Outdo Your High School Prom at this Galactic Prom Do-Over
We know you still cringe when you think about your high school prom: your date was a terrible dancer, you were too drunk (or maybe not drunk enough), and your parents embarrassed the shit out of you taking photos. If you’re thinking this night will forever remain a collection of embarrassing memories and blinding sparkly dresses, think again…
PROM: A Galactic Do-Over is a formal music affair with over 20 performers spanning across several genres, including hip hop, rock, and electronic music. The music, performed live or by DJs, will be complemented by live acts, visual art, and more across four stages.
Stage One (Mars)
For those who prefer extensive musical variety, the Mars stage samples a multitude of artists and genres ranging from 90s classics, to underground hip hop, to jamtronica, and soulful funk.
Honorable mentions include the “vocab juggernaut,” Shad Ali, bluesy songstress, Gypsy Jess (Big Gypsy), and famed PGH hip-hop collective, the 58’s. Rumor has it the guys from OGWS also have a special 90s set in the works.
Stage Two (Saturn)
The Saturn stage will host an array of electronic artists and performers, featuring the sounds of glitch, dubstep, and a few bass-heavy hitters we all know and love.
Check out the multifacted Justin Doverspike, who’s been working in Pittsburgh as an event planner and producer, and even lending a helping hand to newcomers learning the ropes of production.
Another act not to miss is Baltimore DJ duo, Monsterz Under The Bed, who’ve built up a strong, longterm fanbase in the Maryland/DC Metro area, and more recently, across the country. The boys dabble primarily within the genres of electro, grimey progressive house and dubstep; stay posted for fun and unexpected twists throughout their set.
Stage Three (Pluto)
Stage Three shows 412 love by featuring some staple DJs within the ‘Burgh’s club and party scenes. 412live.com founder and internationally known house music producer, DJ Strobe, will be taking the Pluto stage to throw down a classic set. 2step Tuesday resident DJs, Hana, Syneater, and Eryn Evans will be throwing down a special b2b set, as well.
Stage Four (Earth)
The Earth stage brings forth yet another eclectic lineup of artists for your listening pleasure. The Reggae Bus Crew promises pure dubbed out dance rhythm magic, featuring the best in dancehall, reggae, and dub (Check out the Dan Dabber/Wiz Khalifa collab below). The duo’s been around since the 90s, and if you haven’t caught a set of theirs yet, it’s definitely one not to miss.
1337 assault DJ Competition champ, Mr. Fox, promises to deliver, as well, “blending jungle, DnB, hip hop, reggae, funk, vanilla, cinnamon, and a little ganja to make the dance floor sweat.”
And make sure to catch local legend and founder of Savory Audio (PGH’s first dubstep label), ABZ.
The festival is not just a do-over for your mediocre prom experience; a portion of every ticket sale goes towards Pittsburgh’s Center for Victims. After a violent attack in early March, the Strip District’s Ivy Pittsburgh was forced to close its doors and repair its shaken spirits and broken glass. Six individuals were injured at the club, leaving the city’s nightlife scared and wary – and without a home for the upcoming PROM event.
However, the nightlife community wasn’t settling for that – they saw this as an opportunity to help. The Center for Victims is a “comprehensive and inclusive provider of services, advocacy and education for victims of all crimes” that serves the Pittsburgh community. Those who are affected by something like the Ivy shooting can refer to this resource for assistance, counseling, legal support, and more.
“The shooting at Club Ivy was an eye opener for all of us. We all work in bars and clubs—this random shooting could have happened to any of us. The nightlife and arts community has taken note, it’s time we speak up and give back to the people facing issues like this on a daily basis,” said the creators of the prom, which will now be taking place at Mr. Smalls in Millvale. The venue will open at 7PM on Friday, May 29, and the show will begin at 7:30PM. And yes, a Prom King and Queen will be chosen.
This 21+ event is strictly formal attire, so make sure to dig up your high school prom dress, rent a tux, or buy something new and suave. VIP tickets, which include two balcony passes, a bottle of champagne for two, and a yearbook, are available for $100. General admission tickets are available for $20. Grab your tickets here or enter our giveaway to win two free ones below.