¡Rata Phink y Boogaloo ala Wham-O!

Rata & Boog swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Rata & Boog swing at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

On September 3, The WHAM-O WATUSI returned to its regularly scheduled slot on the calendar: the first Saturday of the month. It also marked the return of DJ Rata—who has now been the guest at The WHAM three times. “Why is that?” you may ask. Because he plays boss records. The Boogaloo Bag writers, who have a voice in selecting guest DJs, like the way he mixes tough R&B and rocksteady records with mambo records. What can be better? Host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus spent the whole night diggin’ the tracks he laid down.

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DJ Rata’s own event, known as Mambo Jambo and usually held at Otto’s Shrunken Head, is an excellent mish-mash of records that contain bongo bashin’, guitar thrashin’ and mind trashin’! He brought plenty of that to The WHAM, that’s for sure. The Bootleg Bar’s clientele was very enthusiastic and appreciative as they spent much of the night on the dance floor. Man, ya shoulda been there.

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Our pal Roger and his wife Maria from Barcelona dropped in and did the hully gully, before they moved on to another scene. It was great to see Señor Roger, who played host to The Boogaloo Omnibus when he was in Spain about twelve years ago.

Roger y Maria bop at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Roger y Maria bop at the WHAM-O WATUSI!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at The WHAM-O WATUSI held on Saturday September 3 at the Bootleg Bar—including four Rufus Thomas covers in a row and a cool one by Memphis Slim, who was born on that date 101 years ago. Plus, because DJ Rata is a fan of Batman records, The Boog started each of four sets with one. Dig it all here:

 

None of these records are for sale.

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