Photo Credit: IMAGING AUSTIN

William A and Francis Prève are set to open the doors of Kingdom Boutique Dance at 103 East 5th Street at 8 pm Friday, September 2 with a free show open to the public. Touted as “Austin’s only true boutique dance club,” with a state of the art DJ Booth designed to give guests the ultimate dance club experience, Kingdom is the brainchild of general manager Garrett Boyd (DJ Remmington Steele). Kingdom brings in DJs from around the globe and on September 2nd Gabriel & Dresden will take the stage. Josh Gabriel and Dave Dresden boast one of the most impressive résumés in contemporary dance music, with over half a dozen #1 Billboard Dance chart hits to their credit, so early arrival is recommended. Some of the dance chart hits to their credit include remixes for Annie Lennox (“Pavement Cracks”), Jewel (“Intuition”), Sarah McLachlan (“Fallen”), and “Me Against The Music” by Britney Spears featuring Madonna. In addition, in 2003 they racked up an international pop hit with “When The Rush Comes” by Motorcycle (their collaborative project with vocalist Jes Brieden).

RSVP to Kingdomdanceparty@gmail.com

Though their rise to the top of their field may seem rapid, in reality Dave Dresden and Josh Gabriel are both longtime dance music veterans. Dresden began his career as one of the best-loved DJs in Connecticut, as well as a successful music journalist, before relocating to Los Angeles in 2000 to serve as the music director for GrooveRadio, and branching out as an A&R scout for clients including U.K. tastemaker Pete Tong. A California native, producer Josh Gabriel was already revered as the inventor of the popular software Mixman when he met Dresden at a rooftop party during the Winter Music Conference in Miami, FL in 2001. The two struck up a conversation, and Gabriel passed Dresden a copy of his latest track. “I went to my room and I listened to it and went, ‘Wow, this is it!'” He immediately hipped Tong to the tune, “Wave 3,” which soon became one of the biggest floor fillers of the year.

MORE ABOUT KINGDOM: General Manager Garrett Boyd brings a culinary degree from Austin’s Le Cordon Bleu program to the creation of their evolving bar menu. The bar at Kingdom uses agave nectar and fresh juices for most drinks and the Coca Cola and Dr. Pepper behind the bar are pure cane sugar instead of corn syrup.To keep things interesting, there is no set menu allowing them the freedom and creativity to conceive new concoctions on a weekly or sometimes daily basis. Drinks will vary depending on seasonal ingredients bought weekly and daily and Boyd is currently in talks to have local produce delivered weekly to keep the revolving drink menu fresh and seasonal. The beer selection is varied but well edited with offerings from $2 Lonestar tall boys to 20 draught beers, with half of them independent Texas breweries. Boyd prefers the beers to be constantly changing to keep a fresh and exciting variety on hand for beer connoisseurs.

From the glowing entryway to the numerous interior finishes, each design decision was engineered to create the optimum appreciation for the music, the environment and the cocktails. Kingdom’s off-street front door, down the side alley, offers a “secret passageway” element and upon entering you are greeted with a back lit tunnel that separates the bar from the dance floor and serves as a popular photo backdrop for guests.Luxury exists in subtle touches, like the Ipe Brazilian wood dance floor, a sustainably harvested hardwood chosen to aide with sound quality, and dancing comfort. The wooden slats that line the ceiling in curving pattern emulate the line of a sound wave and a custom built wall of seating is upholstered with red Naugahyde that continues down one side of the dance floor. Sleek stainless steel tables are positioned in front and table service is available. Over 70 energy efficient LED fixtures were used throughout the space for atmospheric lighting in Kingdom’s entrance tunnel, situated above the elevated bench seating and the effect lighting for the dance-floor. Using these fixtures rather than standard lights uses less power than a household dryer, even with all seventy fixtures running. The lighting system was designed by the general manager and installed with custom fabricated brackets to give a cleaner look than traditional lighting trusses.The ceiling and walls at Kingdom are lined with open-cell foam insulation used as an acoustic treatment to create a sound barrier between the bar and the dance floor. This technique stops any unwanted sound caused by vibrations from the subwoofers. Dancers remain cool on the floor where several 38in. high velocity fans are hidden strategically above the wooden slats in the ceiling, circulating air flow throughout the space continuously and maintaining a cool consistent temperature.

Photo Credit: IMAGING AUSTIN

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