Return to the classics
Guardian Lifestyles Editor
Published: Jul 19, 2013
Songs like “Imagine” by John Lennon, “I Will Survive” by Gloria Gaynor, “Easy” by the Commodores, “Dancing Queen” by Abba and “Stayin’ Alive” by the Bee Gees rocked the charts in the 1970s. In the 1980s, it was hits like “Rock With You” by Michael Jackson, “Flashdance… What A Feeling” by Irene Cara, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler, “All Night Long (All Night)” by Lionel Richie and “My Prerogative” by Bobby Brown that were among the rulers — they are two decades of songs that people of that era yearn for in today’s world of hip hop and rap, and the group known as Black Carpet Senior will be bringing back to the public at its event they’ve dubbed quite simply “Return To The Classics.”
The old school dance party which will highlight the hits of the 1970s and 1980s will be held on Saturday, July 27 at The Beach Club at Sandyport, and hosted by a master of music of that era, Tony Williams, the programming manager at Star 106.5 FM and Hot 91.7 along with Hope Shelly-Ann from Cool 96.
“We just felt the need to have a themed old school dance party based on 70s and 80s music right now because there’s a void, and a lot of people are really looking for this type of music,” said Handel ‘Reality’ Sands, a partner in Black Carpet senior. “The people that actually lived through those years and experienced the music first hand are really calling out for a party like this, but we want anybody that’s over age who has an appreciation for this type of music to come out and have fun because you find people that are younger who can still appreciate the music just a much even though they did not live through those years and experienced the time.”
According to Reality, there are teenagers today who are getting hip to the songs of Michael Jackson that he sang in that era.
“Good music is good music and it’s timeless,” he said. “And we went with veteran disc jockeys in Tony Williams and Hope Shelly-Ann because they know about the music and how to have fun with it.
“Being a deejay myself, I have an appreciation for that type of music, and I actually span back to that time as well even though I’m into the hip hop and stuff. But my partners and I figure this was the right time to do a party of this nature because we always hear a lot of talk about the music and we see people throw parties, but this is going to be like the big one and the official celebration of the 70s and 80s.”
And for those people who love to argue a point, Reality says there will be lots of trivia on the night to test people’s knowledge of music from the 70s and 80s during the night with fantastic prizes given away.
There is no particular dress code, but for people that just love that era and have a pair of bell-bottom pants, clogs or an afro puff at their disposal, Reality says they are welcome to attend the event dressed to impress 70s style; or the notorious styles of the 80s like neon colors, MC Hammer baggy pants, leg warmers, stretch stirrup pants and of course the shoulder pads.
Doors to the old school dance party opens at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 in advance and can be purchased at Dash Designer Shoes, Carmichael Road; Crave, Dowdeswell Street; Lady of Caliber, Signature Plaza south and Airbrush Junkies, Mall at Marathon.
Where: Beach Club, Sandyport
When: Saturday, July 27
Time: 7 p.m.
Admission: $20 in advance
Ticket outlets: Dash Designer Shoes, Carmichael Road; Crave, Dowdeswell Street; Lady of Caliber, Signature Plaza south and Airbrush Junkies, Mall at Marathon.