- Session cat: Danny Krivit
It's hard to imagine a better inaugural act for a weekly event called "Deck Wreckr's Revival" than a DJ who's been spinning since before the party attendees were born. Few of today's DJs will ever attain the longevity of Danny Krivit: With 38 years under his belt, 80,000 records and 5,000 videos, he has a deeper grasp of New York club culture than almost anyone else alive.
Krivit grew up in a musical environment -- his dad managed Chet Baker and ran a nightclub called the Ninth Circle, which attracted luminaries from Charles Mingus to John Lennon. That pivotal locus launched Krivit into the beginning of the disco era around 1971. He became a personality throughout the clubs and after-hours joints, including Larry Levan's legendary Paradise Garage. In the early '80s, he hung out with hip-hop DJs and became a pioneer in the house-music scene.
Today, Krivit's discography is a mile long: piles of mix CDs, remixes and studio production credits, including the likes of James Brown and Gloria Gaynor. Besides traveling the globe spreading his event called Body and Soul, which at times attracted thousands of ecstatic dancers, Krivit established a long-running residency called 718 Sessions (first in Brooklyn, then Manhattan). 718 Sessions also lends its name to Krivit's latest mix release, out in September on NYC house bastion Nervous Records.
Darryl Poellnitz, or "D," known for his party organizing skills at the Shadow Lounge, Inner Vagabond, Melange and New Amsterdam, is pumped for Krivit's anticipated Pittsburgh debut, at Ava Lounge's "Deck Wreckr's Revival." Though Sunday club events have long been a staple of the New York and Chicago house scenes (usually opening in the morning, so revelers can go to work the next day), Poellnitz hopes the concept will turn on light bulbs in the minds of Pittsburghers.
"It's meant to showcase incredible talent, to let people know that there are DJs out there that play really good stuff, not just what you hear on the radio," says Poellnitz. And Sunday "is just a good day to relax and chill," he adds, noting that the crowd can soak up a bit of knowledge from DJs like Krivit, in addition to the united vibe of genres like house and hip hop.
"He doesn't just play records -- he respects them. He's making you listen, teaching you something and defining a moment. Anybody can put chicken on a plate, but if you marinate it right, it's going to taste a lot better."
"Deck Wreckr's Revival" feat. Danny Krivit, Thomas Cox, Chill Cosby and J. Malls. 7 p.m. Sun., Aug. 30. Ava Lounge, 126 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. $15. 412-363-8277 or www.shadowlounge.net