Don’t forget the Motor City!

Anna Copa Cabanna danced in the window in order to bring back memories of the Motor City Bar.

Ritmo Fever is a DJ night that takes place every Wednesday at Los Feliz, a modern Mexican taco and tequila joint in the Lower East Side. Ritmo Fever features a rotating cast of DJ hosts, including Drew Redmond, Mr. Vacation, El Salvage and DJ Rata. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to be guest DJ for Mr. Redmond’s event on September 18.

Drew Redmond selects another rockin’ record from his stash of boss sauce at Ritmo Fever!

Since Los Feliz is located on Ludlow Street, Mr. Redmond wanted to bring back the vibes and freel of the Motor City Bar–a bar that existed down the street that was a bastion of boss rock’n’roll music for a long time until it closed about six years ago. Motor City Bar was a place where folks could go and drink and dig loud rock’n’roll records played by such DJs as Josh Styles, The Thing With Two Heads, Alberto de Wowsville, Billy Miller, Señor Dos Platos, Drew Redmond, Lynne K, Jonathan Toubin, Jukebox Jodi (who was also a bartender), Mr. Vacation and many others. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus also worked the scene several times. One of the most popular attractions at Motor City Bar–aside from the decorations made up of vintage auto parts and stolen Detroit street signs–was the fabulous Go-Go dancer Anna Copa Cabanna dancing in the window. So Mr. Redmond conscripted Miss Copa Cabanna into dancing in the Los Feliz window.

DJ Rata’s Batman 45 adaptor kept an eye on the proceedings at Ritmo Fever.

The night was great. Mr. Redmond played a bunch of the tuff, rock’n’roll and rhythm & blues records he is known for. Phast Phreddie did much of the same. They both spiced up the audio portion of the evening with hot mambo records in deference to the location, as Miss Anna did her thing in the window.

Although she was unable to attend, Miss Nancy Gardner made more of her fabulous vegan brownies and spicy fudge for all attendees.

Miss Nancy’s yummy things!!

Here is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Ritmo Fever:

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

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Boogaloo on Venus!

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Our pal Bobby Rich, who owns the Bootleg Bar–where the WHAM-O WATUSI takes place–has a new club located on the northern-most edge of Bed-Stuy. It is one of the most beautiful new nightclubs there is. One walks under the neat neon sign into an elegantly appointed room with a full bar on the left. Beyond the bar is a big room, suitable for a couple hundred dancing souls, with barstools along the walls. Straight through and you’ll see a double staircase going up to an open mezzanine/balcony situation where the DJ booth sets. hanging from the ceiling is one of the biggest disco balls you’ll ever see. Across from the bar is a stairway that leads down to a basement with another full bar, several pinball machines and pool tables. The Boogaloo Bag writers, who have complained about poorly named venues for the last thirty years or so, approve of the name: Venus In Furs. We forgot to ask Mr. Rich if it was named for the 1870 novel by the Austrian writer Leopold von Sacher-Masoch, one of the several film adaptations of said novel, the fictional band of the same name in the movie Velvet Goldmine, or the song on the first Velvet Underground album. Or maybe all of them! At any rate, the Boogaloo Bag writers are happy to have another club with an outer space reference in its name.

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A giant disco ball hovers over the Venus In Furs dance floor!

There was a soft opening for the club on Friday the 13th of September. The Boogaloo Bag writers were in attendance, as were several of Mr. Rich’s friends, various and sundry folks from the neighborhood and the rock’n’roll community. We found ourselves ooh-ing and awe-ing along with everyone else at this most excellent new nightclub. Ya gotta love the new nightclub smell and dig the bathrooms before they are decorated with stupid stickers and unclever graffiti. The moment we walked in to the club we thought that this would be the best place in the world for some future Subway Soul Club event…

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Venus In Furs awaits dancers!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was invited to spin records there on the following Monday–September 16. A whole new scene was in order, so The Boogaloo Omnibus decided to work a new groove: AFRO-Q-POP. A sly play on Afro-cubop, Afro-Q-Pop consists of soul, funk, mod jazz, reggae (the Afro part) and boss rock’n’roll records (ie, pop), mixed in with mambo sounds. For this venture there could be only one DJ who could work like that: DJ Rata! He was duly enlisted to be guest DJ.

