I'm personally not the biggest fan of
18+ events, but when the music is right and we are all there for the
same cause, age doesn't matter. DirtyRock opened the night with a
mix of electro house tunes that had everyone dancing along. He even
played an original track with Candyland called “4loko,” a drink known in the party circuit for getting you hammered before even getting into an event. The song seemed fitting as there were
plenty of young PLUR-friendly ragers in the crowd dressed in plushy
hats and raver lights who were partying in true 4loko fashion.
Once Le Castle Vania got on stage
around 12:15 a.m., he got on the mic and yelled, “I heard
likes to party! If this is true, I want everyone to get crazy jumping
up and down with me as this song drops.” The crowd was ready armed
with glow sticks in hand and enough energy to fill the Yost's massive dance floor. Crazy laser light shows, go-go dancers
dressed in black wings and a massive LED wall behind the DJ booth
which changed with each beat added to the already stimulating show Le
Castle Vania was putting on.
At one point Dylan Eiland, aka Le Castle Vania,
channeled his inner Daft Punk as he jumped on the DJ table with Thomas-like visor glasses as he played a remix of “Around the World.”
The dance party continued strong everywhere from backstage, in the
crowd and in the upstairs bottle service area. Everywhere you looked
fans were getting down to Le Castle Vania's massive sound. Even Party
Panda made a cameo in the DJ booth dancing like a mad man and
shuffling on stage to “Nobody Gets Out Alive.”
Critic's Bias: It's always a fun
night when you end up wearing a Party Panda head while dancing on
stage, but it looked like everyone else was having a blast too.
Overheard in the Crowd: Kept
hearing “Le Castle Vania is killing it” all night long. He did go
pretty hard… my feet still hurt from all the dancing.
Random Notebook Dump: Though I love doing Jedi techno tricks and watching the dancers throw
foamy glow sticks into the crowd, I wish they'd come up with something new for
us to play with. It's getting kind of old.