CenPho gay and lesbian joint Incognito has a certain reputation in the Phoenix club scene. For as long as we can remember, the darkened, bunker-like establishment near 24th Street and Thomas Road has served as a stomping ground for P-Town's GLBT hip-hop crowd (dubbed "gaybangers" by my colleague Stephen Lemons) every weekend. Cruise by on a Saturday night -- the only time it's apparently open -- and you'll likely see dozens of cars in its parking lot and a mass of Latinos and African-Americans of varying sexual orientation trying to get through the door.
In recent weeks however, the Incog has flipped the script somewhat. Not only has the place gotten a makeover (including some glowing red lighting scheme), but its proprietors have booked a number of house music DJs every other Friday. Raul Riena and RMC hosted the latest edition of their long-running ::UNITY:: monthly a couple weeks back, and by all accounts it was a successful offering.
And this coming Friday it will be Rani G's chance to put on a party. The 27-year-old is staging a collaborative house music event with some of the best local practitioners of the genre. And he's also bringing in renowned global soul spinster Jay Tripwire to headline.
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In addition to Rani, Riena, and RMC, the line-up of locals scheduled to spin also includes DJs Steve Edwards, and dk.strickler (trumpet player Shea Marshall will also perform). Doors open at 9 p.m. and the cover is $5 from 10 to 11:30 p.m., and $10 thereafter. (The 18-and-over posse can get in after 2 a.m. Visit www.socialphx.com.