The Old Skool Party Is Back
It's that time again Charlotte!
A few months ago, I attended one of the famous Joffe Productions parties. It has been YEARS since I have been to one. A reunion, if you will. There were lots of familiar faces and even more familiar beats. The music brought back so many memories. If you are from Charlotte and have been around long enough, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
Let me back up for those of you who aren't familiar with what I am talking about. Before Uptown became what it is today, it was nothing. And I mean... NOTHING. Think of an old movie where tumbleweed was blowing down the street. That was Charlotte. I am not exaggerating. No bars, no restaurants, nadda. Amos' was on Park Road & Woodlawn (where the ABC store is now) and there was Plum Crazy (now the Men's Club) and Whispers at Park Road Shopping Center, which is now Amelie's Bakery. I am only aware of these because of my parents. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. We all just like to celebrate and socialize. I can remember being a Senior in High School and my Mom reading an article out loud to me from the Charlotte Observer about a new bar we were getting called Cosmos on the corner of 7th and College. I was so excited; I was ready to use my fake ID and hit the town.
And boy did I.
Cosmos and Mythos came along (thank you Andy Kastanas). And then shortly after, you would hear about a club opening via a party flier and you would go, because there was nothing else to do in Charlotte at the time. No breweries, no Whitewater Center, NoDa was barely existing except for Fat City; we had Blockbuster Pavilion, but that was in Egypt basically. Little dance clubs would pop up here and there in alley ways or old buildings. I can remember one night walking down 5th street where Gateway Village is now and going into a club where the door was a huge piece of plywood and it had the numbers 519 spray painted on it. That was known as the 519 Club. There was Tonic (gone), Midnight Till 6 (gone), Time Lounge (gone), Varga (the spot beside Green's Famous hot dogs), Twist (now 5Church) and Liquid Lounge (now Tilt) to name a few. And nine outta ten times, the colorful flier that was delivered by some DJ and left on the windshield of my car would say "Joffe Productions Presents" and I knew I just had to go. His parties NEVER disappointed.
It was the Upside Down of music for me.
A few months ago, I got a message from Joffe saying "Lets do an Old Skool party". DONE! We promo'd it and got the word out and Charlotte showed up! The line was out the door. When Issac Hinton walked in the door, I SWEAR the needle skidded off the record and the entire club yelled "ISSAC!" ALL the regulars were there. It was like a high school reunion that didn't suck! The DJ line up was back to back kick ass DJs that I hadn't heard in years. They showed up with actual vinyl records and turntables. Old Skool to a T. Mike B, Tommy Tom, Rick Solo, Rob Reeves, and Kenny Breaks. The music came on and when I talk about having a flashback.....it took me back to one of the funnest times in my life. Break beats and hip hop and dancing till the sun came up. The vibe was electric and just like back in the day, I didn't want it to end.
Here are a few pictures from Brian Twitty from that fun night.
The first party was such a hit, Joffe Productions has decided to go for a sequal. So, here is the deal. Show up at Serg on Central Avenue next Friday night August 17th. Doors open at 9pm. Parking is FREE. This is the line up: Tommy Tom, Rick Solo, Rob Reeves, and Kenny Breaks. Tickets are $10 at the door before midnight and $13 after (sorry tickets are not avaliable online). Come out and show some and love and respect for the man that started it all and hear some awesome music.
These days you can usually find Todd Joffe working out alongside Emily "Breeze" Ross and Randy Moss over at STAX, but not long ago Joffe was known as THE MAN to throw the best parties in Uptown Charlotte. Now he's known as the guy that's gonna kick your ass at a vigorous boot camp!
My how times have changed.
And if you really want to have a Flashback Friday, here's a mix my good buddy and pal made for my birthday that will teleport you in the era known as breaks. Tom Boothe you are the best.
THIS is the sound of underground:
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