There’s something about 80s nostalgia that brings people together. You start to reminisce and one-up each other on the throwback references. Remember when Hawaiian shirts were stylish? Yeah, what about neon sunglasses? How we wore tracksuits seriously back then? There’s something about the bright, unabashed character of the 80s that keeps us coming back.
So when BBQ Films told us they were screening Weekend at Bernie’s for their summer film event at the in the Rockaways, we immediately thought about our favorite summer sound: Panama Wedding. The band, led by Peter Kirk, embodies a bright, energetic sound - a joyful synth-pop that makes us want to hop behind the wheel of a cherry-red convertible and drive the California coast.
The event had guests wandering through an elaborate theater experience in Playland Motel’s twelve hotel rooms. After soaking up the scene, the cast led guests downstairs to hear Panama Wedding play right before the movie screening.
photo cred: Chris Gregory for BBQ Films
Fans sang along and danced to Panama Wedding favorites like “Uma”, “Feels Just Like Summer” and the hot summer track, “All of the People”. And the night wrapped up with a visit from the REAL Bernie, Terry Kiser, who led the dance party in the “Bernie Lean”.
It certainly does feel like summer with Panama Wedding. Salutations and happy summer.