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Columbus club culture has gone the way of the dodo—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get down in this town. Which means it’s about time we updated your dance card for you—use this handy guide to move your schedule around moving your feet. Swing Columbus Every Wednesday @ Big Room Bar There’s nothing quite like [...]
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Columbus club culture has gone the way of the dodo—but that doesn’t mean you can’t get down in this town.

Which means it’s about time we updated your dance card for you—use this handy guide to move your schedule around moving your feet.

Swing Columbus

Every Wednesday @ Big Room Bar

There’s nothing quite like moving and grooving through the night as a big band pumps out infectious music that is nearly irresistible to shake your hips to. Don’t even worry about being a great swing dancer either—there’s plenty of seasoned veterans at these dance nights that will teach you the ropes and before you know it, you’ll be showing the next newcomer how to do a basket whip.

Sad Boyz

Last Wednesday @ Skully’s Music Diner

If your angst for EDM music is anything like your pre-teen angst, you’re going to love Sad Boyz. Instead of the typical over-synthed beats you’d find at dance clubs, Sad Boyz is your escape for cheap ass PBR and all the emo, punk, and heavy alternative music your parents hated that you loved so much. It’s like the mid-2000s all over again!

FREQ

Every Thursday @ Bossy Girl’s Pin Up Joint

On the other hand, if your Spotify playlist features the likes of Diplo, Dillon Francis, or Martin Garrix, you don’t need to look any further for a dance night dedicated to EDM. Freq has all the proper requirements for a great EDM dance party: bright and flashy lights, trippy visuals, and hypnotic beats to fuel you with energy for this highly stimulating party.

Heatwave

First Saturday @ Ace of Cups

If you are looking to step into a time machine and get transported back to the Golden Age of music, Heatwave is the DeLorean, I mean Pontiac GTO, to guide you there. Blasting out all of the best soul and Motown hits from 60’s to the early 70’s, this dance party is literally so old school that they are using strictly vinyl. The only thing that makes dancing to The Supremes better is $4 Hilltops all night.

Swank

Second Saturday @ Two Truths

On this night, you can ditch your typical going out getup and trade it in for your nicest digs because this dance party pays homage to the 20’s, 30’s, and 40’s; music and attire in all. You know, that time before you AND your mother were born. Dance the night away and realize that your grandparents probably got down to the same songs wearing the same clothes. Bonus points to the person who consults their grandparents’ closet before heading out.

Damn Girl!

Third Friday @ Skully’s Music Diner

Every third Friday of the month, Skully’s transform as a safe haven for Sad Boyz to a dance hall for those looking to shake their groove thang. Damn Girl! pays homage to the days of disco as the DJs crank out discofunk that is sure to make you envious of anyone who was partying in the ’70s and ’80s.

Pajama Jam: 90s Slumber Party

Second Saturday @ Little Rock Bar

The second Saturday of the month isn’t exclusive to the movers and shakers heading to Swank. It’s also the best damn excuse to hit the city in your coziest and comfiest pajamas to join up with fellow cozy culture members for a ’90s throwback dance party. The music comes from some of the most iconic names in ’90s music history including TLC, Michael Jackson, and NSYNC. Finally, a chance to dance around like you did during slumber parties as child without your friend’s mom barging in to tell you and your friends to turn off that damn music.

LeBoom

Third Saturday @ Skully’s Music Diner

LeBoom has all your typical fixins for a stellar rave, but the music isn’t strictly for bassheads. If you prefer it more low key with lo-fi boom-bap EDM, LeBoom has a DJ for you. If you need the “wub-wub-wubs” coursing through your veins like a jolt of electricity, LeBoom can hook you up. If you are looking for more sampled beats and pop inspired hooks, let LeBoom be your plug. No matter your preference, Skully’s is your church of EDM for bassheads and chillwavers alike every third Saturday of the month.

GLOW!

Fourth Saturday @ Axis Nightclub

If you are looking to see perhaps the most wild, entertaining, and borderline inappropriate at times show in Columbus, get your ass down to GLOW! at Axis Nightclub. Though the music is simply just modern hottest hits, Nina West and her gang of drag queens put on an epic show/dance party that will surely have you screaming, “YAAAAAS, QUEEEN!!!!” all damn night. If we ever encouraged posting drunk Snapstories, this would be that one time.

Funkdefy

Last Saturday @ Bossy Grrl’s Pin Up Joint

This list has EDM parties, alternative rock parties, hell, it even has swing band parties. But what about that funk? You gotta have that funk! Luckily, Bossy Grrl is filling that void. And it’s for good reason, too. Once you walk in and hear a funky ass bassline, it won’t take much longer for you to bust out all your best (or worst) dance moves on the floor. Someone break out the disco ball and lava lamps—it’s time to get groovy, baby!

Ogee

Last Weekend @ Copious

What’s a dance party list without a little homage to throwback hip-hop? O-GEE answered this question in full. They are bringing you all the best hits from before you can probably remember from names you should know like Biggie, Pac, and Dr. Dre. If you can remember these glorious songs, relive all the days of blasting this in your car during the 90s. If you don’t know who Dr. Dre is, take a break from your Lil Yachty playlist and educate yourself on some of the true OG’s in the rap game, dammit.

