Definitely a Boogie Wonderland

by Joy Donovan on April 18, 2010

Disco never died. Oh, it might have gone into hibernation for a while, but it’s very much alive.

I offer as evidence the Saturday night scene in Westlake where platform shoes, afros and shiny, polyester shirts were populating the Bear Creek Art Gala, held at First American Banquet Center. The disco group Le Freak, with its covers of the Bee Gees and KC and the Sunshine Band, headlined the party benefiting Young Artists of Texas, but the band’s giant afros weren’t enough to steal the spotlight.

The outfits pulled out of some back closet by the party-goers provided a good amount of entertainment. Halter tops, gold lame and a lot of shiny stuff became very popular. Dan Holmes, who proved he was loud enough to not need a microphone, topped his outfit with a particularly bad blonde wig, and I spotted at least one John Travolta-esque white suit in the crowd. A few of the ladies got their ’70s disco styles mixed up with their ’60s go-go ensembles. And some of them were short enough that one guy in attendance swears he can tell you what color one woman’s underwear was. Yikes. Or as John Denver would have said, “Far out, man.

As I averted my eyes from that Studio 54 replay so I could still gather my thoughts to write, I must say the night that slipped into the time warp provided more than one evening’s entertainment. The disco dancing, the local fare, the live auction, plus the bad hair and shiny outfits all were for a good cause–promoting the Lone Star State’s emerging artists.

To promote young, Texas artists, Jenny Tilbury founded YAT (www.yatgallery.org) five years ago, opening the YAT gallery in 2006. Plans include a gallery night from 6 to 9 p.m. June 9 at the gallery, 246 S. Main St., Keller. And for that, with our disco inspiration, shall we all Hustle on that Saturday Night for a Funkytown Celebration? Of course, I know there’ll be some Hot Stuff  there, and Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough art created by the young artists.

Maybe my disco headband is squeezing my brain, and I should stop now. I know I Will Survive because That’s the Way I Like It.

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