Luciano has been at the heart of a few surprises this summer as his Cadenza party picked up where it left off last summer, grabbing headlines for its Thursday night Ushuaia residency. The recent collaboration with Richie Hawtin and his Thursday night Enter.Space party which saw Playa d’en Bossa become one giant party for the night may well turn out to be the season’s finest event but for the closing party he has enlisted the services of the Masters At Work, Louie Vega and Kenny Dope, which promises to give it a run for its money!
It’s been a grey, cloudy day on the island; with some rain falling in the afternoon but that has done nothing to dampen the spirits of the army of Cadenza fans making its way to Bossa for the season finale. Masters At Work back together again on the most talked about stage of the last two seasons in front of a partisan crowd that loves its music, it’s the perfect end to the summer season for Luciano. Louie Vega and Kenny Dope have made significant contributions to the dance scene over the years, both individually and as the famous double act and tonight, as they set up at either end of the Ushuaia stage, they are about to give the thousands crammed into the outdoor venue a night to remember.
Both playing at the same time, with their own set of decks, interacting with each others tunes throughout the set, they deliver a musical masterclass. There are more than a few DJs backstage listening to the duo effortlessly glide through a flawless performance, DJ Sneak has arrived and popped on to the stage to say hello, although at this point the stage is almost as busy as the main dancefloor as everyone wants to get a glimpse of two true house legends. The beats are chunky, with a real swing to them, some Latin thrown in for good measure and throbbing basslines that has the massive crowd dancing. When the bass does drop out momentarily, the roar when it kicks back in is enough to stand the hairs on your arms and neck on end!
Halfway through their set they indulge in a little classic house behaviour, dropping house music anthem ‘Move Your Body’ from Marshall Jefferson, The Jungle Brothers ‘I’ll House You’, Joe Smooth’s ‘The Promised Land’, Rolando’s Jaguar and Lil Louie’s ‘French Kiss’, which drives the capacity crowd crazy, not to mention everyone backstage who are all jumping around. Just at that, the heavens open and the huge crowd erupts, you can’t make this stuff up. The next 20 mins is spent trying to get covers above the decks as the crowd refuses to give in to the elements and continues to create an unforgettable atmosphere in the outdoor dance theatre.
The end of the Masters set is met with an enormous roar of appreciation for two of the greatest DJ/ producers that our scene has ever seen. Next up is Luciano, the star of the party, the driving force behind Cadenza and clearly a favourite of everyone inside the massive venue. He proceeds to take the crowd on a magical journey through chunky and tech house, dropping some of the biggest tracks from his Ibiza residency as well as indulging in a few classics of his own. The rain has stopped but the wind still howls through Ushuaia, not great news for the acrobats performing high above the outdoor stage but the show must go on. Glamorous dancers, dressed in costume strut around the stage, not much room up there to do any dancing.
It has been another amazing summer for Luciano and his Vagabundos, Cadenza has packed Ushuaia on a weekly basis, winning new friends and fans and entertaining old ones just as they remember, with great tunes, an amazing atmosphere and more than its fair share of theatrics. As the curtain draws on the lost party it is with a hint of sadness that the Cadenzars say goodbye to their hero and his friends for another year, although there will be one last chance to see Luciano at Ushuaia as he will be returning for the venue closing party. The party breezes past the usual midnight cut off point and by this point Luciano has been joined in the booth by friends and music family, including Richie Hawtin, popping by to say his goodbye’s. The celebration finally draws to a close an hour later than normal and the crowd reluctantly but happily makes it’s way out into Playa d’en Bossa.