European DJ Tour Recap!

My beautiful first breakfast in Copenhagen

Winding back to the first night of my tour, I was warned that DJing on a Tuesday night in Paris during the month of August (when Parisians flee the city) wouldn’t be the brightest idea in terms of drawing a crowd, but my gig at the super-classy midcentury cocktail bar, Lone Palm, turned to be a lovely intimate affair that called for the softer side of 60s soul + R&B. In attendance was Thomas Bornand, who throws the Hip Shakin’ Baby party in Marseilles, Laurent Grux, who co-hosts a rare 60s soul party called Paris Magic City with Bruno Jerez, Italian record-collector Bambi Rossi, the super-stylish DJ Little Daddy Shake and his lovely girlfriend, and my DJ cohorts Waldito + David Baker, who host a regular Paris party called Rhythmville. A big thank you to David for hooking me up with the gig + for being such a kind and generous host (and for the stack of 60s + 80s French 45s!). David recently did a fantastic set on WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio stream, which you can listen to here.

With DJs David Baker & Waldito of Rhythmville at Lone Palm, Paris

2am crowd outside Lone Palm. From left to right: Laurent Grux of Paris Magic City, Thomas Bornand of Hip Shakin’ Baby, Sheila B., David Baker of Rhythmville, owner of Lone Palm, Little Daddy Shake with his girlfriend, Waldito of Rhythmville, collector Bambi Rossi from Italy

Supreme record dealer Fabrice De Feo, delivering the naughty goods

In London, I set up a lil’ international Sh-Boom in the back-room of the Bargehouse on a summery Thursday evening, where we projected X-rated go-go footage and DJs Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne, Mick Patrick of Ace Records, Leenda Karina of Club Minijupe and I spun sets of popcorn, yé-yé, and 60s girl-soul. Two serious girl-pop-collecting heavyweights—Kevin Birchall and Matt Meek travelled from far-away Northern + Scottish lands to be there that evening, and I also got to meet two of my dear WFMU listeners—the ever-sophisticated Adrian from London + the Contessa, who always pop open a bottle of bubbly during my show. I realize that I’m doing a terrible job of keeping my name listings to a minimum, so I’ll just say a big thank you to all my friends old + new who came out to dance that evening. The record highlight of the night was when Bob played Brenda Lee’s “Be Sure To Remember Me,” a dramatic Jackie De Shannon number that had me sprinting to the booth for the scoop.

Mick Patrick and Leenda Karina at Sh-Boom, Bargehouse, London

The Girl-Pop Dream Team (clockwise from left): Matt Meek, Kevin Birchall, Keith Moore,
Ian Chapman, Sam Szczepanski, Phil Chapman, Mick Patrick, Linda Yarwood, a lovely man
whose name escapes me, Sheila B.

Sheila B. + Bob Stanley

Mick Patrick with go-go dancer 🙂

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