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Freestyle at The Hyde

George LaMond and HYDE Nightclub — two things I’ve never heard of until recently. So naturally when I got an invite to check out George LaMound perform at The Hyde Nightclub in Hyde Park I was a little dumbfounded. For starters, I’ve been living in Hyde Park since I was born and I’ve never heard of The Hyde Nightclub. It’s pretty sad that me, Mr. “local nightlife expert” over here, doesn’t know about the club in his own hometown!

After I calmed down and did some research, I learned that Hyde Nightclub, also known as the Hyde, is a real place, but they only open for specific events — usually when they can get performers to come and sing there. I also had the opportunity to meet the owner of Hyde Nightclub to get some insight about this elusive club.

What’s funny is that she also owns a local liquor store and that I did know! But that’s not the point. It turns out that Hyde had many incarnations in the past including a sports bar called Bleachers, which I remember well, and The Rainbow Room.

Now for George LaMond. Known to his die-hard fans as the “King of ‘Freestyle,” his hit song “Bad of the heart,” made number 25 on the Billboard charts in the eighties. If you want to learn more, YouTube him. Not my type of music, but hey — why not give it a shot.

So I walk in, I do my thing, order myself an Eighty Seven (Bacardi & 7-UP), and meet new people. Special shout out to Sheri Parte from Shadows on the Hudson! Al’s After Party will be hitting up Shadows very soon, but until then the spotlight is on The Hyde!

The inside of the place isn’t bad for a club setting. When you first walk in, they have a huge dance floor on your right with the stage and a small DJ booth on the far end. On the left is a full bar complete with small booths and stools. As for sound, the music always stayed with you thanks to the huge speakers strategically placed around the club.

After about an hour of mingling, we were treated to a performance by Hudson Valley Nightlife’s very own Michelle Barone. I’ve never seen her perform on-stage before. I have to say that her and her dancer, Claudia Coroban, had no problem getting the crowd moving, clapping, and throwing their hands up! There were even some shirts flying off – but not in the way you’re thinking. Enough said.

IMG_0314Once George LaMond came on stage, his fans went crazy. I’ve never seen that many phones rise up to take photos so fast before! He started off with some popular cover songs like “I Gotta Feeling” by Black Eyed Peas, and then went on to his hit songs like “Bad of the Heart,” and “Don’t Stop Believing.”

For someone I’ve never heard before, I thought he had a great voice and the performance went well. Of course I didn’t know any of the words so I kind of just smiled and bobbed my head.

After some more socializing, the event came to a close. When it was all said and done, the night was still young. Before I knew it, I was on my way to the next adventure of the night!

Alan Fanitzi
Independent Blogger
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