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A highly under appreciated moment in night life is the walk to the venue. It’s where one has a chance to reflect alone, with a date/lover, or with a few intimate friends. It’s where the character of a party is developed; the surrounding neighborhood says a lot about a perspective night out. A city at sleep, an industrious work horse at rest, or a desolate back alley in darkness brings out the creeper. The creeper is the social context of a night of dancing. Are the party goers marginalized subcategories in need of release or are they status-quo in decay? Are they youth in search of absurdity or are they veterans of a scene guarding the gates to their paradise? Perhaps they are over stimulated youngsters who gained access to a hyper specific identity through the internet, there to spectate but hardly participate. Whatever it may be, when you walk the night, it’s always something to remember.

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Have a listen to the original 1979 version by the Skatt Brothers and the 2012 remake by The Phenomenal Handclap Band. Also included is a mix by Frankie Knuckles that opens with “Walk the Night,” at none other but the birth place of house music, The Warehouse.

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Skatt Bros – Walk the Night (1979)

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band & Peaches – Walk The Night (2012)

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Frankie Knuckles live @ The Warehouse 1981

Skatt Bros. – Walk The Night
Giorgio Moroder – I Wanna Rock You
Debbie Jacobs – Don’t You Want My Love
Modern Romance – Salsa Rappsody
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Dynasty – I’ve Just Begun To Love You
New Birth – Deeper (Instrumental)
Ashford & Simpson – It Seems To Hang On
Geraldine Hunt – It Doesn’t Only Happen at Night

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The Phenomenal Handclap Band

Over at Mesa this Wednesday (April 27th) the Phenomenal Handclap Band SOUNDSYTEM will be guests at Scotty Coat’s summer season residency. The 8 person band will leave their instruments at home and instead put their records to good use. The band’s live act is known for their enveloping stage presence and eclectic blend of disco, rock, soul, and psychedelia. Granted their DJ set won’t have the bonus entertainment of watching live musicians but if the music selections for their DJ set is anything like their musical selection for their blog my best guess is their DJ set will be something definitely worth hearing. I’ll be hoping to hear them play some of their own tunes as well. One of their biggest tunes and one of my favorites, “You’ll Disappear,” has got some great remixes by Prins Thomas and Jaques Renault. Mesa is rarely a dancing spot but I hope they drop this one and people really let loose and get down.

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Full length remix of “You’ll Disappear” by Jaques Renault.

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Mesa is located at:
725 Baker Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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