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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Thunder and Boogaloo Birthday Bash!

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Sophie Thunder and Josh Styles swing at the Birthday Bash!

When the nice people at the Jupiter Disco contacted Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus for possible Happy Hour DJ action on a Friday or Saturday night in December or January, he quickly looked at a calendar to check the dates. Hmmm, he thought… The Boog’s birthday is December 28–a Friday. Our friend Miss Sophie Thunder shares the birthday. Maybe we can have a joint birthday party at the Jupe and really swing the happy hour scene on that night. He pitched to the Jupes. The Jupes said, “Go for it!” So–

On Friday December 28, Sophie Thunder and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus celebrated their respective birthdays together at the Jupiter Disco, a groovy bar on Flushing Avenue on the outskirts of East Williamsburg. The affair started at six o’clock when The Boog set up and started playing records. Soon after, Sophie Thunder showed up with a box of records and her husband, Josh Styles–a most excellent DJ in his own right. He also appeared with a box of old 45s.

 

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Miss Sophie Thunder enjoys her Birthday Bash!!

We were very happy to see so many of our lovely friends come to celebrate the birthdays of these two fine people. It helps that Miss Thunder and Mr. Styles live fairly nearby, as do many of their friends. The Jupiter Disco was packed out with folks jumping around to the groovy records, mostly played by Josh Styles, who took over the turntables at a couple of points, allowing Miss Sophie–who never seemed to have played a record!–and Phast Phreddie a chance to swing with their pals. Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner arrived around 8:30 with cupcakes and little vegan cupcakes. Party hats were donned and merriment was had.

 

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The party ended promptly at ten o’clock, when the scheduled evening DJ showed up and played disco records that pretty much chased all the party-goers out to Flushing Avenue. The disco DJ seemed to have his own following, though, so the Jupe was never empty. Special shout out goes to our friends Yana Lil’Jerk and Quitty Tottenham who showed up after 10:00 PM and insisted to the DJ that he was not supposed to be there!!!

The Boog will be back at the Jupiter Disco for another happy hour event on Saturday January 12. Make the scene! Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Sophie Thunder/Phast Phreddie Birthday Bash. He swung with a bunch of old favorites, some that he doesn’t get a chance to play much (ie, Seventies records) a couple of recent acquisitions, and five by folks who also had birthdays on this date:

None of these records are for sale.

The next day, Phast Phreddie pitched a softball game in the Parade Grounds at Prospect Park. What a way to celebrate a birthday–DJing with all your friends one night, playing a ball game the next afternoon. It’s good to know that at 65 that cat still does just what he wants to do!!

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Boss flyer by Josh Styles!

ARC Dance Party action!

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Jellybean Benitez cues up his first record as DJ Bunny Ears and Laurie Anderson look on at the ARC Dance Party.

On Monday December 10, The ARChive of Contemporary Music hosted a fund-raising dance party at an event space in the far corner of East Williamsburg, Brooklyn featuring some world famous DJs and personalities: Hank Shocklee, Fred Schneider, Laurie Anderson, Jellybean Benitez, Craig Kallman and DJ Bunny Ears.

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Ashley Gail Harris helped organize the party. Here she is sorting out the cool posters of the event at the ARC Dance Party!

The space is called 99 Scott. It is located at…99 Scott Avenue, an industrial area two blocks from Queens and two blocks from Bushwick. The room was huge and spacious–good thing, too, as there were a lot of folks in attendance, but even more so because of the giant speaker cabinet that emitted the sounds of the evening. The whole audio set up was excellent and donated by the nice people at Dub-Stuy Records.

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ARC Dance Party scenesters Jenni Callo and Brenda Brand pose in front of the Dub-Stuy Sound System.

