DENNIS FERRER at Sunnyside Pavilion, Sunday, September 2. Rating: NNN
Dancing under the stars in a picturesque walled garden to soulful house music is a pretty nice way to say goodbye to summer. However, despite the gorgeous location and a smooth set by NYC DJ/producer Dennis Ferrer, something felt slightly off. The crowd was huge, but there wasn't nearly as much dancing as there should have been. Because the organizers set up a smaller sound system for the local DJs at one end of the space, we were often subjected to the annoying clash of competing beats when standing in line for outhouses, drinks or the bank machine (and, yes, we spent a lot of time in lines).
While it may not have been the most smoothly run event at this unique location, Ferrer's strong set clearly pleased the fans in the front. You could argue that he relied a little too much on modern remixes of classic house anthems, but that is an effective way to get an aging deep house crowd excited.