REVIEW: Sasha @ Cielo 2.19.12

*This review was submitted by my good friend Nicole Palazzo*

I was recently introduced to legendary DJ Sasha’s music within the past year, despite his massive relevance to EDM since the 80’s.  After experiencing his larger-than-life “Never Say Never” boat party on the 4th of July in 2011, I knew from then on that I would forever be a Sasha fan. When I found out that DANCE.HERE.NOW was bringing Sasha to Cielo, the undisputed best party spot in NYC, I knew I had to be there. As the party was completely sold out in advance, my crew and I decided to set off early, so that we didn’t waste any time stuck in a line. We luckily made it inside in time to check out Taimur and Fahad; who are two local DJ’s, as well as founders of Blkmarket Membership. This was not the first time the duo opened for DJ Sasha, as they had the privilege before, in November of 2009.  Taimur & Fahad did not did not disappoint as the entire club was warmed up and dancing by the time Sasha took the decks. Click Read More to hear about the entire evening and listen below to the biggest bomb Sasha dropped all night!

Maceo Plex – Under The Sheets

Sasha has always found a way to stay relevant and true to his music, while most DJ’s become stale after reaching stardom.  There was tangible anticipation for Sasha’s set, and many expected to hear new music from the latest installment of his Involver series. That night the crowd went mad for his set immediately, as Sasha got things going. When I stepped away to the corner of the jam-packed room, it was obvious that everyone in the place was grooving and truly feeling the music. Finding ones self in the middle of a dance floor, and completely lost in the music, is unlike any other experience in the world. As the night continued I noticed Sasha rarely looked to the crowd for a reaction to the music, which is unusual for a DJ. But Sasha doesn’t need to look up to feel that a dancefloor is going wild. That night, it felt like we are all Sasha’s puppets, in a good way. He guided us through a musical journey. Still, every now and then when Sasha would glanced away from the decks, you could see in his smile that he knew the set was aces. He played many notable songs such as Inner Place by Laura Jones; Radionasty – Radio 1; What I do – Burnskis remix; and Under the Sheets by Maceo Plex which made the crowd go absolutely mental (as mentioned above).


Photo Credit: Cheyenne Bosco

To end the night, Sasha closed with an encore remix of Foster the People’s “Pumped up Kicks”, which was a massive crowd pleaser. Usually at clubs in NYC, as hours pass by, the crowd dwindles down and the dancefloor empties. I couldn’t believe how crowded Cielo was until close. No one wanted the perfect night, and the perfect set, to end. I overheard conversations in the coat check line where people were saying, “Sasha is back and at his best yet!” As mentioned earlier, Sasha has recently become one of my top DJ’s, and Sunday night I finally experienced one of those sets that Sasha is famous for.  New Yorkers would consider themselves lucky to have Sasha take up a residency again, just like the Twilo days. Well done Sasha and hats off to Dance. Here. Now!


  • February 24, 2012

    The Dreamer

    Excellent article! Are you a professional reviewer? I want to read more reviews written by Nicole Palazzo!!!

  • February 24, 2012


    Great review Nicole , from the heart :)

  • February 24, 2012

    Alex Csizinszky

    There will never be another Twilo! Glad I got to experience it; every third week was Deep Dish and Timo Maas, and biweekly Sasha and Digweed. The stuff of legend

  • February 28, 2012


    ummm, Alex, S&D played the last friday of every month…not biweekly.

  • February 28, 2012


    A lot of excitement through this review. Heard this night was legendary. Good capturing of the night Nicole! Long live SASHA

  • February 28, 2012


    woohoO! glad this review is getting the exposure it deserves. all thanks to Sasha’s management!

  • February 28, 2012

    Matty B

    I know Cielo is an intimate venue, but I found myself wondering if it was gonna be too small for Sasha. I am just too fond of the Twilo days. I went religiously at the last Friday of every month. To my delight, I found it to be just right. It seems like when the club is small, the true fans will manage to get in. Whether it’s advance tix or showing up early, you’ll get in because you’re a true fan of the music. The crowd was amazing. Great vibe the whole night which can make or a night for other clubbers and the DJ.

    I’d like to see Sasha do more events like this rather than Pacha or D36. To me, those clubs just get filled with tossers who are more interested in getting drunk and laid rather than show up for the music.

    Just my opinion.

  • February 28, 2012


    Sasha always brings this euphoric feeling on the dance floor for many years now, its really timeless.

    however I will always have hatred upon Cielo, dressed well, bought tickets online ahead of time for Zabiela, and the 2nd guy did not let me enter without a reason, complete bollocks. I don’t even like Zabiela live.

    I guess taking care of yourself and looking youthful is a crime these days ha ha.

    great review all around , it’s unexpected that Sasha get’s a new fan base every now and then , welcome to the club

  • February 28, 2012


    I live in Brazil and sasha play here 2-3 times a year sort who can enjoy playing always hear you every week, Sasha and John Digweed for me the best djs.

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