Skateboarding returned to Asbury Park’s waterfront this past year and on Saturday ice skating returns via The Asbury on Fifth Avenue. If you’re wondering what’s next – try roller skating inside the iconic Convention Hall, located at 1300 Ocean Ave.
The new pop-up is “promises to be a soulful Valentine jam,” spokesman Adam Nelson tells the Sun. “It’ll be a time machine to Xanadu; to relive the funky disco days of tube socks and spandex while catching boogie fever. It’s a love on wheels Valentine’s weekend.”
Featured DJ Atom Worth said he’s planning to model the music and atmosphere after the late ‘70s to early ‘80s roller boogie scene.
“Back in the day on Friday and Saturday nights, the roller rinks would become more of a disco, night club atmosphere, and dancing became a part of the skating,” Worth said. “Funk/Disco captures it great but into the early 80’s the music at roller rinks was more funky 80’s R&B and 80’s pop and rock, so I plan to sort of go on that whole journey musically as well through the night, with some room for improv.”
Worth said there’ll be relevant visuals and music videos to capture the Roller Boogie craze.
Tickets are now on sale for the two-day Roller Hall pop up events, running Feb 11 and 12.
The Roller Hall will feature food, drinks, music, and games. Each spin session lasts 1 hour and 15 minute, with doors open 15 minutes prior. Because skate rentals will be limited, participants must reserve in advance via EventBrite here. Bring your own skates will be welcome for both quad and inline skaters, Nelson said.
Sessions will be broken down via soundtrack classics, like Kids Disco Mix or Madonna and Donna Summer hours. There’s also a couples skate, backward skate, disco mix and boogie nights on the lineup.
And at 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. and noon, slots will be reserved for Asbury Park students to skate free, Nelson said. A parent or guardian must accompany anyone ages 16 and under.
From noon to 6 p.m. on both days, Can’t Buy Me Love – a Valentine’s Market will held inside the Grand Arcade. A collaboration from The Asbury Park Bazaar and The Market, vendors will offer gifts for her and him, flowers, and chocolates & treats. In true pop-up market style, there will workshops and Hey Bulldog – A Tribute to the Beatles.
The Roller Hall hours will be 2 p.m. to 1 a.m. Feb. 11 and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb 12.
Pricing is as follows:
Morning to Late Afternoon Sessions [10 AM – 7:15 PM], $5 for BYO skates or $10 with rental.
Night Sessions [8 PM on], $15 for BYO skates or $20 with rental.
Here’s the schedule:
Saturday, February 11, 2017 (6 sessions)
2 PM – 3:15 PM (Disco Mix) KIDS & TEENS ONLY (16 and younger)
4 PM – 5:15 PM (Disco Mix) ALL AGES
6 PM – 7:15 PM (Donna Summer Hour) ALL AGES
8 PM – 9:15 PM (DJ) (Couples Skate) 21 AND UP
10 PM – 11:15 PM (DJ) 21 AND UP
Midnight – 1:15 AM (DJ) (Boogie Nights Party) 21 AND UP
Sunday, February 12, 2017 (6 sessions)
10 AM – 11:15 AM (Kids Disco Mix) KIDS & TEENS ONLY (16 and younger)
12 PM – 1:15 PM (Kids Disco Mix) KIDS & TEENS ONLY (16 and younger)
2 PM – 3:15 PM (Disco Mix) ALL AGES
4 PM – 5:15 PM (Madonna Hour) ALL AGES
6 PM – 7:15 PM (Backwards Skate) ALL AGES
8 PM – 9:15 PM (DJ) 21 AND UP
And here are the rules:
Roller Hall reserves the right to revoke use privileges from those who violate venue rules.
All skaters are required to execute a liability waiver online or at the door.
An ID is required for adults to enter. Minors, 16 and younger, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Skate at your own risk and in authorized area only.
Only roller skates are allowed. All other uses are prohibited.
No tobacco products, illegal substances, profanity, or fighting allowed.
No tagging, graffiti, or placement of stickers allowed.
No outside food or drink.
No gum, food, or drinks in rink area.
Animals are not allowed in the venue.
Spectators are not permitted in the skate area.
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