This year, the dance is expected to spill out into the parking lot west of the dance hall. Organizers are expecting as many as 500 A.C. Jones High School graduates to be there dancing to the tunes of the popular Austin rock bank, Suede.
Danny Swinney, a 1971 A.C. Jones graduate, is the bassist for the group and has been playing with them since 2007.
The big event is scheduled to kick off at 3 p.m. on April 27 and shut down at 1 a.m. Sunday.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. at T’s, giving everybody a chance to get reacquainted and start getting ready for the party.
From 5:30 until 7:30 p.m., dinner will be served, and Suede will start playing promptly at 8 p.m. The music will continue until midnight, and then the exes will have an hour to say their goodbye until next year.
Tickets are $20 each, but that gets the exes into the party, provides dinner and two drink tickets and a koozie to keep the beer cold.
Those who plan to eat should make a reservation by April 20. And those who need a place to stay while in town should be calling one of the local hotels or motels soon because lodging at the new motels popping up around the city is hard to find these days because of the ongoing oil boom.
Those who choose not to eat dinner will be able to get in after 8 p.m. for a $10 cover charge.
The dance will be open to the public.
T’s manager Gary Tindol said music lovers will want to make it to the dance Saturday night.
“These guys are big time,” Tindol said of Suede.
Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.