Mighty reanimates, pays tribute to disco 

click to enlarge Derek Hena
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  • Derek Hena, right, general manager of Mighty, says that Friday’s disco night might evolve into a regular event.
Mission district institution Mighty pays special tribute to the oft-maligned genre of disco Friday with “DIS CO THEQUE,” free before 11 p.m.

The tribute night is less about the commercial trappings of disco — the bell bottoms, the platform shoes — than it is about the seminal beats played on a bomb soundsystem for a fierce crowd, DJ Derek Hena says.

“This is not going to be your wedding reception disco,” says Hena, who is Mighty’s general manager and executive director of Pink Mammoth. “I think the focus is more on the underground, grass-roots feel of it.”

“That’s what makes it Mighty, as opposed to something more on the commercial side,” he says. “We’re going to transport them into what it would have felt like inside a really badass discotheque when this stuff was coming out.”

Hena plays an all-vinyl 1970s disco set after Ren the Vinyl Archeologist, and preceding Miguel Solari and David Harness.

The True Skool, Housepitality and Mighty Real-affiliated lineup knows disco, disco house and how they evolved.

The night also fuels “a resurgence amongst people that are really loving house music, deep house music and the elements that comprise it,” Hena says. “Disco kind of gave birth to house and it’s a natural progression of beats per minute transitioning from the disco era into the underground, warehouse-y house music era.”

Mighty threw a disco night about a year and a half ago, and, “The RSVP response to this date has been tremendous,” Hena says. “We’re seeing a resurgence and re-appreciation of these elements.”

Hoping to make “DIS CO THEQUE” a “regular thing,” Hena says, the 10½-year-old club is going strong thanks to its vast email list, a synergistic balance of self-produced shows and external promotion, and the tech boom in the Bay Area.

Situated deep in the Mission where it meets South of Market and Potrero Hill, Mighty has the best on-street parking of any club in The City, and what it bills as the first fully commissioned EAW Avalon Club.two system in the country.

“We’re just happy that we are relevant as a nightclub, and not just relevant, but a very important piece of San Francisco in terms of providing a great night with quality talent, great people, great records and fantastic sound. I think it’s going to be a really solid night,” Hena says.



A tribute to disco and disco house music

Where: Mighty, 119 Utah St., S.F.

When: 9 p.m. Friday

Tickets: Free before 11 p.m. with RSVP at eventbrite.com

Contact: (415)762-0151, www.mighty119.com



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