We  had a moment to kiki with one of the folks working on getting Fire Island Pines ready for summer 2013. We got a lot of good dish from her, some of which we can’t share yet because it hasn’t been finalized. But we can reveal that the Pavilion, destroyed by fire in 2011, is ready to reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend. (The Blue Whale and Canteen will be opening even earlier, on April 19.)

New York super-promoter Tony Fornabio (XL Nightclub) has been brought in as director of programming, and his goal is to bring back some of the classic sounds that made the Pavilion legendary.  “Musically, the island has moved away from what it used to be. It’s become reliant on pop music,” says Fornabio. “While there is nothing wrong with pop, it is our intention to bring back that memorable, soulful sound that Fire Island is known for – a unique, sonic identity, infusing disco and house, while staying contemporary and relevant with tribal and circuit sounds.”

Veteran DJ Bobby Viteritti says that, in days of yore, music set the tone for Fire Island’s unique vibe: “When you went to [the Pines] back in the day, you got off the ferry and heard those obscure songs that reminded you that you were at one of the most unique places in the world.”

We can’t wait to hear what Tony and his mixmasters have cooked up.




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