In his classic Scarface diatribe, Al Pacino's Tony Montana overlooked one basic part of the formula for success, at least in terms of running a nightclub. First you get the talent. Then you get the money, the power, and yes, then you get the women. Just ask the owners of the Spot. Reveling in their fourth year, the Spot's proprietors can thank their continuous lineup of world-class DJs for their jumpin' dance floors and bar sales. Thursday nights featured the fruits of this year's finest union: Party crews Ultraworld and Sonic Soul joined forces nine months ago to bring the most stellar electronic dance acts to their Ultrasonic parties every other week. Over the past year, talent such as LTJ Bukem and Derrick May transformed the Spot's grim interior into a surreal cavern of smoke and sound. We cringed when we learned a few days before press time that these nights are being discontinued. But we are buoyed by Sonic Soul's occasional Abstrakt Sessions at the Spot, which featured Funkstörung and Portishead's Andy Smith this past year. And the club's in-house promotion team, Bang the Spot, brings dance mavens such as DJ Icey and DJ Feelgood the last Thursday of each month. And Sonic Soul's Sunday-night party offers not only local legends Leni K. and Lovegrove, but a diverse mix of artists from around the country.
We dig the fact that these promoters are on the lookout for up and coming stars, female DJs and new twists on the old sounds. So we can overlook the weekend's cavalcade of way-back disco and just-as-musty pick-up lines for a few nights each week of no-holds-barred dancing. But the cancellation of Ultrasonic does raise a sore point about Baltimore's dance scene: Promoters have to stop competing with each other for the Thursday-night crowds and work together to bring us decent events on other nights. Fridays and Saturdays would be a good place to start