The rideable version of boogie fever is still going strong.
Another roller rink is coming to NYC. After the TWA Hotel at JFK Airport reopened its Roll-A-Rama venue and Rockefeller Center swapped skids for wheels at the new Flipper’s Roller Boogie Palace, sales for Central Park’s new General Admission DiscOasis have kicked off between 4pm and 8pm Started $65.
According to a press release, the “immersive, musical and theatrical roller disco experience” will open June 16 at the park’s Wollman Rink, where it will remain through October 1. Developed by “experience-based” production studio Constellation Immersive in partnership with the Los Angeles Media Fund and event organizer Live Nation, the borough’s newest rideable dance venue offers not only a place to skate, but also “theatrical performances” as well as live DJs, artists and special guest
Hit-maker Nile Rodgers, Grammy Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and co-founder of frunk group Chic (famously “Le Freak”), will serve as DiscOasis’ official “Groovemaster”.
“I think someone said, ‘Nile is a roller skater.’ And the producers called me right away. I said, ‘Oh man, I’d love to program the music,’ Rodgers, 69, told Gothamist. “I try to explain it to people, even when I’m skating now – and most of the time I’m skating alone now – but you feel so free. It’s almost like people do skydiving or something, you feel like you’re flying.”
The Wollman Rink “Oasis within an Oasis” will also feature a “glittering roller skate fantasy centerpiece” created by Tony Award nominee David Korins and lighting design by award-winning David Weiner, according to the press release. There will also be food and drink service, although a menu has not yet been released.
While this will be DiscOasis’ maiden run in New York, it previously had a sold-out run in 2021 at a Los Angeles botanical garden.