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Hey Mr. DJ: A Guide to San Antonio's Best DJ Nights


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  • Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" video

With a rising number of weekly DJ nights at San Antonio clubs, spinning is now becoming a thriving local music scene. From turntables, working a laptop and, to retro purists, playing cassettes and CDs, DJing is an art form San Antonio continues to appreciate. 

We talked to New York turned San Antonio DJ Joshua K. Swensen about the local scene and some of the best spots to see local talent. You can catch Swensen spinning funk, disco and soul at The Squeezebox, the newest addition to the St. Mary's Strip, every Tuesday night.

After describing the vibrant '90s New York area house music scene, Swenson said  "We have a very DJ-centric culture here. It's one of the first things I noticed when I moved here three years ago." 

DJ craft isn't as simple as pressing play on an Apple Laptop. There's a process to both the creation and the performance, Swensen says. As a behind-the-turntable/laptop insider, he said performing is "like telling a story. I like to start out slow building the tension. Then when the crowd is warmed up you can drop it in hard."

And because this is San Antonio, you've got a range to choose from. You can dance to cumbia, chill to R&B, or groove to the oldies. Here's our roundup of DJ nights worth checking out. 

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Sound Gallery 

Popular Vinyl trading post Southtown Vinyl presents Sound Gallery, a collection of DSC and guest DJs spinning "deep house" and "eclectic grooves" on nothing but Vinyl. 

7pm, Paramour, 102 9th St., (210) 340-9880

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  • The poster for Wurd of Mouth Mondays with DJ Gibb

Blue Box
Wurd of Mouth Mondays with DJ Gibb

On Monday nights, the Pearl's gourmet mixed-drink HQ hosts an old school night with DJ Gibb mixing everything from hip-hop and R&B to soul and funk. 

Free, 10pm, Blue Box, 312 Pearl Parkway, (210) 227-2583

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  • The poster for Hip-Hop -N- Wingz

Franky Diablo's

Hip-Hop -N- Wingz 
A winning cocktail of live graffiti art, hip hop on vinyl, and 25¢ wings is sure to chase away the Monday blues. 

Free, 8pm, Franky Diablo's, 1301 E Roosevelt Ave., (210) 267-9958

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The Korova
PuroSlam with DJ Donnie Dee

SA's "only nationally certified poetry slam," known for rowdy heckling and uncensored spoken word, goes down every Tuesday. In between sets, DJ Donnie Dee spins a wide-variety of jams to go along with the slams.

$1, 9:30pm, The Korova, 107 E. Martin St., (210) 995-7229

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  • You Spin Me Right Round Wednesdays official poster

The Bang Bang Bar
You Spin Me Right Round Wednesdays with DJ Mighty Iris

If Wheel of Fortune, dance music and cheap drinks were combined, the Bang Bang Bar's game show-themed Right Round Wednesdays DJ night has a genre wheel and whatever it lands on — heavy metal to "Anything for Selenasss" - will play for 30 minutes. 

Free, 9pm, The Bang Bang Bar, 119 El Mio Dr., (210) 833-2203

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  • Poster for RAHK Night

Web House
RAHK Night with DJs Fiction, Rad Envelope and Jevonchi

On Wednesdays, RAHK Night will feature cutting-edge music, from club to trap to vaporwave, along with Russian brews and Eastern European food. 

Free, 10pm, Web House, 320 Blanco Rd, (210) 531-0100

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