COURTESY PHOTODJ Motion Potion provides the music at Silent Frisco ice-skating parties in Justin Herman Plaza.

Silent Frisco headphone party on ice is a hit

Hit headphone party Silent Frisco’s second annual ice skating event downtown in Justin Herman Plaza is sold out Wednesday, but there’s a second date on Jan. 4. Silent Frisco founder and preeminent DJ Motion Potion (aka Robbie Kowal) sheds light on some of the party’s particulars.

This $25 event combines wireless, two-channel headphones, and ice skates. Why?

Motion Potion: We want to keep the momentum stronger in the winter and this is a good fit. [Sunset Promotions has done Silent Frisco] at sunset on the West Coast and sunrise on the East Coast and in forests and on mountaintops … What can you do that's really fun in the winter that's an outdoor event? You can skate.

How'd it go last year?

It went great. They all sold out really quickly, and the audience had a great time.

How many people broke their arms?

There was one girl who fell and broke both of her wrists.

Ouch!

Very, very sad. We've gotten to know her really well because we've been doing whatever we can to make her smile this year. We're really tight with our community.

A lot of our audience doesn't know how to skate, and even when they do, when you put a bunch of headphones on people, on the ice, it gets a little tricky because you might not hear that guy saying, “Hey, look out!” We have to encourage people to take it slow and be really careful and look out for one another.

What kind of insurance do you need?

We're fully insured. We also grab additional insurance for the event.

What's the best music for ice skating?

We generally do two things: old school hip-hop and old school disco. I'm going to be doing the disco and Zeph is on the hip hop.

Can you skate?

I got out there last year and it was the first time since I quite playing hockey when I was 8 years old. It's not like riding a bike. It's a lot of fun. It's neat. It's harrowing because I'm not a very good skater.

If you're a good skater and you like listening to music then you'll have lot of fun with it. We even had a couple professional figure skaters out there showing off. We always invite [Olympic champion] Kristi Yamaguchi, although she has yet to respond or come.

IF YOU GO

Silent Frisco on Ice

with Motion Potion, DJ Zeph

When: 8 p.m. Dec. 17 (sold out) and Jan. 4

Where: Holiday Ice Rink, Justin Herman Plaza, 1 Market St., S.F.

Tickets: $25

Contact: www.sunset-sf.com

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