Put on your paisley and peace symbols for RetroFest


A crowd, including Randy and Angela Thompson, of Boiling Springs, center, parties to the music during the 15th Annual American Red Cross RetroFest, held at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium in Spartanburg, Saturday night, 2-4-2012.

TIM KIMZEY/tim.kimzey@shj.com
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:15 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at 6:08 p.m.

It's time to slip on your leisure suits, bell bottoms and clogs; the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium will host the 15th annual RetroFest, the South's largest disco party.


Want to go?

What: 15th annual RetroFest
When: 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday
Where: Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, 385 N. Church St.
Tickets: $55
Info: 582-8107 or www.crowdpleaser.com

Auditorium General Manager Steve Jones said the event this year will be “less about decorations and more about light and sound” to recreate a bygone era.

The event was founded in the late 1990s. Over the years, the event's sponsor, the Piedmont Chapter of the American Red Cross, has had, as Jones puts it, “a big success with it,” having raised more than $800,000.

Although the first 14 years were hosted by the American Red Cross, the group recently decided to discontinue the event. The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium “didn't want to lose another annual event,” so they took it over in their own fashion. Along with the focus on the light and sound there will also be video screens with disco footage instead of the posters from years' past.

The big attraction of the night is the band Bobby & The Aristocats, a nine-piece party band in full costume with hits from the 1970s, including songs by the Bee Gees, Blondie, Donna Summer, the Jackson 5 and the Village People. Disc jockeys from radio station B93.7. B93.7 will serve as masters of ceremonies.

Although part of the money raised will go to the Red Cross, some will go to the Spartanburg County Foundation.

Jones said his goal is to “generally build up money and attention” with RetroFest every year, in hopes of “drawing national acts like K.C. & the Sunshine Band.“

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