Strictly Social to bring popular Greensboro party to new venue in Winston-Salem
Strictly Social, a DJ collective that has hosted monthly dance parties and multiple pop-up parties throughout Greensboro for the past two years is hosting its first party in Winston-Salem next Friday, February 15. This party, a monthly series that will take place every third Friday, is a partnership with a new Winston venue, Blu Velvet Lounge, in an unassuming location at 915 Brookstone Avenue. Blu Velvet Lounge, the second offering from owner Tony Stevens of Vintage Sofa Bar, is a self-described upscale lounge, with specialty cocktails, a large dance floor, and plenty of comfortable, lounge-style seating for those who prefer to relax with a drink.
Strictly Social resident DJs Alvin Shavers, Freddie Swinney (Freddie Fred), and Graham Pickford (Kingthings), who regularly appear at parties throughout North Carolina and beyond, play an eclectic mix of electronic music —house, techno, soul, bass, and funk— that get partygoers dancing. In addition, Adam Graetz of Durham (thefacesblur), supplies visual projections that lend the parties a more unique sensory experience.
Winston currently has a growing electronic music scene, and Blu Velvet Lounge plans to play an integral part in that growth. Since its grand opening in December, the venue already has brought several electronic DJs from across the state. General manager Randy Spence grew up in the burgeoning house and techno rave scene in Greensboro during its heyday in the ‘90s and wants to bring those sounds back to the Triad. Says Spence, “Our goal is to bring elements from the New York and Chicago music scenes to the Triad and help the Triad restore its place nationally as an important area for dance music once again.”
For more information about the Third Friday parties and other parties from Strictly Social, follow on Instagram at @strictlysocialgso or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/strictlysocialgso. You can find more information about Blu Velvet Lounge on Instagram at @bluvelvetlounge or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Blu-Velvet-Lounge-2025922707698455/.