Stay Silent PVD, a New England-based experience agency and community group — founded by Sabrina Chaudhary and Jason “Where’s Nasty” Almeida — launched in December 2012 and has seen been a crux in not only Providence, R.I., but the state as a whole and beyond. With wildly successful events such as Day Trill, Bounce House, Luv U Better, their #EggsOver series and more under their belt, it was only right to continue to add to their resume.
In comes ¡ACTIVO! with Flaneur and the DJ team House Party Vibes.
As some of my fellow Dominicans — or maybe just my uncle — would say, ¡ACTIVO! “‘taba jevi”.
¡ACTIVO! is an event that focuses on Latin music. This is where you can hear Merengue, Bachata, Dembow and everything in between. The first installment of ¡ACTIVO! was invitation-only, but it has since become an open event. For last night’s installment Stay Silent PVD, Flaneur and House Party Vibes brought all the stops out for a successful event.
Machines With Magnets, a recording studio/art gallery/experimental music venue/cocktail bar/event space mashup in Pawtucket, served as the home for the event. Its smaller space allowed for a more intimate event with a house party feel. Whether acquaintances, new friends or strangers, the venue was packed wall-to-wall with people ready to get “so nasty” and shout “bachateame mama” because “hoy se bebe!”
With sounds by DJs Norlan and Beato, the music was nonstop. The old Tego Calderon song you remember from middle or high school was played, the salsa you heard when your mom was cleaning on Saturday morning was played, the first bachata song you danced to was probably played. The hits kept coming and, for me at least, the nostalgia was flowing.
Prior to the start of ¡ACTIVO!, it seemed the only other way to get a Spanish vibe in Rhode Island was by way of lounges where you’re required to adhere to strict dress codes and overpriced cover and drinks. At ¡ACTIVO!, the entrance fee was $5 with an RSVP, no dress code and cheap drinks — you could really do no wrong going.
You danced. You sweat. You sang. You had a good time, but I wouldn’t have expected anything else from the trio.
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