Dancin' shoes: Polish `em up! Get ready to move
I've never really liked dancing. I've never learned one of those fad dances, like the Macarena or the Electric Slide (even in junior high). I don't really like dance music, for that matter; the usual mixture of '80s hits, divas, and hip-pop is not quite my cup of tea.
But if you ventured down into the basement of Tokyo Rose Thursday night, September 19, you might have run across one completely sober music editor by the name of Mark Grabowski, busting a move.
What makes The Keith Sweat dance party different from all others I have attended? One thing really: the music. Instead of the latest pop hits and retro 80's dance tunes making up most of the playlist, Jeff Fallis and Rebecca Davidson, the idea-people behind The Keith Sweat, wanted "to throw a party where people actually played the kind of stuff we liked to dance to– the Stones, the Stooges, T.Rex, garage rock, 70's rock classics, new-wave, soul, funk..."
In other words, picture house party thrown by your most musically knowledgeable friend, blown up to club size.
The first Keith Sweat dance party was thrown in March, at the Pudhouse, and I can tell you truthfully, it was an astounding success. Rockers, mods, bookworms, and the more straight-laced of us all got down to Fallis and Davidson's brain child. Suddenly dancing was cool! An astounding turn of events, I must say.
At Tokyo Rose, I came onto the dance floor for Joan Jett and the Blackheart's classic "I Love Rock-n-Roll," and didn't exit the groove until an hour later, when GNR's "Paradise City" left us all wondering how exactly we were supposed to move. In between, my ears were greeted (and my ass was shook ) by Salt-N-Pepa's "Push It" and Iggy Pop's indie-rock staple "Lust for Life," among countless other exemplary tunes.
Although both Fallis (DJ Strawberry Julius) and Davidson (DJ Mistress Apothecary) were scheduled to spin Thursday night, only Fallis ended up lending his fine-tuned tastes to appease the crowd.
Since the Pudhouse show, there hasn't been an official Keith Sweat Dance Party until last Thursday, but after the success of that show (The Rose was packed!) there is likely to be another one brewing in the near future. Keep your eyes on the Hook's music listings, and I'll keep you up to date. My dancing shoes (um, Reeboks actually) are already warmed up, ready and waiting. Yours should be to.