Friday, October 1, 2010

The Floor 27 & 28 : Phew! Wow!

This post might seem "epic", and it does include 2 differnt nights (we'll get to that momentarily).

I'm gonna start with a few pictures and captions and we'll go from there.

Photos from top to center -
The god-like genius of Dr. T. This guy is something of an underground legend, he's played with many a badass funkateer, but he was here like a lot of us to kick back and just jam. His instrument is the vocoder, and he is the best damn vocoder player in the world!! I know that for sure!!
Below Dr. T is Maus - easily the best bartender in Hollywood - find her at the King King and tell her Nick - the full time poet - sends his regards. FYI - She was a poetry major in college.

Saxophonist/photographer Yancey Wells has a lot going on. I enjoy when I'm reading my poetry and I look over and he's just standing there listening to the words - sometimes nodding. He's a genorous and talented sax player who doesn't play like anyone else I know. Check his photography out.

While a guy named Joshua Silverstein beat-boxed, the cutest little B-girl-known as Peppa jumped up and
started gettin' down and was quickly pas-a-deuxing with B-boy Nasty Ray.

The 2 pix below Peppa are of Kimberly and Vakisha. Regular readers of this blog are of course familiar with Vakisha, and here she is in one of her infamous girl-on-girl salsa duets. Vakisha is always the boy.

Now I'm gonna pause and drop a little music knowledge and then right back
into The Floor....

In 1984, in Norwich England a group of 4 guys who had a band called The Farmer's Boys released their single "Phew! Wow!" (video posted at the bottom of this blog entry)

Flash forward to 2010 - The Floor at The King-King - "Phew" and "Wow" are the only 2 words i can use to describe the event that was Spetember's TWO The Floor Improv Nights. Recently having being written up in 944 and Los Angeles magazines, The Floor has been joyfully packed with tons of new people and lots of regulars.

I was able to drop a little science on the m-i-c, (thanks Walter!) and in descending order from center til the bottom:

First, a a few of me - (I mainly post those for my Mother) - and I want to thank Paris Paul for taking them - he is one of the incredibly beautiful talented people that make The Floor the night it is.

Pics of me with Floor family - old and new as follows (in descending order):

Kimberly Green



The Club Bullies
l—r Paris, Uniek, KG Superstar


Walter Davis

B-boy Peru.

The Floor's Producers
l—r Sascha, Walter & Carolina

The September Floors (27 & 28) were filled with surprises. Things like thug-life tap dancers, vocoder weilding doctors, Quetzel Guerro and the Warriors, the guy with the glowstick nunn-
chukks, mind blowing impromptu performances by Nasty Ray and Peppa, and Sa-Ca themselves who shook their precious little groove things.

Special shout-outs to Bjorn Fleuren who plays bass in the band - he jumped into the dance circle while still playing which was awesome and his bass strings are purple. I'm just sayin' — the dude is cool.

The band is full of red hot talent - Tetsuya on guitar, Alex on vibes, young Julian on the keys, drummer Asa, flute-ist/guitarist Fuzzbee and percussionist Ricardo bring their "A" game. They strap in and blast off. They keep the collective asses in the club up and moving.
For the full photo album click HERE (#28) and HERE (#27).
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The next Floor is the third Monday in October to the best of my knowledge.

The official EMI video ©1984 The Farmer's Boys - Phew Wow

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1 comment:

SidewaySmileyFace said...

Great post Nick. I love the up-close & personal glimpse of the 2 epic Floor Improv events in September. Lotsa goodness all around.