On April 1, 1994, Sapphire Supper Club - the venue that we now know as the Social - opened its doors and welcomed in a music scene that fostered local acts like Terri Binion, Steve Foxbury, Brian Chodorcoff, Eugene Snowden, Jeff Nolan and so many more, plus featured much-loved Georgia bands like Donkey and Drivin' n' Cryin'. And now, the community that swarmed to those shows is getting super nostalgic and wants to take a night to remember it all on the 20th anniversary of the venue's opening night.
At 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, head down to the Social to join in and perhaps elevate your Orlando music fan status (or as Jason Ferguson might put it, discover the ancients) to see all the above-mentioned acts, plus Thomas and Olivia Wynn, Cherlene and Joseph and Jesse Lynn Martens (more TBA). (RVSP here)
Here's a lil history lesson:
For those who remember the Sapphire Supper Club, you might get a kick out of reading this Scott Joseph review from 1995, where he finds it "difficult to recommend."
Do you remember the last show you saw at Sapphire Supper Club or the first show you saw at the Social? I'm finding it just as "difficult" to track down exactly when the transition happened, although most of the Internet seems to agree it was sometime in 2002.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.
Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.
Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.
Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.