Grutman is armed with a concert featuring performances by rappers Post Malone and Ludacris, along with local fusion favorites Spam Allstars. LIV's Boardwalk Village pop-up aims to bring a wild nightlife vibe to a Hallandale afternoon. New Times spoke to the event organizer about what people can expect from this not-so-ordinary day at the races.
New Times: How did the idea for LIV Boardwalk Village come up?
David Grutman: The Pegasus World Cup is one of the best horse races in the world, so what could make it better? The answer is creating a VIP experience and ending the day with an awesome concert. We just want to up the fun level and give everyone a great party.
What can people expect from it?
An over-the-top pop-up experience. LIV Boardwalk Village will include a gourmet food carnival, because watching horse races will definitely make you hungry. We are bringing all my favorite foods from Miami with tastings from [my restaurants] Komodo and OTL, and this will be the first time people have the chance to try Planta, a new plant-based restaurant that is opening up in the South of Fifth neighborhood. Gulfstream Park’s Adena Grill will also be there, and Bodega, because it’s a not a party without tacos.
Post Malone is an amazing performer, and he really knows how to get the crowd going. When we are putting together a music lineup, we strive to curate a concert that everyone can enjoy. It will be a great variety with Ludacris and DJ Ruckus.
Do you have a vision for LIV's expansion into pop-ups?
This partnership with the Pegasus World Cup is going to be a great experience, so we look forward to re-creating it and growing it for years to come. Last year, we brought LIV and all my favorite things to the South Beach Wine & Food Festival as the David Grutman Experience — it was sick. It was amazing to watch the SOBEWFF crowd with their arms in the air dancing along to Sebastian Ingrosso. It was such a huge success that we are bringing the David Grutman Experience back again this year with Alesso and so much more.
What do you look for in a pop-up location?
A big space where people can dance all day and night and have a great time.
LIV Boardwalk Village at Pegasus World Cup. 2 p.m. Saturday, January 27, at Gulfstream Park, 901 S. Federal Hwy., Hallandale Beach; 305-674-4680; gulfstreampark.com. Tickets cost $75 to $135 via tixr.com.