Shake and Boogaloo!

DJ Shakey and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

April 6 was a heavy, heavy date on the calendar of Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. It was going to be one of those great days of record-buying in the daytime and record-playing in the night time. The Allentown Record Show was that morning. Only 78s and 45s are allowed to be sold. If you have been an avid reader of the Boogaloo Bag, you will know that this is The Boog’s scene. He considers it a High Holy Day and has missed very few of them since moving to the East Coast more than 25 years ago. It takes place twice a year and the Phast Man always finds good records. That evening, a WHAM-O WATUSI was scheduled at the Bootleg Bar of Bushwick. So that meant that Phast Phreddie was planning to get up about 5:00 AM, get a Zipcar, pick up his digging partner Miss Yana Lil’Jerk, drive out to Allentown, PA for the 8:00AM early entry, buy a few records, drive all the way back to Brooklyn, then make the scene at the Bootleg Bar by 10PM and play a few records until 4:00AM. A full 24 hour day if ever there was one.

However, the Zipcar stars were not aligned. When the Phast Man arrived at his car’s location, it was not there. The 24-hour lot attendant couldn’t find it. Phast called the Zipcars. The lady on the line said she could make the car honk. No honking was heard. The car was not there. The Zipcar lady assigned him another car…but it was about a 20 minute walk away. A car service was called. It would have someone pick up Phast Phreddie in seven minutes. It took 20! When he got to the Zipcar, its side mirror on the left side was broken off! Phast called the Zipcars. OK, here’s another car, across town. Phast walked up to Flatbush Avenue to try and hail a cab.

Luckily, a bus came and took him close to the lot with the third Zipcar. However, this was an enclosed lot with no attendant–totally automated. The car needed a card of some sort in order to get the car out of the lot. The card was not in the car. Therefore the car could not be removed from the lot. The Zipcars were called. The order for a car was cancelled. The Zipcar lady was very apologetic, but apologies do not buy groovy old records. The Phast Man was pissed off!! He called Miss Yana and told her the deal. Major bummer.

It just so happened that that Saturday was also the official opening day for Phast Phreddie’s weekend pick-up softball league. So he played ball instead of shopped for records. Another bummer, because he lost the game he pitched.

However, there was one bright side. Our friend DJ Mc Boing Boing and his friend Josh Rattner were having a grand opening of their new record store called Head Sounds. After the ballgame, Phast Phreddie headed over there; his day of buying records must happen, after all. The store, located at 88 S. Portland Avenue in Fort Green, Brooklyn, is a small one, adjacent to a hair-cutting joint and conveniently located just steps away from the Fulton Avenue stop on the G Train. The storefront is very small, so if you sneeze as you walk past you will miss it. However, the store has a most excellent selection of LPs–plenty that The Boog would happily purchase had he been in the market for groovy record albums. The store had only a handful of boxes of 45s–but there were some good ones, that’s for sure, since about a dozen of them were purchased. Thus the day wasn’t a total loss.

DJ Shakey selects records very seriously at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

The night was definitely not a total loss–in fact, quite the opposite. Guest DJ at this WHAM-O WATUSI was DJ Shakey. DJ Shakey is a swingin’ kitten on a mean and clean scene. She is a professional DJ; that is, she makes her living do this stuff, often traveling great distances in order to do so. Plus, she occasionally hosts the Shakey’s Record Fair and the Thrift On! clothing swap. If that’s not enough, she also is a co-organizer of the Warper Party–a series of monthly electronic music and art happenings that takes place at various venues throughout the city.

DJ Shakey swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Although DJ Shakey mostly makes with electronic dance music, she can be an eclectic record selector and at the WHAM-O WATUSI she played a lot of Sixties records–soul, funk, garage…the kind of trash that the WHAM-O enthusiasts dig. She has been pals with Phast Phreddie for about 20 years or so, but they rarely get this chance to work together, so he was very happy when she agreed to do the WHAM. For his part, the Phast Man played all sorts of jams, including many of the record he had purchased that afternoon from Head Sounds.

If you mention that you heard about Head Sounds in the Boogaloo Bag, perhaps DJ McBoing Boing–a serious artist–will illustrate the record sleeve of your favorite purchase at Head Sounds, as he did for Phast Phreddie.

