NEO-SOUL DIVA MARKS ICONIC DALLAS NIGHTLUB’S FINAL NIGHT WITH MAIN STREET MOTORCADE
SATURDAY JAN 14, DALLAS TX - Led by local music luminary, Erykah Badu, at the wheel of a matte black 1968 Corvette Stingray flanked by a pair of diplomatic motorcycle escorts, PM's "Final Voyage" Main Street motorcade featured the famed Rebirth Brass Band, which has achieved international renown as New Orleans' preeminent marching brass and second line funeral band.
By playing host to a uniquely diverse array of performers over the last 3 years, from Wale to Cee Lo Green to emergent electronic acts like Holy Ghost, Classixx, and The Twelves to the final Texas appearance by the legendary DJ AM, the Lounge has established itself as more than just a fashionable hotel bar. The subterranean PM Nightlife Lounge has served as a true social and cultural hub in the newly ascendant downtown Dallas neighborhood.
“PM’s closure makes way for its ultimate reincarnation as a multi-faceted boutique discotheque, integrating a fully functional recording studio and private cinema”, says Andrea Pambechy, operating partner in PM and its sister club, Rio Room. Pambechy plans to coincide the debut of this iconic nightspot's transformation with the completion of the Joule Hotel's expansion - set for Fall 2012.
As the procession halted at PM's entrance at the Joule Hotel, Badu and members of her band, The Cannabinoids, took to the street in style, donning top hats and white gloves joining the crowd of revelers spilling into Main Street dancing to the 9-piece brass band, with more than a few flaunting the parasols and handkerchiefs so closely associated with the ”second line" tradition.
The second line is the common name given to mourners and revelers that follow a funeral band in the procession. The second line's style of traditional dance, in which participants walk and sometimes twirl a parasol or handkerchief in the air, is called "second lining." It has been called "the quintessential New Orleans art form — a jazz funeral without a body." Some scholars believe that second lining has its origins in traditional West African circle dances, and was brought by slaves to New Orleans, where it became incorporated into processions, such as funerals, forcing the ring to straighten into a line. - fm Wikipedia