Subway Soul Club Ceremony!

 

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, Ty Jesso, Yana Lil-Jerk and Lady Dawn swing at Subway Soul Club. Photo by Lauren Krohn.

Subway Soul Club came to order on Saturday, May 12, at a new venue under the able-bodied hostesship of Lady Dawn and with resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus. The event was held at Ceremony, a fairly new club in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is beautifully appointed, has a wonderful wooden floor, the management and the employees were easy to work with, and it is conveniently located near the crossroads of the G and L trains. Our pal Steve Myers hipped us to the joint about a year ago, but more recently, our friend Claudia Lily from The Baby Shakes went the extra mile to make introductions. Once Lady Dawn and Phast Phreddie saw the joint, they fell in love with it. It’s got a great DJ booth and it is often utilized by our friends Josh Styles, Avi Spivak and William Martin when they hold their Rebel Rouser Club House parties. Ceremony has plenty of room for dancing and it was all taken up by dancers on this night.

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This evening’s guest DJs: Ty Jesso and Yana Lil-Jerk

For this Subway Soul Club event, guest DJs were Ty Jesso and Yana Lil-Jerk.

Ty Jesso is one of the East Coast’s best DJs of reet music. He hails from Providence, Rhode Island and his Soul Power that takes place there is often voted the best dance party in town by the local newspapers. He also helms Soulelujah in Cambridge, Massachusetts that is also very popular in the Boston area. Ty was one of the original guest DJs for Subway Soul Club dating back to its days at Rififi in the East Village. The cat has great records and he sure knows how to play them–and he played plenty.

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Ty Jesso cues up another hot number at Subway Soul Club.

Yana Lil-Jerk has DJed all over town. Currently, she hosts the Bangarang (reggae, rocksteady, ska) and the Living for Kicks (garage rock, soul, R&B and other stuff) parties, usually at the Robert Bar. These gigs are always a gas. She has great soul records and she brought a box of them to Ceremony on May 12 where she kept the dance floor hopping all night. This was her first time working Subway Soul Club and she did a great job. You know she’ll get asked back.

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Yana Lil-Jerk wants you to dance to the boss record she is playing at Subway Soul Club.

Ceremony was pretty full; not too full that folks couldn’t dance, though. The place was jumping with excitement, with folks showing up right at the nine o’clock opening and staying until nearly the three AM closing. We were happy to see a lot of long-time Subway Soul Club attendees as well as many new faces. Also on hand were several of the DJs who regularly guest at Subway Soul Club. There were plenty of English people, including a British fellow, now living in Toronto, who drove down with his wife.

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Jumpy at the door!!!

As mentioned, Lady Dawn was in the house, flitting around in her groovy Mod threads, meeting and greeting folks. Special guest door-person was DJ Jumpy, who was occasionally given time off to dance. Miss Nancy Gardner made spicy cinnamon brownies for the event, but alas, could not make the scene.

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Dancers swing at Subway Soul Club! Photo by Lauren Krohn.

At the end of the night, as folks were leaving, it was pretty unanimous that Ceremony may be the best place for Subway Soul Club since the Rififi days. Future dates are being negotiated, so the possibility of another Subway Soul Club event taking place before the end of the year is very strong.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus displays his Lou Courtney record at Subway Soul Club. Photo by Lauren Krohn.

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

None of these records are for sale. Click on them for hot, youtubes action!

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Poster designed by Lady Dawn Carrington.

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All the way with Lenny Kaye!

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On May 5, The WHAM-O WATUSI blew into the Bootleg Bar in picturesque downtown Bushwick, Brooklyn with a very special guest DJ: Lenny Kaye.

WHAM-O host Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus has known Mr. Kaye for more years than anyone cares to count. Mr. Kaye has been a hero, an inspiration and, most importantly, a friend. As guitarist in the Patti Smith Group, an author of books, a producer of records, and a singer of his own songs, he is often very busy. He enjoys DJing, and has recently started to take it a little more seriously than usual, but he rarely has the chance to do so. Mr. Kaye has a standing offer to DJ with the Phast Man whenever he wants, but the last time he was able to do so was December 2016–almost a year and a half ago.

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Often, when these two DJ together they follow a theme. At first it was the Doo Wop Hop, which usually took place on or around Valentine’s Day. Then they did a night or two of all instrumentals. Once there was a reggae night and there may have been a girl group night–if not, there should have been. This time, at the WHAM-O, there were no restrictions. Boy, did Mr. Kaye take to that!

