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Maxine Nightingale, Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor at Mahaffey for New Years

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com
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Photo Credit: CBS Tampa and Q105 Wrbq

Photo Credit: CBS Tampa and Q105 Wrbq

Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg and radio station Q105 have teamed together to throw the world’s largest New Years Eve concert dance party with Maxine Nightingale, Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor.

Ring in the New Year Saturday night December 31, 2011 at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg with a concert headlined by 3 of the biggest names in disco. There will be fireworks, a DJ spinning your favorite boogie songs –  even go-go dancers reminding you of all your favorite moves on the dance floor.

VIP ticket holders will even get to burn up the dance floor in Studio Q where the concert will be piped in live. Remember how hot you used to look on the dance floor? Dust off the dancing shoes and get your tickets now to the world’s largest New Years Eve dance party.

Q105’s Disco NYE at the Mahaffey Theater is the best NYE party in Tampa Bay with 2 cocktail parties, a concert, 2 firework displays, multiple bars, dancing in the VIP Studio Q and a champagne toast at midnight for everyone.

nye Maxine Nightingale, Sister Sledge and Gloria Gaynor at Mahaffey for New Years
Photo Credit CBS Radio Q105

1970’s disco attire is encouraged.

Mahaffey Theater

400 1st St S
St Petersburg, FL 727) 892-5767
(727) 892-5767

Also if you go to myq105.com and enter the code word Toyota before you check out you buy one and get one free courtesy of Autoway Toyota – this offer is only for the $75 and $100 tickets.

VIP Tickets are in the first 5 rows. Includes exclusive access to Studio Q (the incredibly nice Foundation Room), heavy hordeoveurs, & 2 drink tickets.

The Mahaffey Theater is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is permitted in the designated smoking patio outside the Theater on the patio bar level of this party. This is also a great area to watch the fireworks while having your Champagne toast at midnight .

Information about the artists:

Gloria Gaynor first became a success in 1975 with the release of her album “Never Can Say Goodbye“, which established her as a disco artist and star. The first side of this album consisted of three disco songs all mixed together with no breaks in between the song.  The songs were “Honey Bee”, “Never Can Say Goodbye” and “Reach Out, I’ll Be There”. This dance marathon mix proved to be enormously popular, especially in discos.  All three songs were also released as separate singles and they all became hits

Gloria’s #1 International Hit , “I Will Survive,” will be one of 25 recordings that will be honored at the 54th Grammy Awards Ceremony in February 2012. The song climbed to #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 singles chart not only once – but twice in the spring of 1979 and reached #1 on charts in almost every country and continent around the world that same year.

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Sister Sledge consists of sisters (from oldest to youngest) Debbie Sledge, Joni Sledge, Kim Sledge and Kathy Sledge. Philadelphia natives, Sister Sledge are the granddaughters of the former opera singer, Viola Williams.  “We Are Family” is regarded as one of the most popular songs of all time, winning a Grammy in 1970 for Record of the Year and over 250 million Internet downloads to date. Sister Sledge was voted by VH1 as one of the most successful girl groups of all time, second only to the Supremes.
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Maxine Nightingale released, “Right Back Where We Started From”  in the US early 1976 to enthusiastic reaction, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in May 1976.  After reaching the Top 20 on Billboard’s R&B chart in 1982 with “Turn to Me”, a duet with Jimmy Ruffin, Nightingale dropped out of the Pop mainstream working for some 20 years as a more jazz-orientated live performer. Ms. Nightingale appears in the 2004 PBS music special Superstars of Seventies Soul: Live.
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