There was a huge concert at the marina on Saturday evening. All day Friday, we could see a large circus tent being erected. I heard various things about the concert--that it was a DJ, that there were 3000 people coming, that it would be crazy, and that it was a Rave.
I know that I am behind the times, but I did not know what a Rave was. I only just looked it up on Google today. For those of you who are equally uninformed and might be curious it is:
Any gathering of people centered around listening to and dancing to electronic music, as played by a set of live djs. Originated in 1989 in the UK as underground, often illegal gatherings in abandoned warehouses. Often characterized by the positive, psychedelic atmosphere, influenced often (but not always) by drugs and casual sex. Source: Urban Dictionary
After working on tracing the plumbing and waste system on Sojourner (getting to know her inner guts literally) all day, I walked the old Labrador up to the grassy spot near where the circus goings on were occurring. There were people, mostly 16-20 year olds from what I could tell, dressed in all manner of costumes from the ridiculous to the sublime going to the tent.
I went back to the boat and forgot about the concert because about ten people from the marina came over to see Sojourner and brought snacks. We sat around and talked for over two hours. Eventually, someone suggested that we all take a walk up to the tent to see what was going on. So we strolled up there and walked right into the Rave.
I have to say that it was an interesting experience. This was a concert by Pretty Lights which consists of one fellow who hits keys on his computer and turns knobs to produce electronic music. Another fellow is playing drums. They crank out some wobbly-thump bump and boom beat, and coordinate the big hits with LED explosions of light. All around kids were waving hands in the air and grinding to the sound.
There were lots of lights of all kinds. The most fascinating being the ones that were attached to people who wore lots of glow sticks. Several individuals had fastened glow sticks to their clothing to make an outline of a person. I wish that I had taken photos of that.
I could tell that there were a lot of underage kids drinking and doing whatever substance the kids are doing now. One girl staggered past us and threw up in a trash can. Not very pretty, lights or not. Another young woman came up to ask me if I knew where she could get some acid. I know that I looked rather dingy with a two day old beard and the fact that I was twice the age and more of these kids, but I didn't think that I looked like a drug dealer. Anyway, I told her that I didn't know and that I wouldn't touch that stuff as it could make a person crazy. She probably thought, "Old fart". I know that is what I am, especially at the Rave.
However, C. and I did decide to bump and grind to the music. That probably isn't what you wanted to read, but we had a good time. We added a few glow sticks to our clothing, put both our hands in the air and danced for over an hour.