ORIGINAL BOOGALOO

Johnny Colón recalls the Village Gate

Boasting an unforgettable chorus ("LSD has got a hold on me. . . . one, two, three, I feel free"), no single tune captured the strange urban magic of the barrio's dance-pop scene more righteously than Nuyorican bandleader-trombonist Johnny Colón's 1967 hit "Boogaloo Blues." Trance music avant la lettre, Colón's sound mixed doo-wop, jazz, and Latin rhythms into something sweet yet special, youthful yet deep. Colón, who drifted into a jazzier sound by the by, returns to the scene of the historic Latin/Salsa Meets Jazz dance concerts Art D'Lugoff presented each week at the Village Gate, which occupied this Bleecker Street space for more than three decades. His orchestra plays two sets, alternating with local boogaloo revivalists Spanglish Fly and DJ Turmix, who throws a monthly boogaloo party at Nublu.
Wed., April 25, 7 p.m., 2012

 
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