In any conversation about San Francisco’s party scene, it’s inevitable that Richie Panic’s name will be at the forefront. He’s known not only for his performances as a DJ but also for launching legendary parties including Frisco Disco, Blow Up, and most recently the mega popular Lights Down Low, which is best known for having an ear to the future, hosting the most groundbreaking underground artists on the brink of hitting next level trendsetting success.
With his unique mixes of weird, eclectic house and techno, Richie Panic has been seen lighting up stages around the globe, from major festivals to the deepest rave caves. His performances and recorded mixes are as fun as they are smart, bringing together the hippest dance music with deep cuts that the weirdos already know and the newbies won’t forget. Upon entering the dance floor of one of his parties or DJ sets, you’ll find yourself instantly surrounded by a crowd of the hippest club kids, wildest freaks, and most devoted music lovers, all moving, dancing, and sweating. An evolving entity within itself, you become one with the party monster that is the twerking, vogue-ing, touching, hazy, laser-beam lit crowd. Lose yourself dancing until dawn and plan on calling in sick to work tomorrow.
Most importantly, Panic is devoted to finding the music that moves us, bringing together a diverse community who throw aside stereotypes to unite and dance together under one roof. In a San Francisco climate where rents are rising and Silicon Valley is quickly moving in, he’s is keeping it cool for the artists, musicians, and queer communities who make the city the crazy playground it is. Among the nocturnal personalities, Richie Panic is nothing less than a household name.
-Katie Kopacz 2015