DJ Carnita Is On The Grill in Seattle All Weekend
Carnita’s Emereald City invasion is in full affect! Last night it was an honor to share the decks with DJ Nitty Gritty (great name) at Sophisticated Mama — a weekly soul jam at Havana that featured the hardest working dancefloor i’ve seen outside of a Hard French. Check out this sassy writeup we got in the Stranger’s Homosexual Agenda column (its really weird to go into a town and see your real name in the paper, btw) —
Um… no. We’re not talking about Lady Bunny. At least not just yet… she isn’t scheduled to visit until the 28th, which, if you are into calendars and time and junk like that, you know damn good and well doesn’t happen until NEXT week. (Stop pestering me!) And we’re also not talking about Katy Perry and her fireworks or whatever at KeyArena (it gets better! Moon, moon, moon!) nor any of the Indigo Girls at the damn zoo, because both of those things happened last night. (Pay attention!) The Sophisticated Mama we are discussing at the moment is a newish (to me at least—it’s been going on since last October, apparently… where the hell have I been?) every Thursday soul night. Yes, SOUL! Being a ginger, and therefore born without a soul and thoroughly damned from the word “go,” I know very little about it, but the experts tell me that resident DJs Nitty Gritty and Sad Bastard(awww… cheer up, Bastard!) and a rotating cast of guests will be spinning rare and popular soul singles from the 1960s and ’70s for your musical joy and soulful edification. Tonight’s special pre–Capitol Hill Block Party edition features San Francisco’s Tom Temprano as DJ superguest, and the gays are thoroughly encouraged to attend. (See, Daddy? Sinners got soul, too!) Havana, 9 pm, free, 21+.
The Nitty Gritty/Carnita combo buffet continues tomorrow night, Saturday the 23rd, at The Capitol Hill Block Party at Sole Repair‘s Summer Soul Jam from 9-2! 5 Hours of hot heavy sweaty post-daytime drunk debauchery promises to be a good time. As an aside, super thanks to Nark Magazine & Vitamin Water (seriously) for making my whole northwest gaycation possible with this here gig!
OH! And speaking of Seattle, this here is just the appetizer for the sweet soul feast that Brown Amy & I are going to be handling up here in August. Check out this cute flyer + facebook invite for more information.
Nark Magazine presents the biggest soul, funk and R&B party of the year!
HARD FRENCH VS. SOPHISTICATED MAMA
SATURDAY AUGUST 13TH at FRED WILDLIFE REFUGE
with Vinyl & 45 spinsters:
Carnita & Brown Amy (San Francisco), Nitty Gritty (Seattle)
+Special guest Blueyedsoul
HARD FRENCH (San Francisco)
Featuring DJ’s Carnita & Brown Amy
Brown Amy & Carnita are the resident DJs at Hard French, a monthly soul dance party in San Francisco that has garnered praise in the SF Bay Guardian, The New Gay, SF Weekly, the New York Times and more and previously threw the Beauty Bar SF monthly, The Real Nitty Gritty. They were recently named San Francisco’s favorite DJ’s by Asterisk SF Magazine and have been featured together at Homo A GoGo, Fabulosa Fest, Brown Down Crown Parties, the Lexington, the Parkside, Public Works and have played guest DJ sets at award-winning San Francisco clubs like Some Thing at the Stud and Go Bang at Paradise Lounge. They have been also taken their show on the road toting their 45s as far away as Toronto and New York and Austin and were recently featured at Business Woman’s Special in Toronto and at The Hook Up! showcase at SXSW in Austin, TX. They have been heard on Bay Area Radio stations like Pirate Cat Radio and KALX Berkeley.
SOPHISTICATED MAMA (Seattle)
Featuring DJ Nitty Gritty
Started in the fall of 2010, Sophisticated Mama is a weekly soul dance night at Havana Social Club on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. Every Thursday resident DJs Nitty Gritty and Sad Bastard spin rare and popular soul, funk and r&b from the 60’s and early 70’s.
Featuring Guest DJ, Seattle Favorite:
More Details TBA
FRED Wildlife Refuge
127 E. Boylston (Entrance on Belmont Ave)
(9-10pm Happy Hour drinks with Food Cart/Truck outside)
Nark Magazine: http://www.Narkmagazine.com/
FRED Wildlife Refuge: http://www.fredwildliferefuge.com/
Hard French: http://www.hardfrench.com/
Sophisticated Mama: http://www.facebook.com/groups/156540951065151