While the famed Liberace Museum in Vegas may be long gone, that doesn’t mean the music stopped.
Located inside the Liberace Plaza (1775 East Tropicana Avenue – Unit 16), fans of the B-Boy culture can rejoice in the opening of The DISTRCT, a facility offering dance workshops and a place to showcase community B-Boy events. This Saturday, Jan. 7, visitors can enjoy the free, all-ages event celebrating its grand opening, starting at 11 a.m.
If you follow MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” you’ll recognize Kid Rainen from Jabbawockeez (the first season’s winning group) and Full Force’s Ronnie from Supercr3w (season two’s champion crew). Along with Roxrite from Renegades and Squadron crew, Kid Rainen and Ronnie will judge the two-on-two break dance battles from 4:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Enjoy live DJ music featuring BZBeats and Soulrane from POTS, Stackwell (Knucklehead Zoo and Supercr3w), Feylaa (Full Force and World Famous) and Filitom.
This is also your chance to channel all of that energy in free workshops, held by special guest instructors:
- Vinh from Super Galactic Beat Manipulators: Noon – 1 p.m.
- Kid Rainen from Jabbawockeez/Full Force: 1:15 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
- Roxrite from Renegades/Squadron: 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Since this is an all-day event, there will be food trucks in the parking lot so you won’t go hungry. You can also leave with some fly gear, too: Check out vendor booths from Consume, Art of Wore and much more.
If you’re not going to be in town this weekend but want to pick up some B-boy moves on your next visit, call (702) 518-1616 for workshop times.
“I am hyped about what The Distrct is going to add to the local scene,” said DJ and B-boy veteran Brandon “BZBeats” Bejarano. “We have world-class talent right in our own city and The Distrct is bringing it out for everyone to see.”
From Vegas’ own Knucklehead Zoo and Battle Born crews representing at the international “Battle of the Year” competition to the success of Supercr3w on MTV’s “America’s Best Dance Crew,” Bejarano explained the scene has come a long way since his early breakin’ days.
I remember back in middle school riding the city bus with friends to watch crews practice and battle on empty theater stages or at someone’s house. When the events took place in huge gymnasiums or halls, we squeezed our way in and tried and get the best seat. While my own beat kicks weren’t exactly up to par, I felt cool attempting some kind of move. It’s crazy to see how the B-Boy scene has evolved to what it is today.
“I wish Vegas had something like this when I was a young B-Boy back in ’98,” Bejarano said. “With the opening of The Distrct, these B-boys who experienced this success are willing to give back and put the effort into establishing something for the community that everyone can be a part of.”
If Saturday’s event at The Distrct leaves you so hyped that you don’t want it to end, celebrate Las Vegas’ Full Force 17th anniversary party at Downtown’s Insert Coins, located in the Fremont East District. Doors open at 11 p.m. and cypher (emcee) battles begin at midnight. Rocadile from Full Force and Supercr3w will host the event and partygoers can groove to the sounds of DJ Franzen, DJ Stackwell and Feylaa.
Get ready to break out your funk records and cassette tapes to hype you up because these events are going bring it and truly represent.