On this week’s episode of TropCast with Anthony Gargano we relaxed at Tango’s Lounge and played a few games of Guns N’ Roses slots on TropicanaCasino.com while waiting to head to Boogie Nights for a groovy night of dancing, drinks, and throwbacks! Keep listening as we talk to Dave Pena, co-owner of Boogie Nights AC, as he tells us about all of the spooktacular Halloween events coming up at Boogie and what the inspiration was behind the ultimate 70’s and 80’s dance club at Tropicana AC!
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00:00 Anthony Gargano: Welcome to TropCast 3, this is all things Tropicana, on your favorite podcast. We are the hosts. I’m Anthony Gargano. She is Maureen Crowley Williams, our own MCW. So, Maureen, today, we have a big day for us, right?
00:18 Maureen Crowley Williams: Big day.
00:19 AG: Alright, are you ready?
00:20 MW: Mm-hmm.
00:20 AG: Because we are sitting now, here, live, at the Tango Lounge.
00:25 MW: Drinking some grapefruit tequila crushers.
00:28 AG: Yeah, what was that drink you ordered?
00:30 MW: A little tequila, grapefruit, and lime.
00:33 AG: But what tequila do we use? Patron?
00:35 MW: Patron.
00:35 AG: Alright, so we got the tequila, and the grapefruit, and the lime. And by the way, I love the snacks.
00:41 MW: Spicy.
00:42 AG: I have to tell you, they’re little spicy sticks, with the pretzel nuggets.
00:46 MW: Peanuts?
00:47 AG: Yeah, I… You like the peanuts, too.
00:48 MW: Mm-hmm.
00:49 AG: See, that goes good with the grapefruit smasher. So, what I wanna do today… ‘Cause we’re gonna hang out here for a little while, and then we’re gonna hightail it over to Boogie Nights.
00:58 MW: Oh, yeah.
01:00 AG: So in fact, Dave Pena’s gonna join us. He’s the vision behind Boogie Nights, here at the Tropicana. So we’ll visit with Dave, and maybe he can comp us a cocktail or two once we go to Boogie Nights.
01:10 MW: I hope so. I’ve been to Boogie Nights, so I’m curious to see what he sheds in the light of day for me.
01:14 AG: Oh, really?
01:15 MW: Yeah, I’ve been there at night. Been there on a Thursday, a Friday, a Saturday, a bachelorette party.
01:19 AG: Have you, really?
01:20 MW: A birthday party, on the stage, underneath a disco ball.
01:22 AG: You were dancing on the stage?
01:23 MW: Mm-hmm.
01:24 AG: You were dancing on the stage?
01:25 MW: I can confirm that, there’s pictures. Yeah.
01:29 AG: Is it a blast or what?
01:30 MW: It’s a great time.
01:31 AG: Great time, Boogie Nights.
01:32 MW: The best music, the DJs, everything they got going on.
01:35 AG: Oh, I love it. I love it. Well, Boogie Nights, we’ll visit with Dave, and then you and I are gonna go to Boogie Nights and hang out. And I don’t know, what should I wear?
01:45 MW: Hmm. Well, you wanna dress up? You could go in costume, there’s the roller skate girl, you could try to dance with her. The hula hoop girl.
01:49 AG: I can’t skate.
01:51 MW: The hula hoop girl. Can you hula hoop?
01:53 AG: Do you think I can hula hoop?
01:54 MW: Can you dress the part? You got a polyester button-down? I could see you having something in your wardrobe. Did you pack?
01:58 AG: I think so. Yeah, yeah, I packed it.
02:00 MW: Did you pack correctly?
02:00 AG: I packed it correctly.
02:01 MW: Alright.
02:02 AG: I can go get a chain, too. I have a chain.
02:04 MW: A chain. You don’t need a wig, ’cause you got the hair going on already.
02:06 AG: I got the frizzy hair, yeah. That’s true.
02:08 MW: Alright, you’re set.
02:09 AG: Can I unbutton the shirt?
02:10 MW: Oh, yeah, you gotta unbutton the shirt. You gotta get into it.
02:12 AG: Alright. I’m in! I got it ready to go!
02:14 MW: It’s unique. You’re gonna do this here and only here.
02:17 AG: Yeah, this is a blast.
02:17 MW: You gotta do it.
02:18 MW: Get into character.
