Archive for the ‘The Peacock Room’ category

Penguin Gangsta Rap

April 21, 2013

Last Tuesday, I performed another DJ gig at The Peacock Room, an Orlando bar.  During my gig, a guy named The Shinobi MC was scheduled to perform.  Truth be known, I was expecting another MC with the name Shinobi.  Yet, this Shinobi’s performance did not disappoint.

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The highlight of the evening was his performance with MC Shammers, an MC whose performance I witnessed before at a nerdcore event.

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As the instrumental of Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments” played, the two rhymed about being gangsta penguins.

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DJing An Arm-Wrestling Competition

April 16, 2013

Last Sunday night, I DJed at Orlando’s The Peacock Room, a last minute thing.

Photo by Victoria Rosario

Photo by Victoria Rosario

An arm-wrestling competition was going to take place.  I was asked to play 80’s rock music.  Yep, I had the genre, including the likes of Winger and Whitesnake.

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The host was my buddy Mandaddy.

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The arm-wrestling table.

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The table was moved to another area.  There was both guy arm-wrestling and female arm-wrestling.

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A leg on the table broke.  So, it was replaced with another one.

Arm wrestling

Oh yea, yours truly was talked into competing.  I won my first round (I believe dude let me win).  Then, got slammed during my second.

I had so much damned fun.  I hope the event happens again. The organizer said it will.   I’ll be there.

Celebrating My Birthday at Orlando’s The Hideaway Bar

March 20, 2013

Last Monday, I turned 44.  To celebrate, I invited friends to The Hideaway Bar, a spot located in Orlando, Florida.

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Me at 44.  I still have a hairline.  Yet, because my hair is always screwed up, I prefer wearing hats.

Photo by Casey Dayhoff

Photo by Casey Dayhoff

Photo by Heather Kingsbury

Photo by Heather Kingsbury

 

Monique

woman wearing glasses

Trevor

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Frankie

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Mike

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Brian and Heather

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Andrew

hang loose, satan sign, heavy metal sign

 

Shawnette, the bartender

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Casey

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Casey prepared a surprise for me on the bathroom chalkboard.

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the hideaway bar

Photo by Brian Kingsbury

Photo by Heather Kingsbury

Photo by Heather Kingsbury

 

After most folks left around one, Casey and I headed to The Peacock Room.  My celebration was originally planned for The Peacock Room.   Every Monday, DJs Waldo Faldo and Rick Jones play classic hip hop and dance music, reason Peacock was my first choice.  Yet, these two weren’t on Peacock’s schedule.  At the last minute, they posted announcements on Facebook they were playing.  By this time, I had already scheduled for The Hideaway, something I really didn’t regret.

DJ Waldo Faldo

laptop dj

 

Rick Jones

guy shaking his ass

 

Me and Suzan

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After all the boozing, I really don’t remember the roads I drove on the way home.

Oh well, I enjoyed my evening.  Folks paid for my drinks all night.  I’m thankful for the friends I have.  Plus a big shot out to The Hideaway Bar for the hospitality.

An Orlando Night During The Holidays

December 16, 2012

Last Friday involved another happy hour DJ gig at Peacock Room, located in Orlando.

Check out the new hat.

Photo by Anthony Bonilla

Photo by Anthony Bonilla

 

In the past, acoustic acts used to perform on these nights.  Usually, I would play for thirty to forty-five minutes.  Then, the acoustic act would perform about the same amount of time.  Not anymore.  They didn’t suck or anything.   It just became more and more evident people didn’t care for acoustic music on a Friday happy hour.  At least, in Peacock Room they didn’t.  I even heard some complaints about the acts myself.  Friday is the last day of the work week for many people.  They just got paid and want to let loose.  Acoustic music is the last thing they want to hear.

After my set, I photographed.

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Photo by Marcus Adkins

Photo by Marcus Adkins

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Soon, the automobile and I cruised to Wally’s.

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Costumed folks entered the building.  They were raising money for charity.

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After two beers at Wally’s, the automobile and I cruised to a friend’s Christmas party.  There, a nine weeks-old puppy helped expose my sensitive side.

Photo by Amanda Millar

Photo by Amanda Millar

 

About a hour and a half later, I headed home.

Another Two DJ Gigs in One Night

December 10, 2012

Last Friday night, I DJed two gigs. This usually happens once a month.  First, I played my regular happy hour gig at the Peacock Room, located in Orlando, Florida.

Recently, I’ve been performing with this sound system.

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No, it ain’t mine. It belongs to Phil Longo, the Peacock Room employee who books me.

In the past, I only used the top speaker.

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The sub-woofer is a recent addition.  Tod, Peacock’s main sound guy, thought of this.

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For those that didn’t know, bass should always be on the floor or somewhere near it.

As you can see, happy hour regulars take care of me when I play their requests.

