Death's Door, a King's Head Weekly at The Garret: "Uptown Crowd, Downtown Menace"
Photo by Casino Nelson Ben Wash, Death's Door resident and King's Head Records honcho.
Ever at home on a Tuesday night, sinking into the sofa, thinking, Damn, I really wish I was raving right now?
Well, if you answered, "Hell yes," then you're in luck! And leave it to Miami's own King's Head Records -- the electronic music label that boasts boss Ben Wash, Culture Prophet, and Treznik among its membership -- to cultivate a new kind of weekly throwdown. Dubbed Death's Door, this dark and sexy dance party will happen every Tuesday night at The Garret at Grand Central.
"We all think there's something really special about Grand Central," King's Head vice president Lauren Ann Wolfe says. "And I think that The Garret provides a really nice boutique space for a crowd to go in and enjoy and dance. Look at the history -- it used to be an old train station. It has a lot of character."
Ben Wash and Treznik.
The thing that will set Death's Door apart from other weekly parties -- which Wolfe admits she feels are slowly but surely fizzling out -- is the engagement of all five senses.
Of course, the King's Head crew will be luring some of the most desirable acts on the electronic dance music scene. ("We really specialize in reaching out to DJs that are a little more well known," the vice prez says, "and have a bigger following.") But there will be other layers to the party, helping to create that mysterious yet enticing Death's Door vibe.
"We have go-go dancers every week, which is really fun, because you have another element," Wolfe points out. "Like, whether they have LED lights on or are wearing bondage, there's always that kind of eye candy."
Every edition of Death's Door will also include theatrical flourishes, like the arrival of an undead king who saunters through The Garret as old-timey films are projected onto the walls of the club.
"We can cater to the uptown crowd, while still retaining the downtown menace," the vice prez insists. "We still want to provide for the grungy downtown audience, but at the same time, we want to provide for the classier uptown scene you'd see on South Beach."
And like King's Head Records itself, this new Death's Door weekly party "is not just music," Wolfe says. "It's an entire platform for artists and musicians to come together."
Death's Door. With Ben Wash and others. Presented by King's Head Records and Max Baum. Every Tuesday. The Garret at Grand Central, 697 N. Miami Ave., Miami. The party starts at 10 p.m. and admission is free. Call 305-377-2277 or visit grandcentralmiami.com.