Rock-A-Hula Boogaloo!!

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ABC Rebel Night is quite possibly the most fabulous Rock’n’Roll dance party in the world!! A couple weeks ago (July 17, 18 & 19, 2015) it celebrated it’s Tenth Anniversary with a super tremendous three day event. On the Friday, a regular Rebel Night Wild Dance Party was held at the Grand Victory in Williamsburg (with our pal DJ Jumpy as one of the guest DJs). Then on the Saturday and Sunday, the celebrations continued at the Shop in Bushwick with live acts and even more wildness: burlesque dancers, limbo contest, barbeque, you name it!

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to supply some of the rockin’ tunes, as well as the soundtrack for the limbo contest—grand prize: $100!!!—on the Saturday.

The acts that played the shows included The Clams, Muck and the Mires, Rick Palumbo and the Flipped Fedoras, Jukebox Jodi and Her 45s, The Garnet Hearts, Josh Hi-Fi Sorheim, Will and the Hi-Rollers and Silvertooth Loos and the Witch. PLUS, Johnny Farina of Santo & Johnny (“Sleepwalk”) headlined on Sunday (unfortunately, the Boogaloo Bag writers were away at another event and sadly missed the swingin’ pedal steel guitar playing of Mr. Farina). Other DJs included Hank (from Germany), Savage Matt (from Detroit) and Tommy Rivera (from Chicago).

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They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so the graphics department of the Boogaloo Bag has worked overtime to present these wonderful photos taken on the Saturday night of this very special event. Click on the photos and they will magically big-o-fi to a size that will not hurt the eyes!

The Boog wishes to thank all the cool Rebel Night crew for inviting him to be part of the scene once again: Thanks Seiji, Junichi, Hiromu and Miss Katie. We hope to see you next year for Hula Rock III!!!

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Hiromu and Junichi swing at Hula Rock II!!

Hiromu and Junichi swing at Hula Rock II!!

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Will and the Hi-Rollers (from Las Vegas).

Will and the Hi-Rollers (from Las Vegas).

Silvertooth Loos and the Witch from Los Angeles.

Silvertooth Loos and the Witch from (Los Angeles).

Here’s a list of all the songs played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, including those played during the limbo contest:

None of these records are for sale.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Hula Rock II!!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Hula Rock II!!

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Out of Sight!V

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On July 16, Phast Phreddie the Boogalo Omnibus was a guest DJ at Out of Sight, the groovy new soul music dance party held every Thursday and hosted by our pal DJ Xerox at the Beauty Bar in Manhattan. This time out, The Boog’s partner was Peanut Butter Brown. Mr. Peanut Butter is making a final tour of DJ nights, as he is due to move to San Francisco in the early fall. New York City will miss him and his Uptown Getdown series of soul music events.

On this night, Peanut Butter Brown and the Boogaloo Omnibus traded thirty-minute sets. As the evening was winding down, a bunch of revelers appeared and the two DJs responded by making them dance an extra half-hour after the event was scheduled to end!

DJ Xerox, who also hosts the cool Copycat Cover Song Night at Otto’s Shrunken Head, was in and out of the room all night, shaking hands and buying drinks for his friends. The Boog paid tribute to him by playing the “Copy Cat” song, then following it with a whole slew of cover songs; 12 of next 14 records he played!

Here’s a list of everything played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Out of Sight:

None of these records are for sale.

El Instant Groove!

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Our pal $mall ¢hange can only be described as a crazy Californian—especially if you were to meet and hang out with him for a short period. However, get to know him and you will know a fine example of humanity: intelligent, sincere, honest and possessing a fine sense of humor. He sponsors the Blackcrack group on the Facebooks—a bunch of folks discussing DJ gigs and all sorts of things dealing with vinyl records—and is himself one of the finest club DJs in the City. The Boogalooo Bag writers have never been to a room where $mall ¢hange was working and witnessed people sitting on their hands. When $mall ¢hange says, “dance!” everybody dances!

