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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 09/ 6/2007

Buzz is Back

By Fritz Hahn

It's been over a year since Nation nightclub closed, leaving the long-running Buzz dance party without a home. It's been a tough 14 months for fans who used to gather every Friday night to hear world-famous electronic DJs like Paul Oakenfold, Deep Dish and John Digweed. Buzzlife Productions has thrown parties at a variety of venues since then -- bringing Paul Van Dyk, Steve Lawler and Rabbit in the Moon to the 9:30 club, hosting John B at the RNR Bar and Lounge and Charles Feelgood at the Rock and Roll Hotel, and promoting shows with Krafty Kuts and Dieselboy at Avenue. Problem is, none of those clubs felt like home.

Last month, Buzzlife Vice President of Operations Amanda Huie announced that the party would be resurrected at the multi-room Fur nightclub every Friday night, beginning on Sept. 21. Until now, there have been no details about the lineup or tickets.

So without further ado, here's everything you need to know:

The grand opening party features genre-hopping techno DJ Moby, Dutch trance DJ Sander van Doorn, Buzz founder Scott Henry and a few local DJs that have yet to be confirmed. Tickets cost $25 during the pre-sale (available Friday through www.groovetickets.com/buzz). Doors open at 9 p.m. and you won't be kicked out until 4 a.m.

I have to admit being surprised to see Moby headlining the return of Buzz, and I'm sure I'm not going to be the only one. At this point of his career, he gets more press for his views on animal rights and the environment than his music. Going through dozens of pages of speculation and growing excitement on the Buzzlife online message board about the grand opening, no one had put forth Moby's name.

"Moby's one of those names that people don't even guess anymore, because he's so big," Huie explains. "We really wanted to come out with a bang." The Buzz staff had mooted acts like Paul Oakenfold and Paul Van Dyk, but Huie points out that a lot of those bold-face names had either played at Buzz in the run-up to Nation's closure or at a special event in the last year, so the Buzz staff was looking for something different at the new venue. Besides, she says, "Every time Moby does something, he brings new people into the scene. We love him and we're really flattered."

Moby's last visit to D.C. was in April 2005, when his sold-out 9:30 club show featured guitars over turntables -- much to the displeasure of one Washington Post reviewer. This appearance should be a complete 180. According the blog on Moby's official Web site, Moby.com, he's preparing tracks for a February 2008 release, and he told Billboard.com last month that the new material is a dance album inspired by Grace Jones and Donna Summer.

Even more promising: Reports from Moby's Labor Day weekend DJ gig in New York said he spun an old-school rave set with lots of techno and acid house.

Van Doorn, meanwhile, was just in the area for the Virgin Festival. His new track "Riff" is an infectious piece of work, blending tech-trancey beats, deep bass and funky electro touches. The song, which was recently named Single of the Week on the BBC, and a remix by esteemed DJ Carl Cox can be found on Van Doorn's MySpace page. His debut album is expected later this year.

Scott Henry really needs no introduction. Buzz's founder is a true local legend, having spun at clubs all over the world and thrown some of the best parties the Washington area's ever seen. He's spun everything from hardcore to house, and if you haven't caught up with Henry lately, you can check him out at Five tomorrow night -- and you don't even have to pay to get in.

Beyond the music, Huie is enthused about creating memorable and over-the-top decor, using Miami's RKM, the production company who created sets for the "Queer as Folk" club tour and lent their design skills to famous venues like Miami's Space and New York's Twilo and Crobar. Buzz is inviting the crowd to be part of the act, too: People who "go all out" with their outfits will get in free. (There's more information about that on buzzlife.com.)

Every Buzz event will be open to anyone 18 and over, though there will be drink specials -- including $5 Red Bull and vodkas and $3 shooters -- from 9 to 11 p.m. for those who've turned 21. And while Fur is much more of a megaclub than Nation, the Buzz crew negotiated Fur's management down to a simple dress code: No white sneakers, men in shorts or excessively baggy jeans, though I have the feeling the latter rule will be open to interpretation.

Since Buzzlife announced that it was taking up residence at Fur, the club's owners have made some suggested changes, including moving the DJ booth to a more prominent area, removing some VIP seating and rearranging walls to improve traffic flow between rooms. A new will-call window has been added outside to cut down on lines. Huie also gushes about a concierge desk that will help find lost items and reunite lost friends, but says that Buzzlife's modifications will be an ongoing process. "Our crowd is so opinionated," she explains. "Once we get people in here, we want to bring our community into it and get them involved [in deciding what works and what doesn't]. We don't want to rush into anything."

Event lineups for the rest of 2007 will be announced by Friday, Sept. 14.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | September 6, 2007; 11:00 AM ET
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Posted by: Amitai | September 6, 2007 11:04 AM | Report abuse

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Posted by: Dan Amitai | September 6, 2007 11:05 AM | Report abuse

good luck buzz....
hope it works out for you guys in the new space.

Posted by: graham | September 6, 2007 11:13 AM | Report abuse

yay, buzz is back, and i cant wait to see the rest of the line ups annouced on the 14th. massive!

Posted by: timmydnb | September 6, 2007 2:01 PM | Report abuse

funny comment about Moby. Where is the DNB? Moby has played a few parties in NYC recently like this past weekend and the middle of summer. Glad to see a nice line up for all the non junglists. Good LUCK BUZZ I will make it down from NYC sometime soon.

