Isaac Escalante at Hydrate

Saturday, July 31, 2021, 11:00 PM  |  view details and directions

Isaac Escalante at Hydrate

Mexican mixmaster, Isaac Escalante, knows how to throw down hard-driving music to make a party come alive and stay that way, hour after hour. He spins Hydrate Nightclub on Saturday. Set begins at 11 p.m., late-night party until 5 a.m. Lights by VJ George.

In the space of a very few years, Escalante has risen from the clubs of Mexico City and Puerto Vallarta to become an international DJ superstar.

From Divers/Cite in Montreal and Prism in Toronto to the Gay Village in Rome and Songkran in Bangkok, Escalante has been banging out the beats in DJ booths around the world as well as back here in the States where he has recently appeared at Industry in San Francisco and at Urge in Miami this past July with DJ Abel.

Along the way, he’s also made an international name for himself in the studio, with productions of forward-looking tracks that have made his name as familiar on mainstream dance floors as gay ones. In 2005, he released “Cheater,” which began a long string of underground hits through songs like “Monaco” and “Zambomba,” and into the 2010s with “Galaxy” and “Love Me.” He’s also a go-to remixer for artists including Ronen Mizrahi, Bruno Renno and Fc Nond. Considering his avant-garde bent, it’s no surprise that he cites influences like Klaus Nomi, David Bowie, the New York Dolls, Amanda Lepore and Victor Calderone.

Entry to Hydrate Nightclub requires proof of vaccination.

Getting there

3458 N. Halsted, Chicago, IL