Dancetronauts and Dancetrohotties hit the Cocoanut Grove
Ever seen a spaceship in Santa Cruz? How about one with a fuzzy white interior, fully equipped with a booming sound system, LED lights, DJs dressed like spacemen, and futuristic GoGo dancers?
The collaboration of CEOs Philip Plastina (Captain Philthy Phil) and Travis Richards (Captain Trav Nasty), the Dancetronauts are now a group of 30 members whose mission is to “live, love, laugh, and dance.” Together, the group has created a mobile entertainment unit that is a combination of fire, light, and the ultimate sound experience.
The Strip Ship, as this Burning Man-ready vehicle is called, will roll back into their hometown of Surf City on Thursday, July 26 to co-host a large, bright, electro space showdown with Bounce Camp for BOOM!, a show at Cocoanut Grove. Proceeds go to the Dancetronauts Burning Man camp, which will aid the Dancetronauts’ mission to inspire and support self-expression through music, dance, art, and an all-around good time.
“The Strip Ship comes with a full crew of Dancetronauts,” explains “Dancetrohottie” Sexy Lexie. “We bring stages, visual props, lighting props and lighting effects, smoke ring cannons, FX cannons, and [we] recently outfitted our fleet of Art Cars with fire effects. We bring fully costumed smoke cannon and lighting operators, and sexy Dancetrohottie GoGo Dancers. We also have the ability to provide additional sound fill, or even an entire stage with the BassStation,” which, she explains, is the sister of the Strip Ship: a 100,000-watt sound stage on wheels.
The crew prides themselves on being a multitalented group of individuals. One DJ is a designer; another works on marketing. The Dancetrohotties design their own outfits and choreograph their own performances. The Strip Ship truly is a self-contained, all-around entertainment machine.
“We are trying to bridge the gap between participant and performer by projecting ourselves to our audience, and invoking them to dance and be a part of the show with us,” says Sexy Lexie. “We make them laugh, and feel alive. We grab their hands, and shake their minds.”
BOOM! starts at 8 p.m., Thursday, July 26 at the Cocoanut Grove, 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz. Tickets are $12/presale, $25/door. 21 and up. For more information visit eventbrite.com/event/3859546006 of dancetronauts.com.