photo credit: Tania Hauyon

Robbie Rivera might be considered a father of Miami house. With a name and reputation like that, it’s no wonder Lima Restaurant & Lounge was filled to capacity Thursday night. It was easily the most packed it has been since Glow moved to the downtown hotspot. The lights, sounds and especially the women were scorching.

Rivera arrived early, hungry to unleash that Miami sound on the DC crowd. Robbie took the decks 30 minutes ahead of schedule and laced banger after banger over what is quickly becoming known as one of the best sound systems around. Using a dark, tribal feeling Rivera took us on a journey through the soul of house music. He brought light into the hearts of everyone with his uplifting breaks and then moved back to that quintessential Miami style. He had the people eating out of the palm of his hand.

The crowd galvanized the experience. You guys you were unbelievable! Shoulder to shoulder on the main floor, crowded upstairs and packed on Lima’s patio; that’s what it should be like every Thursday. The DC crowd truly came together to bring about a synergy often imitated, never duplicated. There’s nothing like the Glow crowd and Robbie could sense it.

From old to new, Rivera squeezed every bit of juice from his library. A major highlight was techno pioneer Derrick May’s ‘Strings of Life.’ If you haven’t heard it or don’t know much about Derrick May we suggest you look him up. Released in 1989, it’s baffling to think how such an amazing tune could have been made over 20 years ago and have the same effect today as it did then. Rivera also spun a super dope remix of Eric Prydz- Call on Me that was anything but poppy or played out. He dropped a remix of System F’s “Out of the Blue,” that floored the masses. If anyone knows what remix it was please please please!! Post it below. It was just sooo dirty; the breakdown and then it dropped right into some dirty ass house drums.  And of course, Robbie played a few of his own productions including ‘Back to Zero’ and Gabriel and Dresden’s re-edit of ‘Float Away.’ Hadn’t heard that one in a while!! Wow!! That’s another one, if you’ve never heard it check it out.

All in all Robbie Rivera truly represented everything that Miami house had, has, and will continue to have to offer. After a night like that, there’s no good reason to be at home on a Thursday night. Glow is without question the benchmark in DC’s electronic music scene. Glow happens every Thursday at Lima and every Saturday at Fur Nightclub.

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  1. […] He dropped everything from ‘Strings of Life’ and ‘Float Away (GnD Remix)’ to remixes of System F- Out of the Blue and Eric Prydz – Call on Me. It was just absolutely amazing. Reading the review from that set gives us goosebumps!! […]

  2. […] He dropped everything from ‘Strings of Life’ and ‘Float Away (GnD Remix)’ to remixes of System F- Out of the Blue and Eric Prydz – Call on Me. It was just absolutely amazing. Reading the review from that set gives us goosebumps!! […]

  3. […] He dropped everything from ‘Strings of Life’ and ‘Float Away (GnD Remix)’ to remixes of System F- Out of the Blue and Eric Prydz – Call on Me. It was just absolutely amazing. Reading the review from that set gives us goosebumps!! […]

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