Club Room: DJ Skull + Cyrill Reaidy
Lounge: Shadi Megallaa + Hani J
Annex, The Abu Dhabi Edition Hotel, Marina Bateen
The wait is over and we are pleased to begin the 9th year of Boogie Box in style:
We welcome Chicago House legend Ron Maney, aka DJ Skull, who is travelling all the way from the Windy City in order to give us a taste of the sounds that have made him a staple in the game, and cultivated a career spanning over 30 years. Support will be left in the capable hands of Boogie Box Resident Cyrill Reaidy. Expect him to be on his A-game, injecting his own tastes into the early-hours- building the mood for one of Chicago's best.
Ron Maney, later known as DJ Skull, picked up his first House Record at age ten. He worked his way through Chicago's burgeoning House scene, influenced by the Disco and Funk of Ron Hardy, clubs like Musik Box and Power Plant, and the industrial Techno developing down the road in Detroit.
His early productions were explorations with a drum machine and synthesizer, compositions reflecting rich cultural and musical milieu in which he was raised. He connected with the likes of Robert Drewek at Rawax and D’Julz at Bass Culture, who opened the doors to spreading Chi-City music-gospel on the European stage.
Decades later - with a catalog of releases to his name, most prolifically on Dutch label Djax-Up-Beats (where he released a string of now-classic EPs in the 90s), Chiwax, and Bass Culture - DJ Skull remains a relevant and steadfast ambassador of the Chicago sound on the world stage.
In a recent interview for 6AM he was asked how he remains true to a ‘distinctive Chicago sound’. He replied: ‘It’s just a part of me. I love different styles of music so I put it together like Gumbo- rich, classic elements. I know exactly how I want it to taste and having this in foresight levels my focus.’
We can’t wait to see what he serves up for us in his Boogie Box debut.
To make things more fun we've thrown Shadi Megallaa and Hani J into the Lounge Room upstairs.
For those of you who don't know, Shadi is one of the original founders of Boogie Box, and has since gone on to all sorts of entrepreneurial and musical exploits including: starting The Flip Side (Dubai's only record shop), playing local events such as Analog Room, Echo Festival, and Groove on the Grass, and running his own label Arks to Ashes. His accomplice Hani J spent his formative years in Toronto, working as an A & R for Proton Radio as well as curating the infamous Kops Records and mixing at parties around the city. Since returning to the UAE he has focused on the cerebral and cosmic as one half of Astral Travelling.
Look forward to their take on all things Disco and House, and whatever other surprises these two pull out of their record bags.
Our last event had 500+ people there and Club was full by 12:30AM. And the venue had to implement a one in one out policy.
We therefore highly suggest you get on the Boogie Box guest list. Here is how you can do that:
1. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Include full names of all guests
3. Wait for email confirmation (check your Junk folder)
* Guest list will close at 12AM
What you need to know:
Cyrill Reaidy: 10:00PM – 1:00AM
DJ Skull: 1:00AM – 4:00AM
Shadi Megallaa B2B Hani J all night long: 9:00PM - 2:00AM
Flyer design by Art Me
Cover Charge: Free Entry
Music Policy: House & Techno
Venue: Annex, The Abu Dhabi Edition Hotel, Marina Bateen, Abu Dhabi
Boogie Box is about music, laughter, and good times. We work to create an environment of freedom, safety, and most of all expression.
Come to dance and share the vibes with us- but do so in a respectful way.
House. Techno. And You.