August 16, 2012 – The Baby Boomers Boogie!
Throngs of Baby Boomers (well … maybe just one throng) descended on the 9 Lives Club on a hot August night with a will to meet, greet, and enjoy the music of their formative years. Jorge Briones, owner of the 9 Lives, played disc jockey with a selection of top tunes that came out from the 50’s to the 90’s. This was the music that those of us “of a certain age” lived and loved to, and it has a special place in our hearts.
And, you know what? It is still GREAT!
What started out as an idea proposed by Gary Walton (Rally Round Downtown Gilroy) to get some entertainment downtown a little earlier than the typical 9:00 starting time became a reality: “Boomer Night” (it had a different working title in the planning stages, but we cleaned that up for publication – hint: it rhymed with Gold Darts Night) was inspired by articles talking about similar events where the music venues hosted a regular evening of music aimed at the baby boomer generation. The idea evolved to be a loosely structured get-together with music, starting at 7:00. Dancing optional.
Jorge Briones bought into the idea and agreed to give it a chance. If enough people came and had fun, Boomer Night could earn a regular spot on the 9 Lives calendar. 7:00 to 9:00, with a $5 cover (the $5 goes towards your drinks).
And the baby boomers showed up, bringing a few welcome “youngsters” (under 40, that is). The meeting and greeting lasted about 30 minutes, and then the music took over. Remember “dancing optional?” Well, just about everybody succumbed to the sound of old favorites and got out on the dance floor.
A few people (Robin, Annette, Kate, Tina and Thomas) actually knew what they were doing, while the rest of us dredged up memories of long-dead dances (the Jerk, the Swim, the Monkey, the Mashed Potato – there was even a bit of the Twist on the floor). The slow dances brought the real dancers out on the floor.
As you can see from the pictures, everyone was having a great time.
Jorge declared the evening a success, and announced tentative plans for a second “Boomer Night” on Saturday, September 1. Watch your email for a confirming notice with more details.
We hope to see you at the next one!
When you look at the pictures, keep in mind that some of these people had been drinking, and may be a little blurry.
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