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I always use a clear plastic container for a tip jar.  A clear container gains more tips than an unclear one.  Also, I wouldn’t recommend using glass containers.  If they break, you or someone may receive a nasty cut.

After my happy hour gig, the automobile and I cruised the forty-five minute drive to Little Fish – Huge Pond, located in Sanford.  Little Fish hosted another Broke-Ass Friday event.

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Due to rent and mortgage payments, many folks are broke during the first of the month, inspiring the name “Broke-Ass Friday”.

This time the night involved a charity event.  Right along with food being sold, a toy drive happened also.

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The foggy night inspired this photo.

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When doing these two-gig nights, I think of British DJ Carl Cox.

If I remember correctly, he does something similar.  After one gig, he’s sometimes off to another in the same day or night.  I think that’s how I remember it.

Anyway, because of my own schedule, I’ll just call myself the Carl Cox of Central Florida.

The Party at Peacock Room

November 18, 2012

 

Last Friday, another Happy Hour gig at Peacock Room happened.

For new readers, Peacock Room is located in Orlando, Florida.

First, I shall tell what happened earlier during the evening.  In the beginning, I played a mixture of 80s and 70s.

Then, two young ladies approached me.

“Um…I like the music you’re playing,” one said, sounding like a typical, annoying, air head. “But…um…this request is going to be a stretch for you.  This is…um…going to be out of your range.”

“If it’s out my range,” I started. “Why are you asking me in the first place?”

She remained silent for a few moments.

I was being a dick on purpose.  I don’t mind requests.  Yet, I hate folks asking me for requests outside the genre I’m currently playing, especially when they don’t tip.

“Because…um…she’s going to dance to it,” the young lady said as she nodded to her friend.

By now, many of you may think I was talking to a white young lady.   Nope, the young lady possessed olive skin, suggesting she might be a Latina.

“What’s the song?” I asked.

“Wobble,” she said.

“I have it,” I answered.

“You’re going to play it next?”

“Yea.”

As for asking me if I’m going to play it next, I hate that kind of shit too, especially when they don’t tip.

True to the young lady’s word, they danced when I played “Wobble” by Vic.

After my Happy Hour, The Party happened, an event involving three DJs.

 

Casey Van Buren.

 

DJ Mo: I didn’t know it at the time.  Tonight was his birthday.

 

It was her birthday too.

 

Cub. Not only a good DJ, but a damned good sound man, too.

 

Next week, after my happy hour, Bad Santa and the Angry Elves will be playing.  After seeing them and blogging about them before, I’m excited.

Using Women in Event Flyers

October 10, 2012

After posting the following flyer in the bar, white women with no booty complained about it.

I don’t know the names of the sexy women in the flyer.  I searched “Brazilian woman” on the Internet and came across the image.

Because of complaints, the owner used this image instead for my DJ event.

For another event, I used actress Megan Good.

A jealous white woman asked who was the hooker in flyer.

For an event with two other DJs, I used actress Stacey Dash.

I was told a couple saw the image at the door and headed back to their car.  I forgot if I was told the couple’s race.  Still, I suspect the woman got jealous as the dude wouldn’t admit to popping an erection.

(Yes, I am aware of Stacey’s recent political tweets.  That’s a subject for another blog.)

Then for another event, I used Vanity for a flyer.

That flyer did receive a positive response.

Months later, after reading Marketing To Women  by Marti Barletta, I learned the error of my ways.  First of all, using women as sex objects in flyers sends out the wrong message.  For one thing, it attracts douche bags on the prowl for women who resemble the ones in the flyer.  For another, the flyers say “unattractive ” women aren’t welcomed to your events, “unattractive” women who may be willing to spend good money.

I may have worded that wrong.  What I’m trying to say is that women who don’t resemble the ones in your flyer may not feel welcomed at your event.  Just because a woman don’t resemble Stacey or Megan doesn’t mean she isn’t attractive.

(Oh yea, on another subject, using copyrighted images is a no-no.   As I always knew that, I did it anyway.  Still, I would advise against the practice.)

For my happy hour events, I decided to use photos of the bar’s actual people.  The Mohawk young lady is bartender Shelly Richards.  Orange Tongue is my friend Mindy Weller. The pose was their idea.

Again, I received another positive response.

Keep in  mind, the flyer was aimed at women, not douche bags.  Keep the women happy and most dudes remain happy.

When Happy Hour was moved to Fridays, I again used bar patrons.  That’s Mindy in the middle and that’s me on the left.

My only complaint was I wished I had included a black woman to illustrate the bar’s female diversity.  Then again, the young lady in the glasses is a Latina. (I forgot her and her friend’s name.)

Still, out of all the flyers I placed in the Peacock Room, folks picked this one up the most.

True enough, there are those more advanced than I am on making flyers.  Still, no matter how advanced your graphic skills are, sending out the wrong message makes you look like a douche bag.