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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Why High School Musicals Should Be As Respected As Sports Programs Are

The arts are important, too.

When I was in middle school and high school, I felt like I lived for the musicals that my school orchestrated.

For those of you who don't know, a musical is an onstage performance wherein actors take on roles that involve singing, and often dancing, to progress the plot of the story. While it may sound a little bit nerdy to get up in front of an audience to perform in this manner, this is something you cannot knock until you try it.

For some reason, though, many public schools have de-funded arts programs that would allow these musicals to occur, while increasing the funding for sports teams. There are a few things that are being forgotten when sports are valued more than musical programs in high schools.

Much like athletic hobbies, an actor must try-out, or audition, to participate in a musical. Those best suited for each role will be cast, and those who would not fit well are not given a part. While this may sound similar to trying out for say, basketball, it is an apples to oranges comparison.

At a basketball try-out, those who have the most experience doing a lay-up or shooting a foul shot will be more likely to succeed, no questions asked. However, for an audition, it is common to have to learn a piece of choreography upon walking in, and a potential cast member will be required to sing a selected piece with only a few days of preparation.

There are many more variables involved with an audition that makes it that much more nerve-racking.

The cast of a school musical will often rehearse for several months to perfect their roles, with only several nights of performance at the end. Many sports practice for three or four days between each of their respective competitions. While this may seem to make sports more grueling, this is not always the case.

Musicals have very little pay-off for a large amount of effort, while athletic activities have more frequent displays of their efforts.

Athletes are not encouraged to but are allowed to make mistakes. This is simply not allowed for someone in a musical, because certain lines or entrances may be integral to the plot.

Sometimes, because of all the quick changes and the sweat from big dance numbers, the stage makeup just starts to smear. Despite this, an actor must smile through it all. This is the part of musicals that no sport has: introspection.

An actor must think about how he or she would respond in a given situation, be it saddening, maddening, frightening, or delightful. There is no sport that requires the knowledge of human emotion, and there is especially no sport that requires an athlete to mimic such emotion. This type of emotional exercise helps with communications and relationships.

Sports are great, don't get me wrong. I loved playing volleyball, basketball, track, and swimming, but there were no experiences quite like those from a musical. Sports challenge the body with slight amounts of tactic, while musicals require much physical and mental endurance.

The next time you hear someone say that it's “just a musical," just remember that musicals deserve as much respect as sports, since they are just as, if not more demanding.

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10 Shows To Watch If You're Sick Of 'The Office'

You can only watch it so many times...


"The Office" is a great show, and is super easy to binge watch over and over again! But if you're like me and you're looking for something new to binge, why not give some of these a try? These comedies (or unintentional comedies) are a great way to branch out and watch something new.

1. "New Girl"

A show about a group of friends living in an apartment in a big city? Sound familiar? But seriously, this show is original and fresh, and Nick Miller is an icon.

2. "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend"

Ya'll have been sleeping on this show. It's a musical comedy about a girl that follows her ex boyfriend across the country. I thought it sounded horrible so I put it off for WAY too long, but then I realized how incredible the cast, music, writing, and just EVERYTHING. It really brings important issues to light, and I can't say too much without spoiling it. Rachel Bloom (the creator of the show) is a woman ahead of her time.

3. "Jane the Virgin"

I know... another CW show. But both are so incredible! Jane The Virgin is a tongue-in-cheek comedy and parody of telenovelas. It has so many twists and turns, but somehow you find yourself laughing with the family.

4. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine"


Brooklyn Nine-Nine has been in popular news lately since its cancellation by Fox and sequential pickup by NBC. It's an amazing show about cops in, you guessed it, Brooklyn. Created by the amazing Michael Schur, it's a safe bet that if you loved "The Office" you'll also love his series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine".

5. "The Good Place"

Another series created by the talented Micael Schur, it's safe to say you've probably already heard about this fantasy-comedy series. With a wonderful cast and writing that will keep you on your toes, the show is another safe bet.

6. "Fresh Off The Boat"

Seriously, I don't know why more people don't watch this show. "Fresh Off The Boat" focuses on an Asian family living in Orlando in the mid 90s. Randall Parks plays a character who is the polar opposite of his character in "The Interview" (Yeah, remember that horrifying movie?) and Constance Wu is wonderful as always.

7. "Full House"

Why not go back to the basics? If you're looking for a nostalgic comedy, go back all the way to the early days of Full House. If you're a '98-'00 baby like me, you probably grew up watching the Tanner family on Nick at Night. The entire series is available on Hulu, so if all else fails just watch Uncle Jesse and Rebecca fall in love again or Michelle fall off a horse and somehow lose her memory.

8. "Secret Life of the American Teenager"

Okay, this show is not a comedy, but I have never laughed so hard in my life. It's off Netflix but it's still on Hulu, so you can watch this masterpiece there. Watch the terrible acting and nonsense plot twists drive this show into the ground. Somehow everyone in this school dates each other? And also has a baby? You just have to watch. It might be my favorite show of all time.

9. "Scrubs"

Another old show that is worth watching. If you ignore the last season, Scrubs is a worthwhile medical comedy about doctors in both their personal and medical life. JD and Turk's relationship is one to be jealous of, and one hilarious to watch. Emotional at times, this medical drama is superior to any medical drama that's out now.

10. "Superstore"

I was resistant to watch this one at first, because it looked cheesy. But once I started watching I loved it! The show is a workplace comedy, one you're sure to love if you can relate to working in retail. If you liked the Office, you'll like Superstore!

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