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DJ Tony Moran travels back to Houston
for an appearance at Jungle 13 that also
includes a performance by Christine W
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TONY MORAN. DJ SPINS HERE AND
there. Maybe you've heard of him.
If you've gone to a gay dance club, circuit party or picked up an HX or Next in
the last year, you'll get the joke in the
Every year, it seems, there's a DJ du
annee, and 2004 belonged to Moran.
This New York-Miami unicoastal
Cuban has established himself as a master of the current trend toward hard-
driving, Latin-inflected backbeat-driven
diva-yellin' percussive dance music.
The CD cover of his two-disc set,
released by an equally hot record label.
Tommy Boy, probably wasn't intended to
be ironic. But Moran's image imprinted
on a bus with various parties (Winter,
Alegria, Rio Carnival, Cherry ...) pretty
well sums up where we are right now.
What distinguishes this compilation is
Moran's experience inside a studio. A
good half of the tracks were mixed by
Moran, and, in at least one case, he composed the music as well.
This distinguishes Moran from many
of the pack of gay DJs currently spin-
Tour de Beats
Tommy Boy Records
9 p.m.-2 a.m. March 24
Gather the Tribe'
10 p.m.-4 a.m. March 25
2401 San Jacinto
10 p.m.-4 a.m. March 26
Verizon Wireless Theater
520 Texas Ave.
After Hours 'SaWation'
3:30 a.m.-10 a.m. March 27
402 Main St.
10 p.m.-5 a.m. March 27
Advance tickets available at M2M Fashion
3400 Montrose Blvd.
TOUR DE BEATS
Tony Moran's Tour de Beats' delivers exactly that
— a guided tour of current club riffs.
ning. Moran, it seems, has worked with
nearly every dance diva around right
now. and he pours them into this CD.
The result strongly resembles a set at
Alegria, which suits me just fine. In fact,
it is an ideal Alegria set: all of the vocals
without any of that damned drumbeat
The entire two-CD set, played back to
back, would give anyone an introduction
into these parties. They will also Indoctrinate the Alegria virgin into exactly
why these occasional parties have
become the most successful gay dance
events in the world.
THERE ARE FEW "DEBUTS' HERE
(ironic quotes because, once you hear
them, you'U recognize them immediately). Deborah Cooper's "Live You All
Over" is simply terrific, the kind of diva
anthem we so desperately need right now.
(No, I'm not going to go off about "tina
music" — although I could!)
The highlight of these CDs filled with
highlights is undoubtedly Zhana
Saunders' "Waiting for Alegria." If any
song can lay claim to being the theme of
our time, it's this one.
You want divas? Try Kristine W,
Cooper and Suzanne Palmer. There also
Just to show that Moran knows his way
around a record store, Ron Perkov, Chus
& Ceballos, Reina and the Party Starters
are here, too. As befits his origins, there's
a distinctly Latin flavor throughout. Be
prepared for a little hands-on-the-hips
action if you're dancing by yourself at
home. (Oh. come on, I know you do that.)
The only question I have is, how is
Moran going to program his upcoming
Jungle 13 gig in Houston?
Moran will be playing at the Verizon
Wireless Theater downtown Saturday.
March 26, for "Tribal Heat," the main
event at Jungle 13 that also includes a
live performance by diva Christine W