Have you heard about the Sleepless: The Music Center After Hours event at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in DTLA? The entire Dorothy Chandler Pavilion is transformed into what’s described as an “immersive and multi-sensory programming series.” A few friends and I checked it out this past weekend. The doors don’t open until 11:30pm… and the party lasts until 3am. I took a nap earlier in the evening because I didn’t want to miss a thing.
After the tour we headed over to get headphones and headed into the Silent Disco area. Each headset plays two channels of audio. You just click a button to toggle between two simultaneous DJs. Okay, I’ve done the Silent Disco thing before at the Music Center and it rocked. This time… not so much. One of the music channels was just horrible and inside the Silent Disco area was empty, so we made a beeline for the bar and then decided to head upstairs. Although the event lasts until 3am, they only serve alcohol until 1:30am, so we stopped at another bar upstairs for a second round of drinks before heading into the exclusive Founders Room. This room is not normally open to the general public unless you are on a tour of the entire Music Center. We danced a bit and then decided to head upstairs to what I’ll call the penthouse. This room was a bit more crowded and we danced a little more. There were different things to see, hear and experience throughout the building, like a hallway filled with the sounds of the ocean, or some crazy set-up in the basement. The coolest experience for me was the scene in the second floor lobby. People were just all chilled out lying on giant lounge pillows listening to music while looking up at the massive chandeliers.
“Sleepless is not only a social experience, it’s one where each person can enjoy his or her own special moments as light, sounds, movement and performance showcase the beauty and grandeur of one of L.A.’s most iconic settings,” said Alejandro Cohen, executive director, dublab. “We welcomed the opportunity to see how the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion could be re-imagined, and, ultimately, give people a chance to have a great time,” he added.