When Nickodemus and Mariano started the Turntables on the Hudson parties in 1998, it was one of the first late night outdoor events in New York City. With the addition of Groove Collective founding member Nappy G on percussion, the party became an adventurous, young, free-spirited community known for its eclectic musical blend.
In the past ten years, Turntables on the Hudson took their beats from parking garages, lofts & boats to residencies at renowned NYC clubs and venues like The Frying Pan, Opaline, Shelter, The Brooklyn Loft, Cielo, Element, Hiro Ballroom, SOB’s and Spiegelworld. After ten years, the Turntables on the Hudson parties are now taking place Fridays at the Water Taxi Beach in Long Island City overlooking Manhattan and the East River.
Turntables on the Hudson’s music policy has always been maximum funk and absolute fun. One can easily hear home-born genres like Hip-Hop, Funk, House and Soul played back to back with Latin, Afro-beat and Eastern European gypsy sounds. In addition to hosting live guests, both bands and DJs, the crew has also fused live musicianship into their sets. The heavy percussive element has been highlighted with West African percussion ensembles, live Samba-Batucada bands and New Orleans & Eastern Brass bands.
Certainly nuff respect to all the cats involved with this party, but I gotta say that Nickodemus remains one of the best DJs I’ve ever heard. His taste for rhythm is completely in tune with the styles I love and his mastery at blending them together is exceptional to say the least. Attending Turntables on the Hudson would be unreal. Maybe one day I’ll make it across the continents to experience it first hand. For now, I’ll just continue to delight in the grooves he and the rest of the crew dish out.