Posted by: jack | September 6, 2007 3:41 PM | Report abuse

indeed, Moby's set at Studio B @ the Cut party was definatley memorable, a lot of energy and "classics" brought fourth, hell didnt have to, but he scratched too! Really well i might add...

Moby has a good ear, he's always had a geniuine sound, a bit earnest and naive, but thats my flavor anyway!

Posted by: greg-o | September 6, 2007 4:05 PM | Report abuse

On Friday, September 21, 2007, Buzzlife Productions and Fur Nightclub will join forces to create a new home for BUZZ, Washington DC's legendary Friday night event.

We cordially invite you to be a part of history in the making as we enter an exciting new era of Capitol Intensive Clubbing. Our goal is to continue to raise the bar and to set the standard in nightlife experiences. We will be booking the hottest, freshest and most forward-thinking electronic dance music artists. Our belief is that music is only one piece of the puzzle, creating an intense visual experience is nearly as important. We will host nationally acclaimed video-animators, decor installation experts, hand picked dancers and performance artists to create an atmosphere that must be experienced first-hand.

Buzzlife's philosophy is that YOU are the most important part of the party. You are strongly encouraged to express your individuality through fashion, costume and attitude; creatively adding to the visual excitement of what we call "BUZZ."


MOBY
In these days of fly-by-night musicians, Moby is somewhat of an anomaly. His first solo release, Go (voted one of Rolling Stone's top 200 records of all time), was released in 1991. In the ensuing 16 years he has had what is arguably the strangest career in contemporary music. He has made dance records and rock records and ambient records and heavy metal records. Buzzlife is honored to have him grace the decks at Fur nightclub to kick off a new era in Capitol Intensive Clubbing.

SANDER VAN DOORN
Sander Van Doorn has come a long way in short time. In June 2007 Sander radio history by being the first Dutchman to host an entire show on BBC Radio 1. He has rapidly raised the ranks of DJ Mag's Top 100 and is currently an impressive #32. If you don't know what all the fuss is about, you are about to find out.

SCOTT HENRY
You know him, you love him, he is playing outside. What more do you need?


Fur Nightclub - 33 Patterson Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Experience the night from the comfort of our reserved table sections.

Call Tony @ 240-505-1509, or email ajtp@tmo.blackberry.net

Tickets on sale through groovetickets.com/buzz

18+ with government issued id

Doors open at 9pm

Drink specials from 9-11pm

Almost no dress code! No white tennis shoes, no shorts for guys, no overly baggy clothing. That's it!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2007 10:31 AM | Report abuse

On Friday, September 21, 2007, Buzzlife Productions and Fur Nightclub will join forces to create a new home for BUZZ, Washington DC's legendary Friday night event.

We cordially invite you to be a part of history in the making as we enter an exciting new era of Capitol Intensive Clubbing. Our goal is to continue to raise the bar and to set the standard in nightlife experiences. We will be booking the hottest, freshest and most forward-thinking electronic dance music artists. Our belief is that music is only one piece of the puzzle, creating an intense visual experience is nearly as important. We will host nationally acclaimed video-animators, decor installation experts, hand picked dancers and performance artists to create an atmosphere that must be experienced first-hand.

Buzzlife's philosophy is that YOU are the most important part of the party. You are strongly encouraged to express your individuality through fashion, costume and attitude; creatively adding to the visual excitement of what we call "BUZZ."


MOBY
In these days of fly-by-night musicians, Moby is somewhat of an anomaly. His first solo release, Go (voted one of Rolling Stone's top 200 records of all time), was released in 1991. In the ensuing 16 years he has had what is arguably the strangest career in contemporary music. He has made dance records and rock records and ambient records and heavy metal records. Buzzlife is honored to have him grace the decks at Fur nightclub to kick off a new era in Capitol Intensive Clubbing.

SANDER VAN DOORN
Sander Van Doorn has come a long way in short time. In June 2007 Sander radio history by being the first Dutchman to host an entire show on BBC Radio 1. He has rapidly raised the ranks of DJ Mag's Top 100 and is currently an impressive #32. If you don't know what all the fuss is about, you are about to find out.

SCOTT HENRY
You know him, you love him, he is playing outside. What more do you need?


Fur Nightclub - 33 Patterson Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Experience the night from the comfort of our reserved table sections.

Call Tony @ 240-505-1509, or email ajtp@tmo.blackberry.net

Tickets on sale through groovetickets.com/buzz

18+ with government issued id

Doors open at 9pm

Drink specials from 9-11pm

Almost no dress code! No white tennis shoes, no shorts for guys, no overly baggy clothing. That's it!!

Posted by: code | September 10, 2007 10:36 AM | Report abuse

On Friday, September 21, 2007, Buzzlife Productions and Fur Nightclub will join forces to create a new home for BUZZ, Washington DC's legendary Friday night event.

Fur Nightclub - 33 Patterson Street NE, Washington, DC 20002

Experience the night from the comfort of our reserved table sections.

Call Tony @ 240-505-1509, or email ajtp@tmo.blackberry.net

Tickets on sale through groovetickets.com/buzz

18+ with government issued id

Doors open at 9pm

Drink specials from 9-11pm

Almost no dress code! No white tennis shoes, no shorts for guys, no overly baggy clothing. That's it!!

Posted by: Anonymous | September 10, 2007 10:37 AM | Report abuse

It's shame that Buzz has to go to this venue. Fur is a haven for After hours drinking and Drugs. You can do better Buzz!

Posted by: John | September 10, 2007 5:09 PM | Report abuse

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