WHAM! BAM! WHAM-O WATUSI!!!

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

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

WHAM-O WATUSI is a whole new scene, concocted in the Wang Dang Doodle laboratory by crazy people. It is the playing of old 45 RPM records containing all sorts of reet sounds: in other words—folks bangin’ on shit and screamin’!!! Wham-O Watusi will take place at the Bootleg Bar in downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn, whenever host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus gets a night there (hint: next Wham-O Watusi will take place on Friday August 14).

The first Wham-O Watusi happened on July 10, with guest DJ Rata.

DJ Rata hosts several fine dance events around town. The most spectacular, of course, are his late afternoon Shake It Up Sundays at Rockaway Beach during the summer. He also hosts Mambo Jambo, a swingin’ affair held at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Mr. Rata has a strong collection of reet music: jump blues, surf, R&B, garage, rock’n’roll. He is from Venezuela, so he comes fully equipped with mambo records, too, which he played in abundance. The Boog, likewise, spiced his sets up with a few mambos and records with bongos and even some sung in Spanish, just to make DJ Rata feel at home. There was no need. When Rata was working the turntables, he was on fire, playing some absolutely fabulous records. Dig a few here:

BasieTwistExodusKingColemanLosBeatniksMrCusterStompRnRchachaTitoLoco

Here is a list of records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the very first ever Wham-O Watusi:

None of these records are for sale.

Note: Although this post is out of chronological sequence, Wham-O Watusi should not be overlooked. It is a happening event and you should be part of the next one…happening on Friday August 14 at the Bootleg Bar. Be there and get Wham-O-fied!!

Wham-O-Fication of Bushwick begins!!!

Wham-O-Fication of Bushwick begins!!!

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