They were the clubs before the clubs: That’s Entertainment, Tramps, the Shark Club, Mr. G’s. This was the 1980s, Vegas light years before bigger night spots like the Drink, the Metz/Club Utopia, Club Rio and Baby’s set the foundations for today’s clubscape. The music was hip-hop, 808-heavy electro-funk and the pop-radio dance hits of the day. And the men behind the music were DJ Frankie and DJ R.O.B.
Frankie Anobile curated the sounds of Studio 54 at MGM Grand (the space now housing Hakkasan) for more than a decade after setting the standard spinning at Utopia and other popular locals’ joints. Robert Hathcock, aka R.O.B., did the same, rocking parties at the Shark Club before producing dance hits like Dino’s “Summer Girls” and working as program director at Rain at the Palms. Frankie and R.O.B. will join forces Friday night at Beauty Bar with resident DJ David Christian for the Old School Vegas Reunion, the throwback to end all throwbacks.
“The event will reunite the DJ legends who created the craft and were responsible for building the Las Vegas nightclub industry, paying homage to the music and culture of the ’80s,” Beauty Bar owner Roxie Amoroso says. “We are excited to celebrate the music of this great era and the decades that followed ... led by the best DJs in the business.”
There was a scene before the scene, and this will be the one night you might be able to get a feel for it.
OLD SCHOOL REUNION September 7, 8 p.m., $5. Beauty Bar, 702-598-3757.