The one and only, Dama
When I first came out to Rio in April 2008, my gig was at Dama de Ferro and I will never forget it. I remember being disappointed at being given a 5AM time slot, thinking "all the way from San Francisco and you're putting me on at 5? Who will even be there at that point?" Ha! Little did I know. The place was dead at midnight with people beginning to trickle in around 2AM. By 4AM, there was a line down the street and, when I went on at 5AM, the dance floor was one heaving, sweaty mass. It stayed that way till 10AM. I remember the promoter smiling at me, going "This is Rio, man!".
Me playing at Dama in 2008
I'll also never forget the owner and designer of the club, Adriana Lima, giving me a tour, including the unisex metal bathroom stalls aligning the wall of the upstairs lounge. When I commented on the 'uniqueness' of this design, she shot back, "these aren't just bathroom stalls. You can do whatever the f**k you want in here!". Only in Rio de Janeiro.
Sadly, after an epic run almost unheard of in club land, Adriana is moving on and selling the club. Because of rumored permit issues, it will probably not be reopened as a club ever again. This is truly the end of an era in Rio nightlife history.
Sending off the "Iron Lady" in style will be the final edition of equally legendary Rio house music night, Do Hauze
. Resident djs and all around great guys, André Araújo
and Bernardo Campos
, will be on hand and on the decks to do it up properly. Márcio Warner will be handling the warm up slot and Pedro Mezzonato will be joining the boys in the peak time debauchery. You really do not want to miss this night that will go down in history. So come down, stay up late and let's tear the roof off the Dama!
And remember, if late super late nights aren't your thing, you can always set your alarm for 7AM and come join in the fun after breakfast. They'll still be going strong. Because after all...This is RIO, man!