TONIGHT: ELECTRIC BALLROOM Dance Party 9pm, NO COVER @ Glass Haus; Opening Bout for Derby Dames on Downtown Mall

April 19th, 2014 · 10 Comments · By

Roller derby is an amazing event/sport to watch and Charlottesville’s Derby Dames are for real. They practice! And do drills and stuff! This ain’t no Ellen Page nonsense, this is some good-time, solid derbying. It’s a doubleheader–the first match starts in a few minutes at 3pm–so definitely worth the $12 for two matches. It’s $12 in advance, $15 at the door at the Main Street Arena (the ice rink) downtown. The bouts start at 4pm and 7pm, against Mid-Atlantic Roller Derby Maehym and Dominion Derby Girls, respectively. More info on the event snipped from DD website:

Come support your local roller derby team, the Charlottesville Derby Dames at the first home bout of the season at Main Street Arena on the historic Downtown Mall!

Doors open at 3pm! Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Kids are discounted at the door. Advance tickets are available atBlue Moon Diner and from your favorite derby girl!

The Charlottesville Derby Dames: Belmont Bruisers will be skating against Mid Atlantic Roller Derby – Maehym at 4pm! The Charlottesville Derby Dames: All Stars will be skating against the Dominion Derby Girls at 7pm!

Online tickets available here:

All raffle proceeds will benefit Dark Skies Bright Kids!

For a quick tutorial on roller derby, read this, for a longer one, watch Whip It (v. informative, great food fight scene as well)

Next up! Ethan Lipscomb, AKA DJ Elipss is HOSTING (not DJing) an event called ELECTRIC BALLROOM tonight at the Glass Haus space (formerly X Lounge). It’s an event he’s planned from the ground up with Francois (owner of Glass Haus), and he’s brought in DJ Addam Bombb to spin all night. I know very little about the DJ scene, but Ethan certainly does (he was known to spin regularly as a 15 year old at The DAWNING (RIP)). He assures me Addam Bombb is tha..topps…Should be totally different from any other event similarly billed in Charlottesville. There’s no cover, is 21+, starts at 9pm and goes until….????? (okay, okay: 2am). More info here. I know the X Lounge frequently was a place for rather creepy dance parties, but Ethan is working hard to make sure this is way more fun, way less self-serious and all around good time.


(Also, the Zombies are playing at the Paramount! They played at Plan 9 today for Record Store Day, which I found awfully curious considering Sidetracks and Melody Supreme are far better record stores than Plan 9…oh well!)

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  • 1 ghostfacekillawhale // Apr 21, 2014 at 11:35 am

    Actually, The Zombies were playing at THE JEFFERSON on Saturday, not the Paramount. And if you thought for a second that The Zombies were going to be able to fit themselves and their gear and their 100+ fans into either Melody Supreme or Sidetracks on Saturday afternoon then I don’t know what to tell you. It’s not about which store is the better record store, but logistics.

  • 2 coogan // Apr 21, 2014 at 11:42 am

    you are quite the astute reader and commenter, mr. ghostface. care to reveal yourself? you can also e-mail us if you want to maintain your anonymity.

  • 3 coogan // Apr 21, 2014 at 9:24 pm

    using a proxy server but familiar with logistics of concert venues…

  • 4 scarr // Apr 21, 2014 at 10:38 pm


  • 5 coogan // Apr 22, 2014 at 8:46 am

    what scarr said

  • 6 Davis // Apr 22, 2014 at 1:54 pm

    Not into hashing out who is a troll and who isn’t, but I think that the comment about fitting people into a store is fairly benign and doesn’t take much “insider knowledge” to think about. My guess is that Plan 9 has by far the most space and industry connections and thus ends up with this kind of event, quality doesn’t have anything to do with it at all. Has Melody Supreme or Sidetracks hosted many of these types of things in the past? I know that local and smaller bands have done Sidetracks, but I didn’t think that there were generally any types of in-stores happening at either for bigger bands. I mean, I am all for cheering on whatever record store you want, and certainly this town is lucky to have the ones it does, but seems like a cheap shot at Plan 9 for no real reason. Once upon a time Plan 9 employed someone from every band in town I liked, as well as tons of friends of mine over the years. Times change, but overall if you wanted to get a Zombies record in town back in the day, Plan 9 was a good place to start. Not looking to stir the pot too much here, but the curiosity on my part is why the Zombies playing at Plan 9 is strange at all.

  • 7 Davis // Apr 22, 2014 at 2:07 pm

    Also want to state: I like the uptick in activity here, and some of the conversations it has led to. Online discourse is tricky at best, and this site has suffered both the pluses and minuses, but I am glad some folks are finding a forum here. Just want to throw my hat in the ring on the side of keeping it cordial and high-minded, and I just found the dig at Plan 9 a little weird, but also really not that big a deal. Strong opinions are much better than attempts to make everyone happy, so really just throwing my 2 cents in.

  • 8 coogan // Apr 22, 2014 at 8:42 pm

    i appreciate you weighing in davis. someone whose opinion i value brought up the decision to have the zombies play plan 9 as unusual, and i agreed. i wanted to put it out there.

    as nailgun is becoming one of the few places in charlottesville willing to entertain a critical notion of our lives here, i agree there is a downside, but i also feel to provide that space (or at least let people know such notions exist) is, like you said, good.

  • 9 Davis // Apr 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    Oh I think the downside is minimal right now, barring a real influx of commenters just looking to be jerks/blowhards/antagonists. The good seems to be outweighing the bad by some margin.

    So yeah, I am all for strong opinions and more conversations, just found this one a bit odd. Perhaps I just don’t understand fully what is curious/unusual about the situation, beyond the idea of “Record Store Day” being specifically about records-as-vinyl-objects, and thus Melody Supreme being a far superior carrier of that torch (and thus place to have a RSD-related in-store)? Cause sure, that is an easy idea to imagine, but I think it is maybe giving too much credit to RSD as an event worth championing beyond its basic premise of “hey go to your local record stores”. We can all get behind that idea, but RSD itself is kind of a mess of an idea and has led to plenty of ridiculous record-label and collector behavior, so if that is part of the equation (i.e., RSD should be celebrated at full-on vinyl stores exclusively) as to what is unusual I don’t get it, but not a big deal.

  • 10 coogan // Apr 23, 2014 at 2:46 pm