Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILJohnny and Lisa Roberts take a pause from the Gas House dance floor during a March 30 rockabilly concert by Midnight Shift. The performance was organized by Robyn Shannon, a founder of Gas House who is moving to the UK April 20. PRESS PHOTOS BY PAUL CMILJohnny and Lisa Roberts take a pause from the Gas House dance floor during a March 30 rockabilly concert by Midnight Shift. The performance was organized by Robyn Shannon, a founder of Gas House who is moving to the UK April 20.
Attendees crowd the floor to dance. Spectators also had plenty of places to sit and check out the moves. Attendees crowd the floor to dance. Spectators also had plenty of places to sit and check out the moves.

Midnight Shift gives concert at Gas House

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Founder of Catty dance hall moving to UK next week

Mike Metallia and his band Midnight Shift finally caught a show date at the Gas House Dance Hall March 30. Midnight Shift had been billed twice for Catasauqua’s dance club, but the weather put a crimp in the plans.

Robyn Shannon, one of the founders of the Gas House, wanted this premier band to play in Catasauqua. Shannon, who is leaving for her new abode in Yorkshire Dales in the UK April 20, had a promise to keep to her rockabilly fans.

“I wanted to be sure that everyone had a chance to hear this group,” she said.

She planned it for a day when weather would not be a factor.

Unfortunately for his fans, Metallia contracted ALS and is not able to play all the sets. Besides this date in Catasauqua, he has a benefit concert at Poco’s in Doylestown April 15. Check out the details on his website, midnightshift.com.

The event was well attended. With each concert series, they get more recognition as a unique dance club.

“We had people in here tonight that came from Montgomeryville, and a couple came in from Emmaus,” said Vicki Bartholomew, manager of the Gas House and Blocker’s Coffeehouse.

Some targeted advertising and Facebook promotions helped get more new people.

“Our regulars are bringing a friend to the events, and that helps us fill up the dance floor,” she said.

Bartholomew manages the bands and handles the bookings, as well as the coffee shop next door.

“We’re getting some good feedback on the coffee shop, too. Lots of people are stopping by because they are in town visiting relatives,” she said.

Can’t dance? The Gas House, 311 Front St., offers dance lessons for those with two left feet.

“We’re growing, and the dance enthusiasts are getting the word out that this is a good place to come. It’s a unique kind of place,” Bartholomew said. “As Catasauqua grows and all these things happen along Front Street, this is the kind of place that attracts people from all around the Valley.”