Life on Long Island
Pines Party returns with Chus + Ceballos in the mix
It’s no challenge to find lengthy DJ-driven bashes regularly going down around LI’s nightlife circuit -- but even the longest of get-togethers tend to wrap after six or seven hours -- unlike the Pines Party, an annual soiree that lasts almost two full days.
Returning to Fire Island Pines for its 2014 edition, the Pines Party is actually a fundraiser at its core, with net proceeds to benefit nonprofit organizations The Stonewall Community Foundation and FIPPOA Charitable Foundation (with both groups to then stated to further grant the donations to several causes; check pinesparty.com/beneficiaries for the full list). However, altruistic efforts aside, this event promises to be a massive dance-worthy doing, taking place in several locations across the Fire Island community and presenting a number of DJs.
It opens with a sunset VIP reception on Friday, July 25 -- but the weekend’s livelier moments are likely to be found on Saturday, July 26, starting with the “Blue Lagoon Pool Party” (135 Beach Hill Walk) from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., led by DJ Matty Glitterati and master of ceremonies Porsche ($60 in advance, $70 at the door; includes an open bar) -- which will then be followed by the main Pines Party. Happening on the hamlet’s shoreline, the highlight of the celebration will be a session from celebrity DJs Chus + Ceballos. Both mixers and producers, Chus (Chus L. Esteban) and Ceballos (Pablo Ceballos) are based in Spain, but regularly play to arena-sized crowds around the globe -- and with their unique manner of blending genres (ranging from techno to deep house), the two have a tendency to create uplifting, energetic shows. Along with a set from DJ Morabito, this portion of the overall gathering starts at 10 p.m., also includes an open bar, and is scheduled to roll until sunrise ($150 in advance or $200 otherwise; the theme is “South Pacific,” so be sure to dress like a sailor, something Navy-inspired or perhaps don some tropical duds).
However, once the beach bash comes to its end at dawn, those still looking to cut loose can head over to “The Morning Party” at The Pavillion (37 Fire Island Blvd.) from 6 to 10 a.m. (with DJ Abel; $25 at the door), and then -- after a short break -- get in some final fun at the “Bali Hai” closing party (58 Bay Walk), featuring DJ Serving Ovahness from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. ($50 in advance, $60 at the door; open bar included).
In addition to most events featuring an advance purchase option, there are also ticket packages (a $225 three-event pass and a $500 all-event pass); to buy online or for more information, visit pinesparty.com.