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DJ Rata swings at AFRO-Q-POP!

The Boog and El Rata swung the night with the bossest of rhythmic tunes. Several folks complimented the DJs on their fine selections. Monday night is not the swingin’est night of the week, but the folks who were in attendance had a boppin’ good time, that’s for sure. Our pal DJ Xerox was also on hand to check out the new club.

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DJ Rata is visited by DJ Xerox at AFRO-Q-POP!

Although she was unable to be on hand–Monday is a school night, after all–Miss Nancy was able to cook up a batch of her vegan brownies and flourless chocolate cake cut into bite-sized cubes. Very tasty!

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Yummy treats and boss records were featured at AFRO-Q-Pop!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the world’s first ever AFRO-Q-POP (since the Venus is located on Broadway in Brooklyn, a few “Broadway” records were called for and duly played):

None of these records are for sale. There are clips from the youtubes for some of them for your digification.

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Emotional Boogaloo!

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Our pal DJ Mike Crash hosts a swingin’ soul music scene called Mixed Emotions Soul Club. It takes place on the first Friday of the month at a joint somewhere in Sunnyside, Queens called Sanger Hall. It’s not really a hall–more like a pub–but it is a good enough place for folks to clear out some tables and chairs and let the people dance to boss soul records. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was invited to be guest DJ on September 6.

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Mike Crash and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the Mixed Emotions Soul Club!

We’ve worked with Mr. Crash before. He used to host a night called Shake Frantic at the Huckleberry Bar in Williamsburg, and, if memory serves (and it usually doesn’t) the two worked together at one of DJ Xerox’s Out of Sight soul nights at the Beauty Bar. Mr. Crash has some pretty darn good records and he sure as heck knows how to play them.

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Mr. Vacation, Grace of Spades, Mike Crash and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at Mixed Emotions Soul Club!

At Sanger Hall we were happy to see so many friendly faces–especially folks who live nearby. Who knew we had so many friends in that area? It was great to see them all. Miss Nancy Gardner was in attendance with her signature vegan brownies, plus her new creation: flowerless chocolate cake cut into bite-size pieces. Yummy!

When it was all over, Mr. Crash packed up his records and took off. The next day he flew to Italy for a vacation with his gal Grace of Spades!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Mixed Emotions Soul Club event:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes for the reader’s listening enjoyment.

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Major Boogaloo at WHAM-O!

Ursa Major and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!

On July 26, the WHAM-O WATUSI was called to order at the Bootleg Bar in beautiful downtown Bushwick. This was a rare Friday evening WHAM-O and so it necessitated that a rare and exceptional guest DJ should be involved: Ursa Major (who host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was able to sign on after some tough negotiating).

Ursa Major is a member of the Legio SPQR DJ collective–a group of sound selectors who specialize in skinhead reggae. As such, he has travelled the world spinning his boss records for his many admirers. However, Ursa Major is also a well-rounded DJ who spins in all of the styles favored by WHAM-O WATUSI enthusiasts.

Ursa Major swings at WHAM-O WATUSI!

In pre-Boogaloo Bag days, Ursa Major was an occasional guest at Subway Soul Club–he has amazing soul records–back when it was at Rififi in the East Village. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus likes to recall a night: It was the first night that the WANG DANG DOODLE took place at the Ottoman Lounge in Williamsburg (thus the first night that the Phast Man wore a fez!) and Ursa Major was asked to be its guest DJ for a one-off ska music event. Phast Phreddie’s ska collection at the time was not so fine–a handful of 45s, some reissues and compilations. Ursa Major showed up with a box of about 200 boss ska records–most of them British pressings in immaculate shape–and a crew of about 20 of his skinhead friends. Thanks to him, the night was a roaring success.

