Picture this: A sea of people crowded in front of a stage, a DJ reigning over them. They are dancing and singing and cheering in unison, but there's something about this scene that's unlike a typical concert -- there's no music. At least, at first glance.
This is a silent disco and if you're not wearing a pair of headphones, you're missing out on the party. Or rather you will be when DJ Spinderella headlines a similar event at Annette Strauss Square in downtown Dallas on September 18, according to announcement from AT&T Performing Arts Center.
Organizers are calling it Pin Drop Disco because it will be so quiet outside the headphones you could hear a pin drop -- get it? Spinderella, of hip-hop trio Salt-N-Pepa fame, will hit the decks, but instead of her music feeding into loud speakers, it will feed into routers that transmit directly to wireless headsets. You'll be wearing the speakers on your ears, man!
Silent discos have become staples of the music festival experience, and several have even been thrown locally around D-FW, though none have come to such a large venue. (Lights All Night repeatedly hosts silent discos at the convention center, but they're not the main event.)
On September 18, DJs emptycylinder and Taylor Rea (Zhora) will open the show at ATTPAC.
[UPDATE Sept. 16 at 4:14 p.m.: Sarah Jaffe has now been scheduled for the event in place of Wanzdover, who is sick.]
Tickets cost $15, which includes headset rental.
See what you're in for:
In addition to the silent disco, ATTPAC will be hosting a cover band concert series this fall called Strauss Square Uncovered, featuring tunes from (almost) Selena, Tom Petty and just about every '90s country artist under the Texas sun. Tickets to those shows also cost $15; check out the lineup below.
- September 23: Petty Theft, tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
- October 7: Straight Tequila Night and The Clinton Years, featuring music from '90s country artists and whatever was popular while Bill Clinton was president
- October 21: Bidi Bidi Banda, tribute to Selena
- November 4: TBA, but ATTPAC promises a "band known for their original music who will cover classic songs." Any guesses? Tell us on Twitter.
Contrary to other events at Annette Strauss Square, Pin Drop Disco and the Uncovered series are not BYOB events; however, there will be alcohol there for sale.