Vermont Public Radio Throws Second Annual 60s Dance Party

VPR A Go-Go, Vermont Public Radio’s 60s dance party, is back on Saturday, September 27 in South Burlington for another evening of music from the decade that took us from beach parties to Woodstock.

Joel Najman, host of VPR’s My Place rock and roll history program, will be spinning tunes, sharing stories, and getting everyone on their feet. 1960s dress is encouraged but not required. 

“I’m looking forward to boogieing the night away with the Twist, Mashed Potatoes, The Stroll, and more,” Najman said. “We'll relive the dance mania of the 1960s through hits from Motown, surf, soul, rock, and funk, and the psychedelic music from late in the decade.”

The dancing starts at 7 p.m. at Higher Ground in South Burlington, Vt. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased via Higher Ground. Proceeds will benefit VPR. 

The original VPR A Go-Go took place in Middlebury in 2013, to celebrate Najman’s 30 years of hosting My Place. The venue was filled within a half hour and a line formed outside. Everyone made it in eventually and danced the night away.

“We expected it would be a fun event, but we had no idea we’d get such an enthusiastic turnout,” said Ty Robertson, VPR’s coordinator of community engagement. “We knew immediately that we had to do it again.”

Joel has been a part of Vermont's radio scene since 1964. He began his career at WIPS in Ticonderoga, New York. In 1965, he moved to WFAD in Middlebury, Vermont, where he attended Middlebury College. Over the years, Joel worked at radio stations WJOY, WQCR, WDOT, WDEV and WVAA where he served at various times as Morning Announcer, Program Director and News Director.

None of his radio gigs allowed him to express his love for 50s and 60s rock 'n roll music - until VPR. Joel began working with Vermont Public Radio in the early 1980s, and since 1982 has been the host and producer of VPR's weekly My Place program. Self-taught, he weaves musicology, anthropology, sociology and even psychology among the music, creating a snapshot of life at that time.

Joel was inducted into the Vermont Association Of Broadcasters Hall Of Fame in 2004, and honored by the Vermont Legislature in 2013.