02:19 AG: Well, I like to have a couple cocktails. And by the way, since we’re hanging at Tango’s and we’re watching the game, I wanna play a little Guns N’ Roses slots on my laptop. I just happen to have my laptop, you have your iPad. I still have the mini-laptop. So I got my mini-laptop.
02:38 MW: You could play it anywhere.
02:38 AG: And I wanna play… Right, as long as I’m in New Jersey, as we’re here, right now, in New Jersey, but I don’t feel like going to the slot machine, I wanna have my… What did you call it, tequila grapefruit smasher?
02:48 MW: Smasher, yeah.
02:49 AG: I wanna have my smasher, enjoy it, and play TropicanaCasino.com.
02:54 MW: And you can.
02:55 AG: I can do that right now, right?
02:57 MW: Yeah.
02:57 AG: So I can sit here, ’cause there’s this new game, one of the slots they have is the Guns N’ Roses. So it’s a perfect theme, and we got a little Guns N’ Roses, and then we go to Boogie Nights. So we can kinda like go back in time, ’cause you could see me at a Guns N’ Roses concert, can’t you?
03:13 MW: Yeah, I sure can. That’s a different outfit, that’s a different look, but I could see it.
03:17 AG: Well, I wanna play the Guns N’ Roses slots on TropicanaCasino.com. Because this thing is outrageous!
03:26 MW: It’s fun.
03:27 AG: I saw it, and in fact, you can actually play anywhere on demo mode. If you wanna play for real money, you could play TropicanaCasino.com in the state of New Jersey. You can go, you could bet anywhere from a penny to 25 cents. There’s like 200 pay lines, and you get Guns N’ Roses music throughout the whole time you’re playing.
03:47 MW: Oh, that’s fun.
03:48 AG: Alright.
03:48 MW: And the visual, too. You see Axl the whole time, don’t you?
03:50 AG: Yeah, you see Axl, it’s kinda cool. I really like it.
03:53 MW: Yeah.
03:54 AG: Alright, so you mind imbibing while we… Will you play it with me?
03:56 MW: Yeah.
03:57 AG: You good?
03:58 MW: Yeah. I got one hand free.
04:00 AG: Alright. Make sure, ’cause we have our cocktails, and now, I wanna log on. So I’m logging on right now to TropicanaCasino.com.
04:16 AG: Alright. I am in! I’m playing Guns N’ Roses. That’s right. So listen, I’m not a big sport just yet. So I’m gonna play a penny, ’cause I can play a penny up to 25 cents. I got 200 pay lines going on, MCW. But I’m gonna go, so I’m playing right now, while you’re sipping your grapefruit tequila smasher. And I see Axl, Slash. I see all the guys. I just spun the wheel. And did I win? Did I get the bonus? No, but it’s okay. You know what? I’m playing the max. I’m feeling it right now. I’m playing the max. And look at this. Oh, my… MCW! I just won 10 free spins! Oh! I got 10 free spins. And it just keeps spinning. Look at this, I’m a winner. This is pretty cool, man. This is a blast. Very colorful, too. I could see you hanging out, this is perfect as you sit here with a cocktail, playing this game. And it’s still spinning, still spinning, still spinning. I just won 225 units.
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09:13 MW: I’m on it. You keep playing.
09:16 AG: Oh, yeah, I’m gonna keep playing. You mind? What time we gotta leave?
09:20 MW: Never. No time, no curfew.
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11:35 MW: Love a wheel.
11:42 AG: Alright, now, I know you’re dying to go to Boogie Nights. So let’s visit with Dave Pena, and talk a little Boogie Nights while we play a little Guns N’ Roses slots online at TropicanaCasino.com.
12:05 AG: Alright, welcome back to TropCast 3, where we take a look at all the fun that happens nightly at Tropicana. And one of the things that’s a blast is the nightclub, Boogie Nights. And it’s unbelievable. We have the innovator, the nightclub extraordinaire, Dave Pena, with us. Good morning, Dave, how are you?
12:29 Dave Pena: Good morning, good to be with you. I’m ready to party.
12:32 AG: We’re gonna start early today…
12:35 DP: Yes.
12:35 AG: For Boogie Nights. See, I’m always fascinated by you guys because what you guys do, Dave, is you create a theme. See, going out, you really wanna go and have an experience.
12:46 DP: Exactly.
12:47 AG: You want a theme, you want it for a night to be taken somewhere.