Meanwhile, Miss Nancy Gardner baked some excellent chocolate Easter cookies to go along with her signature vegan brownies. She keeps outdoing herself with every new baking adventure. Who knows what she’ll come up with next?

Miss Nancy’s yummy chocolate treats!!!

Here is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the WHAM-O WATUSI:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes for your edification.

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Wows!ville on Jupiter!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Alberto de Wowsville swing at the Jupiter Disco!

On Saturday March 30, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus hosted another happy hour event at the Jupiter Disco. But this was not just another Happy Hour in Gotham City. This one featured Alberto de Wows!ville, our Spanish friend who now lives in Berlin. He was in town for about ten days so we let him horn in on our DJ action at the Jupe. Thus, instead of the usual happy hour jazz The Boog plays at these events, a program of outrageous rockin’ jams was in order to create Jumpin’ on Jupiter.

The Boogaloo Bag writers first met Señor Alberto when he lived in New York City about ten or so years ago. He ran a groovy record store called Wows!ville on Second Avenue in Manhattan. The store stocked all the boss teen pop discs, including all the Norton Records releases and odd Bo Diddley albums. There was a giant Rat Fink in the corner. Also, Señor Alberto and his pal Señor Dos Platos hosted a wild DJ night in the basement of Niagara in the East Village every week. That was a wild scene. However, all good things come to an end. Señor Alberto had to close his store and move back to Europe. Eventually, he settled in Berlin where he founded a whole new Wows!ville scene that includes a record store, a night club and a pizza shop! The cat is moguling!

Alberto de Wowsville responds to the Bat Signal at the Jupiter Disco!

So Señor Alberto was coming back to town, looking for DJ nights. The Boog was happy to let him swing at the Jupe. Several years ago, Alberto set The Boog up with a couple cool DJ gigs in Berlin; this was payback. Everyone was excited about this night.

Then The Boog got a message the day Señor Alberto was to leave Germany: “I am at the airport and just figured out that I left my record box at home!!”

AAAAHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

¡No problemo! Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus packed an especially bitchen box of old 45s and let Señor Alberto dig in and spin whatever he wanted. Everything worked out fine. Along with Señor Alberto was his gal pal Miss Kaja–a woman of the world if ever there was one. She is from Sweden, but has lived in Thailand and California, and now Berlin.

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Plus, Miss Nancy made some fabulous maple and chocolate fudge with little Bat emblems attached to them (after all, we were at The Jupe and the Bat Signal was in full force) as well as her signature vegan brownies. So the evening was saved. Folks came from far and wide and to dig Señor Alberto’s scene.

Alberto de Wowsville and Yana Lil Jerk swing at the Jupiter Disco!

As this portion of the evening winds down around 9:30pm or so, The Boog usually digs out some hot funk jams in order to make a fairly smooth transition between the groovy Gotham City scene and the late night disco DJ at the Jupe. However, the follow-up DJs showed up late–well after the B.T. Express record was played, which is nearly six minutes long, allowing time for the other DJ to set up and The Boog to set down. The Boog ran out of the funky stuff and had to make due with a few soul & R&B records until he was relieved.

The night was still early, so Miss Nancy and The Boog headed over to the Gran Torino (aka Diviera Drive) for a mambo night hosted by our friends DJ Rata and Tony Salvaje. A band called Lapachamambo played and we dug that quite a bit. The Boogaloo Bag writers urge its readers to dig it when it comes to your town.

Lapachamambo!

Here’s a list of ALL the records played at Jumpin on Jupiter, including the ones played by Señor Alberto (marked with an asterisk*):

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for you to dig.

Of Bats, Benefits and (almost) Birthdays!

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On Saturday February 23, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was the DJ at another happy hour event at the Jupiter Disco–East Williamsburg’s best-named night club. Due to the mysterious appearance of the Bat Signal, these early evening events are now referred to as Happy Hour in Gotham City. This is how Phast Phreddie constructs an audio environment that compliments the imbibing of frothy beverages: During the early part of the evening the scene is set with Mod jazz, organ grooves, reggae, provocative pop and mid-tempo soul records. The beat picks up as the evening moves along, until the final hour or so when heavy, heavy funk records are played, leading up to the ten o’clock disco DJ. On this evening, The Phast Man’s personal night did not end at ten, as he was also scheduled to DJ a later event.

