It’s time for a random mix from Fatbacker KC. Disco + House + Funky Funk, play it loud and get down!
Thanks DC that was a proper party!
|From Fatback DC Armory|
|From Fatback DC Armory|
|From Fatback DC Armory|
Calling all funky people! Rejoice as the Fatback DJ’s rock the Living Social 5K Dance Party on Saturday November 16th at the DC Armory!
Here’s the deal. At 7 pm, thousands of you -from DC and beyond- will run, walk, stroll, strut or (in our case) boogie for 5 kilometers of jams at RFK Stadium while the Fatback DJ crew heats up the wheels of steel at the finish line inside the DC Armory for an enormous after party… and by enormous we mean a 10,000 person capacity! Plus, a portion of the proceeds will go to support the important work of Mercy Corps and d.light in Somalia!
You’ve got four great options to choose from!
(Image Courtesy of Dakota Fine, Brightest Young Things)
The Fatback DJ’s would like to take a moment to thank all of you that came out last Saturday for our amazing 5 Year Anniversary/Grand Finale Party. The love that filled that building was intense and incredibly moving. We’d like to thank as well those who have come out over the past 5 years to contribute your energy, dance moves, vocals, sweat, smiles, talents, squeals, leaps, cookies and hugs to making the Fatback party such an honor and a joy for us.
While putting the monthly party to bed was hard for all of us, we wouldn’t dream of leaving you high and dry. We still love playing music for you and you can find us if you know where to look. There are big ideas and wild plans awaiting us in the future and we’d love to have you along for the ride. Keep track of us on the Fatback Facebook page and we’ll keep you posted.
In the meantime, you can find us at the following…
Sean Peoples & Mike Miller (w/ occasional guest DJ’s from Fatback & elsewhere) hold it down on the first Friday of every month at Looking Glass Lounge with Body Jam. This exercise themed party features disco, boogie and funk to spice up your workout routine.
Check out these Body Jam Mixes!
And Body Jam Merch!
Philippe Chetrit is part of the team that throws the high energy Que Sera party at Napoleon.
Rock Jams & Bandannas all through the night.
Take a look at the Que Sera Tumblr.
Steven Swann & Philippe Chetrit are 2 of the 4 DJ’s putting on Clusterfunk, a grab bag of get down jams featuring live performances every third Saturday at Liv.
Look for us. We’ll be around… ☺
We have a long history of hosting guest DJs at Fatback. But why you ask? Are there not an infinite number of Fatback DJs already? The answer is simple. Guests DJs shake it up and it let us step out of music duties so we can cut a rug on the dance floor and get lost in the music like Sister Sledge.
For the last hurrah we are having three guest DJs take over the Bohemian Caverns level
all night long from 12 - 3am. A collection of DJ’s DJs if you will. Expect crazy deep cuts with live percussion and a house party vibe that’s thicker than the batter In the Night Kitchen.
Starting off Rob the Appreciator and DJ Ty Moe. These guys will take you so deep into the thicketed forest of Soul, Disco and Boogie, you’ll be itching, catching the ghost and feeling your utmost. Rob and Ty go way back in the DC music world and are playing a strictly VINYL RECORD set. Not to be missed.
In the coveted late-night slot is DJ Exclaime form the 4 Hours of Funk crew in Baltimore MD. He has all of the elements of DJing on lock from a broad knowledge of obscure musical gems to dope re-edits to perfect blends and beat juggling and most importantly he’s a nice guy. That never happens! Come see why the 4 Hours of Funk Party was voted Best Dance Party by the Baltimore City Paper.
About a year ago, the Fatback Spirits came down from Mount Bacon to grace us with a delicious mix in honor of our 4th Anniversary. While I enjoy each monthly mix for the unique combination of tunes and approaches that each one brings to the table, there was something about this one that caught me in a different way. Something that I couldn’t shake and forced me to keep it on repeat everywhere I went…
What makes it special is that it firmly occupies a space in that exacting middle ground between chill music that often lurks forgettably in the background and the wide open party jam that dominates the space you’re in. It’s a mid-tempo groove train that works anywhere and everywhere, making stops at destinations across the globe and the decades for stations familiar and new, sneaking into your consciousness to get your head and hips moving even before you realize what’s happened. Nowadays, when I need to get my head in the right place to play music for jam-hungry folks or need something cool to go with the city lights as they blur past- this is my go to mix. I know you’ll find a special place for it too.
Let’s revisit Fatback Mix XXXIX… (Click To Download)
1. Midas Touch, Midnight Star
2. Put Your Body In It, Stephanie Mills
3. Falling in Love, Surface
4. Bring Your Sweet Loving Back, Starpoint
5. I Want You (All Tonight), Curtis Hairston
6. Got To Give It Up, Marvin Gaye
7. You Are Number One, Devarne
8. Gimme Some, Jimmy Bo Horne
9. I’m In Love, Evelyn “Champagne” King
10. Never Found No One Like U (DJ WIll-Rock edit), Axwell vs Kenix
11. Agboju Logun, Shina Williams & His African Percussionists
12. Italo Nitro, Afrodisiac Soundsystem
13. The Break, Kat Mandu
14. Go Bang!, Dinosaur L
15. Something Wrong In Paradise (Larry Levan mix), Kid Creole
16. Rambha Ho Ho Ho, Sharon Prabhakar
17. Samba, Son Palenque de Colombia
18. Carnival Long Ago, The Roaring Lion
19. Fall in Love, Carlos Nino & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson
20. Let’s Stay Together, Al Green
The beauty of throwing a pig and BBQ themed dance party is that there is no shortage of applicable imagery. Ah but what to do with it all?
