2014 was the year that saw EDM both expand and contract. Between DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s trap anthem “Turn Down For What” being used in a national voting campaign and the resurgence of deep house, dance culture is now more ubiquitous and mainstreamed than ever before. 2014 also saw the sad events that occurred at the Mad Decent Block Party event at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, wherein two people died and 20 were hospitalized, largely due to drug overdoses.
Tonight at U Street Music Hall, DJs Lisa Frank, Christian Dope and Seba Yuri will be spinning at a happy hour where proceeds will support the DC area outpost for 16-year old DanceSafe, a well-respected North American organization that is largely in the business to harm reduction and increase popular education via testing drugs for adulteration, as well as distributing unbiased educational literature to ravers and partiers regarding drugs and their effects. Insofar as regarding being honest about drugs and their place in nightlife culture, DanceSafe’s honest analysis of the situation is refreshing, and thus this event deserves attendance.
As dance grows by leaps and bounds, the safe, yet spectacular celebration of its culture is important. Having lost a few of their own, the city’s entire dance community has unified for the goals of education and awareness. A $5 door fee is the ultimate example of how an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of care.