I was out until 1:30 last night. I got off my couch and I danced. If you know me, you know that I can end my review right now and I will have said enough to tell you that Rapture at Pulse in New Haven was awesome.
Before I go any further, I want to give credit to all of the people who made it happen. Matt Weston aka DJ Recluse pulled together an amazing ensemble of creative folks (himself included) to design this event. DJ Addam Bombb and Recluse as always spun tunes that kept everyone (myself included) on the dance floor. It’s very unusual to see people dancing as early as 9:15 (when I got there), but last night I saw it. And they were dancing to everything. This was the most eclectic mix of music I've ever heard in a club, including a song that incorporated the theme from Mario Bros.
And then there was the art display by a very talented and local Brian Watrous. I understand he is working on a website for his work , but if you have the Instagram app, you can find him at martialartist76. There, in his words, you can find “a bunch of my latest drawings, projects, and any other nonsense I take photos of.” As you know, I myself am a huge fan of nonsense, and after seeing Brian’s art am a fan of his drawings as well.
Last but certainly not least was a stunning performance by Ravenbane’s FireCraft, who are based out of Torrington. The performance actually took place inside the club in a limited space and you have to admire the skill, professionalism, and experience involved not only in the actual tricks but also in keeping everything safe. (Because really, it’s only fun until you burn down the club...) When the event ended, the troupe, including DJs Recluse and Addam Bombb, gave us an extra performance outside with some fire breathing that obviously was better suited for an outdoor arena.
Let me tell you, this is the hottest fire troupe I have ever seen and you can interpret that pun any way you wish. I’m excited to say that Shane Ravenbane has agreed to do an interview with me so keep your eyes out for that. And a special shout out to my friend Lady Blaze (who is also my hula hoop class teacher) who performed with the troupe.
There is one thing about the event that has really made an impression on me: the way it’s brought all sorts of people together. Sure Matt promised it in the Facebook invite, but it really happened. And not just last night. Because Facebook feels that you should know what all your friends and all their friends and all their friends are doing, my news ticker is showing me that all of the people who attended the event are now chatting and connecting online. So for once, I’m not annoyed with the lack of FB privacy; I think seeing this is pretty cool. I know I have walked away from this event with a bunch of new super creative and interesting friends—many of whom you will read about in upcoming articles.
As a result of this connecting, I’ve had all a bunch of people offer up photos from the evening. So this is what I am going to do. I’m going to use the fantastic ones I have now, courtesy of Miss Rachel Weiss, but if they keep coming in, I’ll post a follow-up article called something like “Rapture at Pulse in New Haven: a pictorial review and part two.”
Will Rapture come again? According to some prophets it will, but that is another article all together. Regarding this event, I asked both Matt and Addam last night if they would do this again and while I didn’t get a definitive answer, I see from the event page that there is a lot of (positive) pressure in favor of a sequel. Keep an eye out.