Back in the early days of raves in New York City, parties popped up at a variety of unexpected locations, from fast-food restaurants to the subway. Promotion company Yayfriends is recapturing that spirit—this time with permission—via a November 18 silent rave on the Las Vegas Monorail. For Sound Check 2, the party returns to the tracks for an all-ages mobile event headlined by Donald Glaude.
“It’s the second silent rave we’ve thrown on the monorail, and it’s based around partying with a purpose,” says Johnny Moscow, Yayfriends’ founder and president. “Half the profits will go to the National Association for the Deaf. Our goal is to restore music to people who can’t hear it anymore. We’re just going to throw a party like anybody normally would, but we want to make sure something good comes out of it.”
The fun will take place on the No. 1 train wrapped with Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority branding; two of the four monorail cars will have DJs spinning, but attendees will have access to all four cars, and the silent rave headphones will tune into house or bass music no matter where you are. To obtain headphones, you’ll temporarily trade your ID and a $10 minimum donation before boarding (you’ll also get a wristband in case you need to disembark for a pit stop). You’ll also need to purchase a monorail pass, but the local fare ride pass only costs $1.
Taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight, the monorail rave will overlap slightly with a 21-and-up afterparty on the platform at the SLS station from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. for an additional $10 that includes an open bar. Local favorite Madam Filth and the Dancetronauts will headline.
For complete set times and details, head to Facebook and visit the Yayfriends Sound Check 2 Silent Rave on the Monorail event page.
Originally published in Las Vegas Weekly