Anything Goes: the last dance 

Danz Poeta with Mister E DJ
Melody Inn
Wednesday, Dec. 27, 9 p.m., $5

Some time ago — 1999, actually, ages ago in musical terms — a mutual friend struggled to describe DJ Empress Alyda Stoica, and finally settled on this: “You just know Alyda’s a fairy princess from another dimension!”

Perhaps so. Alyda has always occupied a slightly different point in space-time than the rest of us, fixated on swirling ethereal beats and an atmosphere that comes from someplace entirely different.

Her events have been a monthly fixture at the Melody Inn for six years, first as ’80s & Beyond and more recently as Anything Goes, where Alyda, resident DJ Caroline and others have served up a never-ending array of sights and sounds. But Wednesday’s event marks the last of the Anything Goes nights, as well as Alyda’s swan song as a solo promoter; after this she plans on continuing her DJ efforts and occasionally working with others.

“I’m getting burnt out on it,” Alyda says. “There’s fresh blood on the scene like Chris Conner, people with newer ideas and more energy and time to keep the scene alive. Plus [DJs Copper Top and Mister E] are still promoting events. I don’t feel like I have to host events just to keep the scene going now.”

Anything Goes, for its year of existence, lived up to the name, with unexpected rhythms at every turn.

“It was a fun thing to get people to DJ, who haven’t done it before,” Alyda says. “It was a free-for-all for people to have fun and put together their own mixes of music. No rules, no cover … anything we wanted to play.”

From here on, she plans frequent guest DJ appearances at goth-industrial events at places like Therapy Nightclub & Lounge and The Vault.

“I’ll just play some music and have some fun,” Alyda says. “I like a lot of different types of music, so if the vibe isn’t right in the room, I can change music types. If there’s too much doom and gloom, I can make it happier, or go the other way around [and] throw some angst in there.”

Editor’s note: Darkwave/goth outfit Danz Poeta, featuring Mister E DJ, will perform live at the last Anything Goes event. Cover is $5 until midnight and free afterwards.

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