Hank Shocklee’s name was immortalized when he produced albums by Public Enemy, the fabulous rap ensemble. He has also been kept busy working with a host of other rap and contemporary R&B acts. He has worked with Ziggy Marley, Mary J. Blige and Yoko Ono. Although the ARC Dance Party was advertised as featuring “vinyl-only sets,” Mr. Shocklee played his selections via some digital hook-up. Many of his tracks contained hip-hop style beats, but he also played some hot Eighties soul records, like “Just Be Good to Me” by The S.O.S. Band. Mr. Shocklee considers himself a “sonic architect,” and that’s just what he did–he built a heavy, heavy sound that got the folks dancing!

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Hank Shocklee at the controls at the ARC Dance Party!

Fred Schneider is the driving force behind the ginchy new wave rock band The B-52’s. He knows groovy records, that’s for sure, and he had the dancers dancing the moment “Ain’t Nothin’ but a House Party” by The Show Stoppers was aired. Mr. Schneider’s set consisted of some cool Sixties soul and girl group records and it made folks happy.

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Fred Schneider does the standing still as Laurie Anderson snaps his photo at the ARC Dance Party!

Laurie Anderson is an artist first, and she approached her DJ set with that in mind. She started her set with a long, drum-beat and chant number of an ethnic nature–played from her laptop– before playing a couple soul records: Jean Knight’s “Mr. Big Stuff” and Aretha Franklin’s “Rock Steady.” Also in the mix was Devo’s version of “Satisfaction.” She ended with a Tom Waits track–not exactly super dance floor material, but all in attendance seemed to dig it.

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Craig Kallman, Jellybean Benitez and Tommy Silverman (Tommyboy Records) swing at the ARC Dance Party!

Portions of the early part of the evening’s program were slightly marred by technical difficulties–mostly due to the last-minute preparations by presenters who wanted to use technology other than the turntables. However, once Jellybean Benitez started his first record, it was as if the whole room had been teleported to an underground downtown disco of the early Eighties. The Jellybean knows exactly what he is doing. His set started with Third World’s version of “Now That We Found Love,” went into “Soul Makossa” by Manu Dibango then The Talking Heads’ “Once in a Lifetime.” His transitions were smooth–you could hardly tell where one record stopped and another started. This, folks, is how DJing is done; don’t give the dancer’s a reason to leave the floor! Many people know of Mr. Benitez as a guy who produced some Madonna records. He’s done that, sure, plus he’s remixed about fifty or so hit records from artists ranging from Afrika Bambaataa to ZZ Top. He got his start as a club DJ, working such legendary New York City dance clubs as Electric Circus, Hurrah, Paradise Garage and Studio 54. Having not been to a club like that in many years, it is easy to forget what it’s like when a professional DJ is at the wheels of steel.

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Craig Kallman hints at a record he is going to play on the back of his jacket at the ARC Dance Party! 

Craig Kallman is another music industry big wig–currently he is the Chairman and CEO of Atlantic Records, so perhaps he is one of the biggest wigs there is. However, he is a devout record collector–owning hundreds of thousands of records. Also, he, too, got his start in the music biz as a club DJ, spinning his vinyl at The Tunnel, Danceteria, Area and The Palladium. At the ARC Dance Party, much like Jellybean, Mr. Kallman was a supreme DJ–very danceable records, smooth transitions, non-stop bop. His set consisted of what sounded like hot dance records from the Seventies and Eighties. Most of the tracks he played were unrecognized by the Boogaloo Bag writers, but it was a gas when he played the Funkadellic number.

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Hank Shocklee, Fred Schneider and DJ Bunny Ears swing at the ARC Dance Party!

By day, DJ Bunny Ears is a music supervisor for a top Madison Avenue advertising agency. At night he swings his reggae records at various clubs around New York City and around the world. A peek into his box proved that he had well over 150 Jamaican-pressed 45s ready to play in case he was needed–no dead air was going to happen at the ARC Dance Party. Although he never got a chance to play any of them, he was kept very busy assisting Fred Schneider and Laurie Anderson during their respective sets. Mr. Schneider likes to pick the sides and have an assistant cue and spin the actual records. Mr. Schneider then does the frug. However, the setup for this evening–mostly the way the DJ booth was constructed and situated–we saw little of Fred’s frug; but his music was heard and appreciated. Ms. Anderson, likewise, does not like to actually deal with the technical aspects of being a DJ. Thus, DJ Bunny Ears was enlisted as the technical assistant for these two and he did a magnificent job–especially considering he had to switch between turntables and a laptop several times during Ms. Anderson’s set.

