Sam Cheney Journal Contributor
“Hello, my name is Illumina and I have come to fill your mind with extraordinary lights and sounds.”
Close your eyes; imagine a sea of sparkling lights playing over the audience’s heads while DJ’s cranks out great bass line with fellow dance music lovers dancing all around you. Now open your eyes; this is the Illumina, a live sequence of music, light shows, performances, and videos, to create a huge dance party. Additional enhancements include confetti and CO2 cannons and dancers.
Eric Spicuzza and Suffolk graduate student Mike Gesualdi created Illumina for college students, 18 and older. They wanted younger people to get the “night club feel without the alcohol.” They were inspired to create this business based on their experience on tour with their band, The Motivated Sequence.
“We spent a lot of time seeing what bands did wrong and we wanted to create a more interesting live experience,” said Spicuzza, Director of Illumina. And of course they would like to emphasize that it is a good price, only $20. Amen to that.
There are going to be some of the most popular DJs from Boston playing a mix of house music, remixes and electro; Aleka, Glowkids & Fuse, Technick, Danielle Dimond, Early Nineties and Young London are in charge of sounds to keep the floor moving. Acompanying light shows, video sequences and choreographed live performances will keep a steady, visual effect.
“This is like nothing anyone’s ever seen,” said Spicuzza.
These guys seem like they are all about the party, while also taking an extra step to give bsck. Illumina is partnered with Kiva, a non-profit organization designed to get people out of poverty by helping them out with business ventures. Ten percent of the proceeds from each event (as the show books a college tour around the country) are donated to help fund this organization.
“We want to help people who need the help and we know where the money is going,” said Spicuzza.
The Illumina experience will be held this Friday, September 21, at the House of Blues Boston at 7 p.m.