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Oh, and let’s not forget the most excellent Bat Cookies baked by Miss Nancy Gardner! Those were good! Although the evening started slowly, the Jupiter Disco attracted a nice crowd and folks were bopping along with the groovy music emanating from the club’s excellent sound system. Attendees got down on the sounds and chowed down on Miss Nancy’s cookies and vegan brownies. These nights are absolutely swingin’ and all Boogaloo Bag readers should dig it (next Happy Hour in Gotham City will be March 30th).

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Big Eugene and Matt Clarke swing at Happy Hour in Gotham City!

At ten o’clock, the next DJ arrived and set up her gear in a professional manner as The Boog set down. However, the evening was not yet over–two more places to go! 1) The Grab This! benefit at Milo’s Yard hosted by our friend Drew Redmond. 2) Quitty’s birthday at Easy Lover in Williamsburg with our friend Nogood Nick leading the charge. Both events were scheduled to run late, so there should be time–if there is energy!–to hit them both.

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Artist Camille Olivia, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, Drew Redmond and Miss Hap swing at the Grab This! benefit.

The Boogaloo Bag writers hit the benefit first because Phast Phreddie was scheduled to spin a few records and it was closer to The Jupe. Mr. Redmond lined up a full crew of DJs to swing, including Mikey Post, Grace of Spades, Classy Chris and Miss Hap. Luckily, there were plenty of Bat Cookies for this event also!

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We walked in as Grace of Spades was playing some great reggae records–its what she does; Classy Chris followed with his specialty, mid-tempo soul records; Miss Hap also played reggae records (she totally gassed the Boogaloo Bag writers when she played “Rock Steady” by The Marvels, then turned it over and played “Be My Baby!”); and Mikey Post played some soul and funk records from the sixties and seventies (was that an ESG record?). Since the event was arranged to benefit groups that support women’s causes, Drew Redmond asked the DJs to play records made by women. It was so noted on the poster, but The Boog did not get that memo (or at least he didn’t read the poster!). Once he was informed of this theme, he looked through his records in order to dig out selections that would be appropriate–and found some! As for the benefit, money was made–mostly via a passed hat and a piece of the bar– and it went to Planned Parenthood and the pro-choice organization NARAL NY.

By the time the Boogaloo Bag writers, Miss Nancy and Phast Phreddie said their goodbyes at Milo’s Yard, it was late, late, late. It was raining. The M Train was just a few blocks away. It was just too easy to hop onto it and head home, instead of walking three times as far and waiting around for an L Train shuttle in order to make the scene at Quitty’s birthday party. Miss Quitty is one of our favorite people and we were saddened that we couldn’t be there to wish her well in person on this, her special night. So we hope she accepts our apology and best wishes as noted in this blog post.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Happy Hour in Gotham City:

Here’s a list of the records played at the Grab This! benefit, including probably the only record played all night–the one by Della Reese–that mentions abortion:

None of the records listed here are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes clips. Please donate to women’s causes, including Planned Parenthood and NARAL.

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WHAM-O Required to Swing!!

Matt Clarke swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

After the last WHAM-O WATUSI in December, Boogaloo Omnibus Productions received a memo from the Bootleg Bar management: DJ residencies will be terminated for the new year; each DJ will be called to serve as required.

With less than five days notice, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was required for DJ service on Saturday February 2. A guest DJ would be needed, but who could swing on such short notice? Probably only someone who lives in the area. The first person anyone thinks of when thinking about Bushwick is Mr. Vacation, of course, but he was guest DJ in December. How about Brandon Peck AKA Handsome Vanzant. He’s off vacationing with his lovely wife on some remote Mexican island! Anyway, we’d like to give him more time because he always draws fabulous posters for the events. Then there’s Matt ClarkeThe Elevator Operator. He lives nearby, has great records and is one cool cat. Lucky for us he was available and did a noteworthy job at the WHAM-O WATUSI.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Matt Clarke swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Mr. Clarke is one of the busiest men in town. He’s got a program on the WFMU Rock ‘n’ Soul Ichiban Stream called “What’s Happening” and often fills in for DJs on the regular radio station. Also he is a musician who has been in several of our favorite bands. Let’s see if we can name some: Quitty & the Don’ts, The Above, Miriam and Nobody’s Babies and his own group The Elevator Operators. Surely one or two has been left out.

