Team Bear Club, the Lawrence collective that consists of guys like Greg Enemy, Ebony Tusks, Robocopter and Morri$, is a prolific crew, throwing parties and booking shows on the reg. The weekly Goomba Rave has been going for a couple of months now, every Thursday night at the Bottleneck (737 New Hampshire, in Lawrence).
We recently talked with Phil Canty, Bear Club's official party wrangler (also a musician), about Goomba and keeping things fresh.
The Pitch: How's the Rave night going so far?
Canty: Goomba Rave has been going on for about two months. It's been going really, really well. At every one so far, we've had more than, like, 250 people, which is incredible on a Thursday night. They're trying to call it the new Neon, but I don't know if it's reached that level yet, but we're hoping we can definitely call that a claim that's true. We've been trying to keep it mixed up, though. So, like, every other week, we've had a guest just to keep it fresh and different. Two weeks ago, we had Albert Redwine, the creator of seapunk, come out and play. He was our official first guest. So now we're having Clicks & Whistles guest, our second big guest.
How did the Clicks & Whistles show come to be?
Clicks & Whistles are buddies of mine, so it wasn't too hard to get them to come in and play, but they wanted to definitely come out and play in Kansas City.
Any future plans to keep the Rave going through the summer?
The plan is over the next couple of weeks, we're actually adding another resident. I can't say the name yet; it's going to be a surprise. Also, part of the vibe of going to Goomba Rave is that we have a peculiar stage set-up. We have a control station that we set up in the middle of the stage with lights, and shit like that. But we're kind of changing the configuration to coincide with the new DJ. So in the next couple of weeks when we debut that, I think that change well help things out along during the summer, and definitely get more people out.
Clicks & Whistles run the rave tonight. Cost is $5 for those 18-20 and $3 for those 21 and older. Doors open at 9 p.m.