Hush parties offer dancing to music without disturbing beach goers

(NBC) - A dance party on the beach with no music? Not so. You may not be able to hear the beat, but they can. Through their headphones. It's called a "hush party" and the brain child of Ryan Dowd.

"Now if we want to bring the power back to the people in the sense of choosing what they want to listen to, how loud it's going to be," said Dowd.

The technology is quite simple - radio waves. The music goes from the DJ booth up to the transmitter on the tree and then out to the headphones.

The DJs are playing two tracks of music. The headphones can switch back and forth so listeners have an option. Party organizer Daniel Saro told me the headphones serve another purpose too.

"It's being used a lot in places where the sound ordinances are in place, so it's an added bonus," he said.

And that can stretch a dance party into the early morning hours. To some though, the concept of a silent party may seem a bit odd.

"At first I was a bit skeptical cause I think people should share music. You should all hear at the same time what's going on. What a great thing, you know, to have a silent party. People are still having fun and causing no trouble," said party-goer Jamie Dovverstein.

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