Ah, the '80s ... A time when underground house music revolutionize the club scene and Pac-Man was the coolest game you could get your hands on.
SoBe's "nerd sanctuary" ARTcade is bringin' it all back with Soul Logic's Sunday Dance Nation.
"It's like what house music was ten years ago," explains resident DJ Jared Coetzee. "That's the motivation behind it."
Alright, so the '80s weren't exactly a decade ago, but hosting a party solely dedicated to old school house at a venue that's all about recreating childhood memories (but even better because craft beer, duh), Sunday Dance Nation will definitely tug your heart's nostalgic chords.
"We'll definitely play anthems in the house world and throw in old school vocals to make it relatable, but get into our own productions as well," says Coetzee.
Originally from South Africa, Coetzee has DJ'd in other cities, but nothing has captivated him like the 305.
"Miami is the best scene for house music," he admits.
Along with Coetzee, the house head will be joined by ARTcade manager and fellow beat master, Carlos Rojas.
"We want it [the party] to be festive and fun," Rojas adds.
Which explains why Sunday Dance Nation kicks off when the sun is still shining at 6 p.m., and runs until 11 p.m.
"It's a daytime party," he goes on. "We want to create a drinking-in-the-sun kinda vibe. It's [ARTcade] an intimate place and easier to connect to people musically," continues Coetzee.
Music aside, with over 50 video games and a pool table, 20 craft beers, a full bar, and video wall projections, ARTcade is as much a bar as it is an arcade and art space.
"Musicians will be incorporated into the party," claims Coetzee. "So you're gonna have live percussion, the sax, and violin playing over DJ sets to keep things authentic and fresh."
But if you can't make it to the party, Sunday Dance Nation will be broadcasting live online via univesemiami.com, so you won't miss a thing ... Except maybe seeing a DJ in his birthday suit.
"He'll be DJing naked," jokes Coetzee as he points at Rojas.
"Just kidding," he laughs. "We don't wanna end up arrested."
Sunday Dance Nation. With DJs Jared Coetzee and Carlos Rojas. Presented by Soul Logic. Every Sunday starting August 10. ARTcade, 235 12th St., Miami Beach. The party runs from 6 to 11 p.m, and there is no cover. Visit artcademiami.com.
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