Culture Club threw its grand reopening party last night, and they certainly did it right! With a Michael Jackson impersonator, non-stop '80s music, and themed drinks like "Vanilla Ice," "Bon Jovi," and "Smurfirita," attendees were cutting a rug like they were the stars of Footloose. The multi-level club featured Saturday Night Fever inspired floors, paintings of yester-year, and plenty of neon colors. With the help of partner Debbie Gibson, VnC Cocktails, and South Beach Smoke, the bash was one of the most colorful (literally and figuratively) so far this year. We even got a surprise live performance from Debbie Gibson of Shake Your Love and Only in my Dreams. Notables in attendance included Kourtney Kardashian, VnC ambassador Scott Disick, Nanette Lepore (who also designed the club's uniforms!), Project Runway’s Joshua McKinley, DJ Kiss, DJ M.O.S, and Mick Boogie.
This was one party where few people were standing still. Even Nanette Lepore busted out the running man (as did I when Ice Ice Baby came on). The crowd was mixed with entertainment/media types, and even a few finance men loosened their ties and took to the floor. We're looking forward to Culture Club's comeback. N.Y.C has everything you could possibly want in nightlife, but we must say, they're lacking in the 80s dance clubs ,and Culture Club fills that void in every way possible.
To top it off, we got an exclusive Q & A with Debbie Gibson on the club, her upcoming album, her new foundation, and what's to come! Read on...
DR: What kind of changes has Culture Club gone through?
Debbie Gibson: It's slicker without losing its accessibility. It remains the premiere ‘80s and ‘90s inspired dance club, but is keeping up with the times. It's bigger than the original, now with four floors of dancing and we’re taking locals and visitors alike back to the ‘80s with Saturday Night Fever inspired dance floors, oversized Rubik’s Cubes and some of my original tour memorabilia. It’s also located in a new midtown location that is way more central.
DR: Do you have any other projects in the works?
DG: Yes! A few that are top secret. And a new album coming out next year! I also stated a foundation recently called Gibson Girl Foundation which provides arts opportunities to kids in need. Gibsongirlfoundation.org
DR: What kind of parties can patrons expect at Culture Club? Will you have live cover bands and are there any on-going events?
DG: Culture Club features four different DJs – one on each floor – that will be spinning all our favorite songs from both decades and more! There will also be live performances on special Saturday nights. I look forward to helping brainstorm new ideas!
DR: Will it always be strictly '80s music or will some nights feature a different genre?
DG: There is one floor dedicated to the ‘90s one floor for more recent hits, but Culture Club is primarily about the ‘80s!
DR: Are you considering performing live at the club in the future? That would be great!
DG: Of course! I would never turn down a stage, microphone and '80s fans!!
DR: Thanks for taking time to do this, Debbie. We look forward to the opening!
DG: You too!