Concrete Park With the Ol Timers


I was honored to hang out with these old school Dj pioneers at Concrete Park in the Bronx. All vinyl too! Doesn't get any better then that.













Guess Who I Ran Into At Toca Tuesday's?

That moment your homeboy introduces you to some of his longtime buddies…..


In addition to hanging out with the Ultramagnetic MC's, Jarobi from A Tribe Called Quest and Madlib were also in the house! While in New York, you must check out Tony Touch at Toca Tuesday's. You can thank me later.

STOP! Flier Time!

To the best of my knowledge, I was the first to take turntables and vinyl into a coffee shop to fill the atmosphere with groovy tunes back in my hometown of Milwaukee. These were very special times for me as this was the height of my Dj'ing adventures. Not being a coffee drinker myself, I didn't want to inundate patrons with rap music which was all I was about at the time. I had just begun to experiment with Acid Jazz and was pretty excited to share some of the new records I discovered. Also, I knew some guys and gals who were "all over the board" with their musical tastes and invited them to bring some jewels to share as well.



This first flier was from 1997 and took place at a coffee shop called Brewed Awakenings on Brady St.  We actually started this night in 1996 but didn't make fliers for another year.  I'm happy to hear that this spot is still around.






 Soon after I moved to Arizona in 1998, I was able to start another weekly at a coffee shop in Tempe called The Underground Lounge. Again it featured a variety of eccentric vinyl disc jockey's and you never knew what you were going to hear. I miss those days of dj's being free and creative and look forward to a time when we can all express ourselves musically again without the pressures of pleasing the "Top 40" crowd.

 

Doin The Art Walk - NYC Style!

From the Bronx to Harlem on down to the Lower East Side, the street art in New York is incredible. Here are some highlights from July of 2019.
















Backspin: The Search for Milwaukee's First Hip-Hop Song


Looks like there's a debate about Milwaukee rap. I'm game. Tyrone Miller and Justin Barney from 88nine FM in Milwaukee are trying to get to the bottom of one of Brewtown's greatest mysteries. They put in a lot of work on this one and went to great lengths to uncover what everyone wants to know. Many from Milwaukee's old school, including your truly, were interviewed and questioned about the first rap song from our fair city. The podcast is "Backspin" and you can stream all 6 episodes here or subscribe to "Backspin" on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, NPR Podcasts, or wherever you listen to podcasts. 


2019 Crotona Park Jams

It's about that time again. The legends of Dj'ing will be coming together to rock old school park jam style in the home of hip-hop, the boogie down BRONX! I've been attending this jam for the last 13 years and the line-up this year is as strong as ever. If you are in Nyc during these dates, I strongly suggest you check out these legendary parties.