The original Studio 54 in New York City closed its doors several years ago, but on June 24 Studio 54 made a one-night return at the Events Center in the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls, New York.
Over 1,500 Disco music fans attended the inaugural Seneca Disco Party featuring three dance floors, a DJ and some of the biggest names in the Disco era.
The doors opened at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show start. A DJ provided music of Disco hits for the party-goers to dance and get warmed up for the evening’s events.
Former World Disco Dance champion and MTV VJ Downtown Julie Brown hosted the gala event.
Getting the night of live musical entertainment started were The Tramps whose set included “Dark Side of the Moon,” “Hold Back the Night,” and showing off a little street corner Doo Wop harmony with “Zing Went the Strings of My Heart” before ending with their smash hit song from the award winning film “Saturday Night Feve,r” “Disco Inferno.”
Next up was the trio Rose Royce with “Never Gonna Let You Go”, “Wishing on a Star”, “I Wanna Get Next to You” and their debut smash hit song “Car Wash”.
Then came six hunky guys – Alexander the Army man, Eric the biker dude, Billy the Construction worker, Jeff the Cowboy, Ray the Policeman, and Philippe the Native American better known as – the Village People took the stage. After opening with “Macho Man” the set included “Listen to the Music,” “San Francisco,” and “In the Navy” with Ray in a Naval uniform. After giving a little tutorial on the proper hand movements, the guys ended their set with the smash hit “YMCA.”
For the final performance of the night members of the family band Sister Sledge too the stage with a live band. While waiting for the band the DJ returned to provide some dance music. The delay was the result of the band having to drive for nearly eight hours due to a canceled flight; arriving just in time to take the stage to perform “All American Girls,” “Frankiem” “Greatest Dancer” with Sam the “Greatest Dancer,” and “Good Times” before ending the night with their hit song “We Are Family.”
Sam the Greatest Dancer
After over two hours of music and dancing some Disco fans stuck around to continue the party with the DJ and more Disco hits.
It was the first event of its kind in Niagara Falls, but it will certainly not be the last.
All photos by Sherrill Fulghum
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