Mr. Kaye’s sets were heavy on the garage rock, with some sixties pop, rockabilly and doo wop sprinkled in. After a few beers and perhaps a couple of margaritas (well, it was Cinco de Mayo), he played a Madonna record and followed it up with “Mona” by The Iguanas!!! That was wild, to say the least.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus had his own little salute to Cinco de Mayo: He played three records in a row by East Los Angeles Chicano artists. These three rare recordings have been recently re-released in the form of a 10-disc set of seven-inch singles in a box by our friends at Vampi Soul in Spain (for which The Boog wrote the liner notes). Only 500 of these collections were manufactured, so if one is interested in obtaining this fabulous collection (entitled Takin’ Care of Business: Soul R&B and garage from the Rampart, Faro, Gordo and Linda labels 1963 – 1971) one should act soon. Locally, the good people at Earwax Records in Williamsburg may still have it available. Tell them you heard about it in the Boogaloo Bag.

It was great to see so many of our friends come out and hang with us, too. Ace DJs Drew Redmond and Josh Styles, as well as Bootleg Bar owner Bobby Rich all came by to get their photo snapped with Mr. Kaye.

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Bootleg owner Bobby Rich, birthday girl Lauren Krohn and Mr. Lenny Kaye swing at the Wham-O Watusi.

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Lenny Kaye and Drew Redmond point out another great record at the Wham-O Watusi.

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Lenny Kaye and Josh Styles goof at the Wham-O Watusi.

Another thing made this WHAM-O WATUSI more special than usual: our friend and ace photographer Lauren Krohn celebrated her birthday. All night her friends dropped by to wish her well. Boogaloo Bag photographer and baker Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner baked some very delicious vegan cupcakes with creamy chocolate frosting for the occasion, along with her signature cinnamon-infused brownies. It was a chocolate overload kind of night.

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Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner and Lauren Krohn pose with yummy treats at the Wham-O Watusi.

Toward the end of the night, Mr. Kaye ran out of records and sat to chat with the birthday girl for a spell. Luckily, our friend DJ Rata showed up with the Wig Doctor. They had come from some other party where they were DJing mambo records. As the Wig Doctor sat in the corner and made out with a lovely young lady, DJ Rata joined the Phast Man in the DJ booth to add a Latin tinge that spiced up this most perfect evening.

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Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus gets a little help from DJ Rata at the Wham-O Watusi.

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

None of these records are for sale. Many of them have links to the Youtubes for your home listening pleasure.

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Happy Hour at the Jupe!

On April 21, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to swing the Happy Hour session (6 to 10 PM) at the Jupiter Disco. The Boog did so by playing an eclectic selection of funk, soul, reggae, Mod jazz, Latin soul and groovy pop records–but mostly funk–for the four hours allotted to him. He kept a solid groove happening and several folks in attendance approached the DJ booth in order to announce their pleasure with the selected tunes. The evening went very well, especially when our pal Nogood Nick showed up with some of this friends.

Nogood Nick swings with Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Jupiter Disco.

The evening was made ever so tasty with the addition of the caramel thumb-print cookies baked by Boogaloo Bag photographer Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner.

Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner’s famous caramel thumb print cookies!

At exactly 10PM, The Boog turned the controls of the Jupiter Disco’s audio system over to DJ Mikey Perez, who followed The Boog’s program with a hot zouk number, then proceeded to spin platters deep into the night.

The Boog and Miss Nancy gathered their things–records, uneaten cookies–and obtained some quick nourishment in the form of tacos at nearby Los Hermanos Tortilleria, then headed into Manhattan, where our friend DJ Rata was holding forth with his Mambo Jambo night at Otto’s Shrunken Head. Guest DJ with him was DJ Alr!ght, who was visiting from Cleveland.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus checks out one of DJ Alr!ght’s hot platters.

The Boogaloo Bag writers first met DJ Alr!ght at the Keystone State Soul Weekender a couple of years ago. He’s a cool guy with hot records and he played some boss sounds that night, as did Rata. Miss Nancy made sure to distribute cookies to the folks at Otto’s before heading home. DJ Alr!ght was due later that night to spin records at Ceremony with Drew Redmond and cookies were sent with him in order for Mr. Redmond to get his share.

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

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to youtubes clips so you can dig them in the privacy of your own head!

DJ Rata gave this groovy Batman 45 adapter to Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus!! Thank you Señor Rata!