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GlowRage brings 2nd paint party to 4th & 23rd

Hundreds of people packed into a bar dancing and drinking may not be anything new to the Tuscaloosa bar 4th & 23rd, but throw in gallons of paint, and it becomes an innovative experience.

That was the scene when GlowRage came to the bar in April. GlowRage is a company that travels around the Southeast putting on shows at different venues. They are now returning to Tuscaloosa June 21, bringing the lights, sound, paint and glow girls back to 4th & 23rd.

Laura Oswalt, bar manager at 4th & 23rd, said the last GlowRage party was a success.

“It was absolutely packed,” she said. “We had probably 350 people.”

Oswalt said they would let in as many people as they could without exceeding fire code, and they are expecting a similar turnout at this month’s party. Oswalt said the bar chose to host GlowRage because it offered something different to Tuscaloosa’s night life.

“Most places [in Tuscaloosa] have never had anything quite like this, so we thought it would be interesting and something new,” Oswalt said.

April Smelley, a junior majoring in biology and marine biology, attended the last GlowRage party at 4th & 23rd with her boyfriend and another friend. She hopes to be able to attend this month’s party as well.

“It is definitely an interesting time,” she said. “The DJ is playing really loud music, and everyone is dancing and drinking, and there is paint everywhere.”

Most people were wearing white, Smelley said, but there were some creative costumes as well.

“There were some people in funny outfits, some were wearing tutus, and a lot of people had on sunglasses even though it was 10 p.m.,” she said.

Smelley said there were bottles of paint for sale and a DJ. The GlowRage girls came out onto the stage at 11 p.m. with paint canons to splash the audience in color.

“The girls were drenching everyone in paint,” Smelley said.

Oswalt said it would be wise for the party-goer to wear clothes he or she does not mind getting dirty. 4th & 23rd will have drink specials, but Oswalt said it has not been decided what they would be.

Although the paint is water-based and nontoxic, Smelley said she doesn’t recommend waiting long to wash it off skin.

“You have to be careful,” she said. “If it gets in your eyes, it’s really uncomfortable. It is water-based, but if it sits on your skin for too long, it can still not feel too good.”

The party begins at 9 p.m. and ends at 2 a.m. Tickets can be purchased online at for $15 or $20 at the door. Guests must be 18 or older to get in.

“I had a really good time,” Smelley said. “It was fun, and I would definitely recommend it for other people to go.”

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