Ursa Major is visited by Mr. Vacation at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Thus it is always a pleasure working with Ursa Major–which doesn’t happen often enough. The last time may be the time he guested with the Phast Man at the Commodore in 2015.

Ursa Major is also the drummer for a cool Oi! punk band called The Templars. The band has been active since about 1991. It’s made dozens of recordings and tours the world.

At the WHAM-O WATUSI, Ursa Major played an assortment of jams, mostly R&B, soul and freak beat records–records that he doesn’t get to spin often. The Boogaloo Bag writers dig it when Ursa Major is at the controls because he has such fabulous records and he knows how to play them. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played his usual trash, some new acquisitions, four monkey and four “thing” records in a row and perhaps a few more Jamaican records than usual in order for Ursa Major to feel at home. Also, knowing that the guest DJ is a drummer, The Boog played a series of “drum” records and the one by The Azaleas really caught his ear!

Ursa Major digs the scene at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Although she was unable to make the scene, Miss Nancy Gardner was able to provide some most delicious chocolate oatmeal peanut butter cookies, as well as vegan peanut butter balls.

Here’s 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 the reader to dig.

SIT and Boogaloo at the Beach!

DJ Rata swings at Rockaway Beach!

Caracas is the capital of Venezuela, the South American country. It is also the name of three arepas bars in New York City. The first is located on E. 7th Street in the East Village. The second one is in Williamsburg. The third is at Rockaway Beach–right on the beach–and is only open seasonally. Arepas are food–good food–and for the uninitiated, may be described as a northern South American version of a falafel sandwich. The thick, round flatbread is baked, then fried, then cut and yummy, spicy ingredients are stuffed between the two slices. The arepas at Caracas Arepa Bars are among the best in town.

Mrs. and Mr. Rata swing at Shake It Up Sundays!

During the three summer months, the Caracas Arepa Bar in Rockaway features live music and DJs on Sundays. Our pal DJ Rata hosts a party there each month called Shake It Up Sunday. In July, he booked The Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company–a rockin’’ little hillbilly combo whose name is bigger than the group; a trio of musicians who, at the first hit of a guitar chord, harken the listener back to about 1955 and somewhere southwest of Pittsburg. The group’s brand of blues, ballads and boogies belongs on the radio as much as it does in a museum. When they have a guest thrush on hand, as they did with Stella Rose Saint Clair, the band is even better. Miss Stella looks flash(back) and sings as if the only record she ever heard was Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits.

Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company perform the “hot dog” song at Shake It Up Sunday!

Miss Stella Rose Saint Clair fronts Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company for a series of lovely ballads at Shake It Up Sunday!

Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company swings at Shake It Up Sunday!

Rata is one of our favorite DJs. Ever since we first met him–spinning mambo, R&B and rocksteady 45s at a Yana Lil-Jerk party at Otto’s Shrunken Head several years ago–we have tried to follow his exploits. We often find him selecting the music for some of the finest parties in Brooklyn. Whenever he asks Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to work with him, the Boogaloo Bag writers get excited. He did so for this July 21 event.

Batman takes a spin at Shake It Up Sunday!!

This scene at Caracas Rockaway is what summer is all about. Rata played some fabulous music, employing his custom Super Hero 45 RPM adaptors. SIT and Die played a good, long set. The food at Caracas was fantastic. Boogaloo Bag photographer and baker Miss Nancy made some excellent chocolate/oatmeal/peanutbutter cookies.

Miss Nancy’s chocolate/oatmeal/peanutbutter cookies were a hit!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus looks on as Miss Stella Rose Saint Clair samples one of Miss Nancy’s chocolate/oatmeal/peanutbutter cookies at Shake It Up Sundays!

