If a tree falls in the forest, will it wake the neighbors?
Though the word “disco” is passé, dance clubs (the exact same thing) are still wildly popular around the world. Powerful sound systems hammer out bass-laden grooves as dancers gyrate to their hearts’ content. In fact, coastal Delaware is fortunate to have at least one dance club that rivals many from New York to Miami.
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As the sun sets on a warm summer evening, state-of-the-art lighting rigs and pounding music systems begin to flex their electronic muscles. And it’s a sight to behold!
Dancers show off their best steps as multicolored lasers fire knife-edged beams over their heads. Glittering LED panels project intense polychromatic hues, as strobes hurl bursts of visible energy with split-second precision in perfect rhythm with … wait … there’s no music! The room is strangely quiet, other than clinking glasses and shuffling feet. What in the world are these people dancing to!?
Welcome to Silent Disco! Step a little closer.
Every dancer is wearing headphones wirelessly connected to transmitters at the DJ booth. When local noise ordinances kick in around midnight or 1 a.m., the multi-thousand watt subwoofers, midrange horns and tweeters must go silent – but it doesn’t matter. The dancing continues unabated, and I have to tell you that it’s quite a sight.
Silent disco first came onto the scene in Delaware at the popular Firefly Music Festival in Dover (not without its own noise ordinances), and it all went perfectly. Dancers cavorted until 5 a.m. while the neighbors snoozed peacefully.
According to owners of this system, the most striking side-effect of silent disco happens when the dancers sing along with the music. Of course, most dancers do that; intoning “Jesse’s Girl” or “Don’t You Want Me Baby” or “She Works Hard for the Money” along with their favorite songs, but nobody’s ever heard it – until now. And though you might sound really good to yourself (especially after a martini or two), the combined result in the otherwise quiet room is delightfully hilarious.
Does your favorite dance club feature Silent Disco? Drop in after midnight and find out! If so, order a refreshing cocktail, don your ‘phones and dance into the night. The neighbors will be none the wiser.
The Rehoboth Foodie is the author of the popular iPhone and Android travel app, Rehoboth In My Pocket. Arrive as a Visitor, Live Like a Local! Contact at foodie@CapeGazette.com.