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ARC founder and director B. George addresses the crowd at the ARC Dance Party!

In the middle of the event, B. George, the founder and Director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music, welcomed folks to the Dance Party and thanked them for their support. The ARC Dance Party was a huge success–happy feet danced, folks had great big smiles on their faces, money was raised. When it was over Hank Shocklee approached B. George and suggested he do this twice a month!  Well, that may not happen, but it seems as if there may be more ARC Dance Parties in 2019.

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B. George and Laurie Anderson swing at the ARC Dance Party!

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Jon Hafter (ex ARC employee, now heavy Hollywood music supervisor), Professor Patrice George (Fashion Institute of Technology) and B. George swing at the ARC Dance Party!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Hank Shocklee swing at the ARC Dance Party!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, whose day job is taking care of the records at the ARC, was enlisted to start the evening off with a few jump numbers as folks were rolling in. He rounded up some boss Go-Go jams, a couple of skas, funks and boogaloos and let them rip. Hank Schocklee a was a bit late, and took some time to set up, so The Boog got to play a few extra records than scheduled.. Here’s a list of everything he played:

None of these records are for sale.

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Getting Sick with Mr. Vacation!

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Mr. Vacations swings at WHAM-O WATUSI!

It was on the First of December when the Wham-O Watusi last blew into the Bootleg Bar in beautiful downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn. Guest DJ for this event was the ever-popular Mr. Vacation–skate boarder, punk rocker, drummer, neat guy and the original Bushwick resident. Back when the Commodore was hip, he held court there on the first Saturday of the month. Recently he has turned records at the Robert Bar and he’s an occasional presence at the Bootleg Bar. He’s the kind of DJ who can swing with funk-to-hard rock-to-reggae-to-prog rock-to-soul without breaking a sweat. It was because of Mr. Vacation’s ability to leap tall building with a single disc that made host DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus break out with more reggae records than usual, a Blue Öyster Cult jam, two in a row by the Kac-Ties and some top funk numbers. Heck, when you know your guest DJ is going to play a Blue Cheer record, you gotta fight fire with fire!!!

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Mr. Vacation swings again at WHAM-O WATUSI!!

However, there was a bummer thing happening on this night. Phast Phreddie was under the weather. So was official Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner, who was too sick to make the scene, thus the dearth of photos for this entry–especially sad because so many of our fine friends were on hand. (However, her chocolate crinkles and vegan brownies were in the house and devoured accordingly!)

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Mr. Vacation continues to swing at WHAM-O WATUSI!!!

Indeed, The Phast Man has been sick as a dog since Thanksgiving. He was planning on going to a bunch of his friends DJ nights but was way too ill to go anywhere–so he apologizes to all of his DJ friends who have had events in the last couple of weeks. Plus, he has been busy as hell preparing for the ARChive of Contemporary Music fund raising record and CD sale (going on now!)–his busiest time of the year. There is no rest for the wicked, as they say.

At the end of the Wham-O night, after two full hours of Mr. Vacation and Phast Phreddie alternating the spinning of discs, The Phast One’s pharmaceutical aids had worn off. He was wheezing and coughing and feeling crummy. Mr. Vacation took note and packed El Rapido into a car sharing vehicle and sent him on his way so he wouldn’t have to brave the idiosyncrasies of the M-Train and the cold, bitter winds that sweep the outdoor subway station platform. May Our Lady of Perpetual Motion grant Mr. Vacation good records where ever he goes!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Mr. Vacation present boss spins at WHAM-O WATUSI!

Here is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the December Wham-O Watusi:

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

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One Mint Wham-O!

