Dennis Owens has been doing funk/soul club Good Foot at Que Sera in Long Beach for almost twelve years now and I think I was lucky enough to peek inside maybe by year two. The DJs who've climbed in and out of that back booth have been some of Southern California's best, and I was pretty honored when Dennis had me do an early set (with an ace squad of Foot alumni) at the tenth anniversary in the fall of 2008.
Now I've got my own anything-goes night called BIG FREAK on Mondays in Eagle Rock (with Crystal Antlers guest DJ-ing this next pre-SXSW installment) and so when Dennis invited me back for another Good Foot appearance, I decided to make a mix of records that could fit either night and call it–of course–BIG FOOT.
Some of these songs (like thee Midniters) I play almost every chance I get and some are ones I had to fish out from the back of the closet, like Gino Washington and King Coleman. And of course I saved a bunch for Friday, like Michael and the Mesengers, Joe Simon and N.F. Porter's “Don't Make Me Color My Black Face Blue,” where our fearless singer clearly and powerfully declares that he's “sick of this shit!”
Thanks to Dennis for the hook-up and hope to see you Friday!
CHRIS ZIEGLER WITH DENNIS OWENS AND SCOTT WEAVER ON FRI., MAR. 12, AT GOOD FOOT AT QUE SERA, 1923 E. 7TH ST., LONG BEACH. 9 PM / $5 / 21+. GOODFOOT.ORG. VISIT BIG FREAK AT TWITTER.COM/HEWASABIGFREAK.