Pulp the Party ending Nov. 2 at Czar in Ybor City
Considering how fast the electronic-music scene has grown in Tampa Bay in the last two years, this news comes as a bit of a shock.
Pulp the Party, the weekly Wednesday-night hipster dance party at Czar in Ybor City, is ending next Wednesday, Nov. 2, according to an open letter posted by its founder, Paul "Pauly Crush" Geller. Pulp's roots are in Orlando, but in 2007 it spread west, taking over Czar on Fridays and later Wednesdays to create one of the coolest, most colorful weekly electronic-music scenes in Ybor City.
Part of the reason Geller is calling it quits stems from the mainstreaming of electronic music around the country, "but especially in Tampa and Orlando," which he admits is due partly to the success of Pulp. But beyond that, Geller writes:
I have nothing new to bring. I haven’t made a new mix in months. And worse, I haven’t put the party in a place where I can leave it for weeks on end and still have people there when I get back. Make no mistake: This is my own shortcoming. I loved the party so much that I didn’t do what needed to be done to sustain it when I needed a break.
The final Pulp the Party will get started at 10 p.m. Wednesday at Czar. Everyone gets in free before midnight, and there will be free drinks and specials throughout the night. As Geller writes: "Come say goodbye, whether you have money or not, whether you have work in the morning or not. We love you Tampa!"
To all the club kids in the audience, we ask: How do you feel about the end of Pulp the Party? Will you miss it, or have you already moved on to Turbo Tuesdays, #, Retro Red Square Recall or some other wild dance night in Tampa Bay?
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*