Subway Soul Club -Back on The Dancefloor!
We were so happy to be hitting the dance floor again at the first Subway Soul Club in two years. It was great to see so many of our friends again and to meet some new ones too . And what a stylish bunch you are, as you'll see from photographer Lauren Krohn's colorful pics ! ( The crappy, blurry ones are Lady Dawn's! )
The party took place at the Gemini and Scorpio loft -a private event space in Gowanus Brooklyn. Advance tickets sold out two weeks before the event and we were sorry to turn so many away. In hindsight we could have sold more but were slightly underestimating the venue's capacity.
Everyone wasted no time in getting down to the blissful 60's soul 45's of DJs Phast Phreddie The Boogaloo Omnibus, DJ Honky and Connie T Empress while Brit , mod hostess Lady Dawn meeted and greeted ( meeted?? ) and wore sparkly stuff.
Our Feb 2018 DJs
DJ Honky is a legend among Soul Music aficionados. He was one of the hosts of Dig Deeper, a series of Soul Music concerts and dances that resurrected such great Soul singers as Don Gardner, Darrow Fletcher, Renaldo Dominoand Sugar Pie DeSanto and put them on a Brooklyn stage in order for their fans to admire them. These shows were great. Many of these singers had not performed in decades, yet each show was fabulous. Before and after the live portion, DJ Honky and his co-host Mr. Robinson, and some times an internationally renown guest DJ, would play some of the rarest and most obscure Soul records ever. These guys new their stuff and were happy to share it with the world. DJ Honky recreated some of that magic during the four sets he worked at Subway Soul Club.
Before there was a Subway Soul Club, there was the Empire State Soul Club–New York City’s original Sixties Soul Music dance. It’s driving force and den mother was Connie T Empress, known as the Empress of Soul. When the Boogaloo Bag writers discovered the ESSC in the mid-Nineties, it was packing them in at Irving Plaza–a large concert hall near Union Square. However, like all good things, it, too, came to an end. Miss Connie was one of the key DJs, always playing jumpin’ records while wearing a sparkly dress and a be-jeweled tiara. The Empress of Soul recreated some of that magic during the four sets she worked at Subway Soul Club.
As always , resident DJ Phast Phreddie the Boogaloo Omnibus, was at the helm. Here’s a list of all the records played at the Subway Soul Club:
The Pac-Keys–Dig In (Hollywood)
The Martinis–Bullseye (U.S.A.)
Kelso Herston–Red Pickles (United Artists)
Herbie Mann–Scratch (Atlantic)
Dee Clark–Heartbreak (Constellation)
The Willows–Outside the City (M-G-M)
Geno Washington & the Ram Jam Band–I Can’t Let You Go (Pye; UK)
The Globetrotters–Cheer Me Up (Kirshner)
The Wonderettes–I Feel Strange (United Artists)
The Supremes–He’s All I Got (Motown)
Just Brothers–Sliced Tomatoes (Music Merchant)
Ray Barretto–Soul Drummers (Fania)
Didi Noel–Let the Music Play (Blue Cat)
Dobie Gray–Out on the Floor (Charger)
The Corvairs–Ain’t No Soul (In These Old Shoes) (Columbia)
Jimmy Hughes–I Want Justice (Fame)
The Supremes–Shake (Tamla/Motown; Netherlands)
James Brown and His Orchestra–Out of Sight (Smash)
Norman T. Washington–Tip Toe (SLD; France)
Sugarpie DeSanto–The Whoo Pee (Brunswick)
J.J. Barnes–So Called Friends (Revilot)
Billy Butler–Right Track (OKeh)
Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra–The Hucklebuck (Decca)
Prince Buster’s All Stars–One Step Beyond (Blue Beat; UK)
Maggie Thrett–Soupy (DynoVoice)
The Minx–Something We Got (Mercury)
The Mohawks–Mony Mony (Pama; Netherlands)
Mel Taylor–Bang Bang Rhythm (Warner Bros.)
Jessica James–We’ll Be Makin’ Out (DynoVoice)
Lorraine Chandler–I Can’t Hold On (RCA Victor)
The Prophets–I Got the Fever (Smash)
When Is The Next Subway Soul Club ??
As much as everyone loved this loft it does not look like we'll have the opportunity to use it again. But Phast Phreddie and Lady Dawn are on the case and may have found a new location for our next Subway Soul Club and hope to be bringing you news of that soon.
Crossing fingers we'll be bringing you another subway Soul Club in mid May.
Thanks to Phast Phreddie's for letting us plunder your great https://boogaloobag.com and to to Lauren Krohn for the great pics. Go to laurenkrohn.com