12:52 DP: Absolutely, it’s an escape. Really, when you plan to go out and you worked all week and you wanna release, you wanna go to a place that welcomes you, that makes you feel comfortable, that takes you away on a voyage, of sorts. And I think Boogie Nights, being the ultimate…
13:05 AG: A fantastic voyage!
13:07 DP: A fantastic voyage, exactly, brother. Boogie Nights, being the ultimate ’70s and ’80s dance club, and the only one of its kind in Atlantic City, it stands out, it’s exciting. It gives people a reason to get together and celebrate. And that’s what I’ve noticed a lot. When people come out in Atlantic City, they’re coming out in groups. And even if you’re coming out by yourself for a good time, Boogie Nights is the perfect place. But we see a lot of groups out there, we see a lot of bachelorettes, bachelor parties, somebody celebrating turning 50, or a wedding anniversary, or even a divorce party, for that matter.
13:40 DP: It’s the perfect place [chuckle] to just escape and have a good time. We’ve been lucky that people have gravitated towards us, and I think that’s because we’re a very welcoming and exciting party atmosphere all the time. And we’re grateful for all the customers who have been with us for many years, partying it down, and still continue to do it.
13:58 AG: You know what’s cool, too, is when you go in there, it’s like immediately, you’re transported back in time.
14:04 DP: I’m glad you mentioned that. Yeah, absolutely. And as a matter of fact, when you go to Tropicana, and you go right past Tango’s Lounge, you could feel Boogie Nights coming at you. You could see the colorfulness on the walls, on the exterior. And then before you even get in the club, there’s a Boogie Nights party pit. So we have Boogie Nights-themed table games. The music is pumping, the same music that our DJs cranking out inside is blasting outside, so people are starting to feel the buzz even when they’re getting on line and getting ready to get in the club. And we also have a few Boogie Nights slot machines that people can play as they’re on their way in. So, you’re immediately transported before you even get in the club. And then when you get in the club, obviously, people are in costumes and dressed up from the time period, whether it’s ’70s, ’80s or ’90s, and you already feel like you’re seeing something from the past. And the cool thing is when you first walk in, there’s these two really carefully placed collages. And I love these collages.
14:56 DP: It’s basically anything, imagery, memorabilia, or iconic characters, or just TV stars, or pop stars from the past. It brings back a childhood memory, for sure. If you grew up in the ’70s or ’80s, it immediately transports you there. Then we have this giant graffiti wall which adds this real kind of wild style ’80s-type subway graffiti on our wall that a lot of people love taking pictures in. And also, we have pinball machines, Pacman machines. And that’s just as you’re coming in. And then you get hit with the bass and the sound of the music from the best decades ever, the ’70s, ’80s and even the ’90s. And what you see is also a ton of visual imagery on the screen. So you might see old commercials from back in the day. You might see Evel Knievel making the jump, Muhammad Ali taking the hit, Cheryl Tiegs, or Charlie’s Angels. Any of those type of iconic imagery, you might see up on the screens. Of course, the music videos itself, so our DJs are some of the best DJs in the country and they’re masters at this type of genre.
16:01 DP: And what we do is we make it contemporary. We speed it up a little. We keep the energy moving. And what you had mentioned about, when you get transported inside, we really carefully laid out, almost like a paint by numbers. So when the customer goes to boogienightsac.com and clicks on and wants to know, “Okay, which booth do I wanna sit in?” We have… So like our green booth will be That ’70s suite. So it’s all ’70s furniture, and it’s right near the pinball machine. Then we have the Awesome ’80s lounge. And a lot of bachelorette parties love to go into the Awesome ’80s lounge. And you know what that means. That’s a lot of hot pink, that’s a lot of the checkers. It almost feels like, it’s very much ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High.’ Then we have something called the “Swingers’ Circle,” which is right… That’s for the exhibitionists that wanna party right in the middle of all the action, right as you’re coming in. It’s a white circle with beautiful white leather couches, and it’s a great place to party it down, if you wanna be seen out there, and it has a little dance space in the middle of it. We also have something called the “Love Shack.” This is a very popular suite. It’s right near the bar, it’s right off the floor, and it’s all red. It’s enclosed it and has, actually a, let’s say, a dancer pole in the middle, just in case you feel frisky…
17:09 AG: [laughter] I will tell you, I was actually in the Love Shack with like eight dudes for my buddy’s bachelor party.
17:18 DP: Nothing wrong with that. Nothing wrong with that.
