Club Candids: Thriller Costume Ball at Monsterland
Mohawked mixmaster DJ Con rained down party rock remixes and club bangers from Monsterland's second floor elevated stage while a trio of sensual sirens from Burlescapades shook their moneymakers and a live drummer accompanied the beats by beating the skins furiously.
Then came the stroke of midnight, when DJ Con dropped the titular track of the evening (a.k.a. Michael Jackson's "Thriller") and both the go-go dancers and seemingly everyone else in the place started mimicking the shuffling, stumbling, and strutting from the landmark music video for the chart-topping song.
While Saturday night's party was the last chance to do the "Thriller" dance at Monsterland for the foreseeable future, it might not necessarily be the final time you can catch goths and geeks busting out with zombie moves at the nightclub. That's because there's a silver lining to the dark cloud of Monsterland's closure: Two separate efforts have been undertaken to help the establishment pull a Lazarus and rise from the grave.
As our sister blog Chow Bella reported last week, Holmes and other Monsterland employees have launched a crowdfunding project via Indiegogo in an attempt to raise $300,000 by early March to buy the joint from Wynn. Thus far, they've only raised around $400, which is an infinitesimally small fraction of their goal and only have 38 days left to go.
Its also been reported and rumored that local über-geek Marco Regalado, owner of Tempe's Pop Culture Paradise, may wind up buying the place. According to scuttlebutt, the 38-year-old -- who was in attendance at Saturday's party - is currently in talks with Wynn about possibly taking over Monsterland and becoming its new lord and master.
Keep your fingers crossed goths and geeks. In the meantime, check out all our hot shots from the party via this week's Club Candids slideshow.