We’re going to party like it’s 2009! Who better to showcase this week leading up to New Year’s Eve than Jose Luis Collazo, otherwise known to friends and fans as, Louie C Rock, Key West’s most notorious party promoter. This New Year as the drag queen, drops, fireworks light up the islands, champagne glasses are raised, and Auld Lang Syne is belted out, Louie C is promising not one, but two parties to remember. The Weekly sat down with him for a lunch of yellow rice and beans, chicken, and plantains to secure the details.
The Weekly: What’s on the calendar for New Year’s?
Louie C: We have the two biggest parties on the block planned. The Red Fish Blue Fish Hot Latin Party at 407 Front Street that kicks off at 10 pm. We’re doin’ it like the balldrop in New York, but this will be a balloon drop with $6,000 in cash and prizes.
Everybody’s getting champagne at midnight.
Then there’s the Conch Old School Party to benefit the Conch Athletic Boosters. Get out of the jungle if you don’t like Duval Street. Tunes like KC and the Sunshine Band will be playing. Make a little love… do a little dance. This is definitely going to be a good party.
The Weekly: Isn’t New Year’s Eve overrated?
Louie C: No. It’s the turn of the year. Things might have been bad in 2009, but they’re going to turn around in 2010.
The Weekly: What makes your parties the ultimate venues to be at when the clock strikes midnight?
Louie C: You want old school, you’ll only get it at the Grand Key. Entertainment will make or break a party. You’ll get those oldies but goodies, and the only place playing Latin music is Red Fish Blue Fish. The entertainment with DJ George Lopez is top notch, plus, the balloon drop. You get the most bang for our buck.
The Weekly: What will you are drinking when the clocks strike 12?
Louie C: I don’t drink. I don’t drink or do drugs.
The Weekly: Why do you like to party?
Louie C: It’s my job. My job description says to party. I like to appease people, feed those ducks, and take care of my customers.
The Weekly: The last time we partied with you was at Mangoes Fresh Fridays. We talked to a bunch of ladies at First State Bank who were there, Sisi and Yeilini. They said they love your old school parties because everyone they know is there.
Louie C: People who come out are mostly locals. They are in and around people they know. The Conch Old School Party, it’s a bunch of Conchs going out there. What better way to spend New Year’s Eve then to be around people you know and love?
The Weekly: What is your New Year’s resolution?
Louie C: Wake up happy, and just be a happy person, and live life to its fullest, because you never know when your time is up. So, make every day like it’s your last. Leave it on the field like the Key West baseball team!
The Weekly: Sweet. Save me a noisemaker and a bottle of Korbel!
- Real Name: Jose Luis Collazo
- Graduated: KWHS 1986
- Favorite Dance Tune: Planet Rock
- Favorite Club: Red Fish Blue Fish
- Hang Out: Hogfish Bar & Grill
- Out in the Community: Conch Athletic Boosters, Crime Watch Chairperson, Crime Stoppers “Person of the Year” 2 years in a row! Youth Soccer Coach