On Saturday November 17, the fortieth WHAM-O WATUSI took place at the Bootleg Bar in downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn. It was held on the third Saturday of the month instead of the usual first Saturday in order for its host, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to take part in the Keystone State Soul Weekender, which happened on the first weekend of November. Lots of friends showed up to swing. Miss Nancy made some outstanding chocolate chocolate-

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One Mint Julep and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

chip cookies and vegan vanilla-flavored miniature cakes for the occasion. (Folks, if you are vegan, please note that you will not be left out of the yummy treats action at the WHAM-O WATUSI!) Special guest DJ for the WHAM was One Mint Julep.

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Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner’s yummy sweets on display at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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One Mint Julep cues another fabulous record at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

One Mint Julep is known nationally and internationally as  Becky, host of a program on WFMU. Airing on Wednesday nights from 8 to 9, her show is called Honky Tonk Radio Girl and it veers toward a hillbilly tip; however, she can play just about any kind of reet sound at her whim. Up until about three months ago she was a co-host, along with Fancy Cat and Mr. Fine Wine, of a fabulous soul music dance party called Soul Night, held at a venue in Crown Heights. Miss Julep is also one of America’s top proponents of a dance music style called Belgian Popcorn. This is all well known to her many admirers–including the Boogaloo Bag writers. So it was expected that Miss Julep would play some boss R&B records and boppin’ rockabilly when she came to the WHAM-O WATUSI. However, nobody expected her to throw down with some top reggae tracks, records sung in French and Spanish, Latin soul jams and cumbia records. Suffice it to say that wigs were flipped! One Mint Julep is our kind of DJ and we hope to have her back at the WHAM as soon as possible.

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A whole bunch of our friends and fellow DJs came out to witness the amazing DJ stylings of One Mint Julep. They all dug the scene and swallowed up a bunch of the delicious chocolate cookies. Our pal Lauren Khron made a short video of the scene and it can be viewed here.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the fortieth WHAM-O WATUSI (including a set of “pig” records!):

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

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Keystone State Soul Weekender Number Three

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Founded by a Spaniard, Julio Apollo XII, and an Englishman, David Raistrick, The Keystone State Soul Weekender has now taken place three times in the city of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Each time, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has been lucky enough to have been asked to spin a few records. Each time it has been a wonderful experience.

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Connie T Empress, the Empress of Soul and Brother Weems arrive ready to swing at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Brother Weems introduces Ian Friend at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Mikey Post swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Above are scenes from Friday Night at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

This year’s event took place on November second, third and fourth and, like the other two, the location was the Elks Lodge Hall in downtown Lancaster. The hall is spacious and beautiful and it offers a most excellent floor for dancing, plus a side room with a full bar where folks can hang out and wheel and deal records. Some of our favorite DJs from the first couple of events were in the house: Andy Powell, Denise Draper and Kev Draper from England; Andrew Turner from Reading, PA; Jason Thornton from somewhere in Massachusetts; Ian Friend from Pittsburg; Tom Dechristofaro from Cleveland or Detroit (depending on what day of the week it is) and Nick Reiner (aka DJ Salinger) who is a local Lancasterian. Eric Svirida from Long Island, George Rodriguez from St. Paul, Minnesota and Connie T Empress from New York City all returned from last year. New DJs this year were Scott Boyko and Jay Boxcar from the Garden State Soul Club (New Jersey); Larry Grogan, who is the king of the New Jersey soul record experience; and Mikey Post of Daptone Records.

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Andrew Turner swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Don Hodgen of The Ambassadors (Vee Pee) sings “Too Much of a Good Thing” at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Mr. Robinson and Don Hodgen pose with an acetate of a recording Mr. Hodgen made many years ago and had not heard since at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Scott Boyko swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Tom Dechristofaro AKA DJ Alr¡ght swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Scenes from Saturday afternoon at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

This year, Phast Phreddie was paired with Connie T Empress for a set on Friday and another on Saturday. The Friday set they just split their 40 minutes in half, but on Saturday they had fun with it–The Phast Man played five records, then split the spinning duties with The Empress for a few records before turning both turntables over to her to complete the allotted time. The Fez and the Tiara in action!

