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Circo Loco @ Arc
by translucent: 11-28-2002

Circo Loco delivered what were easily some of the best sets Iíve heard all year.

The night started a bit awkwardly. We walked in to Arc at around 1am to a room of about 50 people. The lights were on and aside from a handful of European faithful bopping along on the floor, the vast majority were holding the walls up like teenage boys at a high school prom. After about an hour, the lights dimmed and some more people started to trickle in. By about 2:30, the smoke machine was in full effect, filling in the empty spaces amongst a crowd of about 150. By this time, Cirillo had magnetized the floor and pulled all the wall-holders in. His hard grooves got the crowd to make up in spirit for itís lack of volume. Everyone was smiling and having a blast.

Tania Vulkano took over and dropped some Balearic-flavored nastiness that made the crowd go nuts. The Europeans who came knowing full well what Circo Loco was all about were in a tizzy. The natives were caught completely off guard. There wasnít a still body in the whole house. Everyone was either grooving on the floor or at least bobbing their heads in unison like those wobbly-headed figurines one sees in the window of someoneís car.

Following Vulkanoís energy without dropping the proverbial baton would be a considerable task for any seasoned DJ. As Expected, Jo Mills took over without skipping a beat, no pun intended (well, maybe a tiny pun). Mills got more tribal than African Pygmies. She threw down a whole bunch of Steve Lawler favorites and managed to resurrect the spirit of his Twilo sets. Hell, to be honest, she out-Lawlered Lawler. She must have stolen his mojo while he was a resident at Space. In fact, Steve should give Jo a call and beg for some of it back. Mills was having about as much fun as the crowd, waving her hands and clapping enthusiastically to the beats. She closed the night out to a handful of the hardcore who probably would have stuck around for about as long as sheíd keep spinning records.

All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by this party. While Circo Loco is one of my favorite parties in Ibiza, I came a bit skeptical about whether or not they could transplant the vibe from their island to ours. Being the consummate professionals and some of the minority of DJís who actually still seem to enjoy their work, they had little trouble getting the crowd moving. While their sets were a bit darker than their sunny Balearic ones, they definitely took me back and made me forget about the dreary, cold Gotham outside. For anyone who hasnít seen these guys on their home turf at DC10, I suggest you start saving up for Ibiza 2003 now.

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