Saturday Night Fever Celebrates its 40th Anniversary at Coney Island

If movie scenes of old Brooklyn conjure up nostalgia and you secretly jam out to disco classics on the subway, you won’t want to miss the Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Celebration Concert in Coney Island. Taking place on July 29th at the Ford Amphitheater, the celebration is set to be an evening of guilty-pleasure jams, featuring some of the 70’s finest disco — so dig up your hotcomb and sequins, bring on the synchronized choreography, and get ready to hit the boardwalk.

The soundtrack to the cult classic film will be adapted into a live concert featuring The Trammps (“Disco Inferno”), Tavares (“More Than A Woman”), Carl Carlton (“Bad Mama Jama”), Anita Ward (“Ring My Bell”) and more. Saturday Night Fever’s original choreographer, Denny Terri, will be in attendance alongside gusts such as Karen Lynn Gorney, who starred in the film as Stephanie. The event will be hosted by Joe Causi, a notable radio personality from WCBS-FM, New York’s only official “oldies” station. 

The Saturday Night Fever 40th Anniversary Concert is a nod to Brooklyn’s legacy, bringing disco and dancing back to where it all started. Saturday Night Fever is set entirely on the Brooklyn streets and clubs (and inside Tony’s parents’ house) in Brooklyn, making it a timeless classic for New Yorkers. 

The movie is based on a 1976 New York Magazine article by British writer Nik Cohn entitled “Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night.” Cohn admitted in the 90’s that he had fabricated the piece, and that the concept of 70’s disco culture felt very inaccessible to him as a foreigner. Disco was so “New York” that it wasn’t easy for outsiders to become part of it, one of the major themes that embodied Saturday Night Fever. 

Although the disco trend eventually made its way around the globe, it’s undeniable that the New York Saturday Night Fever version of disco is one of the most memorable. Even younger generations have grown up loving the film’s iconic soundtrack, making the 40th Anniversary Concert the perfect opportunity for music lovers to come together in one place to boogie. 

Ticket prices range from $35-$250 and are available here for purchase.

Words by Elizabeth Desio