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Midnight Girl Video Release Party [XHOSA]


XHOSA will be premiering a new music video for her single “Midnight Girl” directed by Tristan Reginato.

To celebrate, XHOSA will be hosting a night of performances of artists who were directly involved in the making of the video!


Dope BBQ

The General Public (TGP) presents…
Dope BBQ at Knockdown Center [in The Ruins, KDC’s Backyard]
A high quality motion picture in the form of a barbecue. It is a pretty serious barbecue / day party situation! For 5 years running, it has been the LIVEST BBQ event and celebration of everything DOPE and everything that represents Summer time fun in NYC.
Featuring sets from DJ Trueblendz, DJ Mike Nasty, Proper Edakit, & DJ L Squared
**No outside food or drinks. This isn’t your uncle’s house big fella – Go home big fella!

Three Years of Dévotion


Dévotion returns to Knockdown Center to celebrate their three-year anniversary. This immersive dance party features Dévotion residents Ostro and Nocholas Maddix, as well as the U.S. debut of Chilean-born and Swiss-based DJ Mayasa.
– Professionally tuned Four-point Funktion One sound by One Source Audio
– Crowd centered booth for 360 degrees of dance floor excellence
– Custom fabricated reactive laser installation
– Large outdoor patio & “greenroom” accessible directly off dance floor
++ more surprises and announcements

21+ w/ ID

Reminders from Dévotion: This is not your ordinary gathering of conscious bodies, we encourage everyone to connect, be present and most importantly express yourself creatively & comfortably. We are a community with an ethos founded with a passion for mindfulness and connectivity. If we’ve had the pleasure of your presence in the past, then you know words fail to capture the moments and memories that make these gatherings such a wild success. If you’re here for the first time, welcome to our collective of compassionate creators & dreamers – don’t hesitate to reach out to anyone in the community if you need help or have any concerns.

Knockdown Center x Open Engagement presents


Knockdown Center and Open Engagement present an evening of performances and dancing with opening act Lykanthea followed by a Discwoman showcase with BEARCAT and Riobamba in conjunction with the Open Engagement SUSTAINABILITY conference May 11 – 13, 2018.

Official drink sponsor for the event is Kombrewcha, the first hard kombucha that allows you to socialize without compromise.


Open Engagement 2018 – SUSTAINABILITY will take place May 11 – 13, 2018 at the Queens Museum in New York. Open Engagement (OE) is an annual, three-day, artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time. Since 2007, OE has presented eight conferences in two countries and six cities, hosting over 1,600 presenters and over 6,000 attendees. Annual programming is selected by committees comprised of artists, educators, professionals, and community members from a free, open call for proposals.

Founded by Frankie Decaiza Hutchinson, Emma Burgess-Olson and Christine McCharen-Tran, Discwoman is a New York-based platform, collective, and booking agency—that showcases and represents talent in electronic music. Started as a two-day festival in September 2014 at Bossa Nova Civic Club Discwoman has since produced and curated events in 15+ cities—working with over 250 DJs and producers to-date.

BEARCAT is a London born, Brooklyn based artist. She is internationally known, and has performed all over the world, including Egypt, Paris, Lyon, Berlin, Leipzig, Barcelona, Mexico City, Oakland and Chicago. She has worked as a DJ/producer, audio engineer and professional make-up artist since 2005. BEARCAT provided creative direction for live events and festivals such as Afropunk, Glastonbury, Reading and Lovebox, among others. She has also DJ’ed sets for the musicians 21 Savage, CupcakKe and Caleborate. She draws from deeply personal experiences and Diaspora roots, and isn’t afraid to delve deep. Her sets are emotive musical selections as a form of therapy. Her ear guides her into creating bass-heavy uncompromising, powerful mixes that harness a symbiotic energy between the music and the crowd to generate the perfect soundtrack to any event. 2017 was a year of astounding new heights. BEARCAT performed at the Guggenheim, Wiener Festwochen in Vienna), Bloomberg Summer Picnic, 29Rooms, Performa 17 Biennial. BEARCAT’s archive of work and sets can be found at

