Leave the uncomfortable dress-shoes at home, because the underground is where it’s at in 2015. Much like the 1990s rave parties, which provided an alternative to the strict door policies and commercial pop music at nightclubs, the local scene has turned to unconventional locations and events to counter the confetti showers and lasergasms of clubs on the Strip.
Epyk Entertainment is one of the crews hosting such events, and following its successful New Year’s Eve party at a southwest warehouse is a disco-themed one at the Artistic Armory called Funk Winter.
“[Epyk] started as a crew of friends back in the Rain days,” says co-founder Stevie Mac, who also makes nightclub appearances dressed in a mirrored suit. “The Rain days” refer to the Palms’ now-closed nightclub, where Mac and his friends met and hung out. “We just started growing as a crew and late 2011; everyone was like, you guys should start doing events. My passion was always events.”
To mix things up, Saturday’s gathering encourages attendees to rock their funkiest ’70s gear. “I feel like people are willing to be a bit crazier or more in tune when they’re dressed up,” Mac says. Pioneering local Robert Oleysyck will be performing a rare set, along with Zaiku, Jon Bo, Michael Blain, Travis Harrington vs. Easy and other DJs whose non-mainstream musical preferences reflect the party’s anti-megaclub spirit—as does the laidback atmosphere Mac seeks to create. “If you’re tired of the Las Vegas cliché of money and bling and lights and stuff, and you really enjoy music and good people and being yourself and not being judged, [you’ll] be comfortable at one of our events for sure.”
Funk Winter January 24, doors at midnight, $10. Artistic Armory, 5087 Arville St., Suite E, epykentertainment.com.