Back in 2006, Washington DC-based house heroes and Yoshitoshi Recordings founders Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi shocked dance music fans across the globe by pulling the plug on their Grammy-winning collaboration Deep Dish. Making deep, progressive marks on tracks by both underground artists and music icons (from Madonna to The Rolling Stones), not to mention two studio albums (1998’s excellent Junk Science seems to stand the test of time better than its 2005 follow-up George Is On), the tech-house innovators launched solo endeavors while their cultish following struggled to dissect the distinct Deep Dish sound by comparing and contrasting two previously unconsidered sides of one coin.
Based in no small part on his remix of Eddie Murphy’s campy single “Party All the Time” (released in the wake of the Deep Dish divorce), Sharam got pegged by the music blog Resident Advisor as the one “gunning for the pop charts” while Dubfire mined deeper territories suited for “underground dance floors.”
Seven years after their admittedly bitter breakup, the Iranian-American duo announced they’d be burying the hatchet to “finish the story properly” with a new single (“Quincy”), a reunion show at Miami’s Winter Music Conference in 2014 and a headlining set at Ultra Music Festival the following year.
“A lot of time had passed, and we let it go, and started to forget why we were angry at each other at the beginning,” Sharam told the Miami New Times in 2015. While a third Deep Dish album is reportedly in the works, Sharam and Dubfire continue to produce and tour as solo artists.
A rare treat for Alamo City house heads, Sharam lands at Jack Rabbit on June 24 in support of Retroactive, an introspective sophomore LP that traverses “from early ’80s Giorgio Moroder-inspired disco to futuristic, dark and hypnotic clubby affairs.”
Visiting artists aside, San Antonio is home to a solid and refreshingly diverse house music scene that takes shape in regular — and irregular — parties across town. Far from a definitive list, the roundup that follows aims to collect and organize house-centric events — feel free to fill in the gaps by posting comments below or emailing additions or updates to [email protected]
A collaboration between the S.O.U.L Family, efusionradio.com, Southtown Vinyl and Southtown 101, the allegedly “final” Second Saturday of the long-running “quality, underground dance music” party E:MERGE imports the diverse talents of old-school New York City DJ/producer Harry Romero for an evening of beats and BBQ (free on the patio while supplies last) with support from resident DJs Keeque, Abe Novy, Josh Granado and Lando. Free, 7pm-3am Saturday, July 9, Southtown 101, 101 Pereida St., facebook.com/soulfamilypage.
DJs Ray Mrtnz and Colorblog (along with occasional guests) take over the tiki-inspired confines of Concrete Jungle on random Saturdays, the next of which is June 25. Free, 9pm-2am random Saturdays, Concrete Jungle, 1628 S. Presa St., (210) 373-9907, facebook.com/tikiconcretejungle.
Launched in 2015 by "seasoned veterans in the underground electronic music scene," the collective Neumatic Music brings like-minded artists and DJs (including Guy Uribe, Shane Anthony, Rudy Vega, Bruno Romero, Richard Urdiales, Genafire, James Aguirre) to Web House on first and third Fridays. Free, 10pm-2am first and third Fridays, Web House, 320 Blanco Road, (210) 531-0100, neumaticmusic.com.
Promising "good people, good vibes and fresh jams," this monthly party at delightfully divey Bottom Bracket Social Club unites the talents of DJs Adam Madrigal and SteReyo. Free, 10pm-2am last Thursday of the month, Bottom Bracket Social Club, 1603 N. Colorado St., (210) 267-9160, facebook.com/bottombracketsocialclub.
In addition to "cultivating house music" bimonthly at Concrete Jungle, Rick Lara's homegrown party initiative Sprout crops up via Sprout Sessions — a series of house-focused mixes posted on mixcloud.com. Free, 9pm-2am every other third Saturday, Concrete Jungle, 1628 S. Presa St., (210) 373-9907, facebook.com/tikiconcretejungle.
Presented by Southtown Vinyl and Deep South Collective (DSC) in the refined environs of Paramour, Sound Gallery gets the week started on the right foot with all-vinyl sets by DSC DJs Gabe Garza and Trey Garcia along with "special guest selectors" spinning deep house and eclectic grooves. Free, 8pm-midnight Mondays, Paramour, 102 9th St., Suite 400, (210) 340-9880, paramourbar.com.
Mi Casa Su Casa
Every First Friday, the lively River Walk dive Leapin' Lizard Pub gets a tasty dose of soulful house courtesy of DJs Underground and R2. Free, 10pm-2am every First Friday, Leapin' Lizard Pub, 302 E. Commerce St. (210) 393-1164, facebook.com/micasasucasaprod.
The Soul Spot
Although technically dedicated to "modern soul, funk, boogie and disco," classic house is no stranger in the sets of Soul Spot DJs Leonard Trujillo, Matt Vasquez, Ben Luhrman and JJ Lopez. Six years strong, the DJ collective's twice-monthly parties get booties shakin' at Tucker's Kozy Korner with "over 5,000 watts of vinyl bliss." Free, 9pm-2am first and third Fridays, Tucker's Kozy Korner, 1338 E. Houston St., (210) 320-2192, soulspotsa.com.