Mark Your Calendar for the Cloud 9 and Studio K Reunion Party on April 1

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Courtesy of the Official Knott's Berry Farm "Studio K/ Cloud 9" Facebook Page
Back in the day in Buena Park, it was all about Cloud 9 and Studio K. The clubs inside the Knott's Berry Farm amusement theme park were the place to be for many young people out dancing and hooking up--or whatever they called it back then--on a weekend night in OC.

Now, after 20 years, both Cloud 9 and Studio K are returning for a one-night-only reunion party set to take place on April 1 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Two full bars, original DJs from the clubs, the hosting services of ex-KROQ personality Richard Blade, and access to the theme park's rides and attractions are the draw for reasonably priced tickets and hotel packages for the event. As the date draws nearer, so does the excitement for late 30somethings/early 40somethings who remember a social staple of their teenage years.

"The first time I went to Studio K, I was, like, 13 years old. It seemed like a fantastic place where everyone was having fun, getting along and enjoying themselves,"  recalls Anaheim resident Sal Surra. "The music was great, and just about everyone was dancing. The best dancers would go onstage, where they had huge mirrors, to watch themselves and allow others to see them dance."

The spirited exhibitions soon evolved, further cementing the spot's reputation. "After a few times going with friends, we started our own dance crew and began to compete against other crews," Surra says.

"This was the beginning of the true Studio K experience. Weekly visits and competitions continued for the next couple of years while Studio K was around, making it the must-be spot during the late '80s," adds the former reveler who was a regular from 1987 to 1990.

"In addition to the music and dancing, there was never a shortage of dates for both girls and boys. It would be pretty common place to see someone you are attracted to there and ask them to dance," he says, noting that he owed his first teenage girlfriends to the social atmosphere Studio K provided.

Over time, Studio K's popularity became too large for its own good, attracting the usual buzz killers that ultimately led to its closure. "Everyone wanted to be there, including the gangs, criminals and other types who would eventually ruin it. After years of great times, the place started to turn into a haven for fights, stabbings and other problems that made it almost impossible to go and enjoy the place," Surra recalls. "Studio K had to put in metal detectors, armed guards and other security measures just to keep it going, but after short time, they had to close it because there was no way to control the activity."



Now, 20 years after being shut down, the good times are being revived again for the special reunion party. Television commercials are hitting the airwaves and the Internet--the first of which is posted above--and the word is getting out. As in the old days, Studio K will be spinning Top 40 hits from the '80s, while Cloud 9 will delve into bands such as The Cure, Oingo Boingo and Depeche Mode.

"I personally will never forget my experiences at Studio K and still talk about them to this day in a very positive and upbeat manner because those were my wonder years and memories, and I'm forever grateful in having them," Surra nostalgically reminisces as he hopes to be able to secure some of the remaining limited tickets and attend the reunion.

Best of all, it will be a night of '80s music that has nothing to do with the Spazzmatics cover band! In the words of "Dead Man's Party" by Oingo Boingo, "Who could ask for more?"
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ocnikki
ocnikki

I'm excited to go back to Cloud 9!!! I'll have to dig behind all the lawyerly business suits in my closet to try to find my Misfits or Siouxsie or Jesus and Mary Chain shirts... And where are my Docs?!?! I am tooooo excited! And I get to make out with my boyfriend in Camp Snoopy! Ah, the memories!!!

Madonna
Madonna

They ruined it 20 Years ago. They are probably all in Prison or Dead!! Oh well, let's party...Paybacks a Bitch! :)

Hornet2sting
Hornet2sting

will the freakin cholos of east l.a. be there? if so, i ain't going. freakin gans, skinheads, troublemakers always have to ruin the fun for everyone else. orale mexicans of cholo land. you best to stay away from this event. jerks!!! i will most sointly be there, yea baby!!

Cherishamber
Cherishamber

Right on Sal- Party for those of us who cant get there. DOnt forget the Aquanet LOL Miss ya man- tell Vince hey.

Michelle Faulkner
Michelle Faulkner

This is just what I've been waiting for!!!! ;)

Ltliza
Ltliza

..hmmm..I used to work with a Michelle Faulkner at Cerritos Contempo...could this be you????..lil liza :)

Sal Surra
Sal Surra

Can't wait! Thanks for posting my quotes. I've always been a big fan of Studio K and look forward to seeing it back.

Paul
Paul

Get your tickets to Knott's Berry Farms Studio K and Cloud 9 Reunion party at Knotts.com/studioK or you can purchase tickets at Knott's Berry Farm. Hurry as tickets are limited and they are selling now.

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