line in twenty-five degree weather on a Thursday
night in December was well worth the resulting
numbing fingers once I descended down a steep
flight of stairs into the warm, cozy cave of
Love. Rich Medina and Q-tip spun drum-heavy,
afro-beat and old school funk and hip-hop for
the monthly Party Favors party at LOVE on December
6th in the Village.
Erika Badu and Q Tip
The layout and architecture of the venue defined
the theme of love. The psychedelic, fluorescent
pictures on the walls made for a colorful, bright
atmosphere while the fluffy, “trippy”,
monster-like pillows and furniture were perfect
for cuddling (or for those enjoying substance
enhanced comfort). The main bar area was surrounded
by walls shaped like a cave, which created a
creepy-but-cozy feel - reminiscent of a rollercoaster
ride at Disneyland.
The scene of the club at this underground-railroad-of-musical-fun
was a multi-cultural, urban and hip vibe. The
deejays created a fresh and exhilarating night.
The club was packed with smiling faces, getting
down on the dance floor. And who could blame
them? How often do you get to see one of the
most famous hip hop emcees (Q-Tip) spinning
old school beats and then pouring shots of Patron
into the mouths of thirsty party-goers in the
crowd? To top it all off, Erika Badu made a
guest appearance to promote her new album during
the wee hours of the night. This is why New
York is so cool.