Concert Report: Barbarella Reunion

Back before this venerable downtown venue was Independent Bar, it was called Barbarella. Earlier this year to shake things up, it returned to its prior name. And last night it was time for a Barbarella Reunion event!
The surprise opener was DJ Icey (USA) but I only caught the final minute of his set. He had just flown in from Oklahoma City where he had played Friday night.
Even around 10:30PM, the dance floor was already jamming.
DJ Indie John (USA) on the right took over next, joined here in this picture by DJ Smilin’ Dan (USA) who would play later.
My first visit to I-Bar was not until 2009 after Pleasure Island closed so I asked a number of people who knew the original Barbarella what the difference was. No one could really describe a difference.
So last night’s typical Saturday night format of 80’s New Wave was pretty much what we heard. And that was great!
Indie John is the Saturday night early shift resident DJ here at Barbarella. He is seen here with resident Lighting Tech Ernie.
80’s New Wave always brings out the peeps.
Next up in the perch, DJ Rob Bates (USA).
He’s always a popular DJ here because he not only plays some of the well-known hits of that era but also some of the more obscure Alternative songs from back then too.
He had the dance floor packed!
He even had a couple early House music songs mixed in. “Best set evah!”
Always a great vibe at Barbarella!
Spotted by the dance floor: Blog-favorite CJ & Emily (air view).
Spotted by the dance floor: Blog-favorite CJ & Emily (ground view).
Spotted by the dance floor: Pleasure Island‘s Karen & Jeff
Spotted on the dance floor: Jason & Andrea
Spotted at the bar: Tracy & Cyn
Spotted by VIP: Catherine, Cassey & Elaina
Up in the booth, 1AM had arrived all too soon and DJ Smilin’ Dan (USA) had taken over.
It was getting late but the dance floor stayed busy.
Always a great vibe here because everybody loves the 80’s!
It was great to see Smilin’ Dan back in the perch for the Reunion!
A good time was had by all.