Already a hot zone for Sacramento arts, culture and—let’s face it—raging parties, the corner of 20th and K in Midtown is about to get a lot doper on Saturday, March 23 when Faces Nightclub (2000 K St.) gets taken over by PULSE, a new multimedia arts event that brings together up-and-coming fashion designers with DJs, flow artists, circus performers and live instrumentalists. Or, as event organizers Woot2 (Woot Squared) put it, “Things that get your pulse going.”
The passion project of local creative couple Cristina Canty and Jacob Gleason, Woot2 has been throwing parties at Faces for a while now, including DUSK on the last Sunday of the month with resident DJ Freddy Silva and rotating guests, as well as Funday Frolic on select Sundays with resident DJs Pumatron and Amy Roze. PULSE will be their biggest endeavor yet by far, with more than a dozen DJs, a full live band, a roaming fashion show, live art, food, drinks, local vendors and more, all spread throughout two interior rooms and an outdoor poolside setting.
“I love curating environments that encourage ‘wootastical’ moments,” Canty tells Submerge. “I am a big fan of the counter cultures: underground music scenes, Burning Man and the fetish world. I wanted to produce an event that highlighted certain aspects of those communities, with a special focus on the ‘boss babes’ of the scene.”
She goes on to say, “Jake and I make a great event duo. Being an artist and musician himself, he understands the logistics it takes to pull this off. I couldn’t have asked for a better copilot throughout this journey.”
Just some of the many unique collaborations and highlights to look forward to at PULSE will be a set by Jenny Shu, aka DJ ShOOey, a prominent member of the San Francisco-based music collective Space Cowboys who will be joined by dancers Deaja Girl on Fire and Lilah Pinchera; plus DJ Ashley Ames of Opulent Temple, a leading not-for-profit electronic music stage production also emerging from Burning Man and based in San Francisco, who will be joined by event co-organizer Jacob Gleason on live saxophone; plus aforementioned DJ Freddy Silva, who will be joined by violinist Damian Sol; and an evening poolside set by local five-piece band who play “soul with a twist,” The Midnight Dip. Plus, look for contortionist Jeliza Rose, aerialist Jenna Silkington, flow artists like Christina Orozco and Jillian Hall, and live painting from The Art of Chy, live digital art from Amaizink Art … You get the point, there will be a lot of cool shit going on at PULSE. It’ll be a feast for the senses.
“PULSE is all about the love of art and music,” confirms Gleason. “Cristina and I share this passion and that’s why Woot2 was born. We just want to celebrate the unique gifts of the individuals performing and put on a great show.”
Tickets for PULSE are on sale now for just $25 in advance through Wootsquared.com or Eventbrite.com. The price jumps to $50 at the door, so you’re encouraged to purchase ahead of time. The event is 21-plus and will run all day, from 1–10:30 p.m. Check out the schedule and full line-up on Woot2’s website or Facebook.com/WootSquared.
**This piece first appeared in print on page 6 of issue #287 (March 13 – 27, 2019)**