As promised by new Ghostbar director Mike Diamond back in December, Ghostbar will follow in Rain nightclub's august footsteps with an apparent entertainment rebirth.
While still relevant, the small-but-venerable club recently has come to function mostly as home to House Society's monthly Soundbar house night and to occasional special events such as the recent live performance by Flock of Seagulls and last Wednesday's MAGIC party in celebration of N9NE Group's own Brooke Mitchell's Filthy Mouth clothing line.
Ghostbar will quietly launch an as-yet-unnamed Wednesday night party February 24 in hopes of organically establishing a new music-centric event with resident DJ 88 (aka Bree Cohen) at its helm. Cohen says the party will emulate the vibe of some well-known organic meeting spots found in New York and LA, those solely focused on good music, "not Top 40, not bottle service, not anything anyone else is doing."
Bree's signature brand of "electro soul classic hip-hop disco dopeness," forged in the three-part series The Chase at Downtown Cocktail Room, will be at the center of the event's programming. "It's a really nice change of pace for me on two levels," says Cohen, "being able to do what I want, and not having to play what everyone else has to play in this city. It doesn't really allow you to shine as a DJ if you have to stick to Top 40s."
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As it grows, the new night will be named, further branded, and subsequently celebrate its grand opening with a launch party loosely destined for the end of March or beginning of April.
In December, a source within N9NE Group confirmed minor upgrades to Ghostbar's sound and lighting, plus some spiffy new seating on the patio. This too is slated to debut with Diamond/Cohen's party, which joins Soundbar and a new lesbian monthly, Down, by DJ/promoter duo Lisa Pittman and Rachel Wenman, arriving March 25.