Lundi Dis Moi Oui at The Garret: "La Creme de la Creme of Nightclubbing"
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Lundi Dis Moi Oui.
That's le mode d'entrée into the new Monday-night disco fête, launching tonight at the Garret.
"Lundi Dis Moi Oui was a party I used to DJ in Paris at [the now-defunct nightclub] Le Palace," explains Rico Poulous, the man behind the bash and co-owner of Grand Central.
"It was the first Monday disco, gay-friendly party that still exists today, 20 years later in [different clubs in] Paris. It's not as good as the first party, because I was there," Poulous laughs, "but it's a legendary Monday-night party."
Back in his early days as a disc jockey at Le Palace, all that mattered was the quality of music.
"People would dance like nobody was watching and just lose themselves. We also used to have a wonderful light show. It was the best I've ever seen," he recalls. "The party would start at around 1 a.m. The music would get louder and louder as the light show began.
"It was only five minutes, but during those five minutes, it would get crazy! The sound, the lights, everything. That's the spirit of the party."
Don't expect to see a reincarnation of Le Palace's legendary light show at the Garret. The music, however, will be reminiscent of the Parisian club.
"There's gonna be a lot of old school music, disco, funk, early house, garage, and I'm going to throw in some vinyl, much like the classic sounds of Le Palace," he explains.
With a lack of Monday night parties in the 305, Poulous figured it was the perfect day of the week to bring a little bit of Paris to the Magic City.
"I used to work at a club in London. I would play on Wednesdays and knew the club was closed on the weekends. I asked the owner why, and he told me, 'Listen, Rico, because partying on the weekend is vulgar,'" he laughed.
And like the c'est la vie lifestyle of the Parisians, Lundi Dis Moi Oui is about all about enjoying the moment. Just be sure to brush up on your French: correctly pronouncing the name of the party is the only way you're gonna get in.
"You can do everything you want on the weekend, but imagine this party on Monday with people who really don't care what's happening tomorrow morning.
"That's the real spirit of nightclubbing. You have la crème de la crème, people who just want to have fun and party."
Lundi Dis Moi Oui. With DZA and Rico. Monday, January 6. The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 11 p.m. and admission is free. Ages 21 and up. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.
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