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Industry's Heyday Recalled In Pontiac

Of the Oakland Press

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The Pontiac nightclub Industry closed down nine years ago, but memories of its seven-year run as one of the metro area’s hottest dancing, drinking and music spots will be rekindled at Friday's (Dec. 28) Industry Reunion.

The event takes place at the club’s original location at 15 S. Saginaw St. — now the Eagle Theatre — as well as in the adjacent Crofoot Ballroom. A number of Industry’s DJs will be spinning, including Tom Zito, Mark McConnel, Mike Scroggs, Urban Criss, Dianna, Cristina, Charles English, Brian Gillespie and M. Bertucci. Designer Benson returns to Detroit for the first time in more than a decade to present a Mange La Mode fashion show, and other staffers will be on hand, as well.

“You run across familiar faces and people from that time, and we have a tendency to reminisce more than we should,” says Marc Levack, Industry’s general manager from 1992-97 and one of the organizers of tonight’s reunion. “People always said, ‘When are we all gonna get back together?’

“So we started a MySpace page to find a lot of the old faces, and it just went from there.”

In its heyday, Industry would pack up to 2,000 people in for dancing and concerts. The club hosted Cyndi Lauper, Adam & the Ants, George Clinton and early appearances by electronic acts such as Crystal Method and Utah Saints. R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe sang with Patti Smith at Industry, and the club hosted some raucous after-parties for the Lollapalooza tour.

“We knew when we were running five busy nights a week, that was unheard of in nightclubland,” says Levack. “We were very fortunate. We were there before there was a club on every corner, before Novi had clubs, Birmingham had clubs. We got to choose from the best of the best when it came to DJs, bartenders, staff. And people responded to that.”

Doors open for the Industry Reunion at 9 p.m. Admission is $15. Call (248) 420-8725 or visit www.industrypontiac.com.

Web Site: www.industrypontiac.com

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