James Brown and Eddie Bo Perfect Together
My man DJ Prestige and I have returned from our mini-sweep of the mid-Atlantic soul/funk continuum and I have to say that no matter how wiped I am, no matter how depleted and in need of restorative sleep, I could not take to my bed without dropping a few words to let you know how it all went down.
Pres and I hit the road Friday morning and thanks to some immaculate timing managed to dodge the traffic and hit DC by mid afternoon. We hooked up with my old friend Chris (himself a well respected DC area DJ) who squired us around DC for some smoking West Indian chow (jerk chicken, mmmmmmm…) and thrift digging.
Chilling at Marvin on Ave U in DC
DJ Birdman, Funky16Corners, and Birdman’s DJ partner Marshall
We headed into town for Chris’ extra-chill rare groove night at Marvin on Ave U (very nice place), then on to the amazing (and artery abusing) Ben’s Chili Bowl for some half-smokes and chili cheese fries before moving on to our sets at Moneytown.
DJ Prestige and DJ Birdman dig in at Ben’s Chili Bowl
DJ Nitekrawler at Moneytown
The crowd at Moneytown
DJ Prestige cues up another winner
Moneytown – run by DJ Nitekrawler – is held at Dahlak in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. Nitekrawler has built himself a very nice night with Moneytown, drawing a large and enthusiastic crowd who proved that there’s no shortage of excellent dancers (who dig moving to some excellent records) in DC. Thanks go out to the Washington Post for a very nice write-up prior to the gig.
Digging in DC
The next morning we moved on to some very fruitful digging (whatup to Mike and Marshall at Memory Lane) before moving on to Richmond as the sun was going down.
DJ Troy of the Scorpio Brothers Sound System at Mercy!
Funky16Corners mixing Johnny Otis and Eddie Bo
The party people at Mercy!
If it’s good to you, It’s good for you – DJ Prestige
The Richmond gig – Mercy! run by DJ Troy Hurt of the Scorpio Brothers Sound System – was also killer, with a slamming venue (Cous Cous, excellent food and great people) and another large and excited crowd.
In both locations we met up with a large number of interwebs acquaintances (hey to all blog readers and Soulstrutters, especially Matt in Richmond) and the response was enough to give yours truly a swelled head.
Biggest thanks of all to the Knott’s of DC for the stellar hospitality and accommodations and Troy in Richmond for the same, as well as to everyone that fell by and made both nights a party.
Unfortunately, thanks to a lack of computer time and general disorganization I don’t have set lists written up, but suffice to say there were lots of old faves, some freshly dug acquisitions (hitting the turntables mere hours after being unearthed) and lots and lots of dancing.
LP (above) and 45 (below) digs…
With any luck Pres and I will be able to do this again (maybe with some more stops along the way) later in the year. If you’re running a funk/soul night somewhere withing driving distance of NJ, and want to have us out, drop me a line and say the word.
Hopefully by mid-week I’ll have some of my new finds digi-ma-tized and ready for posting.
Make sure to stop by Fleamarket Funk for some more pics.