If Halloween is for treats, then Devil's Night is for tricks! A little known tradition that originated in 1930s Detroit, Devil's Night (or "Mischief Night") involved the Motor City's youth engaging in pseudo-criminal behavior on the night of October 30 each year -- mostly acts of petty vandalism, like egging, soaping, or TPing. By the early '70s, however, the vandalism had escalated to more serious damage, such as arson, with property owners frustrated by the rapidly declining housing market seizing this night as an opportunity to burn down their homes and collect the insurance money, while blaming phantom arsonists. Devil's Night has since become a cult phenomenon in other parts of the U.S. and Canada, albeit less destructive than in Detroit.
Leave it to Miami's subversive nightlife wild child, the Electric Pickle, to shun the sweets and kiddie games on Halloween this year, and invoke the boogie devil himself for a wicked Devil's Night celebration on Friday instead. Finnish breakout producer Roberto Rodriguez, of the Compost Black, Freerange, and Buzzin' Fly labels, will be making his Miami debut in the upstairs room and scorching souls with his upbeat and intoxicating brand of deep vocal tech house.
Meanwhile, the downstairs lounge will be possessed by the sultry sounds of DJ Nickodemus (of Manhattan's über-funky Turntables on the Hudson) and a very rare and special set by nu-jazz and soulful house heavyweight Quantic, a.k.a. Will Holland, of the Quantic Soul Orchestra. Resident DJs Strickly B, Will Renuart and Tomas of Aquabooty will be there to fan the Hell's flames and prizes will be given out for best costume. Don't forget your bag of tricks!
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Boogie Monster at Electric Pickle, Friday, October 30, 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. 2826 N Miami Avenue, Miami.