WEB EXTRA – Cha-cha mixmaster

Posted on 27 Mar 2008 at 11:51am
By Daniel A. Kusner Life+Style Editor


HOT AND SPICY: On Sunday, DJ Abel spins for 15 hours at Alegria: Xtreme.

Going to NYC for the Black Party? DJ Abel releases 2-disc Alegria mix; kicks up Latin flava at Xtreme — the after-Black Party

The first commandment of the Black Party — the kinky Manhattan circuit party that celebrates the end of the winter solstice — is "Don’t talk about the Black Party. Never blab to the media or non-members about what you witness at Black Party."

So of course, you’re dying to know. DJ Abel releases 2-disc Alegria mix; kicks up Latin flava at Xtreme — the after-Black PartyBut if you attend the Black Party, you always meet people who ask if you’re going to Alegria, which is the following night.

How anyone has enough energy (or money!) to throw down at yet another marathon of shirtless dancing and punishing disco remains a mystery. But they do. In fact, most veterans say to skip the Black Party and just hit Alegria: Xtreme.

Last month, DJ Abel released a taste of what Xtreme is all about — "Alegria: Universo" (Tommy Boy), a two-disc of 70-minute mixes. Able (birth name Abel Aguilera) has distilled the 17-hour party into disc 1, "Peak Hour," and disc 2,"After Sunrise." The Brooklyn-born, Miami-raised Abel offers a spicy mix. His South Beach-influenced flava is called "tropical tribal-Latino." And Able’s hot cha-cha sound compliments the Alegria vibe, which is like a Brazilian Carnaval with elaborate sets that are designed, constructed and imported from South America’s largest country. The first commandment of the Black Party — the kinky Manhattan circuit party that celebrates the end of the winter solstice — is "Don’t talk about the Black Party. Never blab to the media or non-members about what you witness at Black Party."Earlier this week, we caught up with Able to dish on Xtreme.

Have you ever spun in Dallas? Yes— a few times, including the Purple Party with my remix partner, Ralphi Rosario a couple years ago. It was fun, and the chickens were hot.So of course, you’re dying to know. The Black Party’s "kinky-filthy" reputation is legendary for its ties to S/M culture. What’s the flavor of Alegria Xtreme? Being sexy and hard dancing. This year it’s gonna be even sexier! But I can’t give it away.

What goes on at Xtreme that you can’t experience any anywhere else? The hottest bodies you have ever seen together in one dam place!

This year’s Xtreme will also be a birthday celebration for you. Here’s a b-day wish: If you had an unlimited budget and superpowers, what would you do differently on the "Universo" CD if you could re-cut it? I would do a box set of the entire 15-hour journey so everyone can take memories home. That would take around, 15 CDs.But if you attend the Black Party, you always meet people who ask if you’re going to Alegria, which is the following night.SOPHIE’S CHOICE: An adventurous Dallas boy finds a cheap air ticket to NYC this weekend, but he only has enough money to attend either the Black Party or Alegria Xtreme. Which one should he choose? Take the Greyhound, (a little cheaper than a plane). And with the money you saved, go to both — two parties, two energies, two experiences. Let him be the judge!

Alegria Xtreme 8, March 30 at 11 p.m. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, New York. $70. Ticketmaster.com

How anyone has enough energy (or money!) to throw down at yet another marathon of shirtless dancing and punishing disco remains a mystery. But they do. In fact, most veterans say to skip the Black Party and just hit Alegria: Xtreme.

Last month, DJ Abel released a taste of what Xtreme is all about — "Alegria: Universo" (Tommy Boy), a two-disc of 70-minute mixes. Able (birth name Abel Aguilera) has distilled the 17-hour party into disc 1, "Peak Hour," and disc 2,"After Sunrise." The Brooklyn-born, Miami-raised Abel offers a spicy mix. His South Beach-influenced flava is called "tropical tribal-Latino." And Able’s hot cha-cha sound compliments the Alegria vibe, which is like a Brazilian Carnaval with elaborate sets that are designed, constructed and imported from South America’s largest country.

Earlier this week, we caught up with Able to dish on Xtreme.

Have you ever spun in Dallas? Yes— a few times, including the Purple Party with my remix partner, Ralphi Rosario a couple years ago. It was fun, and the chickens were hot.


The Black Party’s "kinky-filthy" reputation is legendary for its ties to S/M culture. What’s the flavor of Alegria Xtreme? Being sexy and hard dancing. This year it’s gonna be even sexier! But I can’t give it away.

What goes on at Xtreme that you can’t experience any anywhere else? The hottest bodies you have ever seen together in one dam place!

This year’s Xtreme will also be a birthday celebration for you. Here’s a b-day wish: If you had an unlimited budget and superpowers, what would you do differently on the "Universo" CD if you could re-cut it? I would do a box set of the entire 15-hour journey so everyone can take memories home. That would take around, 15 CDs.

SOPHIE’S CHOICE: An adventurous Dallas boy finds a cheap air ticket to NYC this weekend, but he only has enough money to attend either the Black Party or Alegria Xtreme. Which one should he choose? Take the Greyhound, (a little cheaper than a plane). And with the money you saved, go to both — two parties, two energies, two experiences. Let him be the judge!

Alegria Xtreme 8, March 30 at 11 p.m. Webster Hall, 125 East 11th Street, New York. $70. Ticketmaster.com

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