For some of the later baby boomers and/or early Gen-X Long Islanders, it was more than music -- it was a lifestyle.
Back when IROC-Z model Chevrolet Camaros were cruising Hempstead Turnpike and Deer Park Avenue by the dozens and the scents of Drakkar Noir cologne, Aqua Net hairspray and cigarettes combined in almost every nightclub on the Island ... of course, we are talking about freestyle.
Although not necessarily a national craze, the sound combined dance beats, sampling and emotional, upbeat vocals into a form of music that dominated Long Island nightlife from the late-'80s to the early-'90s -- and while today it has basically disappeared from both the mainstream and underground scenes, there are many local fans who feel that the songs of artists like Stevie B, Lisa Lisa and TKA will never die.
For those people: This one's for you.
On Friday, May 6, The Lounge at Two Steak & Sushi Den in New Hyde Park will host "The Freestyle Classics Party" starting at 9 p.m. Tito Ramirez and Tony B. will be in the DJ booth bringing the biggest and best of the genre to the crowd, while ladies enjoy an open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. (with a previous RSVP) plus half-price martinis and wine all evening (no cover charge).