Five DJs, one venue, loads of fun. Open Source, a live streamed dance party, just might be this generation’s Soul Train.

The worst, factual allegation against Houston crowds is that we act like we’re “too cool.” Whether it be turning up, singing along, dancing, or whatever other crowd participation in which we are supposed to engage, we’re not very compliant. Thus, when I heard about Open Source, an event hosted by OG STEVE ENT that is supposed to be a giant dance party, I was intrigued, yet nervous.

Here’s some Open Source background info: Open Source aims to “diversify the nightlife in Houston by providing hand-selected DJs to keep the crowd moving and mingling.” The organizers boast of “forward-thinking music for forward-thinking listeners” and promise that it will not be your “typical night out in Houston.”

As a dancer, I was ready to dance all night, no matter what everyone else was doing. Donned in a crop top and Chachimommas (because I was ready to burst all the movements), I got to White Oak Music Hall extra early Saturday night (because cheap) and entered the vibiest of atmospheres: plants and trees lined the walls to help provide an outdoor feeling; the lights were your typical club lighting, but there was a super dope motion sensor that displayed silhouettes of revelers on the walls as people walked around. There were also cameras set up around the room as Open Source live streams its parties via Facebook Live, Ustream, or both. White Oak Music Hall, in and of itself, is a fantastic venue because of its rooftop chill spot that features a gorgeous view of the Houston skyline. The pièce de résistance? The stage had been turned into another dance floor, complete with a water dispenser! If Open Source gets no credit for anything else, that water dispenser takes the cake. Not only did the dispenser silently reiterate the idea that the party planners really wanted people to dance and get sweaty all night, it was Ozarka! Spring water, fam! We had boujee water! I was shooketh.

I posted up in front of the DJ booth and pretended to know the trappity hippity hop. I have to admit, I was doing the weird sway/head bob combo I talk about people for doing when they could just let loose and dance. However, by the time DJ 9th Sage took over, my sway turned into a slay. Houston lost 9th Sage to San Diego for a minute, but Saturday night was a clear reminder of why we’re glad he’s back. I say it all the time: anyone can play songs, but it takes a DJ to mix. 9th Sage mixed a lot of our popular hip hop songs with house beats, and my cute little sway took a backseat to footwork and full out 5-6-7-8ing.

9th Sage performing his set at Open Source. Photo: @mikeyavila.

9th Sage performing his set at Open Source. Photo: @mikeyavila.

From that point on, the rest of the night was a fun, sweaty blur. I looked up from my footwork haze and 3/4 of the audience was in motion. Of course, there was the “too cool” 1/4 of the room that lined that back (and eventually got into a fight *eyeroll*), but most everyone was turned up in one way or another, either jumping, dancing, or rapping as if they were gonna get discovered.

The rest of the DJs who took turns spinning and adding to the lituation were The Wlderness, Hiram, Charles Mxxn, Og Steve, and Last1st. The party was free for early arrivers who had RSVP’d and only $7 at the door. This was the second such event in Houston, and if you missed out on the first two, be sure to follow any of the DJs listed above on social media or follow Open Source at @opensourcee on Twitter and at @opensource.vol.

I personally cannot wait for the next function. Until then, I’m practicing my moves so, if my prediction is correct and Open Source becomes our generation’s Soul Train, I can be our Rosie.

Rosie Perez on Soul Train

Play any song in the background. Rosie Perez will be on beat.

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