Recently, $mall ¢hange has become a club owner. He and the fine people who own The Commodore have joined forces and opened a new joint called El Cortez. It is a Tex-Mex restaurant with a hip jungle theme. It has two floors: the first floor serves the food and the upstairs Safari Room is where there is another bar and a dance floor.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to DJ in the main room on Tuesday June 30. The Boogaloo Bag writers are here to tell you that this is one beautiful club. Located in the industrial area of East Williamsburg, El Cortez is notable as soon as you see it, with its tall totem pole and full moon on the façade. Walk in and you will be doubly impressed by the very groovy décor. (The Boogaloo Bag writers are embarrassed that proper photos of the place were not taken on this night, so The Boog will have to be asked back in order for photographic evidence to appear in the Boogaloo Bag.) The Boog made the scene on a slow Tuesday evening (is there ever a busy Tuesday?), but folks were in the room all night, boppin’ and appropriately groovin’ to a night The Boog called INSTANT GROOVE!

INSTANT GROOVE! combines musics of various hot rhythms: funk, soul, reggae, mambo, afro-beat—totally in cahoots with the jungle-themed venue. At various times, El Cortez clientele approached the DJ booth to express satisfaction with the DJs selections. Here is a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at INSANT GROOVE! at El Cortez:

  • King Curtis & the Kingpins–Instant Groove (Atco)
  • The Seven Souls–Groovin In (Venture)
  • Billy ‘Guitar’ Davis–You Put Me in a Groove (A&M)
  • J.J. Caillier with Dalton Francis & the Flaming Arrows–I Got a Groove (Maison de Soul)
  • The Heptones–Get in the Groove (Studio 1; Jamaica)
  • The Destroyers–Compass (Cotillion)
  • Underground Vegetables–Melting Pot (Ximeno)
  • Terry Montana–Why Can’t We Live Together (Vogue; France)
  • Quartette Trés Bien–Boss Trés Bien Part 1 (Norman)
  • The Latin All Stars–Oye Como Va (Roper)
  • Pace-Setters–Push on Jessie Jackson (Kent)
  • Tony Newman–Soul Thing (Parrot)
  • Bobby Bennett–Bumble Bee (Sting Me) (Philadelphia International)
  • Tony Aiken & Future 2000–Soul Disco (Kimsha)
  • Eddie Bo–If It’s Good to You (It’s Good For You) Part I (Scram)
  • The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band–Do Your Thing (Warner Bros.)
  • Mongo Santamaria–I Got You (I Feel Good) (Columbia)
  • The Cheap Skates–Latin Skate (Bang)
  • Johnny El Bravo; canta: Toñito Lopez–No Hay Dinero (Proyect)
  • The International Ray Camacho & the Teardrops–Caballo Negro (California Artists Corp.)
  • Reebop Kwaku Baah–Kye Kye Kule (Island)
  • Augustus Pablo–King Tubby Meets the Rockers Uptown (Mango)
  • The Meditations–Tricked (United Artists; UK)
  • Lou Donaldson–Everything I Do Gonh Be Funky (From Now On) (Blue Note)
  • The Four Tops–One Chain Don’t Make No Prison (Probe; UK)
  • Tyrone Davis–Love Bones (Dakar)
  • Gunga Din–Crabcakes (Valise)
  • Beaufort Express–Here I Come (Priscilla)
  • The U-Dwi Peoples Paraphernalia–Push and Pull (The Tom Jones) (BRC)
  • The Undisputed Truth–Law of the Land (Gordy)
  • Funkadelic–Red Hot Momma (20th Century/Westbound)
  • Paul Humphrey & His Cool Aid Chemists–Funky L.A. (Lizard)
  • The Rascals–Jungle Walk (Columbia)
  • Osibisa–Music for Gong Gong (Decca)
  • Vic Upshaw; Mickey Baker Orchestra–Popcorn Crazy (Disc A-Z; France)
  • Vigon–Popcorn Popcorn (Egg; France)
  • Preston Epps–Mister Bongos (Donna)