The ocean was about a hundred yards away. The sun was out but a cool breeze often blew through. Why do hot summer days like this have to end? Everyone had such a grand time, it was kind of sad getting on the subway for the long ride home.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Shake It Up Sunday!!

In order to do his part, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played surf records, R&B records, mambo records and songs sung in Spanish. Here’s a list of all the records he played:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes in order to enlighten the reader, if necessary.

Abe’s Boogaloo!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Nogood Nick swing at Abe’s Pagoda Bar.

Nogood Nick is one of our best pals, DJ-wise. He used to host a swingin’ soirée called Rip! Rig! Panic! It has taken place at several nightclubs, but most recently at Otto’s Shrunken Head. it featured his exquisite mix of Mod jazz, sweet soul and provocative pop music. These days he is often called to action at a new joint in Bushwick called Abe’s Pagoda Bar. The name of the joint is a clever play on the name of the character actor Abe Vigoda–which has nothing to do with the lovely exotic, “tiki-inspired” decor of the club. Rip! Rig! Panic! would be right at home at Abe’s Pagoda Bar, however for some reason, Nogood Nick doesn’t call his nights there by that name. We don’t think his nights at Abe’s are regular, nor do they even have a name–he just shows up and plays his exquisite mix of Mod jazz, sweet soul and provocative pop music. Sometimes with a guest DJ. It may as well be Rip! Rig! Panic!

Nogood Nick selects another fine jam to play at Abe’s Pagoda Bar.

On Sunday July 7, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to be Nogood Nick’s guest DJ. Having been a frequent guest and/or attendee of Rip! Rig! Panic!, he knew the drill–plus he added some mambo vibes, international beats and groovy instrumentals in order to spice up the scene.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus checks out the track that Nogood Nick is going to play next at Abe’s Pagoda Bar.

Miss Nancy was on hand and she had some yummy strawberries dipped in white chocolate to feed the faithful. Abe’s Pagoda also serves food and the Boogaloo Bag crew partook in orders of vegan hot dogs–or some such thing. Plus, the bartenders were happy to make a non-alcoholic, frothy & fruity drink for The Boog.

Miss Nancy strikes a pose in front of Abe’s Pagoda Bar!

We hope that Mr. Nick’s night becomes a regular thing and that he invites the Phast One to join him often. This was a swingin’ scene that needs to survive.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus when he DJed with Noogood Nick at Abes Pagoda:

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

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Happy Home Sweet Boogaloo!

Around noon on Friday June 21, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus received a desparate message from our pal Drew Redmond: “Would you be interested in covering my shift at Home Sweet Home tonight?” Mr. Redmond was double-booked and need someone to swing at his regular Friday night gig, working the early shift before the main man, Jonathan Toubin arrives on the scene.

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They don’t call him Phast Phreddie for nothing–he can prepare for a DJ gig in minutes!! Although it ain’t so easy as just picking up this box of records or that box of records and heading out. The Boog doesn’t work that way. He has records all over his record room and must choose the right records for each gig–a time consuming activity.

Luckily, The Phast Man was able to get out of his day gig a little early, get home, gather a bunch of old 45s–mostly cool instrumentals, organ grooves, sweet soul, funk and some other weirdness (I mean, this is Drew Redmond’s gig–the king of the weird record!)–and make the scene at Home Sweet Home in the Lower East Side. The Boog kept things fairly mid-tempo and not too rockin–well, it’s Happy Hour, after all; plus, you don’t really want to work the crowd up so much that when Mr. Toubin arrives they are all pooped out. That’s his job! You just want the folks in the bar to feel groovy, bop their heads and, if they’re standing up with a beverage chatting with friends, groove around a bit. There: some Happy Hour DJ etiquette for you.

Jonathan Toubin swings at Home Sweet Home!

Right around 11:00PM, Jonathan Toubin blew in and took over the turntables–and rocked the place good, as he always does.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus for a swingin’ Happy Hour at Home Sweet Home:

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