My love of music ranks up there with my passion for photography. I play Soul, Funk, and Disco myself, but love the major morph that music made between the 1960s through the 1970s. The mesh of rock, roll, and soul (plus the colors, fashion, and spirit of the times) almost surpassed the Disco era that my moniker invokes.
Saturday night at Sons of Herman Hall I got a chance to experience the event known as “The Smoke”. Total kickback to the style, sound, and environment of the Mod Generation.
Again I must let the pictures tell the tale as my verbose nature could not do it justice.
I walked in and saw this at first and thought I had somehow made it to the wrong location or wrong night,
However, I heard music coming from the back part of the establishment and back within the recessed wall was a door and some of the most rump-shaking music I’d heard in a while.
I walked in the door and through the dim light I spied a wooden hardwood floor and a gathering of folks getting down like there was no tomorrow.
Here’s an array of how the 60s are served up today:
All in all, this is a pocket of culture that lovingly and knowingly embraces what once was and is trying to show that it still lives on. The CD I got from the show is still playing in my car and as a newcomer, they had me hooked through the shared love of the music of Mongo Santamaria. They dance hard, they play hard, and work hard at fostering their place in Dallas history. Next month will be a Mods vs Rockers party as I was told and they will be bringing in talent from the UK to make it as authentic as possible.
If you’ve ever heard of Blackpool or Wigan Casino, THIS is the event to check out. Scooters, cycles, music, and some mischief are to abound the weekend of April 1st, 2011, but is open to all.
If you are interested, hit them up on Facebook by looking up “The Dallas Smoke/Mod 60s Night.” I’m sure they’d love to have you and the dancefloor is always welcome to more!