Burn LA’s event ‘Family Affair’ brought the house down with high energy music, live blacklight art, indoor fire and aerial performances. This was their first event of the new year held on Jan. 11 at the Mission Control warehouse located at Marina Del Rey.
Mission Control can be an extremely difficult place to find if you have not been there previously.
The back of the building can be seen from the main street (Jefferson Ave) but is somewhat hidden amongst a line of other industrial warehouses used for more contemporary reasons during the day. The entrance itself is located about a quarter mile down an alley way located just south of Jefferson.
The line to get into Mission cannot be seen from the alley making it even more incognito. As I approached the warehouse entrance I could hear and feel the vibration of the bass in the air.
The venues main entrance leads directly to an outside patio before entering the actual warehouse. There is a fire pit, performance stage, and an upstairs balcony for viewing as well as a second fire pit.
The overall aesthetic of the outside area is almost Hawaiian with tiki torches spread around in various corners for lighting. Futons, couches, and chairs surround the fire pit and stage making it comfortably cozy.
Los Angeles based artist Arturo Nevarez, the ‘Black Light King’, featured his unique style of painting using ultraviolet light and an unconventional color palette that redefines the meaning of live painting.
Inside the warehouse has a huge disco ball hanging from the ceiling.It lit up the whole room.
A half circle bar lined with colorful lights sits at the opposite end of the dance floor and fire performance stage.
In one corner of the room, flying high above the dance floor was a giant model of a UFO beaming down color-changing light onto the dance floor, making it look as if it was abducting the ongoing crowd.
The DJ booth was a lifeguard tower with stenciled patterns of art inside and out covering it entirely. Inside it also had side booths serving coconut milk and free massages.
The nights musical festivities featured local and resident DJs from the surrounding Culver City area including Hyjnx, David Hood, and Electric Dandelion.
The sounds produced throughout the night ranged from a mixture of electronic genres from glitch-hop, down-tempo to break-beat and everything in between.
My friends and fellow fire spinners finally put the stages to use just after midnight, mesmerizing the crowds both inside and out with fire dancing of all kinds til the early morning.
Rings on a jungle gym hung from the ceiling of the warehouse just above the dance floor. At one point in the night, the dance floor split in half as individuals swung to and fro from one end of the warehouse to the other like orangutans.
Burn LA and Mission Control will also be hosting another event on Jan. 25.