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Photos: Blue Sunday at Sama Sama Kitchen

DJs Darla Bea and Harvey Leche Led the Party on March 15

Blue Sunday at Sama Sama Kitchen
Andrew Elia

If you’ve ever lamented the lack of good, non-Top 40 dance clubs in Santa Barbara’s downtown district, the folks at Sama Sama Kitchen feel your pain. This past Sunday, March 15, the restaurant hosted “Blue Sunday,” a pop-up, ’80s-inspired dance party on their spacious back patio. Santa Barbara-based DJs Darla Bea and Harvey Leche provided the soundtrack, which ran the gamut from pop to new wave to post-punk and goth, all blasted through a mighty sound system and accompanied by visual projections. The verdict: A whole lot of fun and a much-needed respite from the Lower State Street scene.

DJ Darla Bea had this to offer about the night:

“I was inspired obviously by the New Order song “Blue Monday” and wanted to do a event much like the Echoplex hosts — Part Time Punks, Funky Sole etc. — that’s somewhere that isn’t a ‘club’ per se and not on lower State Street. I’ve organized ’80s nights from the Mercury Lounge to Blue Agave and Blush, but Sama Sama Kitchen is just plain cool.”

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