Matt Clarke hides behind his Golden Earings picture sleeve at WHAM-O WATUSI!

At any rate, Matt Clarke is a cat with the goods. He’s heavy into Sixties British rock and pop records, so he certainly played a bunch of that. The Boogaloo Bag writers have never heard so many records on the British Decca label all in one night, that’s for sure! All good stuff. He also played some hot R&B and soul records.

Miss Nancy Gardner made some strawberry/chocolate cake cookies that went over quite well. The base of the cookie was of a pink strawberry flavor that folks all agreed tasted like Captain Crunch Berries and it was topped off with a dark chocolate kiss.

YUMMY!

Of course, Miss Nancy also made her signature vegan brownies–now better than ever. A lot of our friends showed up to dig the music, the baked goods and each other. The night went really well and we’re hoping that the Powers That Be will give The Boog a little more time to prepare next time. Stay tuned.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the WHAM-O WATUSI–the 42nd one:

None of these records are for sale. Many of them have links to the youtubes for your edification.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Nogood Nick each point to the DJ who plays the best records!

Our pal Nogood Nick is a cool DJ who swings a hot happy hour affair at Otto’s Shrunken Head called Rip! Rig! Panic! It happens periodically and the Boogaloo Bag writers try to make the scene whenever they can. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to partake as a guest DJ for the January 18th edition.

As the more astute Boogaloo Bag reader may understand, Rip! Rig! Panic! is named after a keen album by the adventurous jazz modernist Roland Kirk. Thus, the evening usually bops along on a heavy jazz tip, but soul, funk, latin beats and all sorts of reet rhythms are also heard. The Boogaloo Omnibus brought all the appropriate records and made sure they were played. This took place in the front room of the club, where all the serious drinking is done. Nancy Gardner made some of her famous vegan brownies and they were devoured accordingly.

Nogood Nick swings at Rip! Rig! Panic!

Toward the end of the four hour event, Nogood Nick and The Boog alternated playing their records. At one point, they played a pair of records, both of which noted a bird up in a tree, or something like that. Anyway, the evening was a gas; it’s always a gas working with Nogood Nick, since he has such exquisite taste in these kinds of records. Plus, did we mention that Nancy Gardner made some of her signature vegan brownies? They were so good it can not be overstated.

When 10 O’clock rolled around, it was time to stop the Rip! Rig! Panic! event and time to start Rebel Night, which was scheduled to take place from 10 to 4 in the back room. Just like that, Otto swung its Shrunken Head from Mod Jazz to rip roaring rockabilly. Rebel Night has returned to its ancestral home at Otto’s. It was held at the East Village tiki-themed rock club for several years, before it moved to a couple of other locations. Now it is back where it belongs–in Otto’s back room where there is room to dance and the records can be turned up loud. The place was packed and the Rebel Night DJs had a brand new banner they were proudly displaying.

The Boog set his records aside and pulled Miss Nancy into the back room where they twisted away to the rockin’ sounds the Rebel Night crew were putting down. Guest DJ was Mr. Fine Wine. Although he is not a rockabilly enthusiast, he played some fabulously jumping R&B records that got the Rebel Night faithful bopping about.

Rebel Night DJs Seiji Sato, Hiromu Yanagiya and Akinori Okada set up for another great evening of rockin’ and a’rollin’–note the beautiful new banner!!

Then, one of the Rebel Night DJs, Hiromu, approached Phast Phreddie and asked him if he had any records he could play. Perhaps it has not been mentioned in the Boogaloo Bag before, but when he was a wee lad, Phast Phreddie was a Boy Scout. The Scout motto, “Be prepared,” was something he always took to heart. In fact, just in case he was asked to swing, Phast Phreddie brought six up-tempo rockers and was happy and honored to play them.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Rip! Rig! Panic!:

Here are the records played for Rebel Night:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes so you can dig them on your own time–however, you won’t have Nancy’s excellent vegan brownies!

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Batman at the Go Go!

