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TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party @ Shadow Lounge

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TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party @ Shadow Lounge

Time: May 20, 2011 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: Shadow Lounge
Street: 5972 Baum Blvd. (E. Liberty)
City/Town: Pittsburgh, PA
Website or Map:
Phone: 412-363-8277
Event Type: dj, dance, party, funk, &, soul
Organized By: J. Malls
Latest Activity: May 20, 2011

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TITLE TOWN Soul & Funk Party
SATURDAY, May 28th
Shadow Lounge
5972 Baum Blvd. (E. Liberty)
9 PM-2 AM, Door Price: $5.00 (21+) $8.00 (18+)
If you're looking for one of the best parties in Pittsburgh, we've been spreading the love...with funky and soulful vibes...every last Saturday of the the Shadow Lounge.

For those out there that crave the good stuff, that warm and classic stuff, TITLE TOWN's got that get-down-and-boogie sound...THE FATBACK BAND, BOBBY WOMACK, RUBY ANDREWS, CURTIS MAYFIELD, THE FOUR TOPS...all get a spot on the list.

With a new-and-improved sound system, a laid-back "Blue Room", and funky projections on the wall - TITLE TOWN at the Shadow Lounge has got you covered all the way through.

Served up ONLY on original 45-rpm vinyl, J.Malls and Gordy provide the soundtrack to satisfy and undoubtedly have your feet moving to their top-shelf selections of decades past... rare soul, heavy-weight funk, Latin boogaloo, early disco, raw R&B - ALL for the dance floor.

Get up and dance. This one is going to be the cream of the crop.

Early arrival is recommended.

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The Shadow Lounge is a smoke-free venue committed to bringing the best in local and national acts to Pittsburgh PA. The Lounge is located at 5972 Baum Blvd. Pittsburgh, PA. Phone: (412) 363-8277. Guests must be 18 and over to attend.

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