Disco Unlimited has become the hottest disco show and dance band on the East Coast. Capturing a time in music that to this day has not been matched, Disco Unlimited will exhilarate you with their powerful vocals, tight harmonies and dance grooves, and instantly transport you to a time when Saturday nights meant white suits and platform shoes and the best music.
We have a fantastic summer line-up– all free of charge – so please feel free to invite your friends.
For Waterside residents, just step out your door – and the entertainment will be right there for you!
We spoke with Michelle Amico Licata, owner of MLicata Entertainment, and the booker and manager of Disco Unlimited to find out what to expect on the 19th – and why Disco music is so universally appealing.
Disco Unlimited’s site has: “Capturing music that to this day has not been matched.” Why is it so unparalleled – and why does it appeal to people of all ages?
Disco music takes you to a happy place – that’s what it does. And people remember the songs. Whether they heard it from their parents playing it or they heard it from an older brother or sister, or in recent circulation, it makes people happy
Once you hear the music, you can’t help but tap your feet and move to it – it’s such upbeat, happy music. And the hustle – the dance that came along with it – was a great dance.
Then they brought salsa into it – that era really captured every audience.
In fact, it seems that in the past 5 or 6 years, Disco’s become really popular again. And now it’s the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever! They released the album again; they did a CBS special with Barry Gibb and John Travolta – so it’s huge this year.
Speaking of which: Disco Unlimited is playing at that 40th Anniversary of Saturday Night Fever in Coney Island! That’s also huge!
You have been working with the band for many years. How did you get involved with them?
I’m a band person and I started out booking bands. I wound up listening to not even a full verse of one of the songs they were doing and I called them up and asked, “Are you guys playing anywhere?” and they were playing at a very small park, and I went to see them and I was blown away by the voices of the two lead singers.
The whole band is great – and the two female singers were just phenomenal. So, at first I thought, “Are they lip syncing? Because they sound so much like the artist or better.” And I found out that they don’t lip sync at all.
Then it started to snowball: They were doing larger shows at the NYCB Theater in Westbury and resorts, casinos, opening for the artists whose music they play. And now they have a fan base that follows them around! It’s crazy.
How do the artists feel about them performing their songs?
They worked with these artists sometimes over and over, and now I have the artists saying, “Can Disco Unlimited back us up…” Like Tavares and France Joli, they say, “Can you back us up on one of our songs? We want you on stage with us.”
And it’s an honor. It’s an honor when you get an artist asking you to play with them.
There’s no bigger compliment!
What kind of songs are they going to be playing at Waterside?
They’ll probably do some Donna Summer, they’ll do some France Joli, they’ll do some Tavares –they have so many.
New York City is very much linked with Disco, in part because of Saturday Night Fever.
Yes, Disco was very big on the east coast between New York, Florida, all up and down the east coast. It was huge back in the ’70s and it still is. And of course, yes, New York is most powerful because of Saturday Night Fever.
And Disco Unlimited has a special niche – they come in costume of the Disco era, they play all the songs from that era, and people love to dance to the music as much as they like hearing them sing.
What should people know about your show at Waterside? What should they expect that night?
What I would tell them is to make sure they have their boogie shoes on and ready to dance!
Be prepared to dance; that’s what I would tell everybody. As soon as the first person goes out onto a dance floor everyone tends to follow after that.
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