Life on Long Island
Theo comes to Monsoon for its Halloween bash
There’s no question that Babylon Village is one of the Island’s top areas for nightlife, as such restaurants as Barrique, The Argyle, Lily Flanagan’s, The Post Office and The Carriage House transform from eateries to hangouts on most evenings (with only Mary Carroll’s both starting and closing as a pub). However, one thing that’s surprisingly rare to find down the town’s main streets is a party led by a big-name DJ. For whatever reason it’s uncommon to see high-profile mixers working in this neighborhood.
Then again, come Halloween, one of Long Island’s biggest homegrown, renowned selectors will break up that status quo with an appearance at yet another Babylon hot spot.
Starting after 8 p.m., none other than DJ Theo (Theo Pisani) will hold court at Monsoon Asian Kitchen (48 Deer Park Ave., Babylon 631-587-4400) to help this relatively young restaurant and lounge (it opened in late February of this year) celebrate its first-ever Oct. 31.
While Long Island has produced dozens, possibly hundreds of successful DJs, few local talents can match Theo’s resumé. Many know him as the former resident of the Neptune Beach Club in East Quogue (70 Dune Rd. East Quogue, 631-653-8737), as well as for his many appearances at dance-oriented venues around Nassau and Suffolk counties. But in addition, he also works frequently in New York City, up and down the East Coast and even overseas at major nightclubs. Pisani is also a sought-after remix producer, and his series of albums put out under the Nervous Records record label (titled “Summer Clubbing”) have sold well.
Seeing him working at Monsoon is certainly an interesting development, as this eatery generally sticks to “sound engineers” to provide the light-yet-upbeat beats usually played for its bustling, chic crowd. It would be expected that someone with Theo’s pedigree and reputation for dropping music that inspires serious and energetic dancing would be delivering just that -- so there’s a good chance this Halloween bash may end up one of the year’s best and most interesting.
Tickets are $20 in advance, and are available online at wantickets.com (as are $250 VIP tables for bottle service; these serve parties of four and include a complimentary bottle of Grey Goose vodka and four tickets); admission can also be paid at the door, with entry purchased on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be an open bar from 8 p.m.-9 p.m., and dressing up in disguise is strongly encouraged, with a costume contest at midnight that grants a $250 Monsoon gift card to the third-place finisher, a $500 Monsoon gift card for second place -- leaving the winner to score both $500 in cash and a $500 Monsoon card. For more information, check out the lounge’s website (monsoonny.com).
*DJ Theo Pisani during a set at the Neptune Beach Club in Quogue. (May 28, 2011).