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Saturday, December 31, 2011, 9:00 PM; Tickets: $75, $100, $125 & $150
Gloria Gaynor
Sister Sledge
Maxine Nightingale

New Year's Disco Eve: Gloria Gaynor-Sister Sledge-Maxine Nightingale

Contest Time: Which of the New Year's Disco Eve performers sang the 1979 hit We Are Family?
A) Gloria Gaynor
B) Sister Sledge
C) Maxine Nightingale

Contest Over: Answer, B. Please stay tuned to TheMahaffey.com for more chances to win.


Join us on Saturday, December 31st, as we celebrate with A New Year's Disco Eve with Gloria Gaynor, Sister Sledge and Maxine Nightingale singing their hits "I Will Survive," "We are Family," "Right Back Where We Started From" among many others. Make sure to bring your dancing shoes as we sing along to the hits, enjoy a champagne toast in addition to a pre and post party at the atrium of The Mahaffey and cap the night watching the colorful fireworks on the downtown waterfront!

Doors open at 8pm.
 
“I Will Survive,” songstress Gloria Gaynor was 19 when she signed her first record contract. In 1973, Gloria made history as Billboard gave birth to the Disco Action Charts. "Never Can Say Good-Bye" bowed at #1 on the charts and became the first Dance Song to reach #1 status in dance music. Ever since that time, for more than 30 years, Gloria keeps setting the standard. In March of 2001, her single, "Just Keep Thinkin’ About You," topped the Billboard Dance/Club charts at #1, while her international hit "Last Night" with Giorgio Moroder debuted at #1 throughout Europe. In keeping with the theme of #1, Gloria Gaynor was the first to record an album especially for clubs, and the first to do a mega-extended dance medley party mix, releasing 12" dance singles that are now high-end collectors items. Gaynor’s #1 International Hit, “I Will Survive,” will be one of 25 recordings that will be honored at the 54th Grammy Awards Ceremony in February 2012.
 
Sister Sledge consists of sisters (from oldest to youngest) Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge, Kim Sledge and Kathy Sledge. Philadelphia natives, Sister Sledge are the granddaughters of the former opera singer, Viola Williams. They achieved an international #1 selling song with "Frankie" in 1985 (#1 in the UK for 4 weeks). In 2003, Debbi and Joni performed with two other girls in the PBS special, "My Music: 70's Soul Superstars.” Their most popular songs have been re-released several times in the UK, often in newly-remixed versions, keeping their sound timeless and up-to-date. "We Are Family" is regarded as one of the most popular songs of all time, winning a Grammy in 1970 for Record of the Year and over 250 million Internet downloads to date. Sister Sledge was voted by VH1 as one of the most successful girl groups of all time, second only to the Supremes. With over 100 awards in the music industry worldwide, including Billboard Artist of the Year and the Silver Prize in the Tokyo Music Festival, Sister Sledge shows no signs of stopping now.
 
Maxine Nightingale released, "Right Back Where We Started From" on United Artists Records in 1975, reaching #8 in the UK. The song was released in the US early 1976 to enthusiastic reaction, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1976.  The following year, Nightingale reached #11 in the UK with "Love Hit Me" the title cut from her second album (aka Night Life). Nightingale's third album Love Lines was a 1978 release in the UK and Europe. The US release of, "Lead Me On” reached #1 on Billboard's Easy Listening chart July 1979; the track reached #5 on the Hot 100 that September. After reaching the Top 20 on Billboard's R&B chart in 1982 with "Turn to Me", a duet with Jimmy Ruffin, Nightingale dropped out of the Pop mainstream working for some 20 years as a more jazz-orientated live performer. Ms. Nightingale appears in the 2004 PBS music special Superstars of Seventies Soul: Live. 
 



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