Welcome 2015 by partying like it is 1999!
The level of 1990s nostalgia is so high right now that at least three separate venues in Brooklyn are planning to ring in the new year with sounds and styles from two decades ago.
“People want to go back and revisit their youth and all the great songs that came out of that era,” said Marcus Linial, manager of ’90s party band the Bayside Tigers.
The band, named for the school mascot in iconic ’90s teen show “Saved by the Bell,” will ring in the new year with a “Saved by the ’90s” party at the Fun Music Ballroom in Dumbo.
Revelers should come in their comfiest pair of platform Sketchers or Reebok pumps to dance in, as the band said it has a catalogue of more than two hours’ worth of songs from acts including Third Eye Blind, Smashmouth, and the Backstreet Boys.
The hams at Park Slope restaurant Pork Slope will also provide plenty of era-appropriate tunes at their ’90s party, courtesy of a DJ, but the focus will be on throwback tastes, with the kitchen cooking up house-made hot pockets, pop tarts, and pizza rolls. The organizers are also asking attendees to come dressed for the theme — which means bucket hats and JNCO jeans (worn backwards, Kriss Kross style, please), as the target audience is those who spent the decade poring over their Trapper Keeper and watching Clarissa explains it all, said one employee.
“We want to make a good time for those who remember coming home from middle school and getting their hot pocket on,” said Pork Slope manger Lopi Asch.
Over at Union Hall in Park Slope, disc jockey and Steve Reynolds is no stranger to the era of Nirvana and No Fear T-shirts. He hosts the regular “Party Like it’s 1999” dance parties at sister bar the Bell House. But to celebrate 2015, he is expanding his repertoire from 1989 to 2004 with “15 for 2015: A Flashback New Year’s Eve.”
“I wanted 15 years to work with, so I fudged it until I came up with the ones that made the most sense,” said Reynolds, who lives in Kensington.
The market for these kind of events may be those hoping to relive their teen years, but unlike real ’90s high school parties, there will be no lines between the preps, geeks, and burnouts at theses dances, said Linial.
“There used to be the kind of person who listened to Nirvana and the kind of person who listened to Britney Spears,” he said. “But now everyone in the audience is singing all of the songs together.”
“Saved by the ’90s” at the Fun Music Ballroom (26 Bridge St. between John and Plymouth streets in Dumbo, www.funmu
Party at Pork Slope [247 Fifth Ave. between Carroll Street and Garfield Place in Park Slope, (718) 768–7675, www.porks
“15 for 2015” at Union Hall [702 Union St. between Fifth and Sixth avenues in Park Slope, (718) 638–4400, www.union
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