When most people are calling it a night, the afterhours set is just digging in for underground sounds. And while the harsh light of day bombards you after leaving a dark club, the sunrise is a welcome factor for the new Terrace Afterhours. Las Vegas DJ and producer mainstay Brett Rubin—teaming with Jeff Ermilio, director of marketing at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club—lets us in on what to expect for the new late Saturday/early Sunday party, launching this weekend.
Terrace sunrise sets have a history around the world. Why did you want to bring that experience to Vegas? I just love the vibe when night turns into day, and the sun starts coming up. I think it’s just a really special time when most people are sleeping; the people that are into it can all share a really cool experience together. Over the years of doing my Artisan patio sets and sunrise sets out there and sunrise sets at Burning Man, the hours are a really cool time for me to explore different things musically.
How does a terrace afterhours differ from an indoor afterhours, sound-wise? As the darkness starts to fade and the light starts to appear, the vibe has to change. The music that you’re playing in the dark at 4 a.m. should be a lot harder than the softer sounds that welcome in the sunrise better.
I might play a little heavier during peak hour and go a little bit deeper through sunrise, but once the sun’s up and it’s a day party and the emotion and the beauty of the sunrise has passed and it’s just light out, then you can kind of bring it back out into something a little bit more fun, maybe not quite as banging as what you were playing during peak hours, but not quite as deep as what happens at sunset.
What can we expect at the new Terrace Afterhours? We are open from 1:30 a.m. to roughly 8 a.m. every Saturday night through Sunday morning. … The opening night we’re doing a two-and-a-half-hour open bar, and that’ll be from 1:30 a.m. to 4 a.m. It’ll be free to get in [for locals], however … if they are dropped off in a taxi or Uber they will have to pay a small cover to offset the payouts. So it is definitely recommended to either use our in-house limo service to get picked up for free anywhere around the city, or to drive.
Terrace Afterhours with Brett Rubin, Spacebyrdz, Gabriel Blu & more, Hustler, March 19.
Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly.