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Roaring into the 1920’s…

Hop Media is relative newcomer to the social circle of Los Angeles –  “a brand for Millennials, by Millennials.”  They came onto the scene this earlier year with their Midnight Roller Disco, and now the Hop gents took their next two-step into the 20s with “A Speakeasy Night,” at the Think Tank Gallery in Downtown last Saturday night, April 9th.

Guest were greeted at the door with $100 chip and wondered if Lady Luck would favor their odds as they walked through a curtain. The entrance and main room featured the live cover band belting old and new hits with their own bluesy, rocker twist, one of the open bars slinging back the three drinks of the night:  the Highball, the Tom Collins, or the Gimlet. Adjacent were the Casino tables where the house played Craps or Poker. Those seats were quickly occupied and seldom abandoned, however that left room to explore.

Tucked around the corner of the main room was a more intimate setting of silent movies, “The Kid” with Charlie Chaplin, a classic, looping in front of a trio of grand leather couches and a small stage that would later tantalize the crowds with a late-night burlesque act that would not disappoint.

To be quite frank, none of the live performers disappointed, and revitalize the party’s energy at the precisely the moment we all needed it. SatinDollz squealed and yipped onto to the dance floor, moving to the beats of their sequined dress tails and hypothesizing the company. The men followed an hour later dress playfully as Coppers ready to arrest our hearts as they pulsated the wooden floorboards with their tap dance routine. Honest-to-god one of them kicked his heels above his head while holding his handstand. Miraculous, ladies and gentlemen, miraculous!

Though we gunned for the next sip of hooch (see open bar), it was not hard to take a moment and behold the fete before us – the diversity of the crowds. From beginners to the vintage culture of the 20’s who donned their feathered headbands and costumed flapper dresses to the old lovers of the decade subtle in their fashion but authentically donning the more subtle fads with true vintage pieces in bow ties, lingerie, and furs.

To each degree, everyone embraced the speakeasy evening chasing after something that was eclectic and nostalgic all at the same time.

Downtown Los Angeles was in its prime during the 1920s – building more theaters and gorgeous marquees to accompany each one than there was space on the block, and almost a hundred years later Downtown is reawakening and reaching for what it was and what it could be. We celebrated the past, but little did everyone know, that we were delighting in the future.

Together, and young at heart.

 

 

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