Dévotion Delivered a Magical Night in Brooklyn at Shadows Of The Moon

Dévotion Delivered a Magical Night in Brooklyn at Shadows Of The Moon

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Last Saturday night was chilly, bordering cold. I pulled my scarf tighter and chugged down my "road soda" of whiskey and pranced up to the discreetly guarded warehouse entrance. Just a few feet down from the insanely packed Paper Box, I got cleared by a security guard and snuck past two heavily curtained glass doors.

Behind the bleak exterior awaited Dévotion - a nearly bi-monthly party that has been taking place since early 2015. Fundamentally, the party was created to transcend the monotony of the club and rave scenes in New York, by producing music oriented events with experiential components, similar to those that may be found at Burner attended parties. Patrons were encouraged to connect on a deeper level with the event and each other.

Initially, the parties were held in a defunct bar/brownstone near Union Square. Since those early beginnings, momentum has picked up tremendously, and the parties have progressed to booking well-respected electronic acts such as Noir, Kate Simko, Hoj, YokoO, and the Desert Hearts crew, and have moved to warehouse locations in Brooklyn.

I've known of Dévotion's existence for about a year now, and have heard from countless members of the electronic community that it is their favorite party in Brooklyn, so I was very excited for what was in store (and admittedly had super high expectations).

I walked in and was overwhelmed with the booming kick drum. I could see the edge of the dance floor peeking out from behind the check-in table, ablaze with moving lights. After getting squared away, I barreled over to see what was happening.

The warehouse space was open wide, with the DJ booth stationed at the back of the dance floor, flanked by open windows. An installation of the moon phases was affixed above the booth - an indicator of the event's title, "Shadows Of the Moon", reminiscent of the full Hunter's Moon outside. Visuals were projected onto the various moon shapes, as well as along the two walls on either side of the dance floor. The side walls had mesh screens hanging from the ceiling every few feet, adding a three dimensional element to the projections.

Since it was early in the evening, I made my way out back to the garden. The party had only begun at 11, and would last well into the morning (8 am to be precise). One corner of the courtyard had a roaring bonfire, and the other had an elaborate teepee, adorned with lights and teeming with rugs. A group was huddled beneath the teepee, steeping tea. They beckoned me to join the group and launched into a round of psychologically driven games.

The party began to fill up between 1 and 2 am. I weaved my way back and forth between the garden and the dance floor, making new friends and talking with strangers. It was by far the most welcoming group of people I have ever encountered at a party of this magnitude. Everyone was incredibly welcoming and willing to give you whatever you needed.

The installations and projections were mesmerizing, and set an ambiance that wavered between mystical and whimsical. Attendees are invited to "come as they are", and many were donning additional body jewelry, costumes, leather, neon, and everything in between. I was in the minority for wearing my black skinny jeans and hoodie, but no one batted an eye at it.

The artists who filled the bill for the night included resident DJ Ostro, Nitin, Clarian, and one of my tech house favorites, Animal Trainer. The DJ selection can make or break large warehouse events, and this lineup definitely made it. I took a moment to dance by myself in the middle of the crowded floor to Animal Trainer at 4:30 in the morning - the bass running through me and the melodic lines allowing me to daydream. It was quite a memorable moment.

If you haven't been to a Dévotion party - add it to your list. Between the quality of the music, event production, and the crowd, you will not regret it.

All photos by Chase Morgan - Driftshot.com

Cover Image Credit: Chase Morgan

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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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A Beginner's Guide to Milwaukee Sports

Part I: The Bucks


Being a college student in Milwaukee has its perks, especially for sports fans. Now, while some may have brought their hometown teams to college, others (myself included) may have warmed up to the Cream City teams without knowing much about them. If this is the case for you, then these pointers can help you start enjoying Milwaukee basketball without looking and sounding like a bandwagon fan.

Quick History


Here are some facts about the Bucks that can make you feel more knowledgeable about the franchise:

- They have only won one championship (back in 1971) and have lost one NBA Finals series (1974) (Land of Basketball)

- They have only had one* MVP-caliber player in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (#33) during the 1971, 1972, and 1974 seasons (Land of Basketball)

- Other Notable Players Include: Oscar Robertson (#1), Sidney Moncrief (#4), Jon McGlocklin (#14) and Ray Allen (#34) (Land of Basketball)

*Giannis Antetokounmpo may win the MVP award this year

sited: https://www.landofbasketball.com/teams/milwaukee_bucks.htm

Gear Up


This one is a bit of a no-brainer. Wearing team's colors or spirit wear is a must, especially if you're going to a game. Most items like hats and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable, and these are great if you're not trying to break the bank. Buying your gear from a sporting goods store will usually be cheaper than buying them from the team store (the main one of which is located in Fiserv Forum). Most online stores like NBA.com, Fanatics, Fansedge, and sometimes even the team's online store will have sales on sports gear, so getting a good deal on team wear is always a plus!

A Word of Caution: Jerseys

All three of these players are not part of the 2018-2019 roster and #77 and #3 have been reused by current players Ersan Ilyasova (#77) and George Hill (#3)


If you're willing to go the extra mile, buying a jersey can really get you into locked in and pumped for the live action. However, it should be kept in mind that official Nike NBA jerseys range from $110-$250, so they definitely are an investment. While there are other options available like the FastBreak jerseys by Fanatics, they are a simpler (still official) knockoff of the Nike jerseys. Also; beware buying sale jerseys. There are usually three reasons why jerseys are ever on sale (aside from a storewide sale): a player is injured, a player doesn't play much and is about to be traded, or a player has been traded. While there is nothing wrong with having the jersey of a player who went on to another team (like Kareem and Allen), you are not exactly going to get brownie points for wearing a Jabari Parker or a Thon Maker jersey anytime soon.

Know The Current Squad

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Everyone in Milwaukee has heard of Giannis Antetokounmpo, but who else is part of the supporting cast?

Starting Five for the 2018-2019 Milwaukee Bucks (Basketball Reference):

- #6 Eric Bledsoe at Point Guard

- #13 Malcolm "The President" Brogdon at Shooting Guard

- #22 Khris "Money" Middleton at Small Forward

- #34 Giannis "The Greek Freak" Antetokounmpo at Power Forward

- #11 Brook "Splash Mountain" Lopez at Center

Student Perk


Using your university email, you can get special discount ticket offers for home games by signing up for the Bucks' Student Rush Program. Tickets usually start at $15 per ticket, and the seats available may depend on who the Bucks are playing (and how well they are doing during the season).

Get Involved and Have Fun!

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Don't be afraid to get into it! The Bucks are an amazing team to watch and they love Bucks Nation. In addition to cheering at games, going to team events and player appearances can be great ways to make memories and even get an autograph or two!

Are You a Bucks Fan Now?🦌


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