Rip! Rig! Rebel!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus and Nogood Nick each point to the DJ who plays the best records!

Our pal Nogood Nick is a cool DJ who swings a hot happy hour affair at Otto’s Shrunken Head called Rip! Rig! Panic! It happens periodically and the Boogaloo Bag writers try to make the scene whenever they can. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was asked to partake as a guest DJ for the January 18th edition.

As the more astute Boogaloo Bag reader may understand, Rip! Rig! Panic! is named after a keen album by the adventurous jazz modernist Roland Kirk. Thus, the evening usually bops along on a heavy jazz tip, but soul, funk, latin beats and all sorts of reet rhythms are also heard. The Boogaloo Omnibus brought all the appropriate records and made sure they were played. This took place in the front room of the club, where all the serious drinking is done. Nancy Gardner made some of her famous vegan brownies and they were devoured accordingly.

Nogood Nick swings at Rip! Rig! Panic!

Toward the end of the four hour event, Nogood Nick and The Boog alternated playing their records. At one point, they played a pair of records, both of which noted a bird up in a tree, or something like that. Anyway, the evening was a gas; it’s always a gas working with Nogood Nick, since he has such exquisite taste in these kinds of records. Plus, did we mention that Nancy Gardner made some of her signature vegan brownies? They were so good it can not be overstated.

When 10 O’clock rolled around, it was time to stop the Rip! Rig! Panic! event and time to start Rebel Night, which was scheduled to take place from 10 to 4 in the back room. Just like that, Otto swung its Shrunken Head from Mod Jazz to rip roaring rockabilly. Rebel Night has returned to its ancestral home at Otto’s. It was held at the East Village tiki-themed rock club for several years, before it moved to a couple of other locations. Now it is back where it belongs–in Otto’s back room where there is room to dance and the records can be turned up loud. The place was packed and the Rebel Night DJs had a brand new banner they were proudly displaying.

The Boog set his records aside and pulled Miss Nancy into the back room where they twisted away to the rockin’ sounds the Rebel Night crew were putting down. Guest DJ was Mr. Fine Wine. Although he is not a rockabilly enthusiast, he played some fabulously jumping R&B records that got the Rebel Night faithful bopping about.

Rebel Night DJs Seiji Sato, Hiromu Yanagiya and Akinori Okada set up for another great evening of rockin’ and a’rollin’–note the beautiful new banner!!

Then, one of the Rebel Night DJs, Hiromu, approached Phast Phreddie and asked him if he had any records he could play. Perhaps it has not been mentioned in the Boogaloo Bag before, but when he was a wee lad, Phast Phreddie was a Boy Scout. The Scout motto, “Be prepared,” was something he always took to heart. In fact, just in case he was asked to swing, Phast Phreddie brought six up-tempo rockers and was happy and honored to play them.

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at Rip! Rig! Panic!:

Here are the records played for Rebel Night:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes so you can dig them on your own time–however, you won’t have Nancy’s excellent vegan brownies!


Batman at the Go Go!


On Saturday January 12, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus hosted a happy hour swing session at the elegant Jupiter Disco on the outskirts of East Williamsburg. Or perhaps we should call it a Bat Bash, since there seemed to be a peculiar Batman theme! The Phast Man played the “Batman Theme” twice (once at the beginning of the night, and again in the middle), he wore his Bat Socks, the Bat Signal was projected on the wall behind the DJ, and the lovely Miss Nancy Gardner baked Bat Cookies! It was as if the Bat Cave had been turned into a groovy discotheque.


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus displays his Bat Socks!!

The Boogaloo Bag writers were very happy to see so many of their great friends at the Bat Happening, too. They all partook in the eating of the Bat Cookies and diggin’ the groovy sounds.

For four straight hours, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played his records: Some Mod jazz things, some funky things, some soul things, a couple of pop things, a few nice organ grooves, some things with Cuban rhythms–all of it groovy.


Batman made a surprise appearance at the Jupiter Disco!

When time was up, the night was still young. The Boog gathered up his records and Nancy gathered up the uneaten cookies. They then accompanied their friends Matt Clarke and Big Eugene on the L Train to Manhattan, where they all went to Otto’s Shrunken Head for Soulfinger, the great new soul dance party hosted by the DJs Connie T Empress and Girlsoul. There, Nancy put the cookies out and folks were happy to eat them. After about an hour or so, DJ Jumpy dropped in and he ate the last one.


MMMMMM!!!  Yummy chocolate covered Bat Cookies!!!

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

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have clips to the youtubes–check them out on your own Bat Time!


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus responds to the Bat Signal at the Jupiter Disco!


Thanks to our pal Robbie Busch for the beautiful image on the poster.

Subway Soul Club Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball


New Year’s Eve is a very special time. Very often folks go out to what should be a wild New Year’s Eve bash only to think back the next day about how ordinary the evening was. When hostess Lady Dawn decided to throw a New Year’s Eve Subway Soul Club event, she wanted to make sure it was not going to be just another Subway Soul Club event. She wanted a Happening!  She called for a Black & White Ball–that is, she asked everyone who would attend to dress in elegant black and/or white evening wear. She dressed the venue, Ceremony, in black and white decorations and she called on resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to enlist some fabulous DJs.

