Happy 5th birthday to Solstice! For those of you who don't know what I'm talking about (and for those who do), let me explain...
I still remember my first experience at the
then unfamiliar-downtown-club, about 5 years ago. Before I ever made it down to Bar Smith, I remember my friend Sean (Senbad) telling me to get downtown and check it out. I kept putting it off because it seemed so far away (where is downtown Phoenix, exactly, and how would one get there???), and the whole idea was so unfamiliar to me (a club in downtown Phoenix...huh?). Finally, one summer night I made plans with a group of good friends to check it out, some of which had been going already (thanks, Leah!). I remember thinking,
"wow...I've never been to anything like this before. Everybody here is so different than
what I'm used to. The crowd is so diverse, and everyone is so nice and open . People are really here to enjoy the music, dance, and have
fun...TOGETHER...weird!" Weird in an amazing way, of course. Upon leaving, I remember thinking, "WHY has it taken me so long to listen to Sean??!" After my first time, I was hooked and went back every Saturday...that is, until I started working there. In which I was still there, but just in a different role.
On the surface, Solstice is just another night at another night club...now ongoing for 5 years. It's a night that brings a very diverse group of people together from all demographics...something that is very apparent from the moment you take a look around.
Dig a little deeper, and you know that the night is about good music. With good people. Who bring good energy. Everyone there enjoys each others' company and are united by the music...whether you like house or hip-hop. Because we only play good shit. Haha. No, but really...
For me, on the deepest level, Solstice has become family. As cheesy as it sounds, it really has changed my life. I have made so many amazing friends, and have gotten to know so many interesting/talented people because of it. It has helped me develop a major part of who I am. It has broadened my view (I now know where downtown Phoenix is, I can tell you how to get there AND other places to go LOL). It has made me feel like a part of something. Most importantly, it has brought some of the most important people in my life into my life. (See, I'm not just some bitchy girl...lol PH)
Who would've thought that I could get all that from just another night at another night club... ;]
Thank you, PSE, for your vision and continuous hard work. Thank you Everyone for making it what it is, because we all are Solstice.
Okay...enough for being sappy, but happy to show my appreciation.
Much love and good vibes!