Also this year, Brother Weems, an associate of The Empress since her Empire State Soul Club days, acted as the master of ceremonies. He made a very professional job of it, too. He kept things happening and made sure every DJ was properly introduced.

Some of the highlights include the appearance of Don Hodgen of The Ambassadors (the group on Pee Vee, not The Ambassadors on Arctic), who sang his song “Too Much of a Good Thing” on Saturday afternoon. Our friend Mr. Robinson was on hand and he owns an acetate of a song Mr. Hodgen sang on but was never released. Mr. Robinson played it for Mr. Hodgen, who hadn’t heard it since the day they recorded it!

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Andy Powell swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Denise Draper swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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DJ Salinger digs for records at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Eric Svirida swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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George Rodriguez swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Jason Thornton swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Jay Boxcar and Larry Grogan swing at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Kev Draper swings at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Above are scenes from Saturday night at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

On Saturday night, Denise Draper once again set the dance floor on fire with a set of incendiary R&B records. Also on Saturday night, after a blistering set of rare records played by George Rodriguez, Andy Powell announced that we had just heard about a hundred thousand dollars worth of records played in forty minutes! High praise from a fellow who has been doing this stuff probably longer than Mr. Rodriguez has been alive–a British fellow at that; and we know how well the Brits know their soul records!

It was great to see Larry Grogan spinning records. That guy knows a LOT about soul records and every Boogaloo Bag reader should also be reading his Funky 16 Corners blog and digging his podcast. He also has a show called Testify! on the WFMU Give The Drummer Some web-stream that airs on Wednesday nights. On the show he plays all sorts of reet music. We met Mr. Grogan’s fellow New Jersey citizens Scott Boyko and Jay Boxcar for the first time. We hope to be seeing more of them, too.

Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner whipped up two kinds of chocolate chip cookies for this event–and those things were gone quick!!

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Julio Apollo XII and Dave Raistrick are already plotting for the FOURTH Keystone State Soul Weekender!!

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Julio Apollo XII swings under the ghoul at the Keystone State Soul Weekender!

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Above are scenes from Sunday afternoon in the Elks Lodge lounge at the Keystones State Soul Weekender!

On the Sunday, things were changed up back at the Elks Lodge. Instead of finishing the event in the big hall, closing festivities were held in the lounge downstairs, where breakfast was served (good and cheap!) and records were bought and sold. DJs spun records under the watchful eye of a scary ghoul–leftover Halloween decorations. This made an excellent opportunity for a more intimate affair with Weekender attendees and DJs mixing it up while devouring drinks and omelets.

Our friend and Keystone State Soul Weekender regular Arinivah posted on her cool facedog Dance Culture page a great video that will give you an idea of what happened at the Third Keystone State Soul Weekender. Check it out.

The Boogaloo Bag writers salute and thank Julio Apollo XII and Dave Raistick for another fabulously successful event. We are looking forward to next year and we ask all Boogaloo Bag readers to start making plans for the first weekend in November to make the scene in Lancaster. It is a total gas–a full weekend of dancing and digging some of the greatest soul records of all time. Make it your annual happening.

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Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at The Keystone State Soul Weekender:

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

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Zombified Wham-O Watusi!

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Nogood Nick, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Yana Lil-Jerk flash their gang affiliation signs at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

As the astute Boogaloo Bag reader knows, The WHAM-O WATUSI takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Bootleg Bar. However, host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was called to action in San Francisco–with DJ work at the Internet Archive and Forbidden Island on October 3rd and 4th, respectively. Originally, our pal Drew Redmond–who also swings at the Boot–was going to do the 6th, but he had to rescind his offer due to a previous engagement.

