Music lovers with earbuds in their ears or headphones wrapped around their heads dancing in public like no one is watching is always an entertaining sight to see.

A Silent Disco benefiting the Victoria Symphony and the Victoria Fine Arts Association is giving Crossroads residents an opportunity to let loose in the same way.

The fun will be from 7 to 10:30 p.m. July 12 at Deutsch & Deutsch Jewelers.

Upstairs at the jewelry store, three disc jockeys will spin tunes in competition for the attention of up to 100 guests at one time listening to their music through wireless headphones. The guests will switch back and forth among three channels to find the music they like best. The headphones will shine either red, blue or green depending on the DJ they prefer.

On the way downstairs to shop and enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, the guests will turn in their headphones and vote for their favorite DJ. DJ Russell with KVIC and DJ J.P. representing both Q-92 and KIXS will vie for the trophy with a spinning disco ball. Teri Murray, president of the Victoria Symphony Society, and Kate Garcia, president of the Victoria Fine Arts Association, will select and take requests for music on the third channel but will not compete for the award.

To keep the evening interesting, the music will span many styles, from oldies to current hip-hop, latin, country, pop and rock hits, Murray said.

Deutsch & Deutsch had expressed interest in partnering with local nonprofits on joint functions, Murray said. So she came up with the idea for the fundraiser when she visited the jewelry store and realized it had a fairly small upstairs space where the lighting could be controlled to create a club vibe – perfect for a silent disco. She had attended a similar event at the House of Blues in New Orleans.

“So you don’t hear the music when you walk in the room, you hear people singing along to the music and dancing,” Murray said. “If you look across the room and see someone jamming to a great song, you can switch to that channel to get in sync with them.”

Tickets are $25 each; only 300 will be sold. Guests must be age 21 or older to attend. Ticket sales and 15% of all proceeds from jewelry purchases that evening will benefit the two nonprofit organizations.

Elena Anita Watts covers arts, culture and entertainment for the Victoria Advocate. 

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