Riobamba is an Ecuadorian-Lithuanian producer, DJ, and cultural activist based in Brooklyn. Riobamba’s rowdy, deeply researched live sets reflect back nightlife’s power as a site of joy and resistance, amplifying connective tissues between YouTube clips, dembow brujería, bodega soundtracks, and noise hyperreality “suped up with a twisted, industrial gnarl” (Complex). As a self-made bridge between música urbana’s underground movements and pioneers, Riobamba has recently shared the stage with Tego Calderón, Maluma, Nina Sky, DJ Playero, Rosa Pistola, and DJ Blass. The Fader has called her production work “a radically self-expressive piece of futurism that stands against a single, boxed-in definition of what Latinx club music can be.” Riobamba is founder of record label and creative agency APOCALIPSIS, a platform insistent on visibility for narratives by those “ni de aquí, ni de allá” (neither from here, nor there); recent highlights include curating and co-producing Boiler Room’s first reggaetón showcase, and providing ongoing music education in a Brooklyn juvenile detention center. Riobamba leads A&R for the iconic Nuyorican music label Fania, home to groundbreaking artists Celia Cruz, Héctor Lavoe, and Willie Colón, and was previously Music Editor of cultural platform Remezcla. Prior to moving to NYC, she was the first Colombia-based researcher in the Fulbright-mtvU program, studying the subversive power of digital music production in a region enduring the effects of civil conflict. Her original work has been featured in Resident Advisor, Univision, Fact Mag, The Fader, Thump, Complex, and Red Bull Music Academy Radio.

Lykanthea is Lakshmi Ramgopal, an electronic musician from Chicago, IL. Her haunting voice and gauzy drones explore kinship, community, loss, and identity in shows that integrate performance art, synths, the sruti box, and processed vocals that draw on Carnatic improvisational traditions. Her debut EP Migration released in 2014 to praise from Noisey, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, and Public Radio International’s The World, and was followed by a European tour and appearances at Leipzig, Germany’s Wave Gotik Treffen, NYU’s Occult Humanities Conference, and Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Her recent work includes the sound installation Maalai, which explores the role of family archives and the preservation of cultural memory, and an upcoming installation for Chicago’s Lincoln Park Conservatory. She will be performing with violinist Lucy Little at Open Engagement.


Kombrewcha was created to provide people with an option to drink socially without having to compromise taste, experience, or the pursuit of a well-balanced life. Born and brewed in Brooklyn, New York, our hard kombucha (3.2% ABV) is a fizzy fermented tea with naturally occurring alcohol. Low in sugar and calories, our light and refreshing gluten-free brew is the perfect alternative to beer, wine, or cider- hold the hangover.

P.C.D. [Post Carnival Depression]


What is P.C.D.?

P.C.D. is short for Post Carnival Depression – a phenomenon that usually afflicts Trinidad & Tobago Carnival participants. Symptoms vary from mild to severe and can occur soon after carnival is over or manifest itself in the weeks and months after Trinidad Carnival. ShorBlu Events, Back2Basics Ent, Live By The Henny & King Leo have the cure! Bringing you some of the hottest artists from Trinidad Carnival 2018 and the best Caribbean Dj’s from NYC and around the world!


Brunch Bounce


Save some space this Thanksgiving Eve; we’re serving up 5 DJs in the main room, featuring RedBull Thre3Style Champion Four Color Zack, and 5 more DJs in our Global Music Room playing some of the best music of different genres from around the world.


12th Annual NY Night Train Haunted Hop


A NYC Halloween tradition since 2006! And a multimedia mutli-room dance party in a sprawling haunted house! With star-studded front room live sets by Shannon and the Clams, Kid Congo Powers (The Cramps, The Gun Club, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) and the Pink Monkey Birds, Ian Svenonius’ solo project Escape-Ism, Nude Party, and a special secret band. Dance to the unique original spooky 45s of DJ Jonathan Toubin and three rooms of DJs including Halloween vinyl specialists like punk legend Howie Pyro and WFMU’s Todd-O-Phonic Todd accompanied by thee Mummy Go Go Dancers! The room full of mirrors featuring a dozen of NYC’s finest local bands dressing and playing as The Adicts, The B-52s, Buddy Holly, The Cramps, Girlschool, The Gun Club, The Seeds, Wire, and more! Rooms of live wall to wall 16mm film visuals by legends like Spencer Bewley and Gary Balaban! $100 Midnight costume contest! The horror diner serving creepy delicacies ‘til late! An entire room where Midnight Monster Hop presents their Phantom Creep Theatre on original 8mm film and vinyl! NYC’s best Halloween Party has outdone itself yet again!


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