DJ Tiësto Hits the Decks

Tiësto knows what it’s like to command a crowd. The Netherlands-based DJ became the first turntablist to appear onstage at an Olympic Games opening ceremony, at the 2004 Athens Games. But that was no big deal: The trance master routinely plays before European masses of 20,000 to 30,000, teeming cauldrons of good vibes visible on the 2003 DVD Tiësto in Concert and Tiësto in Concert 2 a year later. Named the world’s top trance DJ by Britain’s DJ in 2002, 2003 and 2004, Tiësto has applied his remixing talents to Moby, Elvis and the theme song to the Space Mountain 2 ride at France’s Euro Disney resort. More recent projects include his radio show, Tiësto’s Club Life, broadcast Saturday nights on XM Radio, as well as last year’s Elements of Life Album, which spawned a world tour, another DVD and a Grammy nomination for Outstanding Dance/Electronic Album.

He’s currently touring behind his new release In Search of Sunrise 7, a double CD, which stems from his Asian experiences on the Elements of Life tour. According to his MySpace page, “The first disc expresses the beauty of Asia, whereas the second one offers an energetic view of how trance goes down when it is played with an Asian flair.” 9 p.m. Planeta Bar-Rio, 6400 Richmond. For information, call 832-251-9600 or visit www.myspace.com/clubriohouston. $62.20.
Mon., June 9, 9 p.m., 2008

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Chris Gray has been Music Editor for the Houston Press since 2008. He is the proud father of a Beatles-loving toddler named Oliver.
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