Sunday, October 3, 2010

Village People, Mitchell, SD

True disco music has been gone for a long while, but a few of the originators are still touring and reliving past glories. The colorfully-costumed Village People conquered the Corn Palace in Mitchell, South Dakota on October 2, 2010 during Dakota Wesleyan University's 125th anniversary celebration.

The somewhat odd combination of a Disco-era singing group, a church college and the World's Only Corn Palace makes more sense when you realize that the Village People's cowboy Jeff Olson is a DWU alum and still has friends and family in the Mitchell area.

So an enthusiastic audience enjoyed "Macho Man," "Trash Disco" and here is "In the Navy."

For those wondering, yes there are original members left in the Village People. Native American Felipe Rose, soldier Alex Briley and construction worker David Hodo have been joined over the years by Olson, policeman Ray Simpson and biker Eric Anzalone. Even so, the lineup has been solid since 1995.

Even if you aren't a big fan of the Village People, I bet you can guess which song the crowd is signing and singing along with here.

For official Village People info, check out Village People.

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