Boogie Nights proves that disco is alive

The Wharf Restaurant and Bar – with
its outdoor dance floor, disco ball and crate diving DJ – was party central for
disco divas and dons who, having put the working week behind them, were intent
on getting down with their bad selves at Boogie Nights on Friday, 30 July.

The evening of funk and fun, which
started at 9.30pm and kept on truckin’ for a full four hours, is something of
an institution – not only for those old enough to remember wearing hot pants
but those young and confident enough to look good wearing them.

That particular night, though not
big on retro wearing revellers, was jam packed with dancers feelin’ the force
and blissing out – to blasts from the past courtesy of disco gods: Earth, Wind
and Fire, The Doobie Brothers, Chic and Donna Summer. With plenty enough room
to do the Hustle and the Southern Freeze, couples and groups on girls’ and
boys’ nights outs got to bust a move or two with a crowd, which ranged in age
from the twentysomethings to a few who’d surely never see 50 again.

Music being the great leveller that
it is and disco, in particular being, a come-one-come-all mass participation
experience, patrons let their hair down and enjoyed the nostalgia-filled
evening in a safe and chilled out environment.

The birth of Boogie Nights

Warm breezes and hot music with
plenty of like-minded company is what Boogie Nights is all about, said Wharf’s
manager Reno Mancini, who dreamed up the night several years ago.

“I started Boogie Night’s Old
School ‘70s Disco Dance Party in 2005… to give the locals and expats… a
night to reminisce and get a little bell-bottom crazy. Disco night as a theme
night then grew from there. More and more people started coming out and
embracing their inner Travolta; dressing up in leisure suits and ‘70s dresses
that it began to have a life of its own. I’m really proud to have started a
Cayman tradition on the last Friday of every month.”

Add a few drinks and a pre-disco
meal into the mix and it’s little wonder that Boogie Nights and its 1.30am
extension is so popular. 

Strategically positioned in front
of a huge stand-up fan, Cora Jocelyn was one of the many revellers getting
their groove on at the once a month disco. With eight weeks to go until her due
date the first-time mum, was out on the town having said goodbye to the office
to celebrate the start of her maternity leave from a local law firm with several

Why the event is popular

DJ Ben Maxwell, who supplied a
stream of dance floor fillers with disco classics like Shake your Groove Thing
(Peaches and Herb), I Should Have Loved Ya (Narada Michael Walden) and Super
Freak (Rick James) explained why he thought Boogie Nights was so popular, “I think
it’s because people love to cut loose to some of the best music ever made for
dancing. And because it’s all disco and everyone’s enjoying it, they’re not
self-conscious about really getting into it and sometimes dressing up for it.”

He also said why he enjoyed “making
it happen” at the monthly gig, “In addition to one of the best views of the
ocean in Cayman, it’s really the staff that makes it so much fun…  They recognise that I’ve worked hard on my
knowledge of disco music and that the customers really like it, too.”

Realtor Kass Coleman, a Boogie
Nights fan, said, “I love it… It’s great exercise and I get to dance all
night… I’ve even taken my mother to it. You couldn’t ask for more fun
especially since you get to dance under the stars.”

Not for the faint of heart or style
mavens who are too worried about sweating up their latest ensemble, disco done
well usually delivers the anticipated high expected by its most ardent
followers. “Boogie Nights delivers great music and a fine workout,” said Michelle
Motsko who burned plenty of calories and attracted plenty of attention with her
rib-grazing caftan top, jeans and feathered booties.

DJ Ben Maxwell, who takes requests,
supplied a nonstop stream of dance floor fillers with top notch crowd-pleasers
including Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe (Barry White) and Brick house (The
Commodores with Lionel Richie).

The next Boogie Nights is Friday, 27 August.


Wray Banker and Emily Saunderson enjoy a dance at Boogie Nights.
Photo: Elphina Magona

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