This thursday at Rumba Cafe our cities dedicated bass-afficiado Burgle will be curating a night of amazing dance music called DOAP that will span the global in its sound. From the depths of the UK underground to the jacking Juke coming out of Chicago. Event Details Here
Then Friday My Best Friend's Party will be unleashing a three stage show at the Bluestone (Formerly BOMA) called Where the Wild Things Rage for you to explore your own boundaries of what is the norm. All Locals, All the Time. Event Details Here
Then finish off your saturday at Juicy: Time to Get ill at Circus in the Short North. Where scene mainstays Kevy Kev and Kingpin curate a night in dance music that is sure note to be missed!! Event Details Here
In my post entitled Deep Play, I question the dominant explanations for having dance music parties and offer another explanation for why dance music events are so important.
Is this weekend really just about raging? If not, what other meaning could our attendance at shows have? Taken at surface value, it would be easy to accept that dance music culture exists as a diversion of frivolous fun. Many have made this argument in dance music literature. Yet, social scientists are very skeptical of anyone who says that any act which requires such a heavy investment of time, money, and energy is inconsequential to the larger ways they live their lives or make communities.
True to this point, Clifford Gertz coined the concept deep play to make sense of such events and actions that may seem to be unimportant at first glance, but in fact are essential to people and communities sense of identity and connectedness. One look to the religious devotion of fans associated with OSU athletics offers a perfect alternative case to see how this works in other places. I argue that when we go to shows together it is true that we are all there to have fun, but there is something much deeper at stake in our play. Discussing the deeper significance of Sendak’s “Where the Wild things Are” offers a way to understand what happens on these magical nights When we all come together.