Thursday, December 27, 2012
Pop-up venue hosts unconventional New Year’s Eve party in Dallas
The electropop, dance worthy Mystery Skulls are headed to Dallas for a New Year's Eve bash, and it's only $45 -- open bar included.
DALLAS With enough DJs to feel like a rave -- although it’s not that type of party -- A Fresh Start will be one of the best New Year’s Eve parties in DFW. It’s all going down in a warehouse in Dallas' Design District where a promoter snagged funky electro rockers Mystery Skulls, from Dallas, to headline the show.
Real estate agent Dustin Merritt is behind the event; he has planned unconventional shows all around Dallas including a 2012 New Year’s Eve party called “Dallas’ Finest” and a yacht party featuring local rockers Ishi last July.
Tickets are currently $45 -- hard to pass up. (Though the price will go up by $5 closer to the event.) The location could be considered a pop-up venue; it used to be a Goodyear Tire plant and was used for this year’s Art Con 8. It can hold 800, so even if 400 people come, you won’t have to worry about fighting the usual crowds you’d see at a New Year’s Eve event.
“You can see the Dallas skyline from the dance floor,” says Merritt. “The American Airlines Center is throwing a big NYE party as well, so we’ll be able to catch their firework show too. I think our event will be much cooler than theirs.”
Mystery Skulls will be a big draw. Merritt says he booked front man Luis Dubuc to draw in crowds not familiar with the other DJs on the bill. Other local DJs include Brett Johnson and Demarkus Lewis.
“This year, I wanted to create synergy between different types of music and activities," Merritt said. "That's my whole basis of doing these events. I have some hip-hop, indie, and live DJs/dance music going on. I want to put a bunch of different people in the same room and introduce them to different types of music they aren’t familiar with.”
He’s also bringing in art installations designed with group pictures in mind. Artist King Zulu Bong is creating an all-white room complete with white furniture, paintings, and fake snow that will be falling all night. (Which we've seen once already this year.) In another room, neon mannequins with dry erase thought bubbles will be on display, ready and waiting for your witty one-liners.
Oh, and there might be an adult bounce house. Let’s see how well that pairs with the open bar.
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