When we moved the party to Liv, we were overwhelmed by the size of the space. Our previous venues had been shoeboxes in comparison. It wasn’t long before we started thinking about projections, and luckily we had a two year backlog of random videos begging to be used.
Needless to say, many hours were wasted on youtube determining which pig, or bacon commercial, or 60s anti-drug video was most danceable, but it in the end - when mixed with the right amount of alcohol and funk - they probably all were.
We ended up with this thirty minute reel that plays on loop behind the DJs every month. Here it is online for the first time in it’s entirety, paired with some tasty tunes from our favorite mixes.
Whether it’s a pre-game party for the final fatback this Saturday, or later down the road when you want to relieve the memories, we hope you never sit still when you watch this video.
Most good dj sets include at least one song that allows the crowd to breath for a second. If you play bangers for a straight hour people get exhausted and the set lacks the peaks and valleys that keep the crowd wanting more.
Every once in a while you choose a nice slow “valley” song and it totally surprises you by making the crowd even crazier.
Here’s a list of my favorite “where the F did that come from” songs.
Rolling Stones - Under My Thumb
Talking Heads - This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
Luther Vandross – Sugar and Spice
Hot 8 Brass Band – Sexual Healing
Tina Turner- What’s Love Got To Do With It
R Kelly - Bump n Grind
Before there was Fatback, there was Selam. This little family-run restaurant that mainly catered to DC’s Eritrean diaspora on U Street symbolized half of the humble beginnings of the Fatback crew. For me, this is where I solidified bonds and friendships with Danny, KC, and Pete through our loose partnerships on the decks. It’s where I randomly met Michael Miller and his partner Kelly. It’s where I learned you could make $25 if you got people to come to this establishment and spend a few bucks on drinks.
Big thanks to The Scene DMV for this great profile of Fatback DC on their video blog. Check out the video of some good times from our January party at Dahlak.
Every month, Fatback throws down a nasty funk fest in honor of sweaty pork, and a lot goes into that. The right vibe. The best people. Power Jamz. The gear. The invitations. The BBQ sauce. The mixes. The blog posts. The pig snorts. The love. Etc. Etc. One thing we always do too, is make a pretty flier to capture some of the weird and ridiculous energy all bottled up inside us anticipating the next sweat fest. Some people actually really like our fliers. Well, we do too. So here is a look back at Fatback year 5 fliers.
Don’t forget we are having a party - The Last Bite
At its roots, Fatback’s musical sensibilities lean heavily on funk and soul; a couple of pretty general terms that can conjure up many different ideas for many people. But on everyone’s Venn diagram, Aretha Franklin resides smack dab in the union of those two fantastic circles.
The daughter of a preacher man, she first gained fame as a rafter raising gospel singer in Detroit, before pointing her prodigious instrument toward the heights of the pop and R&B charts. (Her 1972 double platinum album Amazing Grace remains not only the best selling album of her career, but the best selling “pure gospel” album of all time.)
While she is best known throughout the galaxy for turning Otis Redding’s “Respect” into one of the most recognizable and best loved soul burners ever, Fatback fans know The Queen of Soul for her many contributions to the party. Here are a few favorites…
1967: Chain of Fools
1967: Save Me
1968: I Say A Little Prayer
1971: Rock Steady
1980: What A Fool Believes
1982: Jump To It
1983: Get It Right
1985: Freeway of Love
1986: Jumpin’ Jack Flash
You can bet your last money, that you’ll hear some of these and more at our 5 Year Anniversary and Grand Finale, February 16th at Liv.
(PRO TIP: Take a trip to your local record monger/mp3 retailer and pick up Aretha Franklin’s stunning 1971 album “Live at Fillmore West”, with King Curtis, Billy Preston and Ray Charles among the supporting personnel. She casts a brilliant spell over the crowd with a set consisting of her own music and covers of Stephen Stills, Diana Ross, the Beatles, and Simon and Garfunkel songs.)
With a mere two weeks to go until the final Fatback bash we have been spending every spare moment in training. Bacon in the morning. Bacon at night. Bacon toothpaste. Bacon underwear. Bacon weights in our shoes… you get the idea, BACON EVERYTHING. Last weekend the crew ventured out to a training camp deep in the Caucasus Mountains to study with our spiritual gurus. Here’s a clip of how it want down.
After five long years of bacon-infused, high-heart-rate dancing, the Fatback medical team has given us an ultimatum: cut back on the pork and partying or risk dying a deliciously, salty, sweaty, death on the dance floor. Naturally, we chose the latter, but at the insistence of loved ones and Fatbacks expected bid for the Presidency in 2016, we are going on a diet.
After February 2013, the Fatback DJs will no longer be convening our regular funkathon, held at Liv nightclub. We will celebrate the end of thismonthly tradition and the beginnings of new things for us at our annual birthday party, held February 16th. Join as we takeover the whole Liv/Bohemian Caverns building on 11th and U for one final, funky blow-out.
10pm - 3am
Saturday, Feb. 16th
2001 11th St. NW, Washington, DC