Housepitality: Terry Mullan, Benjamin Vallery, Buckner

Event has passed (Wed Jul 17, 2013 - Wed Jul 17, 2013)
F8 | 1192 Folsom
9pm - 2am
Clubs, Music
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( ( ( ( (H O U S E P I T A L I T Y) ) ) ) ) presents an appearance by a Chicago's legendary house-focused "turntablist extraordinaire" with support from some of our fave body-rocking locals:

::TERRY MULLAN (Catalyst Recordings | Chicago/Phoenix)::
::BENJAMIN VALLERY (Slinky, Bodyrock DJs | San Francisco)::
::BUCKNER (Bubble, Vibe Is Alive | San Francisco)::

Groove Lounge:

::DEREK OPPERMAN (Lost In The Night | San Francisco)::

Chicago is inarguably the capital of house music in America; it's no accident that so many of our headliners originated or spent time there. Some move along to other states (like our residents Bai-ee and Tyrel), but those who move in reality, will never really leave Chicago, musically.

You can take the DJ out of Chicago, but you can't take Chicago out of the DJ. This is a good thing. With that in mind, we've booked another classic Chicago ex-pat, whose exploits in house music, mixing, and groove are well-documented. He's been DJing since 1983 (no biggie!), and has shared his unique, acid-inflected brand of house with the world ever since. Come learn something!

Back by popular demand, a growing legend in the west coast house scene, fresh of a headlining set at the Slinky campout, we've brought back a DJ who's a friend, an ally, and a favorite of both our crowd, and our crew: Benjamin Vallery. Ben amazed us all last time he played for us, and has never ceased to impress, in every single gig we've seen him play. He will have our bodies rockin', make no mistake.

Opening the night, another local house head and supporter whose set for us is overdue, making his debut: Buckner, aka Buckner Williams. He's a solid, warehouse-influenced house DJ who's played and thrown events all over the west coast and beyond. Originally from Florida, he came to SF to be involved the hottest hotbed of great electronic music, and he's succeeded admirably. We admire Buckner's DJ talents and his support of the arts... come early, please welcome Buckner!

Last but not least, we're welcoming Derek Opperman back into the Groove Lounge. Last time he played with Avalon Emerson as "Lost In The Night," (which is, incidentally, the name of his column in the SF Weekly where he covers dance and electronic music events with the competence of a professional, well-educated DJ (which he is). His support for the arts, especially good electronic dance music, is so valuable for our city, and we commend him and are proud to welcome him back. Let's do this.

The details:

FREE before 11pm with RSVP at
otherwise $5 before 11pm, $10 after
FREE champagne from 9pm-10pm
$5 Jameson (with mention of Housepitality discount)
Streaming LIVE at


Terry Mullan

Terry Mullan, Chicago's turntablist extraordinaire, turns out dance floors week after week throughout the US and abroad. Any true fan of House Music knows his name, and celebrates his amazing DJ sets. His credits include Coachella, Starscape, Bugged Out, The End, Footwork, and Ruby Skye amongst raves as far off as Japan, Australia and Germany. He has developed a faithful following to those who know through his signature style of funky quirky jacking techy acid house making up an entirely new genre all his own.

The eighties posed as the formative years of Terry's career. Although his roots began in hip-hop, he found himself smack in the middle of the Chicago house explosion. House and Disco were styles of music that were entirely new to Terry, but the match was struck. Soon after gaining inspiration from Chicago air personalities like Farley "Jackmaster" Funk, Fast Eddie, Armando, & Mike "Hitman" Wilson via 102.7 WBMX, Terry made house his home. Next, when acid house hit the US, the link was completed; Terry found the sound he was looking for. It was that added flavor he was waiting for, something new, twisted and forward. Now all the elements were coming together. And with the addition of the Detroit sound, this was it, three different languages, disco, house and techno. They could all translate the same message together or apart from one another. With his fluent style, these languages reflect his DJ'ing as well as the tracks he's now composing, which is his way of furthering the evolution of dance music.

For the future, Terry is going beyond just knowing his machines. This sound is put to the test on his releases on Robsoul, Definitive, Control, Funk'd, Chicago Housing Commission, Aciiieeed, and on his own imprint, Catalyst Recordings. Through his label he has released projects for the likes of DJ Sneak, Ian Pooley, Halo Varga, Mazi, Angel Alanis & TJR, as well as for himself under the monikers, Acid OG's, Speakerphreaker, Tone Broke, and as Serotonin project on Richie Hawtin and John Acquaviva's former imprint Definitive which featured Terry's track "Sidewinder" on the Chemical Brothers "Brother's Gonna' Work It Out" Mix CD. Additionally, Terry gained notoriety for his records under the alias Speakerphreaker which includes the largely successful "Products Of Our Environment" EP, on Catalyst, which was featured on Pete Tong's essential selection on BBC Radio 1 in the UK, & "La Nina/Nickel Bag Da Funk" EP on Smile Records, which was licensed to several top DJ mix compilations. Terry's DJ'ing, label and tracks have earned him a reputation that extends worldwide. Never one to follow the masses, he borrowed from each genre to create what we all know to be Terry's sound, putting a bad ass twist on an otherwise conservative house scene. This man is truly a living legend.


Benjamin Vallery



Buckner is a DJ, a producer, and event planner of over 15 years. His musical sound covers several flavors of house and techno, always with a twist of funk.

Currently living in San Francisco, California, Buckner was born and raised in Orlando, Florida. Living there, he was exposed to good music by Kimball Collins and some of Sasha and John Digweed’s first US shows at Firestone in Orlando and Simon’s in Gainesville. From 1995-2002 Buckner lived in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and it was there that he started DJing, producing music and throwing events. In 1998 he formed Vibe is Alive, an event production company, which grew to be one of the top forces in the North Carolina scene by mixing headlining talent with strong local artist support. From 2002-2009, Buckner re-rooted himself in Orlando where he would hold several different DJ residencies, host solid events, and focus on his sound and music production. And finally in late 2009, Buckner relocated to San Francisco. The best city for electronic music in this country, arguably the world.

Always having the dance floor moving, regardless of the time of day, or nature of the venue, Buckner is a veteran of the scene.


Derek Opperman

Derek Opperman has had a relatively long and convoluted relationship with electronic dance music. Always a fan of soul and jazz, he was introduced to the sounds that would take over his life via an intense evening with Carl Craig in the vault at Tresor. Since then, his life has revolved around learning and sharing as much about the culture of dance music as possible--something he now does professionally as a teacher at San Francisco State University and as a freelance journalist. A long time record collector and vinyl advocate, he's cultivated a style of DJing that benefits from deep crates, academic hindsight, and dedicated patronage. He writes the San Francisco nightlife column Lost in the Night.


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Located at F8 (formerly Icon Lounge)
1192 Folsom
Folsom St. at 8th St., SF

Streaming LIVE at

9pm-2am | 21+ | 3 Rooms


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    1192 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA