The Union’s live music nights met with electric energy

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The Union Club Bar & Grill has started hosting live music again after more than a year. “People are just out of their minds happy that we’re re-opened and have bands again,” said general manager Jon Peragine, seen here in a file photo.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian file photo Mazana Boerboom for the Missoulian

People donned in their grooviest get-ups lined Main Street all Friday night waiting to get into the Union Club Bar & Grill for a chance to dance to the bops of beloved local band Joan Zen.

Inside was a classic bar scene — slot machines, pool tables and beer-sticky floors. The red lighting and roaring music set the electric mood.

“This isn’t the type of club where you just go to watch a band and sit down,” said Jon Peragine, general manager of the Union.

The tables were littered with abandoned Corona bottles as customers crowded around the stage, packing the dance floor and letting loose more than a year of pent-up social energy.

The Union reopened in April, 13

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