Ancient philosophy tells us that hedonism is good for the soul. Modern science tells us that booze and darts aren’t.
What can we indulge in that will make us feel great for a lifetime? Lunar Boogie founder Nick Gencarelli says we can start by dancing.
“Dancing is a form of meditation. It’s a release, it’s good for mental health, and it’s one of the few hedonistic things you can do that gives you long-term benefits,” Gencarelli says, host of Adelaide party collective Endless Grooves and Umbrella 2019 event, Lunar Boogie.
Born in response to the city’s burgeoning cultural movement, Lunar Boogie is an intergalactic party promoting futuristic dance music from a bygone era. The bill is headed by Jura Soundsystem, DJ alias of local label founder Kevin Griffiths, as well as vinyl hustlers and local tastemakers Paradise Loft Soundsystem and Fantastic Black Plastic aka Gencarelli.
Fittingly, punters will be tuning in to the cosmic sounds of funk, soul, disco and house at UniSA’s Museum of Discovery, which will also open the gallery’s interactive exhibits for the duration of the night.
“By running Endless Grooves over the past year, I’ve been exposed to a wider range of sounds that wouldn’t otherwise be heard in Adelaide,” Gencarelli says.
“Our main act, Kevin [Jura Soundsystem], for example: he’s got a worldwide reach and quite a strong following, but isn’t well-known in his home town here in Adelaide. It seems like there’s a real scene going on around this kind of underground dance music, or a bit of a hole in the market that not too many others are putting the time or effort into.
“A lot of the futuristic sounding music that’ll be showcased at Lunar Boogie came from the '80s when synthesisers first came onto the market and people were experimenting with new sounds, making music that may not have been super palatable at the time, but nowadays sounds really fresh and interesting.
“Lunar Boogie wants to showcase that forward-thinking music from the past that still holds up and is relevant today… if we can do that by the act of coming together as a community through a mutual interest in music, that’s an ultimately positive thing.”
Lunar Boogie takes place at Museum Of Discovery (Adelaide) on 27 July, as part of Umbrella: Winter City Sounds.