Festival Organizers realized nearly 20 years ago that the fundamental concept of a dance, which was the iconic form of nighttime, adult entertainment throughout the 20th century, was quickly giving way to the more complex 21st century concept of a theme party. Theme parties function, in essence, as dances; but, they are actually much more than that. Attendees are usually expecting, and are treated to, more elaborate, themed decorations; there is usually a “dress-up” component and themed costuming is encouraged; there are usually specialty-themed adult beverages available for sale; and, to take care of the dance-aspects of the event, a top-flight band is hired…a band whose music and stage persona tie into the overall theme of the dance party.
Over the years the Festival has offered, and continues to offer, a wide variety of themed dances: the black tie, sophisticated elegance of the Sunrise Medical Laboratories Queen’s Ball, held under the crystal chandeliers at the George Washington Hotel; the nostalgic “American Graffiti” At-the-Hop feel of the myPotential at Home Oldies Rock ‘n’ Roll Dance; and, the Swing Era, nightclub-dinner-dance charm of the Willows At Meadow Branch Young At Heart Dance. Over the years, the Festival has also created a series of huge, signature theme parties at the Tolley Dental Tent. Currently running on Friday nights: the Studio 54/Manhattan madness of the Jim Stutzman Chevrolet-Cadillac 80s Dance Party, with the fabulous New York City band, Rubix Kube; and, on Saturday nights: the thumping action of hot, on-the-rise Nashville acts at the Country Music Party.
For 2017, Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival® President, Mike Stanfield, is very pleased to announce that he is filling the empty slot on Thursday nights at the Tolley Dental Tent; and, he is bringing a lot more “Wow!” to Bloomtown, with the exciting addition of “A Night in Havana!” to our Honor Role of theme parties. The current fascination with all things “Tropical Latin” brought on by the re-opening of American relations with Cuba has spawned a rash of “Havana Nights” parties across the country. They are the current “hot item” for theme party aficionados! This event is most ably chaired by the lady that built the fabled Disco Party into the sellout event that it once was, Sabra Veach. After a lengthy search, we were able to book the fabulous Pablo Antonio y La Firma to provide the super-hot Latin rhythms that will form the foundation of this must-see new event.
Pablo Antonio y La Firma is an 11-piece tropical Latin band based in Washington, D. C., renowned for its white-hot brass section. The band has been performing since 1999; and, they specialize in Merengue, Salsa and Cumbia. Their contagious rhythms have taken them to Festival de la Calle 8 in Miami; Taste of D.C.; Taste of Bethesda; Southwest Fireworks; Cherry Blossom Festival; and, more. Their clients include the Washington Post; the National Zoo; Club Puerto Rico de Maryland; Cancun Cantina; Frederick Community College; Good Shepherd Catholic Church; City of Alexandria; Fairfax County; and, Montgomery County to name a few.
Attendees are encouraged to dress for “A Night in Havana:” think bright silk shirts, fancy dresses, Hibiscus blooms, palm trees, colored lights, warm breezes; think Mojitos and dark rum shots. While all the regular food and beverage items you expect to find at the Tolley Dental Tent will be offered, there will certainly be some themed items to fit the party as well. Tickets for this hot new dance are $25.00. Ticket Forms are available at SABF Headquarters; and, on-line ticket sales for this event can be purchased here. Further information will be available by Festival e-blast, on Facebook, and at the Festival App. This event is: “Por todos nuestros amigos: Latinos y Americanos…..for all our friends, Latinos and Americans!”