Queer Issue 2018 Jun 20, 2018 at 4:00 am

He also changed me personally—changed my perception of the world.




i've said it before, i'll say it again - riz is a treasure. he is seattle's true mayor.


This social / cultural distinction is very smart and interesting.


Siam on Broadway and Siam on Eastlake co-existed for many years. Siam on Broadway was godlike, best thai I've ever had.


Here in the later stages of my life, I'm trying very hard to remember what Dr. Seuss teaches in one of his books: Don't be sad that something is gone. Just be glad it was here. But, dear Cholly, you make me cry a bit remembering how it (Seattle, Capitol Hill, Broadway) used to be - how exciting and promising. Seattle in the late 80s and early 90s was my Paris in the 20s, my New York of the 50s.


What @1 said. Totally forgot he worked at Orpheum! Used to cruise through there on my breaks from Broadway Market Cinema—omg I totally forgot the guy at Princess Market next door would let us drink our beers while we played pinball. I think. Am I making that up?

Speaking of fuzzy memories, I'm also 95% sure I was listening to KCMU when Riz walked off the air. He was right to do so, and we had no idea how much worse the state of media would become. Sorry, intoxicated with nostalgia now and can't form a coherent thought.

Viva la Riz.


@1: Bingo. “Treasure” is the best word to describe DJ Riz. Seattle has become culturally rich beyond compare thanks to his work.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, DJ Riz!!


Amen. All praise be to Riz. An absolute treasure.


Our Dear Riz....... One of the great thrills of my life was when I met him in person at the "new" Pony, while there with our mutual friend Candace, who had coaxed me out for a happy hour.


Long live Riz! One of the kindest souls I've ever met.


We are so lucky to have Riz. My all-time favorite DJ.


DJ Riz, or as I like to call him, “Zen Master Funk”. He can see seemlessly blend any genre to create cinematic soundscapes while silmutaneously lifting everyone’s spirits up so we can all truly get down. Love him, as a DJ (easily one of my favorites,) and a person (such a kind soul.) And yes, he is an Emerald City treasure!!!


I first strolled into ReBar one night in 1997 after moving to Seattle at summer's end. What that place, those people and Riz have meant for my life is priceless. Riz is one of my oldest and most valued friends and someone who moves through music as the healing, life affirming joy that it is. ReBar was my church and Riz was and is its Pope.

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