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Arts Fest Preview: Kate Morgan, 2D mixed media artist

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Kate Morgan began developing her ghostly, layered two-dimensional portraits after going back to school at the Columbus College of Art & Design in 2005. She already had some background in visual arts through her work in fashion and commercial photography, so the transition to drawing and painting was organic.

Morgan’s textured collages are inspired by folklore, mythology and a variety of artistic periods — especially Byzantine art. The 2011 Columbus Arts Festival Emerging Artist alum and 2019 exhibiting artist welcomes a wide array of complex themes into her pieces — including symbolic, cultural, historical and spiritual themes — while utilizing layers of vintage paper and original drawings to create visual depth and a sense of mystery.

Her pieces are purposely vague, leaning toward more minimalistic ideas to allow for wider interpretation by audiences. Largely her art depicts the female form, with as many layers and stories to tell as that of every human being. This is done with an eclectic assortment of materials — including sheet music, German Biblical pages, newspaper and maps — to add detail in both a topical and textural sense.

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And yet, Morgan still continues to look for a challenge. From venturing away from her familiar blue hues to exploring different mediums like ceramics, her work knows no creative limits.

Morgan has exhibited at the Columbus Arts Festival nearly every year since 2011. She has gone on to win two jurors’ choice awards in the 2D category at the Columbus Arts Festival, as well as sell and have work juried at other major festivals across the country. In Columbus, her work can be seen as part of the Columbus Makes Art and Donatos Pizza collaborative mural “Every Piece Is Important” at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport.

Morgan has a BFA from CCAD and currently works out of her Franklinton studio in Columbus. Experience this stunning work first hand when you visit her at booth M572 on the Main Street Bridge during the Columbus Arts Festival from June 7-9 at the downtown riverfront.

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Be Square: Changes coming to arts community at 400 W Rich

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If you haven’t visited the thriving arts community at 400 West Rich street in awhile, you might be surprised to see how much things have changed. Now, the minds behind the city’s hub for the arts are changing things up to better reflect the area’s evolution.

400 Square is the new collective moniker for the array of concepts that currently occupy the buildings on the 400 block of Rich street in Franklinton. The rebrand seeks to unify the community of artistic innovators who call the area developed by Urban Smart Growth their creative home.

Promo art for 400 Square by Anthony Damico

Spaces encompassed in the rebrand include Strongwater, The Vanderelli Room, and Chromedge Studios, and of course, the studios at 400 W. Rich. While the name may be changing, the group remains committed to providing and sustaining a thriving hub for creatives through education, resources, and entertainment opportunities in the area.

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With the launch of 400 Square, Urban Smart Growth Director of Operations Seth Stout has led his team to develop new offerings for each of the growing spaces. Food and Beverage Director Lauren Conrath and Events Director Molly Blundred have taken the lead with changes to the Strongwater brand, while Community Director Stephanie McGlone and Art Director AJ Vanderelli are facilitating programming for all ages and abilities on the artist side.

Through all of the changes on the way, the staff at 400 Square are committed to bringing the public the same high quality of workshops, events, exhibitions, and more that have always been part of their unique creative community.

Stay tuned for more info—the new 400 Square officially rolls out during the weekend of Columbus Arts Fest 2019, June 7-9.

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Arts Fest Preview: Cousin Simple to wow crowd with energy, passion

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As a young up-and-coming band, Cousin Simple is excited to play at this year’s Columbus Art’s Festival. In their two years as a band, they have already done a lot of really cool things, such as making a single with L.A. multi-platinum music producer David Kershenbaum, playing at Vans Warped Tour at Blossom Music Center, and selling out shows at the A&R Bar, the Basement and The Big Room Bar. But there is much more they want to accomplish including recording more music, making a music video and playing more shows in and out of Columbus.

The band members are all Columbus born and raised. Four members currently attend The Ohio State University, while their drummer Joel is finishing up his junior year at New Albany high School. Cousin Simple brings an energy and passion to the stage and gives everything they have to their performances, regardless of the crowd size. They just released a new single in February called Honeybee, available on iTunes and Spotify and have a single set to release May 10 titled “Star Destroyers.”

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Columbus is a great city for musicians. Whether you’re in the indie, rock, or hip hop scene, there are other musicians and music industry people willing to help you out. Columbus also takes a great sense of pride in its “local gems.” People love to see musicians who are doing well in their hometown and are willing to support them in many ways.

There are so many organizations that have taken this to heart and are helping bands get great opportunities. CD102.5, WCBE 90.5, PromoWest Productions and the Columbus Music Commission have helped Cousin Simple get airtime, shows and support. When it comes to music cities, Columbus may not be the first place that comes to mind, but there are so many bands and musicians doing exciting things it’s making the future bright for them and the Columbus music scene.

But Cousin Simple recognizes that none of this would be possible without the support of their family, friends and FANS that come to each and every show. They are humbled and motivated by their audiences who energize them to make every performance an experience their fans won’t forget. 

Cousin Simple will perform on the Big Local Music Stage on Rich Street on Friday night, June 7 at 7:45 p.m.

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