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Vipers Soul Club at the Shadow Lounge

Event Details

Vipers Soul Club at the Shadow Lounge

Time: May 30, 2009 at 9pm to May 31, 2009 at 2am
Location: Shadow Lounge
Street: 5972 Baum Blvd.
City/Town: Pittsburgh
Website or Map:
Phone: (412) 363-8277
Event Type: r&b, motown, and, northern, soul, dj, dance, night
Organized By: Vipers Soul Club
Latest Activity: May 28, 2009

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Event Description

"...and it was written on the scroll that one day, when the situation seems most dire, when the odds seem insurmountable, when the die seems cast and the future bleak, THE WILD PARTY shall rise again..."

Fact is, last year, THE WILD PARTY confirmed all of our hopes and dreams and expectations for Pittsburgh's desire to dirty up itself and get muddy in the knee-deep of 1960s Rhythm 'n' Blues music - so we've decided to make this Vipers installment a semi-annual event, getting the stankiest R&B and stompinest Northern Soul together to see the Spring out with more STYLE than FASHION.

Prepare to attach yourselves to your beverages / and free yourselves from your minds / with a dancefloor built to be devastated / by plimsoles and stilletos / pouncing and prancing / falling down and dancing / from the early P.M. to the curtain-fall of Last Call!!!

DJs Juddy, Gordy, and JordanK
Only the fiercest and most uninhibited sounds of 1960s R&B and Northern Soul

9pm, Sat., MAY 30
Shadow Lounge, (5972 Baum Blvd. East Liberty)
18+ /21+ to drink / $4.00 ($3.00 before 10)

If you're lookin to get a li'l sumthin-sumthin, remember our slogan: "EVERYONE, ONCE, AT VIPERS."

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