Black Fridays Turns 3 With These Most Memorable Moments

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Photo by Ian Witlen
Celebrate three years of goth at Black Fridays' anniversary bash.

Since its inception in 2011, Black Fridays has been the go-to bash for the "dark electronic and classic new wave"-lovin' crowd.

And in the past three years, the popular party has seen it all -- from suspension acts to zombie walks to cosplay nights. It even outlasted multiple moves, from its home in the 954 at Green Room to the 305's Vagabond and back to its original spot in Fort Laudy's revamped spot, now known as Stache.

Tonight, Black Fridays will be celebrating its anniversary at Revolution Live along with Astari Nite. The band also premieres its "I.O. 1987" music video.

But before you black-wearing masses crowd the Fort Lauderdale venue, here are some of Black Fridays' most memorable moments according to the man who started it all, Mike Linder, AKA DJ Lindersmash.

See also: Black Fridays Return to Fort Lauderdale: "It Feels Like Home"

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Black Fridays Return to Fort Lauderdale: "It Feels Like Home"

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Ian Witlen

Sure everyone's bummed about the closing of venerable downtown Miami indie haunt Vagabond, but this bad news comes with a bit of a silver lining for those of us north of the Golden Glades Interchange. Popular darkwave night Black Fridays will be making a move back to the Fort Lauderdale place of its inception.

Event organizer Mike Linder (aka DJ Lindersmash, New Times Reader's Choice DJ of the Year in 2012 and 2013) relocated the Gothic-leaning shindig down to Miami about a year ago, leaving Fort Lauderdale black-wearing masses without a place to rub elbows on Friday nights. Don't worry Mike, we ain't mad at you. Fort Lauderdale is ready to welcome you back with open arms.

See also: Black Fridays Move to Miami; "Couldn't Find the Right Fit" in Fort Lauderdale


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Black Fridays Move to Miami; "Couldn't Find the Right Fit" in Fort Lauderdale

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Ian Witlen

For a little over a year, Mike Linder filled Green Room with dark dance tunes and a crowd that loves the nighttime with Black Fridays. The weekly Fort Lauderdale party featured everything from suspension piercing and girls using power tools on their crotches, to folks dressed up like dead celebs and comic book characters. But after the news came that Green Room is shifting to become Stache, Linder announced that Black Fridays are moving from Green Room to Vagabond in Miami.

The split was amicable though. Linder says, "I actually had a really good experience there. I have no ill will toward them." But after some miscommunication, it became clear he would start looking for another venue. He found Black Fridays' new home very far from his own Boca home, in Miami.

See also: Green Room Is Now Called Stache, Offers a "Better Experience for Everybody"

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Fetish Factory to Charter Party Bus for "Back to School" if Enough People RSVP

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Slate recently reported Miami has the worst drivers in the country, and kinky party stalwart Fetish Factory cares too much about its faithful merrymakers to put them at the frontlines of such highway hell.

After a last-minute location change last week from Fort Lauderdale's Exit 66 to Grand Central in Miami for its annual "Back to School" party, the Factory announced it would charter a bus for both the safety and fun of its participants.

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Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes - Hard Rock Live, Hollywood - March 7

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Better than: Just about anything else to come from the shores of Jersey in the past 30 years, particularly the past five.  

There is an indelible timelessness to Southside Johnny's music that is right up there with summertime on the beach, vintage American steel, and young love. 

Perhaps that was a little on the Hallmark side for us, but the sentiment remains. The fact of the matter is that there is a realness to the soul-smothered rock 'n' roll music that Southside and his Asbury Jukes make that simply cannot be replicated or synthesized. 

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Tire Kingdom Rounds Up Country's Biggest Stars and Sells MegaTicket to See Them All

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Sayre Berman
Actual country music, and also what the powers-that-be have named the twang-affected psuedo-rock or fiddle-touched pop music that drips out of Nashville's never-ceasing production lines each year, holds the largest fan-base in music these days. Modern country artists sell records, they sell massive amounts of tickets, and they're a hot commodity. 

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Way too hot to be assembled for something like a cruise -- the current popular vessel for consuming mass quantities of live music. All of these artists have way too much money to make on their own tours, and for fuck's sake, this ain't "the redneck yacht club." Not to mention how just plain wrong it would be to play such distinctly American sounds in international waters. 
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Adam Ant, an Enduring Cultural Icon, Performs at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek

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Ah, the 1980! For some, a vacuous, Quaalude-devastated memory of a decade, and for others (mainly fashionistas, hipsters, and some born in the 90s) an epoch of unrestrained cocaine myth glamour, when American Psycho excess ruled the waves and coated everything with a thin dusting of "nostalgia."

Give us a fucking break.

Very few relics from that era endured to the present based solely on real cultural impact and actual merit. But we're only looking at the musical angle of things so we'll skip any uncomfortable John Hughes' references. Adam Ant certainly imploded toward the back end of the decade, but he never truly vanished from our general consciousness.

And it wasn't because of his old-timey cavalry gear and dayglo face paint.

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Five Excellent Gamer Costume Ideas for Black Friday Arcade Night

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Sure, scoring monster points on Call of Duty or Battlefield takes the skills of a boss. A gamer boss just like you. We know you're a shot-caller, a real top dawg. But what if there were a legit reason to put on some pants and go out and party with like-minded gamers? Green Room's Black Friday Arcade bash might just be the gathering appropriate for you.

The nightclub will roll out its big screen to host a series of videogame tournaments hosted by Play 'N Trade. We're talking serious tournaments, boasting Marvel-versus-Capcom. For those not into competitive gaming but who love to play anyway, there will be classic Nintendo consoles set up throughout the club. To add to the fun, everyone's invited to put on videogame-inspired gear and compete for the big win.

Not sure what to wear? Here're a few ideas to get your joystick, ahem, poppin'.

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Top Five Goth Types at Green Room's Black Friday One-Year Anniversary

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Ian Witlen
Slideshow of Black Friday's One-Year Anniversary

Green Room celebrated the one-year anniversary of its vampire-friendly weekly party Black Friday on, well, Friday night. All of the fabulous freaks and fetishistic fashionistas of goth came out to show their support and show off their niche looks.

DJs spun industrial, new wave, alt, and electronic mixes; burlesque performers Val Vampyre, Jezebel Red, and Lisa Ann showed their curves; and people postured for the camera. We captured five goth-types repping at Black Friday. Get ready for some drama, darkness, and stereotyping.

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Gothic Corner: Black Friday Celebrates One-Year Anniversary at Green Room

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Fort Lauderdale is best-known for its swimmable beaches, year-round sunshine, and a spring break that's well-attended by douchebags. But over the past year, Black Friday has attempted to add a much darker element to that list. 

The weekly goth party brings the vamps, freaks, fetishists, and buxom beauties of burlesque to the Green Room. Regularly, Black Friday features morbid but fun nights. They've asked attendees to dress up as their favorite dead celebs, had masquerade parties, hosted a NIN tribute evening with Lavola, and even gotten some people tattooed on Friday the 13th (check out photos from that night here).

Resident Back Friday DJ Mike Lindersmash admits, "We're only the front door to the underground." This may be true, but it's definitely a pretty big, black, and sort of creepy portal to another vinyl-clad universe. With tonight's one-year anniversary party just hours away, Lindersmash took us on a trip down a cobweb-filled memory lane with Black Friday's most memorable moments. 

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