Thursday, February 25, 2016
Flash back to Florida's late '80s heyday at Super Freestyle Explosion at the CFE Arena
By Thaddeus McCollum
on Thu, Feb 25, 2016 at 4:05 PM
with Stevie B., Jody Watley, Lisa Lisa, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Exposé, Freestyle, Zapp, JJ Fad, the Jets, Timmy T, Jojo (of the Mary Jane Girls) | 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 | CFE Arena, 12777 N. Gemini Blvd. | 407-823-6006 | cfearena.com | $33-$75
Though Florida’s contributions to the national musical landscape are thought of too often as just Mickey Mouse boy bands (Backstreet Boys, NSync) or vehicles for douchebags (Creed, Limp Bizkit), there was a time in the late ’80s and early ’90s when South Florida’s burgeoning dance scene gave birth to a new style so fresh and of-the-moment that New Yorkers promptly stole credit for it. But freestyle the genre was named after Freestyle the band, started by Miami’s “Pretty” Tony Butler, who would go on to produce hits for genre stars like Debbie Deb and Trinere. Butler’s original Freestyle is one of the highlights of the lineup for this weekend’s Super Freestyle Explosion, which also brings you Stevie B., Exposé, JJ Fad and many more. It’s a fascinating encapsulation of a scene that became the soundtrack for countless school dances and day camp field trips for people of a certain age (ahem). Sadly, you will have to leave your roller skates at home.