Don't call the doctor if you have a case of 'Saturday night fever.' Evansville's new 70s and 80s dance club called, Boogie Nights, hopes to be the cure. They hold their grand opening at the District. The location has seen many business come and go over the years, but owners at Boogie Nights say, they are here to stay.
It's a flashback in time once you walk inside. Boogie Nights open it's doors for business. "This town has that sort of spirit and energy where people want to have a good time. I want to give that to them," says owner Dave Pena. He says this 70s and 80s dance club is exactly what downtown Evansville needs. "You've got sports bars, you've got a lot of entertainment, restaurants, and super bars over here. I think we compliment them. We add something different. We are the cherry on the cake." The walls are filled with infamous pop icons, a dance floor to make the Bee Gees jealous, and a disco ball to complete the look, but these same walls have been home to many other night clubs that closed down. At the seemingly troubled patch of real-estate, the question is, can Boogie Nights survive? "The main thing about keeping a bar going, more than just a year or two, number one is, we are in the 70s and 80s. We are already outdated. We aren't trying to keep up with any trends. Also, trying to figure out some sort of rhythm to the club, I think that's important," adds Pena. "From what i've heard. Speaking with people, this Boogie Nights is something different that they haven't seen before," says Danielle Calcagni. Pena, and his employees like Calcagni, say they know what it takes to keep people coming back. They have opened several other Boogie Nights across the country at other Tropicana locations like Atlanta and St. Louis. "It's a little mini vacation from the night to do something a little different and get a good show," says Calcagni. If the area gets a sudden case of 'Saturday night fever,' Pena says, the area's businesses could benefit. Club goers hoping to look the part could be just what the doctor ordered. "If somebody doesn't have a vintage clothing store out there, they better start one because they will make a lot of money," says Pena.
As Boogie Nights opens for business, owners hope the club will be a breath of new life at the District. Owners, employees, and the DJ from the original Atlantic City Boogie Nights will be here for the opening so everyone can boogie the night away in Evansville.