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Sock Hop Sundays & Disco Lives

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Sock Hop Sundays & Disco Lives

Oct 16, 2018

Eric Silvey presents “Sock Hop Sundays” & “Disco Lives”
240 West 54
Disco Lives: Wednesday October 17 & November 7
Sock Hop Sundays: Sunday October 21, November 11, & November 25

Impresario, producer, and promoter Eric Silvey is a master at creating something from nothing: he takes a big empty space (albeit with a wooden floor that’s perfect for dancing) and a deejay, and somehow fills it with over a hundred, happy, dancing people all having the time of their lives. His sunday night series is devoted to classic rock and R&B hits of the 1950s and ‘60s. (You would think this is self-explanatory. However, I had to find out the hard way that “sock hop” is just an expression, participants are actually encouraged to wear shoes - and this after I had already invested all of three bucks in a new pair of men’s hosiery. “LOL!” as the kids say.) The Wednesday evenings move the timeline up a decade or two and are devoted to Disco and related forms of 1970s.  For those of us who can't dance - I feel obligated to inform prospective partners that what I lack in ability I more than make up for in mediocrity - Mr. Silvey generously provides dance lessons at the start of each evening.  (Actually, come to think of it, you probably wouldn’t want to dance on a wooden floor in actual socks, I’m still picking the splinters out of my feet from the last time I tried that.)

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Author: Will Friedwald
Photography by: STEPHEN SOROKOFF

Author: Will Friedwald

Will Friedwald writes about music and popular culture for THE WALL STREET JOURNAL, VANITY FAIR and PLAYBOY magazine and reviews current shows for THE CITIVIEW NEW YORK. He also is the author of nine books, including the award-winning A BIOGRAPHICAL GUIDE TO THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP SINGERS, SINATRA: THE SONG IS YOU, STARDUST MELODIES, TONY BENNETT: THE GOOD LIFE, LOONEY TUNES & MERRIE MELODIES, and JAZZ SINGING. He has written over 600 liner notes for compact discs, received ten Grammy nominations, and appears frequently on television and other documentaries. He is also a consultant and curator for Apple Music.

New Books:

THE GREAT JAZZ AND POP VOCAL ALBUMS (Pantheon Books / Random House, November 2017)