Daniel Nardicio

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Daniel Nardicio (born August 8, 1966 in Cleveland, Ohio) is an American producer, nightlife impresario, entrepreneur, and co-creator of the social network Dlist.com. He has obtained substantial notoriety for his extensive nightclub, radio, online TV, and social media work. He is best known as one of New York City’s most prominent party promoters and has established himself as one of New York City’s nightlife heavyweights. In 2004, Time Out NY named him one of the 50 reasons to love New York and 2006 HX Magazine gave him "The Spirit of New York" award. In 2012, The Village Voice named Nardicio "Best Gay Promoter" in its annual "Best of" issue. [1][2][3]

Early life and education[edit]

Nardicio was born on August 8, 1966, into a working class Italian American family. Nardicio's uncle and namesake is the famous boxer Danny Nardico, who has the distinction of being the only boxer to beat Jake "Raging Bull" Lamotta. [4] At 17 Nardicio was employed as an actor, dividing his time between San Francisco and Berlin, where he worked as an Opera singer and principal actor at the esteemed Bregenz Festspiele for two seasons, before settling in New York City with his then best friend, cabaret singer Justin Vivian Bond.

Early media career and DList.Com[edit]

In 2002, Nardicio opened the now notorious Slide Bar on the Bowery, making it into one of NYC’s top ten gay destinations (according to Village Voice’s Best Of Issue, 2004). At this time, he commenced work on various social media sites, including originating what would eventually become Dlist.com (from "Daniel’s List" his original promotional email list), which at its peak, was ranked the 6000th most popular site on the web. Nardicio created a weekly podcast called Dlist Radio with co-hosts Bianca Del Rio and Robbyne Kaamil, that presently has approximately 40,000 downloads on iTunes. In fact, his weekly Dlist Radio podcast was voted as "Best Party Posing as An Internet Radio Show" by the Village Voice Best Of Issue in 2008, tied with Kathy Griffin’s Dlist TV show downloads for listeners.[5]

Vice President of Marketing for Playgirl magazine[edit]

In 2008 Nardicio was brought on to the then defunct Playgirl magazine. His first idea was to convince Levi Johnston, the former fiancé of Bristol Palin (Sarah Palin’s daughter), and father of Bristol's child, into posing, which resulted in such a media frenzy that the magazine was brought back into print and is now still in print and profitable today. He then approached Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel castmember Ronnie Kroell, who agreed to pose nude and resulted in another big success for Playgirl. He later got male supermodel Tim Boyce, and most recently MTV reality star Joey Kovar to pose nude for the magazine. In July 2011, Nardicio left Playgirl to focus on DWorld, his concert production company.[6][7]

Europride involvement[edit]

Nardicio was the first American to produce official Europride events at Europride Warsaw in 2010. He brought over transsexual singer Amanda Lepore, Lady Bunny, Whitney Biennial artist Julie Atlas Muz and a party with Boy George djing. The events were disastrous. Nardicio was quoted saying "The homophobia in Poland was palpable- it was absolute chaos".[8]

Fire Island and New Orleans[edit]

A decade of substantial media work that includes radio, Dlist.com, online TV, social networking, parties, has led to him being best known as one of New York City’s most well known party promoters and nightlife fixtures. Personally responsible for producing over 1000 events, including the well known The Saint at Large, Peaches and Sandra Bernhard in Concert, his longtime collaboration of events with punk singer Nina Hagen his events have been described by Noize Magazine: "You haven’t done New York Nightlife until you’ve done Nardicio".[citation needed] In addition, he has thrown some of NYC's most talked about and scandalous events, such as XXX with Dean Johnson, his Night at The Playgirl Mansion parties, and his notorious Tigerbeat the Slide.[9] These events and the nature of these parties have earned him the moniker "The Gay Hugh Hefner" by gay media source Next Magazine and "Sleaze Impresario" by New York Magazine.[10]

Twelve years ago, Nardicio started a Friday night party at Cherry Grove's Ice Palace which is now Fire Island's longest weekly party and longest running event. Fleshbot.com named it: "the greatest weekly event in the world". [11]

In Summer 2012, he began his "Icon Series" with Liza Minnelli who performed with actor and singer Alan Cumming on Fire Island, in the first ever pairing of the two Tony Award winners and stars of Cabaret. Since then he has paired Carol Channing with cabaret singer Justin Vivian Bond, and has extensively produced in New York City, such personalities as Joan Collins, John Waters, Chita Rivera, Margaret Cho, Peaches, Bridget Everett, Pam Ann, Christine Ebersole, Dina Martina and The New York Boylesque Festival among others. In Fall 2015, Nardicio announced he's bringing Tony winner Alan Cumming to Carnegie Hall in "Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs with friends" slated for Feb 8th 2016. Nardicio has most recently opened shop in New Orleans, where he has brought John Waters, Dina Martina, Alan Cumming and Sandra Bernard. This venture is called Dworld Nola.

Personal life[edit]

Nardicio resides in Manhattan.[12]


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