The abso-f!cking-loutely gorgeous Kat Marsh is a Virginia Beach-based artist, model, and DJ who will be premiering, with her fiance Gabe, a brand spanking new dance night for cool people everywhere, with open arms to an alternative crowd. As a project of MC7C, a local grassroots organization hoping to bridge the gap between artists, venues, promoters, and fans in the 757, it is sure to have something for everyone. k@t hooked up with Mildread to tell us a little bit more about the event, happening for this first time this Saturday. (See the flyer below!)

Renée: Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to talk with you. I guess my first question would be, what is the Vital Dance night?


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Just like everything else I "invent", the name Vital was kinda a joke. Gabe and I had just met with the owner Jeff at Chicho's about starting a new Club / Dance Night. We needed a name. We toyed around with other names but we didn't want anything that sounded too harsh or too "cool". I wanted it to be something that would inspire and evoke emotion in Vital was born! For years, Virginia Beach's Oceanfront has been a barren wasteland for locals, where there aren't many club nights or venues there just for them to enjoy. With the lack of free parking and hospitality, many locals have been driving out to Norfolk to enjoy their weekends or just staying home. Things have gotten stagnant at the beach unless you like to venture the "Block" and deal with drunken idiots, police harassment, high priced drinks, and unsafe conditions. I should know, I used to do it. We are continually inspired by the popular Norfolk dance night by our friends named Substance. We wanted to do something with the same spirit and design that would be a haven for locals and to welcome our DJ friends to spin. We are very very fortunate to have been given this opportunity by Jeff and Chicho's and also the chance to provide a place for locals (and their friends / tourists) a safe, clean, FREE, creative, and fun night in their own backyard!

Renée: What kind of music are you going to be spinning?

k@t: I learned to spin in early February 2008 and immersed myself into the task. I found underground music blogs, asked friends for new artists to listen to, dug out old albums and revisited my past, and listened to Last. fm. It was like I was training for a music marathon! (ha!) My playlists will include but will not be limited to: Bitter Sweet, Flobots, Death Cab for Cutie, Postal Service, Goldfrapp, I AM X, Letters to Cleo, Ednaswap, Kylie Minogue, The Smashing Pumpkins, Dido, Vast, The Faint, Gorillaz, Gwen Stefani, VnV Nation, UNKLE, Snake River Conspiracy, Car 44, The Bird and The Bee, Peaches, MIA, Frou Frou, Imogen Heap, Temposhark, Fiona Apple, Fans of Jimmy Century, Joy Division, London Suede, Sneaker Pimps, Madonna, Scissor Sisters, AFI, Placebo, Cyndi Lauper, and so many more that I can't recall right now.

Renée: What kind of people are you hoping will show?

k@t: Quiet honestly, I would love the crowd from our first art show, Joan of Art to come! There was every age group & every background and I wish every event and crowd could be that open. Everyone is welcome. Single moms, parents who want a night out, new to the area, military, freaks, geeks, punks, indies, emo, goth, rockers, metalheads, and loners. That is the best thing about our multi-genre music, it appeals to everyone and everyone is welcome. With having guest DJ's coming it, it will not only expose us to different music but also different people.

Renée: Where is it located?

k@t: If you know where the Brew-Thru was at the Oceanfront, it's where that used to be. Jeff has taken it over, made it back into the original Rock-n-Roll Chicho's type bar. For those who haven't been here long, it's on the corner of Pacific and 29th in Virginia Beach. Google map it. It's easy to find and there's plenty of FREE on-site parking. In fact, there is no cover to get in either.