  • Jimmy Cliff–Guns of Brixton (Collective Sounds; UK)
  • Aswad–Three Babylon (Island; UK)
  • Meditations–Wake Up! (Double-D)
  • Dennis Brown–Rock With Me Baby (Observer; Jamaica)
  • Marvin Gaye–You’re the Man (Part 1) (Tamla)
  • Mongo Santamaria–Hippo Walk (Atlantic)
  • Boogaloo Assassins–No, No, No (Sicario)
  • Pete Terrace et son Orchestre–Here Comes Pete [from EP Le Boogaloo] (Disques Vogue; France)
  • The Joe Cuba Sextet–Push, Push, Push (Tico)
  • Melvin Jackson–Funky Skull – Part 1 (Limelight)
  • The Fatback Band–Njia (Nija) Walk (Street Walk) (Perception)
  • Ondatrópica–Pig Bag (Soundway; UK)
  • Black Soul–Africa, Africa (Vogue; France)
  • Tommy McCook and the Supersonics–Tribute to Don (Yew)
  • Laurel Aitken–Mr. Popcorn (NewBeat; UK)
  • Lee Dorsey–Give It Up (Amy)
  • Tommy Strand–Am I Groovin’ You (Fame)
  • Willie Tomlin–Stroke My Yoke (Peacock)
  • Everyday People–I Like What I Like Part 2 (Paramount)
  • The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band–Giggin’ Down 103rd (Warner Bros.-Seven Arts)
  • Billy Sha-Rae–Let’s Do It Again (Triple B)
  • Mark V Unlimited–Gone! (Sagport)
  • The Trammps–Hold Back the Night (Buddah)
  • Dave Collins–Shackatac (Rhino; UK)
  • Upsetters–Return of Django (Upsetter; UK)
  • Mongo Santamaria & Orchestra–Tacos (Riverside)
  • Ray Rivera Orch.–Guava (M-G-M)
  • [no artist listed]–Get It On (Hoctor)
  • Lee Fields–Tell Her I Love Her (Bedford)
  • Naomi Shelton featuring Cliff Driver–Talkin’ About a Good Thing (Daptone)
  • Jo Ann Garrett–Sting Me Baby (Duke)
  • Eddie Bo & the Soul Finders–We’re Doing It (The Thang) Pt. 1 (Vampi Soul; Spain)
  • Bobby Rush–Done Got Good to Me Pt. I (Sedgrick)
  • Eugene Morgan–It’s Your Voodoo Working (Full Sail)
  • Señor Soul–Pata Pata (Double Shot)
  • Cris Powell–Mambo Powell (Grand)
  • Johnny Zamot–Mambo Village (Decca)
  • Fela Ransome-Kuti and the Africa ’70–Chop and Quench (Regal Zonophone; UK)
  • Jackie Mittoo & Randy’s All Stars–30-60-90 (Dynamite; UK)
  • Burning Spear–Lion (Island; UK)
  • Dellenger & King Tubby–Jah Jah Dub (Jackpot; Jamaica)
  • Warren Covington and His Orchestra–El Watusi (Decca)
  • Ray & His Court–Soul Freedom (Jazzman; UK)
  • Billy Martin and the Soul Jets–The Strut (London; Canada)
  • The Beginning of the End–Monkey Tamarind (Alston)
  • The Fabulous Fugitives featuring Michael Sharkey–You Made Me Cry (Cultures of Soul)
  • Syl Johnson–I Take Care of Homework (Twinight)
  • The Barons–No More Baby Love (Shout)
  • Don Gregory & the Soul Trainers–Soul Line (Apt)
  • Earl King–Mama & Papa (Listening Post)
  • Richard Groove Holmes–Don’t Mess With Me (Blue Note)
  • Leon Thomas–Let’s Go Down to Lucy’s (Flying Dutchman)
  • Black Heat–The Jungle – Pt. I (Atlantic)
  • The Al Capps Band–Sissy Strutt (Columbia)
  • Walter Wanderley–Kee-Ka-Roo (Verve)
  • Jackie Edwards & Soulmakers–Che Che (Daran)
  • Jack Costanzo; guitar – Neil Norman–Viva Tirado (GNP Crescendo)
  • Willie Bobo–Fried Neckbones and Home Fries (Verve)
  • Joe Thomas–Chitlins and Cuchifritos (Today)
  • Merry Clayton–Good Girls (Ode ’70)
  • Bill Withers–Better Off Dead (Sussex)
  • Max Romeo & the Upsetters–One Step Forward (Island)
  • El-Rego et ses Commados–Hessa (L.A.Aux Ecoutes; Nigeria)
  • Grupo Sta. Cecilia; canta: Sergio Ruíz–1 – 2 – 3 Hustle (Orfeon; Mexico)
  • King Errison–Samba D Jubilee (Canyon)
  • Nanette Workman–Lady Marmalade (instrumental) (Pacha; Canada)
  • The Devil’s Anvil–Karkadon (Columbia)
  • The Hip Sound–Far Out (Limelight)

