EARLY SPRING NEWS AND NIGHTS
JD and JODI HARSH at the ELTON JOHN AIDS FOUNDATION gala on Oscars Night

Where WAS Johnny? Sorry for the long lag in writing, now that so many of you keep in touch on social media we have grown a bit lazy. Truly there’s nothing like a newsletter to reconnect.

So, a brief look back at Johnny’s start to 2020 in NOLA and unforgettable spin at the EJAF ACADEMY AWARDS VIEWING PARTY, a decade-long tradition extra special this year. Now that he’s finally back in Gotham, news of upcoming shows like MR. NUDE YORK with DWORLD 3/13, NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES 30 "Book Of Stevie" 5/8 at Sony Hall, a new Fire Island season and his film soundtrack for EDIT DEAK currently at MOMA through early Summer. Thank You For Dancing!

Johnny and his best girl RUBY MAE unwind in New Orleans

STARTING A NEW DECADE IN NOUVELLE ORLEANS

For years now in early January, Dynell and CHI CHI VALENTI head down to their second home city NEW ORLEANS. Besides fixing up a battered but beautiful house in the Marigny neighborhood, Johnny’s been spinning there for years. His first gig of 2020 was MLK weekend at the adored ALLWAYS LOUNGE, with longtime partner in nightclub hijinks DANIEL NARDICIO and his DWORLD NOLA. Later in January JD and Chi Chi produced their second annual NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES NEW ORLEANS at French Quarter haven ONE EYED JACKS. Inspired and refreshed, he then went on to…


A VERY SPECIAL OSCARS NIGHT WITH ELTON

As Johnny tells it “The EJAF Oscar Viewing party was (obviously) very special this year. Elton and Bernie were nominated and won the award for “Best Original Song” and the party raised over 6 million dollars. That night I had one of the most moving DJ moments of my whole career. When Elton and Bernie walked into the dinner after winning the Oscar I immediately put on “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” and the place went absolutely nuts! Elton, trying to hold back tears and waving his statue in the air, was mobbed by his friends. As he and Bernie walked through the room to their song… it was pure magic. It was a beautiful moment.”


SPRING EVENTS AND NEWS


Johnny and Chi Chi outside One University Place, 1981 film still from EDIT DEAK “BEYOND GENRE” exhibit at MOMA

BEYOND GENRE 1977-86
EDIT DEAK SUPER 8 FILMS AT MOMA
SOUNDTRACK BY JOHNNY DYNELL

Through July 5

From THE JACKIE FACTORY: “The re-opening of the MUSEUM OF MODERN ART last Fall revealed a thrilling new curatorial mission and shed new light on some obscure treasures as well as the museum’s Greatest Hits. Our own JOHNNY DYNELL created the soundtrack for an important exhibit that features many Downtown stars of the very early Eighties, mostly shot in EDIT DEAK’s downtown loft on Super 8 film.”

From Dynell: “To be included in the reopening of MOMA and a part of their new presentation of film is a thrill. Edit’s 81 minute Super 8 BEYOND GENRE 1977-86 is a peek into the Downtown Art/Punk scene. It was co-edited by PATRICK FOX and I re-created the soundtrack I used to play in Edit’s loft when these were shown.” The exhibit – part of PRIVATE LIVES PUBLIC SPACES – is free to the public and easy to find on the ground floor. (The first big screen you see off the down escalator).


DANIEL NARDICIO PRESENTS
THE 9TH ANNUAL MR NUDE YORK PAGEANT

FRIDAY MARCH 13TH

After all this high art, it is somehow fitting that Johnny spins his first NYC gig of the season in a room full of naked men battling for a crown! His longtime partner in nightclub hijinks DANIEL NARDICIO presents this popular sign of Spring at his BEDLAM BAR on Avenue C. Watch and cheer as 10 guys battle it out to win $300 and the title of MR NUDE YORK, with DJ JOHNNY DYNELL. Or, in the words of Super Showman Nardicio: “America’s Only All Nude All Dude All Lewd Beauty Pageant Is Back!” More info and tickets

The legendary DWORLD Fire island Friday Underwear parties lift off their new season in early May, and Johnny’s Fridays begin May 15. More in our next newsletter.


NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES 30 poster photo by THE DUSTY REBEL

THE JACKIE FACTORY PRESENTS
NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES 30:
BOOK OF STEVIE

FRIDAY, MAY 8 AT SONY HALL NYC
ALL TICKETS $40
ONLINE BOX OFFICE
OR AT SONY HALL BOX OFFICE (NO TICKET FEE)
1000STEVIES.COM

NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES – the largest and most beloved STEVIE NICKS fan event in the world – will take flight for its thirtieth annual edition at the magnificent SONY HALL on May 8. NIGHT OF 1000 STEVIES 30: BOOK OF STEVIE is produced by show founders CHI CHI VALENTI and JOHNNY DYNELL and their creative krewe at THE JACKIE FACTORY. More Info