Scott Henry

With Mike Filly. Thursday, September 27, at the Funky Buddha.

No DJ has been more active in promoting the vibrant Washington, D.C. dance scene than Scott Henry. In the mid-'80s, while still a student at Towson State College in Maryland, Henry earned his reputation as one of the States' most prominent tech-house DJs by spinning at some of the East Coast's earliest raves. It wasn't long before he put together Orbit, the first rave-style club night in the Baltimore/D.C. area, and Buzz, the capital's longest-running dance party to date. Four years ago, Buzz was voted the No. 1 weekly dance event in America by URB magazine. But after a local news exposé denounced it as an excuse for drug abuse, Buzz closed for a short period in 1999. Unfazed, Henry preached moderation and revamped the event, which is now called Sting. He then signed a three-disc deal with Ultra Records, which just recently released Scott Henry Presents Buzz: The Politics of Sound, a hard-hitting compilation of techno-house and ethereal-trance tracks that capture the sound of his infamous weekly event. On the album, Henry plays tracks by artists such as the Utah Saints and Groovaholic; it's further proof that he deserves his stellar reputation as a musical engineer, as he crafts a set of seamless, dark funk.