BarnYard Boogie 14 made us feel like…“I wanna dance, I wanna dance, dance, dance with you. So take a chance…Oh yeah!” Say My Name, Odesza covers it well however Audrey Hepburn said it best, “The best thing to hold on to in life is each other.”
Once a year, ToyMaker Music invites some of the best DJ’s from around the world to perform in a country like setting; at an event they call BarnYard Boogie. This year marked the golden birthday of the 14th annual Barnyard Boogie on 11/14/15.
Every year ToyMaker throws a food drive at the event. This year they gathered over 500lbs of food! They also donate a healthy portion to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society as well. ToyMaker Music in association with InterGroove Fuzion absolutely smashed it again!
At BarnYard Boogie you can always expect nearly every genre of electronic music: ranging from Chill to Hardcore, Breaks to Progressive, Trance to Drum & Bass, House to Hardstyle, Techno to Jungle, Happy HardCore to Gabber, to everything else. We had the pleasure of seeing the Tripp Brothers slay the crowd with some dirty glitch hop and live sax. We also witnessed Alfonz De la mota tearing up the dance floor with his wicked Drum and Bass set. His set had our whole crew raging the whole time.
Also, new this year, on the Main Stage QC Sol Fire performances were featured in addition to extra dope performances surrounding the stage during sets, however the dopeness didn’t stop there. While some raves allow fire poi to be spun outside, BarnYard offered an extraordinary experience with talented fire performances inside with the music going. There was also a safe area outside that allowed fire poi spinning and to the side of the fire poi area they had a projector with an Xbox for gaming and movies as well.
I was very impressed with the set up this year, which was a bit different than last year. The Main Stages, the Stealth Stage, and the Mystery Stage stayed where they were the year prior. However this year they decided to add a Pavilion Stage just outside in one of the smaller barns which shut down at 10pm, and they added a Chill Stage outside in a 40ft x 40ft heated tent which was lined with blowup couches and beds for those who just wanted to take a break and chill. The vibe in that tent was a perfect escape from the craziness of the main rooms.
ToyMaker Music also offered their attendees free food in the tent if they desired a delectable treat. They even offered BarnYard Boogie burritos and tacos in the main room and had two cooks preparing gourmet meals for sale.
The promoters went above and beyond the normal “rave” that most promoters throw. “Devo” is the man behind the event for all these years (since the early 90’s), and while I didn’t get much time to chat with him I did notice that he never stopped working all night and into the wee hours when the sun came up. A good event always ends with a beautiful sunrise. I could not believe all the hard work that he and his team (Bleep, Joel, Lisa, and Amanda) have put into this baby, and still having that hard work ethic all night is something that every team/event should strive for.
Next year, BarnYard Boogie will be taking place on November 12, so be ready to dance your ass off at their anniversary event cause its going to be bigger and better than ever before!
I have to thank Devo for allowing us to have a successful booth and for throwing the best event of the year for 14 years in a row. Look for us next year at Raveo.fm to have an even better booth with more giveaways and more Kandi to trade!