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Wednesday, December 05, 2007

The Melody Reunion Returns to New Brunswick Feb 16th

Last February was the first Melody Bar Reunion at the Loop Lounge in Passaic. I knew it was going to be fun, but I have to admit it was even better than I had hoped. So many familiar faces together again after so many years, dancing to the music that made the Melody and New Brunswick such great places to be in the eighties. During that night a lot of people came up to me in a state of rapture and asked when the next one would be. At the time I was focused on the moment, dancing to music I hadn't heard in a long time and reconnecting with folks who I hadn't seen in nearly 17 years.

After several months had past, when the warm glow of that cold February night had finally faded, I began to think about when we should try it again. I asked a few people, and without exception they thought we should do it every year. That seemed reasonable to me, but then the question arose as to where should we have it. The Loop was fantastic, but it wasn't in New Brunswick. Wouldn't it be great if we could find a hot spot in the Hub City and bring all the original Melody refugees back home? Thanks to Jigs Giglio, we now have a New Brunswick home.

I am happy to announce that on February 16th of 2008 from 6 pm until ??? the Orignal Melody Bar reunion will return to the heart of New Brunswick at the Elk's Club at 40 Livingston Ave. The Elk's have enthusiastically offered their beautiful hall as the home of our event at no charge! The place has huge fully stocked bar and is all in wood, giving it a real warm authentic New Brunswick feel. The dancing area is equally generous and there will be plenty of space to sit and relax. A side bar will also be open for those who want a slightly quieter spot to catch up with a old friend/lover.

As before it will be a cash bar with a portion of the proceeds going to an Elk's charity. This party is for the Pinfield era crowd (35 and up), and Matt Pinfield himself has promised (his words) to be there! He was very sorry to have missed the first one, and is looking forward to rocking us twice as hard to make up for it. Several DJ's from the first event have already signed up to spin, including Ed Wong, Sean Carolan, Andy Prescott and Pete Santiago.

The Elk's Club is a half block south of the State Theatre, with tons of parking on the street, in their own lot and in the bank lot across the street.
It's a safe walking distance from the parking decks downtown, so it should be no problem getting a space.

I look forward to seeing the old gang together again in New Brunswick, celebrating the great times we had. Make sure to spread the word to anyone who missed the last one and let them know how great it was. This is their chance!

So get the sitter lined up, dust off the leather jacket, and I'll see you on the dancefloor Feb 16th!


Blogger aina said...

This is really fantastic news! Last year was magic indeed, and this year promises to be the same. Thank you for making it happen guys.

I know that this time around I won't be able to make the trek with our two month old in hand, so please dance lots for me. :)

Is it possible to webcast the night for Mel old timers somehow? I'd be more than thrilled if that could be.

Thanks again.

11:44 AM, December 06, 2007  
Blogger Altrok Radio said...

Woo, a new recruit! Congrats! We'll miss you, but your baby comes before the Mel. Perhaps the '09 one?

Now then, assuming the technology cooperates, we'll at least be able to play it again on Altrok Radio after the fact. Wonder if I should bite off the whole "webcast it live" thing...

10:21 AM, December 08, 2007  

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