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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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SoHud Collective provides fresh, stylish open-air experience

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The fear of ever going back inside of a building that’s not your home has become a general widespread worry. Open-air markets and garage sales are going to be a hot commodity this summer, and one new company has already taken a proactive and stylish approach to fill that need for consumers.

SoHud Collective is one of the first Columbus-based companies to corner this emerging market. The boutique pop-up shop, founded on the principle of friendships formed around fashion, art, and plants, hosted their first event on Saturday, May 23. 

And oh yeah, free lemonade.

An assortment of deep vintage finds at an incredibly reasonable price will leave you walking away with at least one purchase. The first installment took place on the corner of Hudson and Summit, across the street from Evolved Body Art.

The idea of a pop-up shop at this corner may be a new idea, but the format has been around for ages. Why SoHud Collective is important right now boils down to the consumers’ desire for an out-of-house experience and the employees’ obvious shared compassion for each other and thrifting.

“Fashion has been the glue to our friendship,” said the SoHud Collective, made up of Taylor, Connor, and Hayden. “We thrift together, we borrow each other’s clothing, and we send each other pictures of our outfits before we leave the house.”

A company formed on friendships in the SoHud region, the group behind this passion project has a specific goal in mind when passing down their used goods: keep the SoHud community stylin’. 

“Some of us have lost our jobs due to Covid-19, and this was a great way to keep our spirits up and redirect our attention to something that truly fulfills us,” the SoHud Collective said.

The items featured in the monthly pop-ups are passed down from an assortment of thrifting havens. Closets. Basements. Other thrift stores. Grandmas.

From shoes to shirts, Atari systems to board games, SoHud Collective is elevating the thrifting experience in the time of coronavirus.

“Currently, our focus is on elevating our display and merchandising technique to really give the people an experience and a fierce outfit and home decor to create that perfect photo for Instagram, the SoHud Collective said.”

SoHud Collective would like to thank Evolved for letting it use its parking lot for May’s edition of the pop-up. With a goal to have an installment of SoHud Collective once a month, the pop-up shop will return to the same location on June 27 (11 a.m. until 7 p.m.) and 28 (11 a.m. until 4 p.m.). 

A charity table where all proceeds will go to clothing the homeless LGBTQ youth in Columbus will be present as well. 

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Loop Daddy invades Columbus with first-ever drive-in tour

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The return of live music is going to be one of the trickiest industries to transition back into business as usual, if that will ever be the case. We’ve seen people getting creative, building concert stages within their own homes via live streaming. Some have participated in virtual festivals, probably the sector of live music to take the biggest hit.

But when an industry made up of innovative creatives always trying to come up with the next big idea is faced with incredible hardships, they respond with quick-witted imaginative solutions.

One of the first trends that popped up in the revolution of bringing back live music was the implementation of drive-in lots. Luckily for Columbus, the darling of the internet DJ scene Marc Rebillet aka Loop Daddy will be taking his first-ever drive-in tour through the Buckeye state in mid-June.

Captivating audiences with his participatory DJ scratching and immature antics, extremely goofy sex appeal, and sleazy porno stache, Rebillet was an act poised for a breakout summer before the pandemic shut music concert venues down. If you have access to a car, though, you’ll still have a chance to catch the wild virtual sensation.

On June 14, Rebillet will be pulling up to the South Drive-In for the third stop of his Drive-In Concert Tour. Rebillet will also be showcasing short films as part of his drive-in experience.

As far as sound is going for these events, a lot of drive-ins are opting to go the radio transmission route to encourage people to stay inside of their vehicles.

A very few grouping of tickets remain, which include three-person and four-person car passes. Tickets are running $40 per head (plus additional fees), which seems to be the average across the new wave of drive-in concerts. Two-people/one-car tickets have already sold out.

If you don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity, act right now. Tickets can be purchased at:

https://nightout.com/events/marc-rebillet-drive-in-tour-columbus-ohio-south-drive-in-presented-by-hotbox/tickets.

Social distancing guidelines are outlined at the point of purchase.

The South Drive-In is located at 3050 S. High St. Doors open at 8 p.m. with the show beginning at 9 p.m. Attendees need to arrive before 8:45 p.m. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Coronavirus Relief Fund.

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Live music allowed again in restaurants and bars: how will these establishments respond?

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A major step forward in the return of live music in Ohio took place over the weekend. The Ohio coronavirus guidelines were updated to reflect the new COVID-19 Dine Safe Ohio Order.

The order outlining the guidelines on live music in restaurant and bars is as follows:

Musicians and bands may perform in restaurants and bars as long as the individuals who are performing maintain social distancing of at least 6 feet from all other people including, but not limited to, fellow performers and restaurant and bar patrons and staff.

DJ's are included along with musicians and bands in the order.

Something that was on the mind of a lot of musicians with the reopening of restaurants and the indefinite closing of large venues was how restaurants and bars were going to respond to the immediate venue demand. Places like Woodlands Tavern that already have an infrastructure for live music will have no problem complying with the updated order, but will restaurants and bars that depended on jukeboxes before pivot to a live music model?

With a lot more space available in restaurants due to capacity cuts, does this leave more room for a live music set up? Or will restaurants have to get rid of even more tables if they want to make room for a performer?

The thought of live music in a venue setting is alone enough to get excited about. How these places that now have the ability to host live music execute freeing up space for a band to set up or a DJ to bring his rig in while practicing social distancing is what makes this situation a tricky one.

Not being able to get down in a MojoFlo Soul Train line will be pretty tough, but it’s a tradeoff we’ll have to accept for the return of live music.

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