Fabulous DJs for the Subway Soul Club Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball were One Mint Julep and Peanutbutter Brown.


One Mint Julep swings at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

One Mint Julep is a personality on radio station WFMU–where she is known as the Honky Tonk Radio Girl every Wednesday evening. We understand she also has a secret gig in the Gowanus Canal area that we are not supposed to discuss. However, she is also one of the resident DJs–with Mr. Fine Wine and Fancy Cat–at Soul Night, an outstanding Sixties soul dance party that has been successfully operating for five years. So you know she has boss records for Subway Soul Club–and she played them!


Peanutbutter Brown gets visited in the DJ booth by a person who did not receive the “dress in black and white” memo at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

Peanutbutter Brown is the most recent example of a Subway Soul Club attendee graduating to Subway Soul Club guest DJ. After being inspired by Subway Soul Club, he started his own Uptown Getdown several years ago. Then he moved to San Francisco where he initiated the Golden State Soul Club. He has DJ’d several events since moving back to the New York City area–and people dig his sound every time. On New Year’s Eve, Peanutbutter Brown got so carried away that he played “Testify” twice!


Lady Dawn (on the left) surveys the groovy scene at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

Ceremony–that intimate, dark bar off the beaten track in the middle of Williamsburg, Brooklyn–was all decked out with black, white and silver balloons; its tables covered with black and white table cloths; the DJ booth accented by a silver tinsel fringe; and black and white movies shown on the wall: Ready Steady Go’s Motown Special, James Brown Live in Boston, a groovy old movie featuring French models. Plus, Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner baked chocolate crinkles and her signature vegan brownies for the event.

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The thing that really made the scene was the fact that so many people actually dressed up for the event–in black and white, fancy clothes, some with masks, and everybody with great big smiles as they danced out on the floor! More photos of the event were taken by Lady Dawn and they can be seen on her facebook site. Midnight was counted down and the club provided a champagne toast to keep spirits high. This was most definitely a New Year’s Eve to remember.


Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus endeavors to pick a top disk that all the kids will dance to at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!

Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Subway Soul Club Black & White New Year’s Eve Ball:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to clips on the youtubes. Get dressed in black and white before you click on them.


Peanutbutter Brown, Lady Dawn and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus celebrate at midnight at the Subway Soul Club New Year’s Eve Black & White Ball!


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Thunder and Boogaloo Birthday Bash!


Sophie Thunder and Josh Styles swing at the Birthday Bash!

When the nice people at the Jupiter Disco contacted Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus for possible Happy Hour DJ action on a Friday or Saturday night in December or January, he quickly looked at a calendar to check the dates. Hmmm, he thought… The Boog’s birthday is December 28–a Friday. Our friend Miss Sophie Thunder shares the birthday. Maybe we can have a joint birthday party at the Jupe and really swing the happy hour scene on that night. He pitched to the Jupes. The Jupes said, “Go for it!” So–

On Friday December 28, Sophie Thunder and Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus celebrated their respective birthdays together at the Jupiter Disco, a groovy bar on Flushing Avenue on the outskirts of East Williamsburg. The affair started at six o’clock when The Boog set up and started playing records. Soon after, Sophie Thunder showed up with a box of records and her husband, Josh Styles–a most excellent DJ in his own right. He also appeared with a box of old 45s.



Miss Sophie Thunder enjoys her Birthday Bash!!

We were very happy to see so many of our lovely friends come to celebrate the birthdays of these two fine people. It helps that Miss Thunder and Mr. Styles live fairly nearby, as do many of their friends. The Jupiter Disco was packed out with folks jumping around to the groovy records, mostly played by Josh Styles, who took over the turntables at a couple of points, allowing Miss Sophie–who never seemed to have played a record!–and Phast Phreddie a chance to swing with their pals. Miss Nancy “Jeannie” Gardner arrived around 8:30 with cupcakes and little vegan cupcakes. Party hats were donned and merriment was had.


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The party ended promptly at ten o’clock, when the scheduled evening DJ showed up and played disco records that pretty much chased all the party-goers out to Flushing Avenue. The disco DJ seemed to have his own following, though, so the Jupe was never empty. Special shout out goes to our friends Yana Lil’Jerk and Quitty Tottenham who showed up after 10:00 PM and insisted to the DJ that he was not supposed to be there!!!

The Boog will be back at the Jupiter Disco for another happy hour event on Saturday January 12. Make the scene! Here’s a list of all the records played by Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus at the Sophie Thunder/Phast Phreddie Birthday Bash. He swung with a bunch of old favorites, some that he doesn’t get a chance to play much (ie, Seventies records) a couple of recent acquisitions, and five by folks who also had birthdays on this date:

None of these records are for sale.

The next day, Phast Phreddie pitched a softball game in the Parade Grounds at Prospect Park. What a way to celebrate a birthday–DJing with all your friends one night, playing a ball game the next afternoon. It’s good to know that at 65 that cat still does just what he wants to do!!


Boss flyer by Josh Styles!