17:20 DP: Actually, that’s where a lot of the celebrities, after they’re… A good example. KC, from KC and The Sunshine Band, that’s his favorite place to party it down because he rolls deep with his entire band, and people that hang around…
17:31 AG: You could spread out, and…
17:32 DP: Yeah!
17:33 AG: I love the proximity to the bar.
17:34 DP: Exactly, exactly. And I actually saw him swing on the pole once or twice, so…
17:39 DP: It’s really cool. We do get a lot of celebrities that come rolling through there and they have specific spots that they like to sit at. And of course, we have those other themed booths, like Jungle Boogie, Paradise City, and Solid Gold, which is right off the dance floor. But it’s a lot of fun. The whole idea was to create a sort of energy and a flow, when you go into the club, and have little escape VIP lounges, so it’s not just your typical VIP experience. It’s a little bit more fun.
18:04 AG: So, let me ask you, ’cause what I find fascinating is the little things. When you talked about the old commercials playing on the screens…
18:13 DP: Yep.
18:14 AG: You talked about the graffiti. All these little things that affect your senses, that help you transport. So, when you’re designing this sort of thing and you’re designing this experience and trying to make it come to life, take us to the beginning and how you choose this stuff. ‘Cause I find that part really interesting.
18:35 DP: Well, I just imagine… I think it was a group effort with everyone at Tropicana. We were very passionate about the layout of the room, because truthfully, a lot of these clubs, sometimes, go into what used to be existing restaurants or clubs. This used to be a, I believe, penny slot machine area. So we had to blow out the entire room and just figure out how to best utilize the space for the customers’ experience. So every corner of the room was important. So, it really was a question of, for me, I always thought everything has to be color and visual. So, it has to be easy for the customer to say, “I want that.” So that’s pretty much how we laid it out. Of course, having a good theme name or a vision behind the experience is important. And that’s why, I think, themes are also…
19:20 AG: Yeah.
19:20 DP: One of the things that Boogie Nights has become known for are our theme nights. Boogie Nights alone is a theme. So people come dressed up. People come in their best outfits. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the staff from the customers, they’re so well-dressed in these sort of retro gear.
19:35 DP: So, to add on to that, what we try to do is create theme nights as well. So, everybody loves the ’70s and ’80s, and every Friday and Saturday at 9:00, the doors open, and the party begins. We added on another night. We added a Thursday night ’90s Night, because what we were realizing is there was also very distinctive qualities from the ’90s, and of course, another generation that may have grown up watching ‘Saved by the Bell’ or been in their 20s while Nirvana was out. That’s also great memories as well, so our Thursday night ’90s Night, which is exclusively ’90s all night long on Thursdays, has been just a big hit as well. But in addition to the ’90s…
20:12 AG: Wow, I can actually break out my flannel shirts.
20:14 DP: That’s what I’m saying. Our DJ can go from Nirvana to Alice in Chains, all the way to Backstreet Boys, and then maybe over into 2Pac, so it’s a fantastic trip. I would say the ’90s was a little bit more all over the place.
20:27 AG: Yeah. That’s kinda like the melding decade, where you’re…
20:31 DP: Yeah!
20:31 AG: Kinda…
20:31 DP: But we live it. A good example is, one of our crazy dancers will be Bill Clinton one night, he’ll be a Teletubby the other night, we’ll have a ‘Scream’ character. So, we try to play up everything from that time period and try to throw it at people. Going back to the point of Boogie Nights with the themes, we also, unlike a lot of other places, we try to give that… Basically, what I try to do is Disney meets Studio 54. So, having characters also and MCs that are interactive with the customers is really what makes the party. The room looks great, we got the light-up dance floor, the largest disco ball you’ve probably ever seen in your life, spinning around, the lighting system, sound system’s fantastic, but in addition to that, we have the bodies that know how to deliver this stuff. So we got the top DJs cutting, scratching, playing the music videos from the time period when you grew up, and when, actually, MTV played music videos. So we go back to that time period.
21:28 DP: And in addition to that, we have a fantastic MC named Mr. Boogie, which is really our master of ceremonies, creates the party, women love him. And we also have the iconic Roller Girl, which is really kind of our icon and symbol for Boogie Nights. So, Roller Girl will be skating in and out, looking sexy as always, from the outside greeting customers, bringing people up onto our balcony, which, whenever you’re celebrating a birthday or some sort of major celebration, we make a big deal about it. Because you came out, you decided to come to Boogie Nights, so we make sure Roller Girl and Mr. Boogie takes you up on the balcony, celebrates it, we give you a shoutout, you’re the star of the night. You’re up on the balcony, over the dance floor. It’s a great experience for the customer. It’s hard to explain unless you actually are up there and overlooking a massive dance floor filled with people just dancing and partying it down.
