By Shannon Mustipher
I like to get out every now and again to shake it and to pretend that I am still one of the ‘cool kids’. The winter chill has been putting a serious cramp on my dance moves however, as I have sadly been out only a handful of times since the holidays. I didn’t have to think too hard when I got an invite from DJ Bianca to hear her spin at Fader’s Museum of Natural History, One Step Beyond party. I decided that I HAD to be there! The fact that the venue was uptown, far away from my downtown haunts of choice didn’t dissuade me. In fact, I was curious to see who else would show up to the event.
I was not disappointed: there were yuppies, upper west siders in loubotins and designer garb, a smattering of arty hipsters in tight jeans and funky eyewear, a fierce – looking group of lesbians, and adorably spindly gay boys who made sure to look cute, while busting out hot moves. While the bulk of the crowd was very down to earth and non-pretentious, there was enough fabulousity to keep things interesting, without being obnoxious. It wasn’t too crowded ( maybe the weather was a factor ?) There were just enough people to make it feel full and happening without inducing claustrophobia, a common hazard in Manahattan party spaces. The Museum’s planets exhibition was an excellent setting for the event, lending the proceedings an aura of futuristic, space age coolness. As I’d hoped, Bianca’s set was a nice mix of electronica, hip hop and danceable indie rock; there was a little something for everyone. She did a good job of transitioning from one phase of her set to the next, giving party goers ample space to switch gears between dancing, people watching, and drink grabbing . Bianca was followed by Todd Sweeney, who benefited from a loose and warmed up crowd, which broke out into pockets of wild and energetic dancing not long after he took to the tables.
One Step Beyond is a fun place to go with 10 of your closest friends. The venue and the music offer something of interest for everyone, and plenty of room for you and your gang to set up camp in your own private corner of the cosmos and party like you’re the only ones in a tricked out space age fantasy of your own making. One Step Beyond will no doubt become a regular stop on many a party – goer’s circuit.