Sara Buturla, Staff Writer
This past Halloween The Oneonta Theatre was the place to be. The electronic dance music event, Masquerave returned to Oneonta and did not disappoint. Masquerave originally made its way to town in 2012 during its Fall City Tour. The show wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for U Is Nation promotions and Oneonta’s newest bar, Choice Ultra Lounge, which sponsored the event. U Is Nation is known for its various past events at the Oneonta Theatre and is run by SUNY Oneonta alum Pete Montesano.
Halloween was the ideal night for this type of event, as everyone wore their costumes which added to the atmosphere. Costume contests and raffles took place in which the winners received DJ Tiesto’s AKG brand headphones and “U Is Nation” clothing. Everywhere you looked different costumes were in view, since both guests and workers of the event took part. Attendees dressed up in masks as well as other recognizable costumes, such as “Breaking Bad”’s Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, and even the teddy bear from the movie “Ted.” Both SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick students were in attendance.
Masquerave sold out days before the 18+ event took place. From the time the show began at eight-thirty p.m. until it ended around two a.m. crowds were dancing along to the long list of impressive DJs and performers. At all times, both the dance floor and the lobby were packed with attendees. A backdrop featured graphics ranging from both promoters icons to each DJ’s name, which were in sync with the music. In addition to the graphics, confetti and lights added to the night’s lively atmosphere.
The DJ lineup consisted of Tioka IV, 60 West, Ceear and Ken3tic, with DJ SnowMiser closing out the show. Dan Turrisi, also known as DJ SnowMiser, is not new to the “U Is Nation” events and has been performing at the various shows for the past two years; however, this event especially sticks out in his mind. Turrisi says, “It was an awesome time. I got the chance to perform alongside a bunch of talented artists and the turn out was great. It was definitely a memorable Halloween.”
Each DJ added their own twist to well-known EDM songs as well as many pop and rock tracks. A special live performance of one of SUNY Oneonta’s own rappers was also included. Drew Lasky, who goes by his stage name “Nolan Taylar,” performed two of his very own songs and added to the crowd’s excitement. When asked about what it was like to play in Oneonta, Lasky replied, “It was awesome performing in front of a sold-out crowd and with all my friends in front going nuts.”
In addition to the non-stop music in the main section of the event, there was a DJ playing at all times in the small upstairs portion of the theatre. Despite a few technical difficulties during the night, the crowd kept the energy alive with “no music” chants while continuing to dance.
The promoters of the event did a great job at making sure the night was centered around music and having an overall good time. “U Is Nation” took to the event’s Facebook page the day following the event to thank the crowd. They wrote, “Last night was insanity! You guys are awesome! Thank you for making history and being the first show to sell out Oneonta Theatre!” It’s safe to say those in attendance return the appreciation for making this Halloween one to remember.
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