Two Bands Unite For A Night Of Memories
DALLAS – Two local music legends will share the stage at Irem Temple on Saturday.
That’s when The All Stars and The Starfires will perform in the pavilion from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Joe Nardone and Eddie Day Pashinski, two icons in the local music scene for decades, will lead their bands for a reunion that is sure to attract hundreds of people of all ages.
“I think what Eddie’s band and my band are doing is probably very unique in that people can come out and dance to the same bands that they grew up with in their youth.” Nardone said.
The All Stars and The Starfires played at venues such as Sans Souci, Hanson’s and Sandy Beach, which all featured open-air walls with huge dance floors like Irem Temple pavilion.
Nardone said that in recent years many school classes get a group together for mini-reunions to come out to the dances to hear the same music with the same bands they danced to during their high school and college days.
“It’s something that is only offered once a year and it becomes a night of going back if only for a few hours, to when there were not too many responsibilities other than figuring out how to hitch a ride to the parks where the dances were held” Nardone said. “Somehow we managed and the dance halls were packed every summer”
Deidre Miller Kaminski is one of those people who coordinates with her Wyoming Valley West High School Class of 1968 classmates to attend the dances. She said she usually gets 50-plus people to come out.
“We love the bands and the music.” she said. “There’s nothing better than getting together with classmates and friends and dancing the night away. And I have loved listening to Joe Nardone and Eddie Day since I was 15 years old.”
Nardone said the music The All Stars and Starfires play has become the soundtrack of people’s lives.
“I can’t tell you how many people come up to me and say they remember the good old days at Sans Souci and the many who tell me they met their wife or husband at our dances.” he said.
The Starfires and The All Stars last performed together at Genetti’s ballroom in Wilkes-Barre for a fundraiser for the American Red Cross, specifically for victims of last September’s flood. It was sponsored by the Union Township Supervisors.