Monday, December 27, 2010

Art Warriors

As this blog master sits in her brightly lit bedroom, she stares out the window at the Brooklyn neighborhood-turned-arctic-circle and hopes all the HDC lovers out there are as warm and happy as she is.

Above is the poster for the Residency at the Launchpad. Note the date of the first show: JANUARY 8. Yes, in January, the Hoover Dam is bringing its own storm to NYC. With a spot in grand opening show of The Sapphire Lounge and the opening of our own monthly residency at the Launchpad, the HDC is starting off this new year with momentum that will carry it through the next 12 months.

Let me just say this. On Saturday January 8, you can go to that same old smelly club and get booty-bumped by some scary looking chick from the Bronx, feel free to shoot shit and melt into the couch with your two friends, or fall asleep on a bar stool at Franklin Park. Go ahead, go do the same old thing every freaking weekend. The Hoover Dam Collective, on the other hand, will be rocking, dancing, grooving, shouting, and drinking. We will be partying, collaborating, and fueling each other's creative fires. And we, the cool kids, the drunken artists, the celebratory revolutionists, want you there too. Nothing makes us happier than seeing new faces, especially in the new year. We don't even want your money: the event is FREE!

So, here is a huge rallying cry: GET YOUR DAM ON!

January 8
The Lanchpad
721 Franklin Ave
Brooklyn, NY

BK in BK

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Happy Holidays from the Hoover Dam Collective!

....And other religion-neutral greetings!

Well, HDC enthusiasts, it seems as if as soon as one show is over, we are getting to work on the next one! Now that the Hoover Dam Collective has a creative residency at The Launchpad on Franklin Ave in Brooklyn, we are inviting everyone to submit and participate! If you have a band, a story, a pair of legs to dance on, a paintbrush in your hand, or just a keen interest in the arts, please contact us! Comment on the blog or email us at

(I will make a firm promise to ease up on the exclamation points from this point forward)

Important, exciting news! (whoops)
Your faithful blog mistress is pleased to announce that the Hoover Dam Collective will be appearing at the Sapphire Lounge on the freaking Lower East Side. That's right. For the first time, the Hoover Dam Collective is taking MANHATTAN. The show is Thursday, January 6th. Write it in your planner, on a napkin, on your iphone, or on your tits (sidenote: stay away from the permanent marker.)

The fantastic funky band Soundhouse will be playing, accompanied by some improvisational dance organized by Theo Boguszewski. (Dancers: Chelsea Retzloff, Theo Boguszewski, Francheska Lopez, Nicole Restani and Breegan Kearney) Soundhouse played at our last Hoover Dam Show, and they brought the house all the way down, below the waist and underground. The entire show starts at 7:30, but our set should be starting around 9:15 pm. Get there on time so you can see the HDC flaunting its finest in Manhattan!

The show itself isn't presented by the Hoover Dam Collective, so I don't have all the details, but from what I've picked up along the wireless grapevine, there will be a few other bands, a live DJ at the end of the night, and a visual art gallery. The cover charge is 5 dollars, the same 5 dollars that you didn't spend on the pair of fake Ray Bans which didn't really make you look cool after all. (Guilty as charged)
Soundhouse Plays at 171 Proof

With that, BK signs off. Stay posted for more information about the Launchpad show on Saturday the 8th of Jan.

Skillfully, Slamfully,
bk in bk

Monday, December 13, 2010

The RECAP! Slideshow!

This past Saturday, in an artistic oasis nestled in the desert of warehouses that is Greenpoint Brooklyn, a killer show went down, blew up, flew sideways and swooped around to kick everyone in the butt. The quality of this show was absolutely incredible, and the caliber of work presented was of such a professional quality.

Check out this SLIDESHOW OF IMAGES from the show!

Additionally, the Collective has some exciting news: The Launchpad, "a creative gathering place focused on the arts, community programs, technology, and anything else that captures the imagination" has offered us a residency! For the first Saturday of every month, we will be presenting a show at this lovely, intimate space. Anyone who is interested in participating, please get in contact with us at These shows-in-residence will feature longer music and dance sets than we typically present at HDC shows, so that we can highlight the talented individual artists that belong to the Collective.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

171 Proof

New fans and loyal friends,

Coming your way at the Station this Saturday the 11th is 171 PROOF, an evening of great performances, raucous fun and frenzy.

Station 171 is the ultimate party place. It features an outdoor deck with sweeping views of manhattan in one direction, and old warehouses in the other, a wide open space for dancing, couches for conversing and doing naughty things in the corner, a bright stage and a cute bar. The whole package is decorated with a hipster-chic ' hey, look what I found on the side of the street, lets hang it up' mentality.

The Station also plays a part in HDC history: it was the venue for our very first party-format laid back show. Our Brooklyn home, to an effect.

The downside? Getting there. It's a long walk in the cold. We know, we've braved it many a time ourselves.

But we've got great news. We're offering a shuttle service to get to station 171! No more freezing toes. More details to follow.

We have planned to overstock our beer and liquor supply so we can provide for the enjoyment of all.

Here's the lineup for the show:

Music Sets:
(the delicate croonings of)
Melissa Ahern
(the get-down funky stuff of)
Wayne Tucker and Tom Larsen {Tucker and Larsen Duological Enterprises Presents: The Semi-Identical Twins}
(the sick rhythms and melodies of)
Zach Koeber and Xavier Hill
(the hot shit of)
NJ3 (David Cutler, James Carp, Alex Mackinnon)

Work will be presented by Kat Rhodes, Allison Jones, Theo Boguszewski, Marie McNair, Chelsea Retzloff and Breegan Kearney

Additionally, Katrina Cunningham will be presenting her Slam Poetry, and Willy Appleman will be presenting improvisational comedy with the Thunderbirds-4-Life.

There will be a live DJ set at the end of the night, so that we can all drop our pretenses and dance the night away.

Get ready.
Admission is 5 dollars at the door, and this all starts throwing down (not throwing up 'cause we hold our booze) at 8pm.

BK in bk