WESTERLY — If you lived through the 80s — or wish you had — you might want to meander down to Misquamicut Saturday night for the Atlantis DJ Reunion. On Sarurday night, legendary disc jockeys Mike Murray and Chris Walsh — both of whom got their starts at the beach — will return to take guests back to 1999 when the Atlantis II — or “Party Paradise by the Sea” as it was called — was the happening place to be.
Walsh, who got his start at the Island House (now Sandy’s Lighthouse), was hired to DJ at the Atlantis II from 1982 until 1990, according to Caswell Cooke Jr., the president of the Misquamicut Business Association, the organization sponsoring Saturday’s celebration of the past at Sandy’s on Atlantic Ave.
The fun begins at 9 p.m. Tickets are available in advance for $15 on Eventbrite.com and at the door for $20.
Cooke said that Walsh was soon discovered by Kiss FM in Hartford where he ran the Kiss Club and Kiss Classics which led to a syndicated show super mix. “He caught the eye of MTV and mixed many of their platinum selling “MTV Party To Go” CDs throughout the 1990s and produced the Motown Anniversary Mega-Mixes,” Cooke said.
Murray attended Connecticut School of Broadcasting in Hartford and after graduation he worked at a number of radio stations in the region where he gained popularity, according to Cooke, who said his true passion was “spinning live in front of thousands of partygoers throughout New England.”
“In 1980 he had his eyes set on the hottest nightclub in the Northeast, The Atlantis II in Westerly. That summer, Jimmy Caufield, the club manager gave Murray his break. Mike spun the hits every summer from 1980-1989 at The Atlantis.”
Walsh plans on mixing some of the greatest artist of the ’80s and ’90s, including Michael Jackson, Madonna, Salt-N –Peppa, the Gap Band and Kool and the Gang.
Cooke, who got started a decade after Murray and Walsh, will round things out and will also serve as emcee “as Mike and Chris spin the classics old-school-style.”