Clap hands, say yeah to The Clap
Walking up to the Boat Friday night, we were once again greeted by a long lineup, a sight that's become quite common at the quirky nautical-themed bar. Over the past few months it's emerged as the current hot spot for indie dance parties, so you should consider getting there pretty early if you don't want to wait.
Granted, in a few months the scene will likely find another oddball venue to appropriate, but in the meantime, this is the spot for this kind of event. The party this particular evening was called The Clap , and it's been gathering steam for a while. The three residents ( Alex W , Vanessa F and Colin B ) play hiphop, electro house, weirdo disco and whatever else they think they can get away with for an energetic younger crowd. There's not a lot of fancy mixing going on, but most in this scene don't really care, and the occasional awkward transition didn't seem to throw the dancers off at all.
Off the Boat
On the subject of the Boat, a few weeks ago Pulse reviewed an event called Shake A Tail , mentioning that they played a lot of 60s music considering the 50s theme of the party. Turns out they actually specialize in 60s pop and soul, while Goin' Steady (also at the Boat) does the 50s thing, but for a similar crowd. Both events are a lot of fun, but now you know which is which.
Warwick works it
A Man Called Warwick has done a great job building his monthly "tropical funk" party, Turning Point , into a consistently hot dance-floor affair. Holding court in the ballroom of the Gladstone Hotel last Saturday, as usual he drew a big crowd (it was at capacity before 1 am) despite doing his best to keep it intimate and off the popular radar. The talcum-powdered hardwood floor is a pleasure to dance on, and the big wall of speakers gives a satisfying rumble to the vintage bass lines.
He was joined this month by General Eclectic , whom some might recognize from Footprints , the monthly dance-floor jazz party he throws with Jason Palma and DJ Stuart . He played some funky early reggae, Latin, funk and Afrobeat, and blended effectively between the tempos and moods. Well worth the wait in line.
Rancho goes Boom Boom
Throwing your first party is a nerve- racking, nail-biting experience, so the folks behind Sophisticated Boom Boom must have been overjoyed when they had to start turning people away after reaching capacity Friday night at Rancho Relaxo . The music for the evening was quite eclectic, veering from rockabilly to Madonna to electro and back. The vibe seems to be silly, kitschy fun, and the crowd on the dance floor looked like they were having a ball getting down to the unpredictable light-hearted sounds. Along with the music, there was also a burlesque performance and free candy.
Great job for a first party. Look out for their next outing.