Before there was EDM, we had house music and nobody did it better than Jonathan Peters. Every Saturday, back in the day of Sound Factory, the West Side Highway was his turf. Jonathan Peters, a New York legend, returned to the West Side Highway at Stage 48 this past weekend. JP was home! He spun his bass intensive brand of beats to the hundreds of loyal JP fans.
Peters was a resident DJ at the now defunct Sound Factory NYC for years. Remixer-producer Jonathan Peters has a slew of fans due to a rich history of epic sets — some of which lasted as long as 14 hours! JP brought one of his staple “club themed” nights with him to Stage 48. Friday was JP’s Sex in the City themed night. This was awesome and LIB Magazine was there!
Certain things go together. Things like salt and pepper, bacon and eggs, pen and paper and finally JP and the West Side of New York. Peters’ performance at Stage 48 filled a desperate need. There was a void in the scene once Sound Factory closed. Artists like JP and Junior Vasquez didn’t have the home they deserve. Sound Factory’s closing left the door open for Europe’s finest to treat New York as a backyard Bar Be Que. They just come in and spin a night, collect a paycheck and leave. They do not grow roots here. Don’t misunderstand me here: I enjoy Avicii, AfroJack and Guetta as much as anyone, but there is only one Jonathan Peters.
Jonathan Peters performs Sex & The City set at Stage 48.
The fogged out dance floor spread open as Jonathan Peters took controls of the decks. Dressed in a blue and white striped shirt with over sized headphones and a steady hand, Peters ripped some of his dirtiest, sexiest tracks we came to love from him. The feeling of Peters’ bass drops parallels the feeling of seeing your favorite actor nail a performance on Broadway. House music is a religion and Jonathan Peters is the divine deity
Peters spun into the wee small hours, ending his set around 6 in the morning. In the past he was known to keep his fan engaged well past noon the day after. Music can be a distraction from the mundane day-to-day activities of most. There is no greater distraction than dancing the night away with people that become your friends, if only for a night. Our hope is Stage 48 will be the new late night “after party.” We also hope Jonathan Peters takes up a residency at Stage 48. A world class city needs a world class DJ of its own! JP belongs here, a mere two blocks away from where he became a legend.
Photo editing by Christopher Ryan.
A world class city needs a world class DJ of its own! JP belongs here, a mere two blocks away from where he became a legend.