On an island that has traditionally embraced blues, folk, and rock and roll, a dance music revolution is washing up the Vineyard’s beaches, and it’s going to begin up-Island with a bang. Or at least with the persistent thud from a bass amplifier.
Bombshell Sound Agents (BSA) will present Indepen-dance July 3 at The Yard dance colony in Chilmark. BSA’s directors are billing the event as “a multi-media dance floor explosion.” You’ve been warned.
Turntables on the Hudson — featuring DJ Nickodemus, DJ Mariano and percussionist Nappy G —will be responsible for the explosion. The group creates music merging such genres as hip-hop, funk, house, and soul, and draws on cultural influences ranging from Latin to Afro-beat to Eastern European. Turntables will be joined by Brooklyn’s DRM and Philadelphia’s DJ Jugo.
Michael David Rottman, a local artist, will provide multimedia art installations to accompany the music. BSA co-founder TaraRose Macuch describes Mr. Rottman as a talented up and coming artist.
“His work really speaks to the music that we’re trying to bring to the Island,” she said.
At 5:30 pm, early arrivals will be treated to a presentation by The Yard, a Vineyard organization dedicated to the performing arts. Its resident dancers will showcase a vignette of performances to preview their upcoming season.
Food from the Scottish Bakehouse — including, but not limited to antipastos, deep-dish pizza, skewers, spring rolls, lemon squares, and mini chocolate croissants — are on the evening’s menu.
Indepen-dance is part of a summer series coined by BSA as the “Hi Life resident party.” A $25 entrance fee covers everything the evening has to offer. BSA recommends that party-goers carpool since parking will be limited.
Residents of West Tisbury, Ms. Macuch and co-founder Diana Reilly established BSA this past January. The project, which specializes in event design, dance floor construction, consultation, promotion, graphic design, and fundraising, was spawned out of the pair’s close friendship.
“She’s one of my best friends — she’s like a sister,” Ms. Macuch said of Ms. Reilly. “We never worked together as a union, so this is new for us.”
Both have been involved in the world of music for much of their lives. A tight-knit community has developed around BSA due to its facilitation of artistic expression.
“I believe in music, and I believe in creativity,” Ms. Macuch said.
Ms. Reilly has DJ’d on the Island for nearly 10 years (alias: “DJ Di”) and boasts a vinyl collection of more than 6,000 records. Ms. Macuch, a former dancer, works alongside Ms. Reilly for Vineyard community radio station WVVY as director of development and program director, respectively.
Combining Ms. Reilly’s affinity for graphic design and Ms. Macuch’s background in hospitality and event planning, the two charted out a beat-ridden assault for the Island this summer.
Hi Life kicked off June 27 at The Lampost in Oak Bluffs, featuring Boston DJ’s Tanner Ross and Sergio Santos. High-tempo dance music fused seamlessly with a twirling light display on The Lampost’s upper level. If this was any indication of what the coming weekend holds, then Chilmark is in for a unique party experience.
“We’re really pumped about it,” Ms. Reilly said.
The party doesn’t end this weekend. BSA will continue to rock the Island with another two events at The Lampost on August 1 (featuring Zombie Disco Squad) and August 15 (featuring Jennifer Cardini), and one more at The Yard on August 22, which will see the return of Turntables on the Hudson.
BSA has indicated that it is open to planning even more bashes this summer.
“It’s exciting what we’re doing,” Ms. Macuch said. “We’ve got a lot going on.”
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Max Orenstein is a recent graduate of La Salle University in Philadelphia, Penn., currently living in Edgartown.