The Bottom Line: Can anything really compare to AMNH‘s One Step Beyond monthly parties? Oh yeah, this month’s show at the museum could. It was truly a spectacular evening with a great crowd and a treat of old school hip hop from two DJs who kept it going. My only regret is that music had to stop.
Review: The AMNH has some amazing after hours parties, but One Step Beyond @ the Hayden Planetarium is one of the best. Guests were even allowed to view the four-minute Big Bang video upstairs until 11pm. Downstairs by the DJs, the party-goers queued up to purchase drinks and tickets for upcoming events. Yes, you can do that too!
First, Stretch kicked things off with some 80s classics including Sade, Madonna and half way through Prince’s Let’s Go Crazy, everything changed. Tribe Called Quest suddenly erupted like thunder across the speakers and the crowd went wild. Track after track, Stretch didn’t stop.
My personal favorite was DJ Quik who also paid homage to artists who recently passed away like David Bowie. His transitions were flawless between tracks, and we didn’t even realize it was 1am when everything had to stop. Damn.
The music is not the only star of the show. I chatted with Benton from Moving Pictures Gallery, who has been working with One Step Beyond since its inception nearly a decade ago. His team includes final year students at the School of Visual Arts, where Benton teaches “New Forms in Media” at the MFA Computer Art department.
Many of the images for the light show mirror stars and planets to keep in line with the planetarium. Other lighting devices match the rhythm of the music from the speakers. Most interesting was the little mirror ball, that randomly reflecting the lights on the ceiling.
If you still don’t why One Step Beyond is so popular, I think Benton summed it up accurately.
Get in on the action on the upcoming One Step Beyond party on Friday May 6, 2016. Stay tuned for the WhereNYC preview.