Wham-O Watusi Goes on Vacation!!!

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When all the planets are in alignment, the WHAM-O WATUSI takes place on the first Saturday of the month at the Bootleg Bar in downtown Bushwick. However, due to circumstances beyond his control, WHAM host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was out of town when the regularly scheduled event in August was to take place. Luckily, he was able to trade the night with his pal Drew Redmond—who moved his Sleaze to Please night (usually the third Saturday of the month at the Boot) to August 6 and the WHAM took place on August 20.

 

The good thing about this change of scheduling was this: our pal Mr. Vacation has a regular DJ night at the Commodore on the first Saturday of the month, so getting him to guest at the WHAM-O WATUSI is impossible. When the WHAM was moved to the third Saturday of August, asking him to guest was topmost on The Boog’s mind. When he agreed to swing, everyone here at the Boogaloo Bag headquarters whooped it up in glee!!

Mr.Vacation

Mr. Vacation! Yayyy!!!

Mr. Vacation is one of the most eclectic DJs in town. At the Commodore, he can work a funk set into a heavy metal set, followed by bossa nova records, then turn some German prog rock, and if you don’t watch out, he’ll play a classic disco jam! This seems to go down really well with the fried chicken eaters at the Commodore. Mr. Vacation is also famous as a pioneer of Bushwick living, a skateboard enthusiast, a connoisseur of hard-core punk rock and has been known to play drums in heavy, heavy rock bands. The Boogaloo Bag strongly suggests that all readers dig his Interwebs radio show on KPISS.fm where he plays all sorts of solid stuff. Some of the shows are on the soundclouds and can be accessed. Dig one here!

However, when the WHAM-O WATUSI took place at the Bootleg Bar on Saturday August 20, a night that was expected to delve into the madness turned out to be a pretty cool evening of mostly soul, funk and reggae records, with occasional detours into rock-type things. Needless to say, the clientele at the Bootleg Bar was completely satiated with groovy sounds.

 

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus:

 

None of these records are for sale.

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Utica Club Boogaloo!

Drew Redmond, Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Mr. Vacation and Gary Scopitone swing at Utica Club!

Drew Redmond, Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Mr. Vacation and Gary Scopitone swing at Utica Club!

On Friday July 22, the WANG DANG DOODLE presented UTICA CLUB at The Commodore of Williamsburg. This event was entitled “Utica Club” because special guest DJ was Drew Redmond, who hails from Carthage, New York. Where is Carthage, you may ask? It’s about 70 miles north of Utica, New York, home of Utica Club lager. Plus, there is a cool record of the Utica Club theme song that Mr. Redmond played that night.

 

Drew Redmond recalls his days in Utica, NY!!!

Drew Redmond recalls his days in Utica, NY!!!

Drew Redmond came to Brooklyn several years ago, and quickly became one of the most popular DJs on the reet music front. He was co-host of Finger Lickin’ Fridays with our pal Charles Gaskins at the Grand Victory until that club closed for good on July 31. He swings at Midnight Offerings, a night of American garage rock records that he co-hosts with Josh Styles and he hosts his own Sleaze to Please—both at the mighty Bootleg Bar. Plus, he is often found DJing at all kinds of events all over town. It’s always a gas to dig what he is putting down.

At the UTICA CLUB, he presented a program of wild, rockin’ R&B and garage rock records that got the room chewing the fine Commodore fried chicken in rhythm with the records! It was magical.

In order to keep up to speed with Mr. Redmond, UTICA CLUB host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played nine chicken records—six of them in a row!

Several of our pals dropped by to dig the scene, including Josh Styles, Sophie Thunder, Mr. Vacation and Gary Scopitone. All night long, The Commodore was jumpin’. By the end of the night, beer was spilled, bottles were broken, fun was had and the DJs were paid—which is all we really care about, anyway!

Here’s a list of every record played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at UTICA CLUB:

None of these records are for sale.

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