Downtown dance staple Soul Kitchen lives to see its pre-teen years

Edgar Reyes’ Soul Kitchen underground house music night has been going strong in the Valley for more than a decade.
Max Plenke

Think of your current favorite party in Las Vegas, and how long it has been around. For the majority, five years is the ceiling. Edgar Reyes and his Soul Kitchen underground house music night have been active for over a decade in a city keen on blowing Denarians to rubble. “In the Vegas DJ world ... politics, money [and] greed control and rule the night,” Reyes says. “This is something that I never cared about or wanna be a part of.”

Over the years, Reyes has moved Soul Kitchen three times, finally landing at Vanguard Lounge on Fremont East. Reyes often worries about continuing a streak he attributes to both dedication and luck. But by now, the man has his Downtown tenure—he won’t be giving it up anytime soon.

“We like that we don’t have to answer to anyone but ourselves,” he says. “We have busy nights and we have slow nights. It doesn’t discourage me one bit.”

Soul Kitchen May 15, 9 p.m., free. Vanguard Lounge, 516 Fremont St., 868-7800.

Tags: Nightlife
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