This left the The Boog in a bind. What to do? Well, since he was scheduled to return to New York City at 10 pm on the night of the scheduled WHAM, he thought, “If I get two really boss guest DJs to swing the night, I may be able to make the scene around midnight. That way, if the jet is delayed, the night will still be a groove.”

The two really boss DJs selected were Nogood Nick and Yana Lil-Jerk. Both have been mainstays on the reet music scene for several years. Nogood Nick with his fabulous Rip! Rig! Panic! events and Miss Yana with her equally fabulous Bangarang, both of which take place at Otto’s Shrunken Head. These two fine, fine, super fine DJs were able to keep the Bootleg Bar swingin’ for the early part of the evening, trading sets of their super fine records. The Boog regrets that he was unable to be there to dig it.

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Yana Lil-Jerk swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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Nogood Nick swings at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

As it happened, The Boog’s flight was delayed by thirty minutes. Plus, with the MTA working on the subways, The Boog was unable to arrive until about 12:45AM. But he got there, and he was happily greeted with cheers and yummy pumpkin-filled, mummy-looking truffles made by Boogaloo Bag’s official photographer (and baker) Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner. Miss Yana was at the turntables selecting top-notch stuff to play for the punters. Although he was exhausted from his trip–zombified, in fact, much like the seasonal ghoul hanging from the ceiling of the Bootleg BarPhast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was soon at home in the DJ booth where he played records for almost an hour; records from the previous two nights (or their B-sides) and others purchased at Rooky Ricardos Record Shop in San Francisco just a few days earlier. At about 2:00 or so, the WHAM-O WATUSI went into high gear when the three DJs traded turns at the decks, each playing a song, then making way for the next. This was a gas.

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The ghoul hanging from the Bootleg Bar ceiling at the WHAM-O WATUSI. Or is it the zombified Boogaloo Omnibus!!!

Also, The Boogaloo Bag writers were very pleased to see that several of our friends were in attendance. This always makes them happy. In the house: Kirstyn Soles, Sophie Thunder (Virgo Slam IV), Josh Styles (Daddy Long Legs), Lady Dawn (Subway Soul Club), Shelly Paus (Lunar Orbits), Sanford Santacroce (Telecommand), Mr. Vacation (Robert Bar)… did we forget anyone? Oh, yeah, ace photographer Miss Lauren Krohn, who was happy to eat a few of the vegan brownies that Miss Nancy also brought.

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Josh Styles goofs as Lady Dawn watches at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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Yana Lil-Jerk, Mr. Vacation and Nogood Nick share DJ tips at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

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Kirstyn Soles, Nogood Nick, Shelly Paus, Lady Dawn and Sanford Santacroce swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Thank you too much to Nogood Nick and Miss Yana for holding down the fort until The Boogaloo Omnibus could arrive on the scene. There was always a chance that his flight would get cancelled, or that it would crash, or he may have been too burned out to come to the club. But having watched Tomb Raider on the flight, he was invigorated enough to brave the A-Train to the L-Train to an L-Train shuttle in order to get to the Bootleg Bar. Due to the zombification caused by the flight, plus the long night at the Boot, The Boog did not make it to his Sunday softball pick-up game. Ya can’t do everything!

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Miss Nancy’s yummy mummy truffles!!! Tasty little guys, balls of pumpkin covered with white chocolate, were looking at folks, saying, “Eat me! Eat Me!” They got eaten.

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

None of these records are for sale. Dig the links to the youtubes clips on some of them. Records played at the previous two gigs that were already linked, will not be linked here.You can go to the main Boogaloo Bag page to find them.

NOTE: The next WHAM-O WATUSI will take place on November 17th (with guest DJ One Mint Julep (ie, Honky Tonk Radio Girl, WFMU) instead of the 3rd, in order for him to participate in the Keystone Soul Weekender–as should you, as well. On the 3rd, Drew Redmond will hold court with his Sleaze to Please action at the Bootleg Bar. That will be cool, too.

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Another look at the yummy mummies!