Funky Drag Brunch ain’t no drag!

Drag queens pose with Mama Roux staff post Funky Drag Brunch

Boogaloo Bag enthusiasts are certainly aware that DJ Pete Pop swings the Funky Broadway Brunch at Mama Roux in beautiful downtown Newburgh every Sunday. What the reader may not know is that on the last Sunday of the month, the brunch is taken over by drag queens who present two colorful shows at each Funky Drag Brunch. On Sunday, June 26, Mr. Pop had some personal affairs to tend to and needed a substitute DJ for the day. Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus was called.

Mr. Pop was able to have things all set up for the event. He showed The Boog how to cue the music for the drag queen show—which uses modern technology. This is important because none of the songs the drag queens utilize during their performances are on 45 RPM records—the usual format for the Funky Broadway Brunch. Once everything was ready to go, Mr. Pop departed for his other situation.

The drag queen show consists of men dressed as women lip syncing to popular songs—usually by a female singer—as the performer walks up and down the aisle of the restaurant, primping, vogueing, strutting and dancing, with an occasional somersault, back-flip or, in one case, a cartwheel (which nearly took out one of Mama Roux’s chandeliers!). All the while, spectators hand dollar bills to the performers. It is great fun. Did I mention that both shows were sold out? Yes, for the Funky Drag Brunch there is a cover charge; there is no admission for non-drag Funky Brunches (which makes it even less of a drag!!).

Here are a few photos of the dragsters that will give the Boogaloo Bag reader an idea of what goes on during a Funky Drag Brunch at Mama Roux

Oh, and let’s not forget the fine food at Mama Roux. The Boogaloo Bag writers—and photographer Miss Nancy—partook in some most excellent cuisine: gumbo ya-ya and burrata shakshuka. The gumbo is the best this side of the Mason-Dixon Line, that’s for sure. The food was so good that photos weren’t taken until it was gone!

Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus swings at the Funky Drag Brunch!

For the music part of the event, Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus presented much of the music usually played during a regular Funky Broadway Brunch, but with more hit records than he would normally play thrown in. This seemed to work, as tippage for the DJ was very generous! Here’s a list of everything played:

None of these records are for sale.

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