When Paul Baümer and Maarten Hoogstraten began making music together at the Bingo Players in the Netherlands in 2006, they built up a respectable following in Europe on the backs of their underground tech-house. But it wasn't until around 2010, when dance music exploded in the U.S., that they really broke through into mainstream success with their massive hits “Devotion,” “Cry (Just A Little),” and “Rattle.”
Sadly, despite the band's name, the Bingo Players has been the solo project of Hoogstraten ever since Baümer died of cancer in 2013. It was Baümer’s wish that Maarten continue the Bingo Players project under the same name, to keep the dream alive and to release all the music they were working on but hadn’t finished yet.
Hoogstraten is still putting out some incredible music. His latest single, “Curiosity,” follows the same formula that always worked for them in the past: repurposing old vocal samples and building catchy tunes that sound just as good on the radio as they do in the club. This is no easy feat.
If you like to “rage,” this should be a wild night. Expect to jump. Expect to get sweaty. And, since the show is 18 and over, expect to see plenty of kids in their neon raver gear. If recordings of the band's EDC Las Vegas set earlier this year is any indication of what they'll play tonight, expect to hear Bingo Players' hits alongside pounding, energetic sets of hard future and electro-house.
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Typically, Bingo Players have played in Miami at VIP clubs like LIV or at festivals where the crowd is already built-in. Headlining Revolution, there will be no doorman, or VIP section, just the DJ, the stage, and the music. Hopefully, this is where the dance music scene in Fort Lauderdale is headed: only about the music, none of the extra hassles that go along with going out in Miami.
Hey, a man can dream can’t he?
The Bingo Players, 9 p.m. Friday, August 21 at Revolution Live, 100 SW Third Ave., Fort Lauderdale. $27 adv/$29 dos. 18+. (954) 449-1025. jointherevolution.net.