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Eleven years ago, girls wore studded belts and tastefully ripped jeans, and guys wore trucker hats and Livestrong bracelets. Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance ruled the rock radio airwaves, and 2005 wouldn’t have been complete without “scene kids” wearing black hoodies and tight jeans. Despite the fashion changes and the far-less-angsty music, Respectable Street’s weekly party, Flaunt, has remained the same, right down to the $1 PBR “Kill the Keg.”
For Flaunt’s 11th birthday party on Thursday, the crew at Respectables will have a few new additions in store as well as some old favorites. Expect to hear surprise guest DJs from Flaunt’s past spinning tracks, and keep your eye out for the good ol’ waving Flaunt ghost. Don’t forget to sip on $3 vodka cranberries and $3 Flaunt shots as well. “Maybe we’ll come up with other surprises before then,” says Respectables band booker Ates Isildak.
Miami duo the State Of will grace the stage with piano-infused indie pop tunes. Isildak said, “The State Of is one of [Respectables building owner] Rodney [Mayo’s] favorite Florida bands, but they had been on hiatus for years and years. About a year ago they started playing together, but we hadn’t gotten them to play yet so we thought this was the perfect time to have them play.”
With many clubs on Clematis Street closing and reopening over the years, Respectables has remained a Palm Beach County mainstay. Isildak attributes Flaunt’s success to being run by a small, smart, and approachable group of people in the local music scene.
“You know what to expect, but in a good way,” he says. “The music is always changing. We’re always bringing in new bands and new music, but the vibe stays the same because we all want the same thing.”