Rollerskating while knocking back tequila shots may seem like a bad idea. But Jonathan Toubin proved it’s actually a shoo-in recipe for an amazing time.
The world-renowned DJ put together the shindig of a lifetime this past Saturday by mixing roller skating and deep grooves. Held at Knockdown Center, a former factory turned venue with multiple rooms, The Rock ‘n’ Roll Skate Ball was a night to remember, with the bruises to prove it.
Skaters glided under a huge glimmering disco ball while a DJ brought the grooves and trippy projections played in the background. You could also skate from room to room and experience an array of different activities.
As a former roller derby girl I brought my own skates and felt up to the challenge of being drunk on wheels. It only took about fifteen seconds before I took my first tumble. Luckily, the tequila numbed the impact of the fall (and the several others that happened later on).
After falling on your ass enough times, you could pass the skates along and go on an adventure exploring the other rooms in the venue.
One room was serving tacos and a lively dance party drenched in red light [where yours truly was DJing]; another room was a cinematic beauty playing badass films like Switchblade Sisters and Kansas City Bomber. And, of course, there was a seating area where defeated skaters could rest before taking another go in the rink.
Live bands played every hour from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. in a spooky little room right off the rink. Animal Show was the first to bring the mayhem to the room, followed by Chorizo, then Jonny Couch, Tower, and lastly, The Tough Shits. You could skate right off the rink to the room of live music and, if you didn’t fall on your way over, you wouldn’t miss a beat.
Each band brought their own raw and chaotic punk rock. Guttural screams echoed off the decrepit walls, musicians leapt off the stage in leather jump suits and skaters were knocked over like jammers in a bout with NYC’s Brooklyn Bombshells or Manhattan Mayhems.
This was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so sucks for you if you missed out. However, all hope isn’t lost, because Toubin is putting on events and DJing parties that might be almost as good. He’s known for spinning the most danceable doo-wop, funk and old-school rock ‘n’ roll and for his NY Night Train parties.
Many left with a few bruises and brush-burns that night, but it was totally worth it.