it current-yet-classic. DJing has since led to production, these days Massi has been collaborating with luminaries such as Gui.Tar, Snax, Lemercier & The Lala by, Molly Nilsson and Discodromo.

Danny Krivit
(718 Sessions) New York City

A New York DJ veteran with an endless list of credentials, Danny Krivit has been involved in his city’s dance/club scene since childhood, and has had a profound impact upon it. In 1971, he began DJing at The Ninth Circle in the West Village and, as a regular at The Loft, began lifelong friendships with with DJs David Mancuso and Larry Levan. Throughout the 80s the list of clubs he played at grew to include Area, Danceteria, The Limelight, Save The Robots, Tracks, The Tunnel, The World, and a guest spot at the legendary Paradise Garage. Moving into the 90s, Danny commanded legendary status amongst young and old, DJing at Mars, Palladium, Shelter, Sound Factory Bar, Twilo, and The Loft. At its inception in 1996, Danny joined the Body and Soul team and has regularly played the party ever since. Since 2002, Krivit has been resident DJ at NYC’s soulful phenomenon, 718 Sessions.

DJs for The Black Party from 2014 – 2017

Byrell The Great (New York City)
Roi Perez (Berlin)
Boris (New York City)
Mike Servito (New York City)
Naeem Johnson (Newark)
Johnny Dynell (New York City)
Dawson (New York City)
Dandylion (New York City)
W. Jeremy (New York City)
Gustavo (New York City)
Phillip Kimball (New York City)
Brian Gately (New York City)

Jason Kendig (Chicago)
Danny Tenaglia (New York City)
Alyson Calagna (Miami)
Tama Sumo (Berlin)
Ron Like Hell (New York City)
Massimiliano Pagliara (Berlin)
Will Automagic (New York City)

Aaron Clark (Pittsburgh)
Boris (Berlin)
Danny Tenaglia (New York City)
Eddie Elias (New York City)
Honey Dijon (New York City)
Wrecked (New York City)
Discodromo (Berlin)

Jason Kendig (San Francisco)
ND Baumecker (Berlin)
Boris (New York City)
Tom Stephan (London)
Nita Aviance (New York City)
Robbie Leslie (Ft. Lauderdale)
Peter Napoli (New York City)
Men’s Room (Chicago)
Snaxx (New York City)
Sharon White (New York)

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