Night Watch

ManRay Reunion at Brighton Music Hall

ManRay Reunion

Friday, 8:00. Brighton Music Hall, 158 Brighton Ave., Allston.
Advance tickets $12. 617-779-0140,

The deal: Former ManRay clubgoers: The night is back and bigger than ever. Promoter and DJ Chris Ewen is bringing back the party that closed seven years ago, with an assortment of components from the club’s theme nights, drawing inspiration from Goth, alternative, fetish, and ’80s concepts. The event will feature an array of surprises, from a Hubba Hubba fashion show to a performance by Mizery. The venue will project photos from the original club to showcase past partygoers, DJs, performers, and those who worked behind the scenes. “This is basically going to be an opportunity for lots of people who used to go, and those who never got to go, to get together and have fun,” said Ewen.

The DJs: Ewen and special guest DJ Mothra

What you’ll hear: “The music is going to be a mix from all of the nights,” said Ewen. He said you can expect to hear an infusion of classic Goth industrial beats, alternative and underground rock, a few ’80s mixes, and an incorporation of darker elements and electronic dance. Songs include VNV Nation’s “Beloved,” The Chameleons UK’s “Swamp Thing,” Wolfsheim’s “Once in a Lifetime,” and Electric Six’s “Gay Bar.”


The drink: Former head “bartendrix extraordinaire” and co-promoter Terri Niedzwiecki will be mixing up some of her “secret recipes,” Ewen says, including The Vampire and The Red Death.

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The tip: Ewen urges attendees to experience every surprise the evening has to offer. “There’s going to be a lot of stuff going on,” he says. “Get there early so you don’t miss a thing.”

Katy Rushlau

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