I love retirement parties and wedding anniversaries, but those are private events, not open to the public. The yacht club/marina gigs have been fun, but they aren't inclusive enough. Recently I was Googling clubs and other music dancing venues in the East bay, and ho-lee crap. Things are worse than ever. There aren't many places with boomer-oriented music AND a dance floor any more. Armando's in Martinez is great for music, and anytime "Sunday Papers" plays a gig you can count on great music, but they aren't really a dance venues, although I love that their music starts early on Sundays. I also highly recommend the Half Moon Bay Brewing company when they have a good Boomer band. The music starts early in the afternoon on Saturdays, and the dance floor is packed...but, Half Moon Bay (Princeton to be precise) is a hell of a drive. Any place you can hear Chrome Deluxe is worth the drive, but they are mostly a South bay band. Rats!
So for most Boomers, opportunities to hear Boomer classics (and dance!) are few and far between. it's worth it to me to drop my fee if I can find public venues in and around Alameda. I have a 'day job" and am more interested in preserving the experience of a classic boomer dance party than making a little dough. I find the money less attractive than seeing my wife and our friends out shaking that cake on the dance floor.
Some limitations: These are Boomer Dance Parties, not club gigs, so they don't go from 8 to bar-closing hours. A two hour boomer dance party will leave you exhausted and sweaty enough. Trust me. I'm looking for public venues, not "member-only" places, and the charge at the door needs to stay below $10. We just want to pay for the location and maybe a custodian to make sure the restrooms are clean and well-stocked during the duration. A cash bar is great, but a caterer raises the ticket price, so that needs to be watched. Dance parties are about the music, the fun, and the laughter, not clearing a profit.
Watch for updates as this project moves forward...and dust off those dancin' shoes.