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The First Martinez Flash Mob

A Martinez man gets a surprise to a rousing rendition of a Wham classic.

Martinez percussionist Brian Wilson (who performs in a duet and with local favorites the Hopeful Romantics) received a surprise Thursday at his 50th birthday party at Roxx on Main, when several members of the party donned headbands and began snapping their fingers. 

The finger-snappers headed across the street to Main Street Plaza, where Danny White of Good Stuff Guitar Shop waited patiently by a boom box. When he hit "play," the song Wake Me Up Before You Go Go by Wham! (a huge hit from the 1980s) began to play, and the group began to dance. 

It was the first official flash mob of Martinez. 

The dance was organized by Alyssa Rose, the lead server at Roxx and a tenacious organizer who cajoled several unwilling participants into joining in the mob. 

In the end, a delighted Wilson decided that he, too, would dance along as the mob did a birthday encore. 

It was a great time for everyone involved. 

Jeannine Gendar July 01, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Fabulous! We've got so much style around here...
Chris Kapsalis July 02, 2012 at 12:07 AM
We need more of this spontanious stuff! I love it. Practical jokes, fun, homor. I love Roxx and crew and how they bring fun to our city.
C In Martinez July 02, 2012 at 02:51 AM
Check out the little guy behind the dancers! And he probably didn't even rehearse.
Roxanne Cole July 02, 2012 at 04:10 AM
We all had a blast and thank you Jim for your story!
Linda Meza July 02, 2012 at 04:43 AM
I was so focused on the foreground I wasn't paying attention to the background...Great catch! And OMG sooo flipp'n cute!
Bill Schilz July 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
So much fun! I Love it!
Barbara Crowell July 02, 2012 at 02:04 PM
The "tiny dancer" in the back has style!
Dick Duncan July 02, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Good job Alyssa! Looks like fun and the little guy has going on!
Cheryll July 03, 2012 at 03:01 AM
No kiddin! That little guy is a QUICK study!

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