Down & Derby Takes Guests Beyond the Rollerdome at their 9th Anniversary Party
On June 6, Down & Derby is celebrating in the ‘Burgh for its nine year anniversary. Created and inspired by the original roller rink parties at the historic Roxy nightclub in NYC, Down & Derby guests are transported back in time to relive the era and culture of 1970s roller disco.
For almost a decade, the organization has been hosting events spanning throughout cities nationwide, and has even produced special shindigs for major music festivals such as Coachella and SXSW. Due to the fire that devastated Belevedere’s Ultra Dive (and D&D’s previous home) this past winter, organizers will be hosting their ninth birthday at the recently opened Spirit in Lawrenceville.
“We’ve moved venues throughout the years, but Belevedere’s has been our home for the past five,” Down & Derby’s organizer, Vince Masi, shared with us. “The organizers at Spirit have been really accommodating, and Belevedere’s employees will be joining our party staff for the evening, as well.”
Creators even put a special twist on this year’s “Beyond Rollerdome” party theme–the latest edition of Down & Derby will be “Mad Max” themed in light of the movie’s recent release. Never lacking in character or creativity, the organizers were able to construct a custom DJ booth for the event, which was refurbished from a former Mack truck to coincide with the theme. Keep an eye out for DJs JX4 and Hank D on the decks; they’ll be throwing down all of your favorite post-apocalyptic roller jams and bass bangers to keep you on the rink all night.
And we all know it wouldn’t fully be a party without “Mad Max” inspired beverages to tie it all together:
“24oz PBRs will be served in miniature gas cans ($6/$4 refills) with added belt clips for skaters to travel freely with their drinks. 4-ounce “Desert Juice” Sailor Jerry cocktails ($6/$4 refills) will also be served in cantines,” Masi shared with us.
The Down & Derby 9th anniversary party takes place at Spirit Hall (242 51st St. Pittsburgh, Pa.) on Saturday, June 6. Entry fee is $6 with RSVP, and $10 at the door. Guests are welcome to bring their own skates, or rent a pair for the night for just five bucks. Skaters will also be provided with backpacks to easily store their shoes for when they’ll need to switch out their skates during bathroom trips and refreshment breaks.
And although the dress code isn’t mandatory, it is strongly encouraged to keep things fun and play up the theme. The Facebook event page offers up some costume suggestions for all you “war boys and war girls” out there who want to show up in style.
See you at the Rollerdome!