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Lights, foam, dance action

A chilly Friday evening didn’t stop the city’s electronic dance music enthusiasts from joining the Neon Paint and Foam Tour: Rio Rancho at Haynes Park.

“We do these shows all over New Mexico to offer a safe place for kids of all ages to come and enjoy electronic dance music,” said Matthew Garcia, who heads the event with Mike Garcia. Their crew offers the largest foam cannon in the state, and tons of paint — it took six young women with paint blasters to spray the crowd with multi-colored neon paint.

Two DJs and aspiring producers, Nic Nagel and Curtis Dirt, were on hand, with each spinning genres of EDM, such as Big Room House, Electro and a couple of Trap tracks.

Big Room House maintained 128 beats per minute most of the time, which was just bouncy enough to keep the crowd of 200-plus youngsters pumped up.

The two MCs, Vizon and Casual 1, screamed peppy demands into the microphone, and the crowd responded with wild enthusiasm.


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Nagel, aka Navallo aka Tech, said, “It’s cool to see Rio Rancho, New Mexico, supporting the dance music scene.”

The tour has already visited Albuquerque, Los Lunas, Belen, Las Cruces and Santa Fe, with stops ahead in other New Mexico communities, said Matthew Garcia, who has no blood relation to Mike.

The next Neon Paint and Foam stop will be June 6 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque. For information on event dates, visit the Neon Paint and Foam Tour page on facebook, or follow it on twitter@Neonfoamtour.