DRINK CITY | Tigerbeats, the Barbary's indie dance party

By Stephen H. Segal
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It’s 11:30 when the epiphany sets Ellei J to tweeting: “There are way more blondes here than usual.” Mind you, they’re still well outnumbered by the darker-haired partiers on the dance floor, but it’s true—the blondes do seem exceptionally visible tonight, whether from Amazonian height or the sheer halo-rificness of their extra-intense platinum bounce. Even so, this is blonde without any of the psychic baggage that bleach so often brings; the Barbary’s four-years-running Monday Tigerbeats night is billed, simply, as an “indie dance party,” and the crowd, mostly drinking PBR and Barbary Punch, are refreshingly light on posing. They’re here to jump, spin and occasionally thrash to a rhythmic mix that hopscotches jauntily through time from Purity Ring’s “Fineshrine” to A-ha’s classic “Take On Me”—then forward again to Daft Punk’s “Doin’ It Right” and right on back to Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic.” On the wall-mounted flatscreen, snapshots from an instant photo-booth flicker by, the stream of grinning, kissing and mugging punctuated by the occasional Munchian scream and one bright, feminine full moon. Outside the club’s front step, the actual moon is lost behind the storm that’s about to break, but nobody’s worried—it’s all bear hugs, Batman T-shirts and bold, cheery tattoos. (Hey, did she have a matryoshka on her shoulder?) 

Tigerbeats happens every Monday at the Barbary; promoter Shadowscene also runs the Electric Feel monthly there. For more info: shadowscene.com/fiesta

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