Midtown Stomp, September 14, 2018

I was so excited to DJ last night at my new home scene, Midtown Stomp of Sacramento! Some of my new friends at Midtown Stomp are members of the Midtown Stompers, Sacramento’s performance team, and as of two weeks ago, they have won the open team competition at Camp Hollywood for three years running. This year’s routine is at the bottom of this post!

Midtown Stomp 09-14-2018

Midtown Stomp has two DJs for each three hour Friday night dance, so we get an hour and a half-ish, which I love, because that lets me build up more of a flow than just an hour set, which often feels like it runs out too quickly!

A few new tunes here – “Look Out” and “Buck Dance Rhythm” by Slim Gaillard are both wonderful numbers that maintain the guitar-strumming perkiness of “Jump Session” at faster tempos. “Buck Dance Rhythm” also has an epic tap dance solo in the middle – I don’t know who it is, but I wish I did! “The Major and the Minor” by Lionel Hampton and “St. Louis Blues” by Alberta Hunter are also new to me, and they went over really well!

The towering climax of this set was definitely “Them There Eyes” by Ella Fitzgerald and Count Basie, which at 5:09 and 172 BPM, can be an exhausting song to dance to, so I usually fade it out around the 3:30 mark. However, as I watched the floor to assess how tired people looked, a small, informal jam circle crowded around the middle, as a group of maybe eight or ten people took turns stealing the center. They were having so much fun, and were so much fun to watch, I ended up letting “Them There Eyes” run all the way to the end (sorry, everyone else!).

I knew after that blast of energy I would need to reset the floor, so I picked a bold mood to do it with – “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” by Jan Marie and the Mean Reds. It starts out with almost 40 seconds of slow intro, and then moves into a funky, synth-heavy rendition of the spiritual that got the whole floor moving! At around 11:30pm, that was cool to see.

Thank you so much for having me, Midtown Stomp! I look forward to DJing for you again soon!

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