“You have the same music, the same DJ and the same atmosphere for the night,” Freeman said. “It is kind of like ‘Hot Tub Time Machine.”
There will be a $5 cover.
“The Asylum Reunion grows in numbers every single year, with last year’s reunion being the biggest thus far with over 300 people in attendance,” Freeman said in a statement. “I can’t begin to tell you how fortunate myself and Eric Heilman are to have been a part of such an incredible club, and then 20 years later we still have the opportunity to gather.”
The bash’s official pre-party will be held 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at
The Barrel House, 417 E 3rd St., Dayton.
The party at Barrel House is for those 21 years and older.
The Therapy Cafe is 18 and up.
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Dayton property owner Scott Edsall opened the Asylum, which morphed into Club Fusion and Parallax, in 1993 and closed in 2005. Freeman said it was inspired by a popular New York dance club.
Its former building, 605 S. Patterson Blvd., now houses Daybreak, an emergency shelter for runaway and homeless youth.
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Freeman started as a DJ at the Asylum in 1994. He has hosted about eight reunions for the dance club since 2014. In the early years, two reunions were held a year. Now just one is held a year.
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Asylum drew as many as 1,500 people on a typical Friday or Saturday night, many willing to wait in long lines to get in.
“Back then, you had to go because everyone was talking about it,” said Freeman, a graphic artist.
WANT TO GO?
What: Asylum Reunion 2019
When: 9 p.m. to 3 a.m., Friday, Nov. 29
Where: Therapy Cafe, 452 E. Third St., in downtown Dayton.
Cost: $5 at the door
Online: Facebook event page link