During a secret warehouse gathering in the Fall of 2011 generations of house heads, musicians, and dancers founded what is now known as the Open House Conspiracy (OHC). Heavily rooted in a history of house culture and fused with new blood poised to carry these traditions forward into the future, our events capture a true timelessness. As we like to say, programming that spans across genres for a cross generational dance floor.
In the past, OHC events have extended beyond just the party atmosphere, digging deep into the core of a multi-cultural community to offer much more. This trait takes many forms whether it be through the musical talent we showcase or through the social issues we highlight by raising funds for various non-profits, such as the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida, the GMHC, or United for Care. We also provide editorial through our website which includes interviews, event recaps, opinion pieces, and whatever else helps provide insight into who we are, what we do, and the greater music culture we are a part of.
On the performance side, events often involve “vinyl-only” DJs playing right alongside other DJs using the latest digital technologies and both working in unique musical fusions with talented musicians such as world-class jazz trumpeter and educator Longineu Parsons and many others. This duality has also shown itself in bookings, ranging from Vanguard Sound label owner Chris Mitchell or NDATL stalwart Kai Alcé pulling from their record bags to Afrofuturist contemporary King Britt manipulating his Maschine and Ableton Live set up. Making every effort to set the stage for our special guests, our events always feature pitch perfect warm up sets by our residents, from the veterans Brad Ashwell and Rapscallion to promising young talent like Austen van der Bleek and Nick McCoy.
The collective has also focused events on the roots of modern dance music by featuring Afro-Carribbean dance and drum ensembles in North Florida. In addition, we’ve worked with dance educators like our very own Ansley “Jukeboxx” Jones to host workshops bringing in world-renowned house dancer and choreographer Brian “Footwork” Green. Collaborations have also included talented visual artists from the local community like sculptor Steven Torres who set up live ’70s style liquid light shows at multiple warehouse gatherings.
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