Just off the Jefferson L stop in Bushwick, Brooklyn, lies a seemingly abandoned industrial space slathered with graffiti that disguises Brooklyn Mirage’s 50,000 sq. ft. party oasis. All Day I Dream, Lee Burridge and Matthew Dekay’s signature creation returned from the playa and too its roots on Brooklyn rooftops to throw an afternoon into night extravaganza in the waning Summer warmth mid-September. Blue skies and hot sidewalks dotted with brick shops covered in murals led the way up my street to the nondescript venue that was now surrounded by a throng of people in a parade of different attire. Inside boys in peacock stretch pants painted those around them in glitter while a blonde girl dropped fractal glasses over the eyes of unsuspecting dancers.
While Lee’s technicolor house sets have been extraordinarily popular among the West Coast Burning Man scene for years from Robot Heart to LIB to Public Works (and I suppose now in the Brooklyn and Berlin scenes as well), the greater draw for me and for many whom I’ve talked with at his sets is the crowd. Lee habitually attracts a collection of the weird, grinning, and flat-out dancing their ass-off people of the world. On these wonderful people at his shows, Lee says:
[All Day I Dream has] always been a word of mouth event. Friends invited friends and the crowd grew organically. I think my ties with Burning Man and its community has also helped shape who’s found us. I love our crowd, they kind of make the party actually.
The afternoon was scintillating notes and sparkle-covered faces, laser cut wood fractals and palm trees, green ivy crawling up the staircase to the rooftop view of Brooklyn warehouses and the Manhattan Skyline. This “special ambience” is an integral party of the ADID events, an emphasis on not only the sound but look and feel of the show, and that illusive community vibe that makes great parties great. After a skyline sunset, the wind picked up and the strict no re-entry policy pressed the sparsely covered crowd into a densely packed throng under the Chinese lanterns, fairy lights, and billowing drapes. Lights glowed through the stage beams and people hopped up on the subwoofers to spur the party onward as the tempo quickened. Lee played on well past closing time and by the time it was over we were exhausted, happy, and very glad we’d come.
See you on the dancefloor,