We’re gearing up for B scene on February 28, so mark your calendars now! You will not want to miss the party’s exciting, retro theme – downtown underground- a 1960s downtown New York loft party inspired by the artists featured in Converging Lines: Eve Hesse and Sol LeWitt and Perception Unfolds: Looking at Deborah Hay’s Dance. Eva Hesse, Sol LeWitt, and Deborah Hay were all part of the vibrant arts scene of that time, and we hope to capture the creative spirit of those artistic pioneers at B scene.
One particular artist’s loft that provides a visual inspiration for the event is Andy Warhol’s “Factory,” where many of the influential artists of the decade were regular features. The interior walls in the loft were covered in silver by Warhol’s friend Billy Name, and the effect must have been stunning. To pay tribute to this idea, we will be inviting guests to create their own sculptures out of aluminum foil. And as always, we encourage guests to dress the part! Show us your best 60s mod vibe, and enter our costume contest for the chance to win a prize from Edible Austin. Need inspiration? Check out our Pinterest board full of ideas.
Music also played an important role in performance art happenings of the time. The talented DJ Gatsby will help to recreate the vibe of the 1960s by spinning psychedelic tunes from artists such as The Velvet Underground, The Guess Who and the Austin band The 13th Floor Elevators. To guide us along in the correct dance moves for the scene, representatives from Go Dance studio will be on hand with lessons and demonstrations.
At 8:00pm The Shivery Shakes will take the stage. This Austin Band has a retro sound to help guests flash back to 1960s. They have recently released a new 7″ single on “flexi vinyl” via Brooklyn’s Punctum Records and are currently wrapping up recording their debut full-length album with Austin producer Danny Reisch, to be released Summer of 2014.
As with all our B scene events, there will be cash bars featuring beer, wine, mixed drinks and a signature cocktail: Trash Can Punch. There will also be food available for purchase including Macaroni and Cheese with your choice of mix-ins, Swedish Meatballs and Veggie Crudités with dip. Guests can also snack on yummy chips from Beanitos, salsa from Tommy’s Foods, popcorn from Reel Popcorn, tasty treats from Princess And Moose’s Sister Bakery and other delicious bites.
And now you can add this to the list of Blanton member perks: B scene is now FREE for all members! The mezzanine level will be reserved for our Member Lounge, with groovy couch seating and snacks. Not a member? Join today!
Tickets are free for members, $12 general public. Click here to order tickets. To learn more about B scene, visit our website. Special thanks to our event sponsors Strong Events and Atomic Picnic, and to our Media Sponsor Edible Austin.