On Cinco de Mayo, party people pound Mexican beer and tequila shots, and sport around town in sombreros. For those that survived the BBQs and pub crawls, a night out at the club was the best way to keep the party going. We headed to the Yost Theater's Cinco de Mayo party in the downtown Santa Ana art district, where DJ Scotty Boy was the headlining guest.
The surrounding area was in full carnival swing with rides, food stands and other attractions. Walking up to the Yost Theater with sparkly lights and other festive touches in the background gave the event a very EDC-like feel. This was perfect for the night of dance music and glow sticks that waited inside.
Opening resident DJ Dangerhouse was playing the perfect mix of tech house and techno to get the crowd vibing and dancing to the beat. He even played a Tupac "California Love" remix that made the crowd go wild. The $5 Corona and $6 Patron shot specials made sure everyone was getting tipsy and celebrating to the fullest.
By the time DJ Scotty Boy came on stage the lasers, giant LED wall and glow sticks in the crowd had gotten a dance party started. He opened his set with Daft Punk's "One More Time" to get the crowd excited. Though the club was a little emptier than usual (perhaps most people didn't make it out after all the day activities) the ones that were in attendance were ready to get their party and dance on.
Go-go dancers moved sexily to the beat in their furry go-go boots and little red bikinis as Scotty Boy brought hard hitting bass and electro house sounds to the Yost Theater. Everyone was either singing along or shuffling across the dance floor. He kept the party going with Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" and Fun's "We are Young" remixes. At one point they brought out a bottle of tequila and passed out shots to everyone in the front of the crowd raging!
It was interesting to see everyone still going hard without all the fog, confetti and crazy light shows that are typical at EDM club venues. The evening was more about the music, and the fans in attendance really enjoyed it. Toward the end of the evening Scotty Boy played "Fight for Your Right" as a tribute to the late Adam Yauch, MCA of the Beastie Boys, as a reminder that no matter what genre you get down to, we all share the same love for music.
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Personal Bias: Fancy lights, production and crowds don't really matter when you have good friends by your side and good ole' fashioned house music blaring over an amazing sound system.
The Crowd: An interesting mix of sexy club rats and EDM fans ready to keep the party going.
Overheard in the Crowd: "I had my rage face on the whole night!"
Random Notebook Dump: The random white girl doing the jersey turnpike backstage was the highlight of the evening.