Victor Vega reloads at Monarch 

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  • San Francisco DJ Victor Vega says dance scene locals haven’t stopped letting loose, even though it’s winter and past the time to celebrate a new year.
While the East Coast endures a record blizzard, the Bay’s dance scene burns as veterans flock to Monarch’s RELOAD on Sundays.

This month, the night of deep house is headlined by Berlin’s Mutlu, with support from The City’s own Victor Vega and Jimmy B.

Although winter is a slow season in global dance, in temperate San Francisco, a polar vortex sounds like a silly drink from the Marina or a weed strain.

“For the locals who are out and know what’s going on, they’re not done [after New Year’s events],” says Jersey City native and Dogpatch resident Vega, with the Housepitality crew. “They’re getting banged out right now. It’s pretty amazing.”

RELOAD offers a varsity-level good time on Sundays, typically a slow night reserved for industry and scene veterans who want to avoid the bridge-and-tunnel crowd on Fridays and Saturdays.

“Sundays and Wednesday are probably the choicest days to go out if you want to hear some dance. … A lot of genuine folks come out and are real about why they’re there. It’s therapy. People need to let loose,” Vega says.

Vega plays tech house and deep house on vinyl, with a hefty hat tip to former Amoeba Records buyer Mike Bee’s Vinyl Dreams record store in Lower Haight.

“I go and spend 120 bucks at a time listening to vinyl. I’m becoming a better DJ sticking to the roots,” Vega says.

His latest mix on Soundcloud offers experimentally embroidered, yet crowd-pleasing and consistent house beats — perfect for keeping that New Year’s resolution at the gym and burning off the anxiety of the holidays.

Vega came to San Francisco nine years ago and began DJing when he moved to the Dogpatch in 2008. He signed up with a couple of Burning Man crews, including the Fringe Art Collective and Janky Barge, and helped run an event at Anu bar before falling in with the Housepitality party promoters.

Amid the sizzle of rising rents and hand-wringing about the arts in The City, Vega says, “I feel pretty optimistic. [Dance music] is pretty alive and well. San Francisco is one of the last meccas next to Berlin.

“Here — these folks party, they love to dance. This is the land of Peter Pans and Tinker Bells. The Burner community — you can’t touch it. That’s a huge force. People are very thoughtful when it comes to music. It’s not amateur hour.”


RELOAD with Mutlu, Victor Vega and Jimmy B

Where: Monarch, 101 Sixth St., S.F.

When: 10 p.m. Sunday

Tickets: Free before 10:30 p.m., $5 to $10 after

Contact: (415) 284-9774,


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