Photo Credit: Nashira Mencia
House of Pela, one of Central Square’s newest dance parties, brings new meaning to Sunday Funday in Boston. Initially inspired by underground house parties in other cities such as, NYC, Miami, and LA, where it is common to throw such events on Sunday afternoons, the event has a unique start time of 5 pm at Naga. But House of Pela stands out not only because of its scheduling, but because of its exceptional art and music. Capitalizing on the arts-tech culture that’s vital to the Kendal and Central square neighborhoods, House of Pela showcases both local and touring top-notch house music DJs, accompanied by live visuals by Jay Medina. Occasionally, the event also brings in live instruments “which brings a more organic feel to house music,” notes Max Pela, the events creator and resident DJ.
The House of Pela crew was one of the final sets of Together Boston this past Sunday with special guest JoJo Flores- a, Montreal based, internationally touring DJ and producer. With a style that is both tribal and techy, Flores was a good fit for Together’s celebration of music, art and technology.
House of Pela also has a definite creative and cultural flair to it. Their parties often have globally inspired themes such as, Carnival or Dia de Los Muertes. The Carnival party this past February featured diablos cojuelos (or limping devil), which is a main character in Carnival celebrations in many Latin American countries, such as the Dominican Republic — the birth place of Pela, Medina and the event’s third primary team member, Jorge Serra. Decked out in full on costume complete with a mask and colorful, satin costume, the diablos both performed and danced with the audience. The Dia de Los Muertos party also featured a professional makeup artist who created day of the dead inspired face paintings on daring House of Pela attendees.
By offering a community based dance party in the intimate, Manhattan-esque setting that Naga is known for, House of Pela brings a taste of a different city to Boston, while still celebrating the Boston scene. What better way to round out your weekend?
HOUSE OF PELA. NAGA. 450 MASS AVE., CAMBRIDGE. SUNDAYS 5PM-10PM @HOUSEOFPELA