It seems that the scene has witnessed a true resurgence as of late…
Indeed, this new found revival appears to carry a very real sense of possibility & a feeling of anticipation for what the future may hold. Like the phoenix rising from a period that was caught in relative obscurity, there seems to be a new level of stature that's beginning to quench the thirst of many & usher in a new era.
Local events such as Capitol Punishment (scheduled for October) have recently secured some of the most lavish downtown clubs available & promise to set a new tone for extravagance in the scene. The recently hosted SMB XIII saw a true return to form as it hosted a fantastic evening with a truly impressive turnout & a great time had by all.
Such long standing venues as Midnight are rising from the basement to seek better venues more suited to a new era, & the promoters who brought you such grand club nights as Alchemy have again stepped into the fray to host Tronik - an awesome event with some of the area's best DJs hosted in the beautiful Town Danceboutique. Even such smaller venues as Dunkleheit offer a great chance for monthly diversion with the feel of a more close-knit community balanced by a buzzing dance floor that carries forth all night long.
In Baltimore the story is much the same. Vogothic Sundays has come into its own in just a short few months & currently offers one of the scene's best nights anywhere. Right in line is Elektroschok, consistently hosting a great night with a high energy crowd. To the north, Drac's Ball & Nocturne also host impressive affairs with an aura of lasting mystique.
Even the more explicit & underground venues are seeing huge turnouts as month after month they host exciting events with a deeper sense of erotic flair. Individuals such as British Lucky Paul now hold full-on Mansion Parties for turnout approaching 200. The same can be said for the impressive efforts of DC TNG, DXS Rapture, as well as Baltimore TNG - each offering lavish gatherings in beautiful locations & a good time had by all.
Other aspects to the scene are doing the same. Groups such as Capital Cream & Virginia Couples Club have been hosting beautiful affairs for those inclined to a more explicit & adult orientation. Indeed, they stand as worthy of anything anywhere in the entire U.S. Of course, such brick & mortar clubs as The Crucible & Tabu continue to set the tone with a seemingly endless calendar of intriguing affairs. The old guard such as Black Rose & B.E.S.S. maintain a diligent mission of educating the overall scene. But even more, such organizations as Dark Odyssey serve as the grand daddy of the big show - hosting sometimes over 1,000 guests for incredible weekend affairs in prime locations in & around the area.
In fact, the area's gay scene has witnessed a similar resurgence. With new venues such as Code, & the ongoing efforts of long standing organizations such as Having Parties, Sigma & MaST, plus such nationally recognized conventions as DC Pride & MAL, an already thriving culture now has a strong foothold in the overall expanse of the DC & Mid-Atlantic underground.
And believe it or not, these are just a few of the great clubs, groups, & societies that populate the local scene. Indeed, there stands a vast array of some truly profound organizations which cross-pollinate our local scene. From as far north as Philadelphia to as far south as Richmond, all help to give us an unbelievable sense of diversity & opportunity to create a thriving underground culture for the entire region.
Without question, the DC Scene is again vibrant & on the rise. And resources such as The Metro Underground, Philly Goth Industrial, DC Domme's & a host of others are doing everything they can to help spread the word so it stays that way. We hope you let others know about our efforts, & we'll hope to see you out & about.
In that spirit, there are a few featured events for the coming weeks as we begin to close out the summer season…
Sat 22nd - DC Invades NY: A Special celebration at Stimulate in New York.
- BESS Social & Play Party: for future & current members.
- Hook & Crook Party: hosted by the Virginia Couples Club.
24th-30th - DC Restaurant Week: a favorite promotion for local Washingtonians.
28th-30th - Torture Garden Toronto: That's right, London's premier fetish club is coming to Toronto for a weekend of unparalleled decadence & delight.
Thu 27th - TRONIK: the promoters of Alchemy have again stepped on to the stage to bring you DC's newest & most promising Alternative Dance Night. Hosted in the beautiful surroundings of TOWN, Tronik promises to provide a return to form for the alternative club scene.
And that same night, before heading over Dark Odyssey offers a great Meet & Greet Happy Hour at Dupont Italian Kitchen. Not your flavor? Across town, Having Parties hosts a special All Male CBT Party in the downtown area.
Sat 29th - Opening weekend for the Maryland Renaissance Festival.
- Elektroschock closes out the summer w/ one of Baltimore's best Nights.
- Lucky Paul presents "Pulp Friction" - hosted at 'The Castle'.
- Club Femme is hosted by Mistress Fawn in Glen Burnie.
And coming in September…
Wed 2nd - Apoptygma Berzerk Plays Live at 9:30 Club.
- Nocturne hosts one of Philly's best Goth nights at Club Shampoo.
- Wicked Wednesdays offers a night of Goth, Alt, & BDSM in Philly.
- Sigma holds open play at its on-site dungeon in DC.
Fri 4th - Labor Day Weekend hosts Montreal Fetish Weekend, a true highlight for the national calendar. Also, DragonCon, the nation's largest fantasy convention is hosted in Atlanta.
Locally - Dunkelheit is held at Asefu (1920 9th St. NW DC): $5 cover.
- Liberation Dance Party offers an eclectic mix of music at DC9.
- Black Rose holds their Dungeon 101 Newbie Night at The Crucible.
- Hanover TNG hosts its bi-monthly happy hour at at Damons.
- Sugar hosts First Fridays in Hampden, Baltimore.
- Pleasure Garden Club hosts its Couples & Singles Party in Philly.
- GLOSS presents Ladies Dance Night at Apex followed by the DCKings.
- Master/slave Conference is presented by MAsT DC.
- Code DC: the area's newest addition to the all male fetish scene.
- Drac's Ball w/ Project Pitchfork Live is hosted at Shampoo in Philade.
Sun 6th - VolGothic Sunday: Hosted in the expansive & elegant Angel's Rock Bar in Baltimore's Power Plant Live (to which, fear not for the usual weekend crowds, as it's Sunday they have the whole complex to themselves), Volgothic Sundays provides one of the area's best venues for the alternative club circuit. Indeed, with top DJ's, incredible surroundings, & a great crowd that's been building with each passing week, they've already come into their own as a player in the scene. Doors open at 9pm. Cover is $5.
Tue 8th - Project Pitchfork live at Fallout - Richmond's best underground club.
Also, Registration is open for Dark Odyssey's 'Summer Camp' (Sept.16-21).
And mark your calendar! Oct 11th brings Capitol Punishment - DC's Ultimate Fetish Ball & Alternative Dance Night. Scheduled for Sunday evening over Columbus Day weekend, this is an even you won't want to miss! Last year brought an affair of opulence, elegance, & sheer extravagance. This year is shaping up to be to be an event of grand proportion - even bigger & better than before. Last Year' line up: CapitolPunishment.net/Inaugural_Ball2008
But this is only a small taste of what's going on…
For full information on these & an expanded list of everything else going on in & around the area, check out our main site at http://www.TheMetroUnderground.com. Our calendar lists full details on all events, club & group sections carry a rundown of each host organization (& more), while further pages include regional & national resources, plus mainstream organizations & more!
We hope you check it out & help to spread the word.
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