22:17 AG: What’s… It’s funny, ’cause I look at some of the characters that you may see. So you may see a stormtrooper from ‘Star Wars,’ or you may see Prince…
22:27 DP: Right.
22:28 AG: Or you may see Michael Jackson…
22:29 DP: That’s a really good point. Yeah. We have the best celebrity impersonators you’ve ever seen. We have a fantastic Prince. We have a fantastic Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Madonna. We have Cher, Rod Stewart, Donna Summer. We really try to make you feel like you are actually back at that club, back then, when they were performing on stage. They may never have performed in a nightclub before, but guess what? They’re playing in a nightclub for you. It’s funny to see the people watching these impersonators, because they really feel that they’re real.
23:00 DP: They are really the real people. And that’s something that we try to do all the time. And our impersonators will go out and take pictures, come to your booth. So it’s not like, get on the stage, kill it, and get off. They actually get on the stage, kill it, and come down and party with you, and take pictures with you. And that’s what creates great memories, a great experience. We also have other characters, like Mirror Man, which is really one of our more popular characters that people like taking pictures with. We try to make sure that every time you’re on the dance floor, or sitting at the lounge, or whatever it may be, you always have something to watch, there always is something interesting and interactive. And we keep that going all night long, every week. So, we always realize that it may be the customer’s first time ever experiencing Boogie Nights, so even though we do it every single night, we try to make it like it’s our first night.
23:46 AG: Yeah, well, it’s almost like putting on a Broadway show, in a sense, when you think about it.
23:49 DP: It is, it is. There’s a lot of elements involved. I would say we’re the A-Team of the retro world, for sure.
24:00 AG: And people should know that coming up October 29th at Boogie Nights is gonna be a Halloween Bash. In fact, the best costume that depicts ’70s, ’80s, ’90s is gonna get $1,000 cash for the best costume.
24:14 DP: Well, we have several categories. I think the $1,000 cash is gonna be for best overall costume. So, for that weekend, actually, there’s something interesting. What we do differently is a lot of people just celebrate Halloween on that night, we have three nights of Halloween. So we kick off on Thursday, October 27th with Scream Night, which we ask people to get up there and do their best horrifying horror movie screams, and this one is scary. I mean, the screams sometimes are crazy. The contest starts at midnight, there’ll be some totally awesome prizes will be given away…
24:41 AG: Oh, that’s cool, man. Like blood-curdling screams.
24:45 DP: Oh, my gosh. And especially you give them a microphone with our sound system, it is piercing. But it’s great. There are some people up there that do it better than the scream actresses. Friday, October 28th, The Dead Are Staying Alive. Basically, we’re getting retro-zombied out and kinda bringing a little bit of ‘The Walking Dead’ feel to Boogie Nights…
25:02 AG: Always love a retro zombie.
25:04 DP: Exactly. The Dead Are Staying Alive, so it’s a teaser to that big night, Saturday, October 29th. We’re actually bringing our cast and crew to the Boardwalk at Tropicana. We did this last year, and it was a huge success. We had hundreds of people doing this. We will bring our Michael Jackson impersonator and all our cast from Boogie Nights at 8:00 on the Boardwalk in front of Tropicana. We’ll be doing the ‘Thriller’ dance live. So, we encourage everybody to come out who’s dressed up, come and party with us on the Boardwalk, 08:00. ‘Thriller’ will kick in, and we’ll lead the dance and hundreds of people, the largest ‘Thriller’ dance on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City happens at Tropicana at 8:00 on Saturday, October 29th. And then hopefully…
25:41 AG: Oh, that’s cool, Dave!
25:43 DP: We’ll go Boooogie Nights Halloween Bash! Yeah, isn’t that cool?
25:47 AG: Yeah! I could totally see, what a great visual. Everyone doing the ‘Thriller’ dance on the Boardwalk.
25:53 DP: Exactly.
25:54 AG: I could totally see it. That’s a cool thing.
