This past Friday, Nashville’s Brooklyn bowl played host to one of the craziest annual parties in the city, Space Prom. What began as an idea in the mind of one of Nashville’s most creative and musical minds, Nordista Freeze, the event has evolved into one of the wildest and largest events around. I walked into the venue and the entire aesthetic lived up to its name, it felt like a prom in space. Concert goers dressed in their best “space wear”, colorful and sparkling outfits that resemble something from another planet.
It was amazing to see how committed the fans were to fully participating in such a unique musical event.
The lights went down and a message from the President of the United states was projected on a screen at the back of the stage. The fans behind me were so loud it was hard to completely make out the message but the overall idea was the earth had to send the greatest rock band in the land “The Freeze” to negotiate with a race of robotic aliens bent on destroying the planet. To do this they had to win them over through the power of song. Obviously it wasn’t really Joe Biden and the fans were meant to be the robot aliens but the lengths Nordista Freeze and his crew of creatives went to fully immerse everyone was unlike anything I have ever seen. Nordista and his band took the stage wearing silver space suits. The crowd absolutely exploded in excitement, the first few notes of the Rush classic “Spirit of Radio” began to play and I could feel goosebumps appear on my arms. This show featured some of the brightest stars in the Nashville music scene covering some of the greatest songs in history. Some of my favorite moments came when Stephen Sanchez and Nordista performed an amazing cover of the Queen/Bowie classic “Under Pressure”. Stephen really got into character as Freddie Mercury, warming the crowd up with the famous Live Aid Operatic Warm up. Other notable guest appearances included Patton Magee (The Nude Party), Jenny Kravitz, Abigail Osborne, CHLSY, Allison Young (Postmodern Jukebox) and Hotel Fiction. I honestly lost count of how many talented musicians contributed to the show but one moment of hilarity sticks out in my mind. Nordista announces the arrival of a very special guest, the band begins to play “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey and suddenly the name Kacey Muscraves flashes on the screen. The music suddenly changes as Oliver Pierce from Jive Talk walks out with his hair in pigtails and “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley begins blasting from the speakers.
That’s right…they “rickrolled” the crowd! It was amazing!
After another message from the “president” the band returned to the stage, this time dressed as robots. They kicked the second half of the night off with a Kraftwerk and steamrolled through a series of songs leading up to an awesome rendition of “Master of Puppets” by Nordista. As the evening came to a close, balloons fell from the sky, Bohemian Rhapsody rang out and hugs were given all around. It was a bittersweet conclusion to an unbelievable evening of music and fun. Nordista Freeze continues to prove why he is at the forefront of creative live show experiences in the music city. I, for one, cannot wait until space prom six!