Orlando’s Ritual: A Cool Night of 80s New Wave, Goth and Industrial Music

Ritual Thursdays

Yea, I know this video pic is blurry.  I needed a visual for the blog.

For the past few Thursdays, I’ve been attending Ritual at Orlando’s Vinyl Arts Bar. Every Thursday night, along with a guest DJ, Will Roc plays 80s new wave, goth, industrial and indie music. As I know some of the music, this really isn’t my scene. Lately, I’ve been hanging around house music events. Still, Will Roc has always been one of my favorite DJs.

When I first started attending Ritual, only a few folks showed. Yet, the night is slowly building.

Last Thursday, I saw folks wearing ninja masks, furry animal costumes and goth clothing. I’m behind times. I’m used to seeing Mohawks and black clothing. The costumes and masks threw me off.

Patrons were ages twenty-something to forty-something. A few folks might have been older.

Some patrons I recognized from 80s new wave/punk nights at Independent Bar. Sometimes, I run into friends I know from Wally’s and the now-closed Peacock Room.

Looking at the costumes and masks, I wanted to bring out my DSLR camera. Yet, I had something else on my mind. So, as I sat at the bar and listened to the good music, I uploaded female nightclub pics on my phone to Instagram. (My friend Christa caught me uploading a booty pic.) With the owner’s permission, I might take photos one night.

Vinyl Arts Bar is located on 75 E. Colonial Drive. A tattoo spot is beside it.

Even if this isn’t your scene, I recommend attending Ritual, anyway.

About Patrick Scott Barnes

Most of Central Florida knows Stone Crazy (Patrick Scott Barnes) as a poet. Yet, he also photographs, DJ and blogs. The rest of the time, he's guzzling booze in a Central Florida bar.
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