25:56 DP: Yes. It is. It’s wild to watch because we didn’t know how many people would join in with us, but it was massive amounts of people. I believe there’s photos that are running inside Tropicana now from last year’s event, and it just looks fantastic. This year’s gonna be even bigger. And then of course, in Boogie Nights is the Boooogie Nights Halloween Bash, and we actually will be having several categories of contests, sexiest costume, best ’70s and ’80s, like you mentioned, the most outrageous, and of course, best overall costume. So there’ll be great prizes, but best overall costume will get the $1,000, but we have plenty of great runner-up prizes as well. So it’s a lot of fun, and actually, the customers go over the top when it comes to costumes. Tropicana always does a great Halloween, and I think Boogie Nights, that’s one of our favorite holidays, ever.
26:43 AG: Yeah, see, that’s a great night out. You wanna go for the weekend, you stay at the Tropicana. It’s just a blast. Like that’s a fun weekend.
26:54 DP: Yes, it is. It is. There’s only one place to go, and it really is Tropicana because it’s all under one roof. So, you can bounce around from different venues and locations and still keep the party going. So, it’s great…
27:05 AG: How did you get into it?
27:08 DP: Actually, I co-own the karaoke bar at Tropicana called “Planet Rose,” and we’ve been around for a long time. I was in the bar business in the ’80s. I was a DJ for rock nightclubs, and then I spent some time in television in the ’90s. And so I guess it took years and years of accumulating pop culture, entertainment, and also dabbling in the nightlife and bar business, that all of it just came together perfectly.
27:36 AG: Oh, that is cool.
27:37 DP: You’re able to do stuff visually and do stuff from a tech point of view, to do stuff from a bar point of view, and a marketing point of view. So the cool thing is, for me, it’s like a dream gig because it is something that has all different elements. There’s showbiz involved. There’s booze involved. There’s hospitality involved. There’s theater involved. There’s marketing involved. And so I kind of feel like the PT Barnum of Disco.
28:00 AG: What were you doing in television?
28:04 DP: I worked for Japanese television. So, that’s…
28:06 AG: Get out!
28:07 DP: That’s the reason I also have the karaoke bar. So when everybody else went to go work for MTV or CNN, I actually… It was great, because working for an independent Japanese television company allowed me to work with some great bands. A good example. KISS at the Meadowlands Arena back in the day. Mary J. Blige. It gave me the opportunity to work with some great punk bands from Japan and see a different culture and lifestyle. So everyday was different. I think, in this business, whether it’s casino business, entertainment business, show business, whatever it is, the fact that you could do different things every single day and create new things is a blessing. It really is. Most people don’t get the opportunity to do that, and I’m lucky that I do. And it takes all the things that I love in every aspect of the business, and it really is all-in, in one project. So it’s pretty interesting. And so, being in the nightlife world, it’s not just music, clipboards, and VIP lists, there’s a lot of other elements and components. And that’s what I really relish and actually try to take advantage of the most.
29:08 AG: Yeah, it’s not just bottle service.
29:10 DP: Yeah. Anybody could do that.
29:12 AG: Yeah.
29:14 DP: It takes a lot more to make people happy.
29:16 AG: That’s right.
29:17 DP: It’s not just booze and lights. You really actually have to go a little bit extra. You have to smile when you serve a drink. I think the Boogie Nights difference is we put a lot of effort, whether it’s our bar staff, our servers, they’re really in the game also. They’re out there to make sure everybody has a good time, because it obviously benefits for everybody if everybody has a good time. And I think that’s why we’ve kept a loyal customer base, and we try to keep things interesting for them, too. So if you go to boogienightsac.com, we have something called “That Retro Game Show,” which is kind of like a two-minute little trivia thing, where we approach people and find out what their knowledge is of trivia from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s. And that’s very fun to watch. [chuckle]
29:58 AG: Well, it…
29:58 DP: Because it’s interesting how much people know and don’t know from that time period.
30:01 AG: Yeah. Definitely. Well, guess what? Here’s what you did. You created a happy place.
30:07 DP: Yeah! I hope so. [chuckle]
30:08 AG: A cool, happy place. I’ll tell you, you’ve done such an incredible job. It is a must see, a must attend, Boogie Nights, and we can’t wait for Halloween weekend, Dave.
30:20 DP: I can’t wait, too. I can’t wait to see you guys partying it down.
30:23 AG: Thanks, brother. Great stuff, man. Let’s go have a drink, alright?
30:27 DP: Yep. Thank you.
30:28 AG: Wow, that’s a blast. Boogie Nights, don’t forget, we’ll see you there Halloween weekend. Check back next week for TropCast 4. I’m gonna go back to Guns N’ Roses on TropicanaCasino.com. Bye!