Disco rules

Boogie Wonder Band is glittering flashback to '70s dance music

Special to the Union Leader
February 22. 2017 12:40PM
The Boogie Wonder Band bills itself as the “funkiest, most disco-loving band in all the land.” 
If you go...
WHAT: Boogie Wonder Band

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Saturday

WHERE: The Palace Theatre, 80 Hanover St., Manchester

TICKETS: $25.50 and $35.50

INFO: 668-5588; palacetheatre.org

Want to warm up this Saturday? Then head to the Palace Theatre in Manchester, where the Montreal-based Boogie Wonder Band will be performing music as hot as a disco inferno.

Just a warning, though: The two-hour show might cause a few Saturday night fevers.

This 10-person ensemble has a lot of practice; they’ve been getting down for over 20 years.

“This band is a tribute to how great disco music is,” said bass player and singer Boogie Cindy.

“We try to perform it in a way that is paying respect to the genre, and not to make fun of it as a caricature,” she said. “We really try to bring our crowds back in time — to the sights and sounds of the ’70s.”

And, rest assured, the group’s sound is out of sight. Boogie Wonder Band’s stage presence is electric and their costumes authentic. Some of the guys don bell-bottoms, button-down silk shirts and afros. As for the ladies (including Boogie Cindy, Stardust and Foxy B Bellucci), it’s all about fringe, platform boots and glitter.

Thanks to custom-made outfits and moves, the band looks like they time-traveled straight from Studio 54, that notorious 1970s den of decadence and debauchery.

Boogie Cindy (and yes, she insisted that’s her real name), who originally hails from Toldeo, Ohio, and was a bowling champion in a very past life, explains that these are not just costumes; they’re disco couture.

“All our outfits are handmade by amazing artists,” she said.

“We try to bring the glamour side of the disco to it — not every day looks but stage costumes with as much feathers, fringes and sequins as possible,” she added. “Every time we have a new one made it’s a blast!”

Staying together for two decades and performing over 3,000 shows all over the world is pretty impressive for any band, not to mention a band whose repertoire banks on such a specific genre of music.

But when you’ve shared the stage with artists like Kool and the Gang or the late Rick James and performed at a private party for Celine Dion, it’s a testament to the fact that the Boogie Wonder Band is (wait for it ...) “dyn-o-mite,” as Jimmie Walker would say on the one of the decades’ top sitcoms.

“Disco is such happy music,” Boogie Cindy said. “I guess it’s good sometimes to just let go, dance, not think.

“I think it made an impact initially because with all the discotheques around the country, it gave many people the chance to express themselves with their outfits, their dance routines,” she said. “It was a time of liberation and … freedom on the dance floor!”

Thanks to several Disney movies showcasing classic disco music on their soundtracks, a younger generation is getting a taste of some of the big hits, and can carry the torch for disco in the future.

“A newer generation knows about it,” Boogie Cindy said. “Disco Rules!”

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