The Lithuanian Hall in Baltimore is mostly a restaurant and meeting place that caters to the local Lithuanian community. But on the first Friday of the month it becomes the scene of a swingin’ party called Save Your Soul hosted by our new friends Rob Macy and Baby Alcatraz.
For the last several years, our DJ colleague Drew Redmond has been telling us about this fabulous dance party, as he has been guest DJ there several times. He says the place is packed, the dance floor is always full and they all dance around to every record he plays. Which is wild, because Mr. Redmond is known to play some pretty crazy records!
Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus wanted to taste that action, so he lit a candle to Our Lady of Perpetual Motion and, what do you know, Rob Macy contacted him and invited him to swing for the May edition of the party, which took place on May 3rd.
And swing he did.
Drew Redmond did not exaggerate. Spinning records for all the fine folks at the Lithuanian Hall was indeed a most fabulous DJ experience. Once the room filled with people, the dance floor was jammin’, non-stop. Mr. Macy and Baby Alcatraz were very accommodating hosts. They had some fine visuals of soul singers projected on the back wall and they each played some fantabulous records. Man, this scene was very much a gas! How could any DJ not enjoy it? The only problem was that it ended too early; Baltimore bars close at 2 O’clock, unlike New York City where swingin’ is allowed until 4.
Phast Phreddie made the trip with Miss Nancy Gardner (a native of Baltimore), who dished out her legendary maple fudge and vegan brownies to anyone who would bite. It made a sweet evening even sweeter. For this event, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus pulled some of his most favorite records to play for the wonderful people of Baltimore. Here’s a list of all of them:
- Keith Mansfield & His Orchestra–Boogaloo (Epic)
- The Duke of Burlington–I Want You Back (Maxi; France)
- The Aces–Reggae Motion (The Loco-Motion) (Sire)
- Eddie Bo–Just Like a Monkey (Cinderella)
- Beverly Ann Gibson–Do the Monkey (Jubilee)
- Michele Richard–Je Serai La [ Reach Out ] (Trans Canada; Canada)
- Ray Barretto–Soul Drummers (Fania)
- The International Bongo Band–Congo (Challenge)
- Los Johnny Jets–Cul Jerk (Cool Jerk) (Discos Columbia)
- Stevie Wonder–Happy Street (Tamla)
- Tony & Tyrone–Turn It On (Columbia)
- Julian Covey & the Machine–A Little Bit Hurt (Philips)
- Grupo Sta. Cecilia; canta: Sergio Ruíz–1 – 2 – 3 Hustle (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Wynder K. Frog–I’m a Man (United Artists)
- The Golden Toadstools–Silly Savage (Minaret)
- Link Wray and the Wraymen–Comanche (Epic)
- Elliott Shavers–Soul Village (Blaun)
- Dee Dee Sharp–Let’s Twine (Cameo)
- The Minx–Something We Got (Mercury)
- Jun Mayuzumi–Black Room (Captol; Japan)
- The Mohawks–Mony Mony (Pama; Netherlands)
- [no artist listed]–Dance the Slurp (7-Eleven)
- [no artist listed]–Satisfaction (Milliat Freres; France)
- Nino Ferrer–Les Cornichons (Monkey) (Riviera; Canada)
- The Wailers–The Jerk (Island; UK)
- James Brown and the Famous Flames–Night Train (King)
- Los Rockin’ Devils–Soy Feliz (I Got You) (Orfeon; Mexico)
- Prini–Boogaloo (Beverly; Brazil)
- The Tammys–Egyptian Shumba (United Artists)
- Marsha Gee–The Peanut Duck (Joker; UK)
- Eddie Bo–Every Dog Got His Day (RIC)
- Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames–Last Night (Imperial)
- Lyn Taitt–Out on a Funky Trip (Randys)
None of these records are for sale. Some of them have links to the youtubes for your edification.