To me, house music is not just a genre of music; it is my religion, my culture – essentially a way of life. House music and the culture it inspires is one of the last underground cultures to be born out of NYC. Unfortunately the decline of parties and venues that truly support my culture have forced us to revolve in lounges that focus more on what your bar tab is at the end of the night than the vibe, the music and the amount of sweat that is dripped on the dance floor.
It seems funny to think that the city that spawned my culture is now placing a stranglehold on us – forcing us to adapt or to fade to black. It is a conversation I have had with many househeads – the chase for the experience we once had that seems to be beyond the grasp of our fingertips, but one we get to touch once in a while. On March 19th, four decades worth of househeads made the pilgrimage to Webster Hall for Barbara Tucker: 25 Years In House.
If house music is a religion, then Barbara Tucker would be a saint. She is definitely one of the divas of our scene. Her track record of 25 years in house music shows that she is one of the hardest working singers in the business. Songs like “Beautiful People”, “I Get Lifted”, “Most Precious Love” and “Stop Playing with My Mind” are classics that every househead knows.
The room was filled and space was limited, yet it didn’t seem to matter. Wherever there was space, househeads were getting it in, contributing to the beautiful vibe that was in Webster Hall that evening. Seeing Saint Barbara on stage singing her classics made me feel as if I was 17 again, when I was first started venturing into different clubs in Jersey. The incomparable Louie Vega, David Morales and Tony Humphries fed us the energy to dance well into the next morning and provided a memory that will be looked upon with fondness as we party into the next decade. Besides the music, the highlight of the evening for me was watching La India and Barbara on stage with Louie Vega behind the DJ booth. Watching the players behind “Beautiful People” on stage exceeded all my expectations for an evening that will be talked about for years to come. In fact, people that attended the event were still talking about March 19th well into the summer of 2009.
Barbara Tucker: 25 Years In House offered memories for us to cradle in our hands, keeping us loyal to this culture. Paradise Garage, Sound Factory Bar, Afterlife, Zanzibar, Club Shelter – all the major clubs that reigned in the NYC area was represented. We danced and shared experiences with househeads that haven’t been seen in years. It was a long overdue family reunion filled with love, music, dance and good energy – it was a househead’s dream.