None of these records are for sale

All Hail Doc Pomus!

Roomful of Blues celebrates the music of Doc Pomus at Lincoln Center!

Roomful of Blues celebrates the music of Doc Pomus at Lincoln Center!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has been asked to DJ at Lincoln Center’s fabulous Midsummer Nights’ Swing series of concerts and dance events for about ten years now—maybe more. Each time it is a gas. Except when it gets rained out. Last year’s event was rained out; it poured like it was the end of the world, thunder echoed through and lightning reflected off the glass and iron skyscrapers of Midtown—an awesome display of nature but the night was cancelled. Billed as “Save the Last Dance for Me: Roomful of Blues plays the Music of Doc Pomus,” it was rescheduled for June 27 of this year.

It rained on this night, also, but not nearly like last year. An abbreviated version of the show took place, but with the dance floor closed off, and everyone who showed up was allowed into the tented V.I.P. area, where the friends, fans and family of Doc Pomus were determined to celebrate the accomplishments of the great man on this evening, which would have been Mr. Pomus’ ninetieth birthday!

Due to the rain, the dance instruction portion of the show was not performed; The Boog only played one set of records, for about an hour; and Roomful of Blues played one long ninety minute set. But the songwriter was definitely given a fine tribute and those who attended were very pleased with it.

Doc Pomus is one of the finest songwriters of the last half of the Twentieth Century. To list all the songs he wrote may take up the whole internets, but check the song titles in The Boog’s set list and note that the band performed a whole hour of Pomus’ songs without playing any of the songs in the list (well, maybe one.). Also, the Boogaloo Bag reader is strongly urged to see AKA Doc Pomus, a documentary about him. (Also, click on the link every time his name is mentioned for more information on him.)

Roomful of Blues is quite simply the premier practitioner of jump blues in the country—perhaps the world—and has been such almost since it’s inception in 1967. The group, with it’s honkin’ horns and hot rhythm section, can swing with the best of them, lay down a funky soul beat and play a bop that just won’t stop. Although its personnel changes from time to time, it maintains an extraordinary high level of playing. It can only be described as an American institution dedicated to playing a style of music that must not die. In the past it has often acted as a most excellent backing band for such legends of jump blues as Big Joe Turner, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson and Earl King. Today it is a proud carrier of the torch.

Jenni Muldaur swings with Roomful of Blues at Lincoln Center.

Jenni Muldaur swings with Roomful of Blues at Lincoln Center.

The group was a most excellent choice to be part of this celebration of Pomus’ music, as The Roomfuls have cut several of his songs, and the songwriter was instrumental in the group getting its initial recording contract back in the Seventies. This is a clear example of the best possible act being involved with a most worthy tribute. Plus, Jenni Muldaur, a woman whose fame has never caught up with the power of her voice, was on hand, along with a trio of women backup singers, to sing Dion & the Belmonts’ hit “Why Must I Be a Teenager in Love” and “I’m Gonna Cry Til My Tears Run Dry,” first cut by the great Irma Thomas. These people were obviously prepared and delivered the goods. No doubt Doc Pomus was looking down from heaven with a great big smile on his face!

Here’s a list of the songs—all written or co-written (mostly with Mort Shuman) by Doc Pomus—played by DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Midsummer Nights’ Swing:

None of these records are for sale

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Lincoln Center!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Lincoln Center!