Today is Thanksgiving. It’s a time to give thanks for good health, good friends, good family, and, of course, good music. We thought we’d take the time to pay tribute to our favorite parts of dance music culture on this day of thanks, not only for the guys who slave over turntables while we get to party, but for the dance music scene in general and its constantly expanding fanbase. This one’s for the EDM acts that put their heart and soul into it, the clubs that go all out every night of the week, and the people who live and breathe house music. It’s the least we can do.
Last weekend, Pacha NYC played host to world-renowned French DJ/ Producer Martin Solveig and up-and-coming wonder kid, Danny Avila. Hundreds of fans gathered at the packed New York City club to see a show that would be sure to keep energy high through the early morning hours. Having reviewed Martin Solveig at Electric Zoo Festival in September, I was very excited to see him return to the Big Apple for a more intimate show at Pacha. Danny Avila has exploded onto the dance music scene in 2012 — having caught the eye of Tiesto, Solveig, and many other dance music legends. It is clear that his talents have not gone unnoticed in the industry.
Best of Instagram is a feature from Dancing Astronaut that showcases our favorite pictures from our favorite DJs on Instragram each week. This week, we’ve got gems from Diry South, Sebastian Ingrosso, Dillon Francis, and more.
Do you want to have your photos included in our Best of Instagram feature? All you have to do to be eligible is use the hashtag “#astrogram” in your photo entry on Instagram. Keep your photos DA or dance music-related, and we’ll choose one user-submitted photo to include each week. Click past the break to see this week’s #astrogram contest winner.
As we announced earlier this week, Pacha NYC is hosting an event tonight from 5pm to 5am EST showcasing the talents of fifty different DJs in order to raise money for the affected by Hurricane Sandy in the New York area. 100% of proceeds from this event are going to Greater New York Red Cross and a variety of local charities. We’re especially excited to see live sets from Afrojack, Danny Tenaglia, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, and Erick Morillo –just to name a few. Check out set times after the break.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Pacha NYC and 50 DJs, including Afrojack, Erick Morillo, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Danny Tenaglia and more have put together a once-in-a-lifetime night of music. This Wednesday, from 5pm to 5am, “Help Heal New York” will be donating 100% of the proceeds to the Greater New York Red Cross and other local charities. Pacha co-owner and international legend Erick Morillo had this to say;
“I have so much love for New York and New Jersey and it was devastating to see the effect the storm had on our local communities” Morillo says. “I jumped at the chance to get involved in such a good cause and would like to thank the international dance community for coming together to help get our area back on their feet.”
In addition to donating all profits, the staff of Pacha and all artists are offering their services free of charge. From coat check tips to DJ fees, everyone in the building will be there for the sole purpose of supporting the tri-state area, and getting it back on its feet again.
Anyone interested in volunteering should reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City proved to be the place to be for most dance music enthusiasts this Halloweekend. It was no surprise to us that Pacha/Hard/Earstorm, chose to go head to head two nights in a row with the first Sensation America, transforming Pier 94 into the “Pier of Fear” for the weekend. Thousands of costumed fans showed up Friday night for the Haunted House Tour to enjoy a night filled with bass-heavy beats from Knife Party, Tommy Trash, Kill the Noise, Style of Eye, Baauer, and Destructo.
Complete the puzzle and win VIP access to Danny Avila and Martin Solveig’s show this Saturday at Pacha NYC
Yesterday, we previewed Danny Avila’s “Breaking Your Fall”, and today, we’re happy to announce a joint contest with Big Beat/Atlantic Records and Pacha NYC.
The new cover for the single will be revealed one piece at a time so stayed tuned to Dancing Astronaut, Big Beat, and Pacha NYC, as well as Danny Avila over the next week. It’s up to you to piece the art together and tweet it to win VIP access and a bottle of champagne for you and three and your friends this Saturday at the Martin Solveig/Danny Avila show. The picture above is the first piece to the puzzle.
Be sure to read the full contest details after the break. Good luck, and happy hunting!
Pacha NYC and Life In Color (formerly Dayglow) just posted their teasers for big New Years Eve events. Pacha’s video contains a millisecond of Afrojack footage and a teaser for more information on Friday, but we’re pretty sure his show will be at Pier 94. Life In Color will be bringing Steve Aoki, Tommy Trash, and Adventure Club to Atlantic City as well on the same night.
The only question is: Where will you be ringing in the New Year?
After a brief hiccup with Eric Prydz’s return to New York earlier this summer, the Pryda team plans to do it right this time around as they bring the electronic music legend back to the incredible Roseland Ballroom. Over the years, Prydz has championed one of the most distinct and uplifting progressive house sounds to date — and the 5,000 person capacity concert hall will work wonders as the perfect NYC venue for Eric’s triumphant return. Advance tickets start at $39.95 on Live Nation’s website and go on sale Friday, October 12. If you were looking for a way to spend Thanksgiving Eve in New York, this is it. Full trailer below.
Last Sunday, the man behind the teeth, Jon Gooch, made his first ever appearance in the hallowed halls of Pacha NYC – joining the nearly endless list of talent that have blown out the speakers at New York’s largest club. Despite the Sunday night tim
e slot and his 1am start time, Pacha’s main dance floor was packed to the brim with die-hard bassheads eager to get their dose of Feed Me’s signature guttural groans and wobbles. The club, as is to be expected on a Sunday night, was decidedly less hectic than Friday or Saturday, allowing for true fans to force their way front and center.