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On Saturday January 12, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus hosted a happy hour swing session at the elegant Jupiter Disco on the outskirts of East Williamsburg. Or perhaps we should call it a Bat Bash, since there seemed to be a peculiar Batman theme! The Phast Man played the “Batman Theme” twice (once at the beginning of the night, and again in the middle), he wore his Bat Socks, the Bat Signal was projected on the wall behind the DJ, and the lovely Miss Nancy Gardner baked Bat Cookies! It was as if the Bat Cave had been turned into a groovy discotheque.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus displays his Bat Socks!!

The Boogaloo Bag writers were very happy to see so many of their great friends at the Bat Happening, too. They all partook in the eating of the Bat Cookies and diggin’ the groovy sounds.

For four straight hours, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played his records: Some Mod jazz things, some funky things, some soul things, a couple of pop things, a few nice organ grooves, some things with Cuban rhythms–all of it groovy.

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Batman made a surprise appearance at the Jupiter Disco!

When time was up, the night was still young. The Boog gathered up his records and Nancy gathered up the uneaten cookies. They then accompanied their friends Matt Clarke and Big Eugene on the L Train to Manhattan, where they all went to Otto’s Shrunken Head for Soulfinger, the great new soul dance party hosted by the DJs Connie T Empress and Girlsoul. There, Nancy put the cookies out and folks were happy to eat them. After about an hour or so, DJ Jumpy dropped in and he ate the last one.

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MMMMMM!!!  Yummy chocolate covered Bat Cookies!!!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Batman Happy Hour Affair:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have clips to the youtubes–check them out on your own Bat Time!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus responds to the Bat Signal at the Jupiter Disco!

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Thanks to our pal Robbie Busch for the beautiful image on the poster.

Subway Soul Club Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball

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New Year’s Eve is a very special time. Very often folks go out to what should be a wild New Year’s Eve bash only to think back the next day about how ordinary the evening was. When hostess Lady Dawn decided to throw a New Year’s Eve Subway Soul Club event, she wanted to make sure it was not going to be just another Subway Soul Club event. She wanted a Happening!  She called for a Black & White Ball–that is, she asked everyone who would attend to dress in elegant black and/or white evening wear. She dressed the venue, Ceremony, in black and white decorations and she called on resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to enlist some fabulous DJs.

Fabulous DJs for the Subway Soul Club Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball were One Mint Julep and Peanutbutter Brown.

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One Mint Julep swings at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

One Mint Julep is a personality on radio station WFMU–where she is known as the Honky Tonk Radio Girl every Wednesday evening. We understand she also has a secret gig in the Gowanus Canal area that we are not supposed to discuss. However, she is also one of the resident DJs–with Mr. Fine Wine and Fancy Cat–at Soul Night, an outstanding Sixties soul dance party that has been successfully operating for five years. So you know she has boss records for Subway Soul Club–and she played them!

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Peanutbutter Brown gets visited in the DJ booth by a person who did not receive the “dress in black and white” memo at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

Peanutbutter Brown is the most recent example of a Subway Soul Club attendee graduating to Subway Soul Club guest DJ. After being inspired by Subway Soul Club, he started his own Uptown Getdown several years ago. Then he moved to San Francisco where he initiated the Golden State Soul Club. He has DJ’d several events since moving back to the New York City area–and people dig his sound every time. On New Year’s Eve, Peanutbutter Brown got so carried away that he played “Testify” twice!

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Lady Dawn (on the left) surveys the groovy scene at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

Ceremony–that intimate, dark bar off the beaten track in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn–was all decked out with black, white and silver balloons; its tables covered with black and white table cloths; the DJ booth accented by a silver tinsel fringe; and black and white movies shown on the wall: Ready Steady Go’s Motown Special, James Brown Live in Boston, a groovy old movie featuring French models. Plus, Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner baked chocolate crinkles and her signature vegan brownies for the event.

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The thing that really made the scene was the fact that so many people actually dressed up for the event–in black and white, fancy clothes, some with masks, and everybody with great big smiles as they danced out on the floor! More photos of the event were taken by Lady Dawn and they can be seen on her facebook site. Midnight was counted down and the club provided a champagne toast to keep spirits high. This was most definitely a New Year’s Eve to remember.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus endeavors to pick a top disk that all the kids will dance to at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Subway Soul Club Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to clips on the youtubes. Get dressed in black and white before you click on them.

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Peanutbutter Brown, Lady Dawn and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus celebrate at midnight at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

 

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