Though he's not a household name, John Acquaviva is one of the most influential figures in dance music. In 1989, he and pal Richie Hawtin founded the seminal techno label Plus 8. Later, he became an early adopter of computer-based DJ technology. He's also one of the people behind Beatport, the download site where DJs and hard-core electronic music fans go to get the latest tunes. Tonight, Acquaviva will be spinning a three-hour set at local house and techno hotspot Incognito. Behind the decks, Acquaviva tends to favor a clean, occasionally minimal sound. He won't overwhelm the crowd with distorted bass lines. He will, however, gently work them into a frenzy of arms waving in the air with a set driven by clicks and claps.
Fri., Nov. 4, 10 p.m., 2011