The line crept out of the parking lot and swept onto S. 5th ave. At 6:15 on Saturday nightthe line for the 7:00 event was already starting to form. Inside the B-Side, people were still setting up for the night. The “Get LOW” dance was about to start.
“Get LOW” dances are a popular fundraising event for Live on Washington, a local Neutral Zone run music festival. “Get LOW is probably our biggest fundraiser that we get to organize ourselves,” said Huron senior Hannah Davis, a Live on Washington facilitator, “Aside from sponsorships, we get the majority of our money from these parties.” Davis explained that Live on Washington is a student run music festival that takes place in the end of the spring, and that the Get LOW parties have been a staple in their fundraising that everyone on the committee gets to help plan them.
Music was blasting out of the speakers stationed around the venue. The DJs grooved to their tunes on stage looking over the crowd. The party featured two DJs, a local Pioneer freshman that goes by the stage name of DJ Boost, and Detroit’s very own Jonah Baseball. The music featured popular songs, electronic and remixes of both.
The artists were excellent, but that’s not the only reason for all the fuss about the event. Since last year, the parties have been insanely popular, filling the small venues capacity quickly, “We didn’t really anticipate this, so we have run into trouble, especially with crowd control in the line.” Davis said, “We can only have 350 people in the B-Side, and people line up an hour beforehand, and we hit capacity usually 45 minutes into the party. This causes a lot of aggression in line because they’re all waiting and we usually can’t let them in, just because it ends up getting out of hand. We have yet to figure out a solution to this problem, and it really bums us out that this is what it has become because we want everyone to enjoy the party.” Even though she finds it sad to have to turn some people away, Davis is glad that the parties are so popular now. She said this helps them take large steps towards their financial goal.
Although the intense support is apparent, Davis said that it hasn’t always been like this. Just a couple years ago they struggled to get people through the door. Davis’ freshman year, the Live on Washington committee struggled to get around 60 to 80 people through the door. CHS junior and Live on Washington curator, Sabina Fall agreed, saying the popularity has risen through the years.
People walked into the B-Side, an array of Valentine’s Day themes stick out to the eye. Hearts on the walls, pink and red streamers hung gently in the rafters, and posters about consent riffing off the valentine’s love. “Consent has always been something we want everyone to prioritize, we have had consent posters up at the past few parties,” Davis said, “The Neutral Zone is supposed to be a safe space for all high schoolers to come and feel as comfortable as possible, and consent is a huge part of that. We usually pick themes based on a holiday that takes place around the same time as the party or we will come up with a fun theme, so with the party taking place on Feb. 11, we thought it would cute and fun to have a Valentine’s Day theme for the party.”
CHS sophomore Camille Konrad enjoyed the music and the decorations. When it came to her favorite thing about the party she said “It’s honestly just so fun, you can dance so hard and no one cares,” Konrad said “I feel like that’s important because you can’t do that anywhere else really.”