Decentralized Dance

The world's most spontaneous street party returns to Austin

The world's most spontaneous street party returns to Austin

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Courtesy of Tom+Gary's Dynamic Dance Party Delivery Service
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Courtesy of Tom+Gary's Dynamic Dance Party Delivery Service
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Courtesy of Tom+Gary's Dynamic Dance Party Delivery Service
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Do you believe that partying has the power to save the world? Tom and Gary do. They are the founding fathers behind the Decentralized Dance Party (aka the Party Revolution), and are bringing the world's most spontaneous street party back to Austin, this Saturday night, March 16.

The dance party serves as a crazed kick-off for the just-launched Campaign to Save the World. Tom+Gary are ardent supporters of the Open Source Revolution, and Saturday's Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) will incorporate an Open Source theme that brings the concept to partying.

From time immemorial, human beings have gathered at night to sing and dance and celebrate life; to share music and laughter and set their spirits free. But with the rise of modern civilization, all public life became regulated and commodified, the traditions were lost, and the soul of partying faded further and further from memory.

But Tom+Gary have a plan. A plan to restore the soul and ensure that partying is respected, legitimized and forever enshrined as a cultural institution of paramount importance. One which will soon rise to reshape the world.

"My best friend Tom and I invented the DDP three years ago, in our hometown of Vancouver," said Gary. "We loved to party, and thought that invading the streets with thousands of synchronized boomboxes would be the coolest thing ever."

Apparently a lot of other people like to party Tom+Gary style, too. The concept caught on fast, growing from 20 people to 20,000 in just six months. As the phenomenon blew up across Canada, with crowds of thousands showing up for each party, Tom+Gary were struck by how well-behaved the revelers were. There were no fights, no destruction, and no problems with the police.

The Decentralized Dance Party has now struck more than 30 major cities across North America, and the duo are gearing up to deliver it to every country on earth. They are driving nonstop from Vancouver to Texas, providing hundreds of boomboxes and throwing a massive party that "will affirm countless lives."

Saturday's party in Austin is sure to be massive and unique. At a DDP, the participants literally become the music and the audience becomes the show — hand someone a boombox and they are transformed. People build sound systems in shopping carts and baby carriages, construct insane backpack-borne laser light shows, crowd-surf each other up escalators, construct hilarious costumes, and perform epic dance routines for everyone to enjoy. 

The end result is a crazed communal undertaking that everyone contributes to, for the ultimate Open Source Partying. Tom+Gary describe it as a combination of Burning Man and a wedding reception.

Decentralized Dance Party begins March 16 at 8 p.m. The starting location is the "crest of the spiral mountain in Butler Park."