DTLA - Insomniacs are in luck this week. So are disco fans.
Sleepless, the occasional late-night party at the Music Center, returns this weekend, bigger than ever. For the first time, it will cover two nights, starting Friday, April 6, at 11:30 p.m., and continuing to 3 a.m. While the exhausted organizers usually pack up after that, in this case they’re returning Saturday night, for another 11:30 p.m.-3 a.m. soiree.
The theme this time is disco. The Music Center has hosted disco nights at its free outdoor Dance Downtown program, and Ming Ng, vice president of community engagement at the Music Center, said that response has been strong. She said the team has been looking to respond to a demand for the 1970s scene.
“There’s been a real resurgence of disco in the past couple of years,” she said. “There’s a huge popularity now in the music, and it just looked like the perfect opportunity to do it with Sleepless and expand the program.”
The activity takes place across multiple levels of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. Along with DJs from dublab, drinks and dancing, there will be live performances from local bands Luxxury and De Lux, on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Additionally, there will be a screening of Saturday Night Fever (paradoxically on Friday night) as well as a large mirror ball installation in the building’s lobby. Also on tap, according to Ng, are pop-up showcases throughout the structure, including drag performances and dancers.
In the future, the Music Center is interested in doing more multi-night editions of Sleepless.
“In general, it really depends on the theme and the content,” Ng said. “With disco we knew we could do two nights because of the demand. On some other nights it may not have the same kind of variety and richness.”
Tickets are $20 for each night in advance, or $30 at the door.
Sleepless is April 6-7 and 7-8 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 135 N. Grand Ave., (213) 972-0711 or musiccenter.org.
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