If you have ever been to a DJ Herbert â€œFreedom Partyâ€ you expect to be taken through a trip through memory lane, musically speaking. The Freedom Party is NYCâ€™s â€œLongest Running Friday Night Dance Partyâ€ that takes you through the â€œ70â€™s, 80â€™s, 90â€™s Hip-Hop, R&B, Soul, House, Reggae, Pop, Rock and New Flavor.â€ Needless to say that nostalgia is the theme that is played on when you attend these parties, so I was a happy individual amongst hundreds of others at this Summer Stage event to celebrate its 11th Anniversary.
This Freedom Party was a particularly special one for me as it was my daughterâ€™s first one! Being that my daughter is only 5 years old, she didnâ€™t understand why everyone was so excited when the DJ spun Kid N Playâ€™s â€œRollinâ€, â€œEye of the Tigerâ€, leading into Michael Jacksonâ€™s â€œBilly Jeanâ€ to LL Cool Jâ€™s â€œAround the Way Girlâ€, or Salt-N-Peppaâ€™s â€œShoopâ€ and R.E.M.â€™s â€œLosing My Religion.â€ Regardless, my daughter was excited to just to hang out with me, dance, laugh and be silly – although the snow cone icy I got her certainly helped her have fun. Needless to say, everyone that attended this ominous Friday evening party in Central Park came out to party, have fun and reminisce with music that teleports them back to their own back in the day memories.
Personally speaking I was taken back to my junior high school and high school days with much satisfaction. Aside from how I felt, it was great to see other 30 to 40 year olds just enjoying themselves, excited and going through an emotional music roller coaster that lead them to dance, even as the skies began to darken and the drizzle started to fall. As the first crack of thunder sounded Salsa music emanated through the speakers and filled the park with hip shakers and dance partners leading with twists and turns. I had no choice but to grab my daughter by the hands and give her a twirl and dance a quick Salsa with her.
As the rain began to become heavier and heavier, and everyone out on the green lawn took off their shoes and continued to dance the thunder and lightening became more prominent. Around 8 PM the organizers stopped the music and asked everyone to stay away from the bleachers and rails for safety reasons, which was obviously understood by the partygoers. Everyone either headed towards the exit or waited around with hopes for the outdoor Freedom Party to continue, but unfortunately after about 15 minutes the party was officially called off on account of rain, thunder and lightening. Although the party was cut 2 hours short, it was a fantastic time, great music and best of all I spent it with my fiancÃ©e and daughter – I couldnâ€™t ask for anything better. I canâ€™t wait for next yearâ€™s Summer Stage Freedom Party; I just hope it doesnâ€™t rain!
Check out the Images taken at the event before the rain!