Steve Lawler and Viva Music Rave Out at Soho Studios November 5

If your name were "Steve Lawler," you'd probably spend Wednesday afternoon spinning for the Masters of the Universe on the deck of some Cyprian millionaire's giga yacht off the coast of Dubai. Then Thursday, you'd take the red-eye back home to collate your 1001 solid-platinum platters. And Friday, you'd teleport to Miami for a powwow with friends and fans at the sleek and stylish Soho Studios.

OK, we joke. But the point is Lawler's an international icon with a very busy schedule.

In the 20 years since he first got hooked on pirate radio, the Birminham-born Brit has gone from DJing raves under England's M42 Motorway to owning residencies at Ibiza's Space and Cream to heading up his own Viva Music label. And still he somehow finds time to never-endingly zip around Planet Earth on the back of his signature "deep" and "sexy" sound, playing gigs like this weekend's Viva Tour show.

With backup from labelmates Leon and David Pher, expect Lawler to be locked into both host and headliner modes. Expect classic house, unknown cuts, and dark drums. But don't expect him to reveal the secrets of teleportation. The patent is still pending.

Steve Lawler with Leon and David Pher. Friday, November 5. Soho Studios, 2136 NW First Ave., Miami. Doors open at 10 p.m. and tickets cost $30 in advance via Call 305-600-4785 or visit

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