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August 27, 2005

Albany--  It's Saturday night and the parking lot is full at the newly opened Hilton Garden Inn.

"Parking lots full, streets are full, absolutely wonderful to see this type of business coming into our hotel," says hotel general manager Todd Cleveland. Although it's 2005, once you walk through these doors you better leave the 90's and 2000's behind and revisit the days of bellbottoms and crazy shirts.

"Miami Vice, my pimp hat, my glasses, my cuban cigar," says partygoer Ray Fajardo.

"I like the fact that you could a lot in those days," says Bonna King-Ware.

With music from the 70's, the hotel is kicking off one of its first big events in the new ballroom, Boogie Nights. "Just a chance to get out and have a good time and I'm telling my age but the music is familiar," says Bonna King-Ware.

With familiar music, people packed the dancefloor and a packed house like this is what the hotel wants every weekend. "Our hotel will be one of the anchors for a lot of downtown development and alot of people coming downtown on a Friday night, Saturday night," says Cleveland. And they hope that big events like this will boost the economy here in South Georgia.

"The more people that we can bring downtown and maintain in the city of Albany, the bigger boost to the economy we will have," says Cleveland.

They're giving that boost with a little bit of boogie. "It just brings everybody together. It doesn't matter who you are. Everybody had that disco thing and we looked just as ridiculous as we do now," says King-Ware.

The party will last through the night and they hope the music plays for years and years to come.

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