SIT and Boogaloo at the Beach!

DJ Rata swings at Rockaway Beach!

Caracas is the capital of Venezuela, the South American country. It is also the name of three arepas bars in New York City. The first is located on E. 7th Street in the East Village. The second one is in Williamsburg. The third is at Rockaway Beach–right on the beach–and is only open seasonally. Arepas are food–good food–and for the uninitiated, may be described as a northern South American version of a falafel sandwich. The thick, round flatbread is baked, then fried, then cut and yummy, spicy ingredients are stuffed between the two slices. The arepas at Caracas Arepa Bars are among the best in town.

Mrs. and Mr. Rata swing at Shake It Up Sundays!

During the three summer months, the Caracas Arepa Bar in Rockaway features live music and DJs on Sundays. Our pal DJ Rata hosts a party there each month called Shake It Up Sunday. In July, he booked The Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company–a rockin’’ little hillbilly combo whose name is bigger than the group; a trio of musicians who, at the first hit of a guitar chord, harken the listener back to about 1955 and somewhere southwest of Pittsburg. The group’s brand of blues, ballads and boogies belongs on the radio as much as it does in a museum. When they have a guest thrush on hand, as they did with Stella Rose Saint Clair, the band is even better. Miss Stella looks flash(back) and sings as if the only record she ever heard was Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits.

Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company perform the “hot dog” song at Shake It Up Sunday!

Miss Stella Rose Saint Clair fronts Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company for a series of lovely ballads at Shake It Up Sunday!

Susquehanna Industrial Tool & Die Company swings at Shake It Up Sunday!

Rata is one of our favorite DJs. Ever since we first met him–spinning mambo, R&B and rocksteady 45s at a Yana Lil-Jerk party at Otto’s Shrunken Head several years ago–we have tried to follow his exploits. We often find him selecting the music for some of the finest parties in Brooklyn. Whenever he asks Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus to work with him, the Boogaloo Bag writers get excited. He did so for this July 21 event.

Batman takes a spin at Shake It Up Sunday!!

This scene at Caracas Rockaway is what summer is all about. Rata played some fabulous music, employing his custom Super Hero 45 RPM adaptors. SIT and Die played a good, long set. The food at Caracas was fantastic. Boogaloo Bag photographer and baker Miss Nancy made some excellent chocolate/oatmeal/peanutbutter cookies.

Miss Nancy’s chocolate/oatmeal/peanutbutter cookies were a hit!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus looks on as Miss Stella Rose Saint Clair samples one of Miss Nancy’s chocolate/oatmeal/peanutbutter cookies at Shake It Up Sundays!

The ocean was about a hundred yards away. The sun was out but a cool breeze often blew through. Why do hot summer days like this have to end? Everyone had such a grand time, it was kind of sad getting on the subway for the long ride home.

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at Shake It Up Sunday!!

In order to do his part, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus played surf records, R&B records, mambo records and songs sung in Spanish. Here’s a list of all the records he played:

None of these records are for sale. Some of them may have links to the youtubes in order to enlighten the reader, if necessary.

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