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Happy 25 Years to Rooky Ricardo’s

This year’s June 6 marked the 25th year anniversary of Rooky Ricardo’s Records, the Lower Haight record shop owned by my good friend and mentor Dick Vivian. It was also the record release party for Nick Waterhouse who, before me, was also inspired by Dick. And that inspiration has Nick doing great things in the music world. It was wonderful listening to The Viv talk about how proud he was to see Nick on stage doing what he loves best. And it was more awesome to see the both of them on stage together. Check out the video!

Dick, like his shop, are still going strong and haven’t lost a beat. Here’s to 25 more years.

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Fried Chicken Salad with Dick Vivian

Dick was having two beautiful ladies over for dinner yesterday and was nice enough to invite me over for the festivities. I got there as he was finishing up dinner prep and I decided to shoot this video just for fun.

“Who are you?”

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Dusty Stax and The Bold Italic Present

This December, I went from 0 to 60 miles per hour in ten days flat.

It started off with DJ Keybump inviting me to kick off Soul Stax with him, his weekly bar night at Tunnel Top. It was a chill vibe, my friends came through to check it out, and I got to try out some new ideas I’ve been holding onto. A few days later on that Saturday, I got to man the upstairs decks at Monarch’s Grand Opening Night for four hours straight, and it was a blast. Thanks to everyone who came out and made sure the dance floor stayed packed and energetic. You folks really made my night and I wish I had pictures! There was a beautiful contortionist who put on a great show and props to Rob for quick and proper distribution of some very delicious manhattans. If you haven’t definitely go check out Monarch, especially the downstairs sound system. And this past Friday I got to relax with Dick Vivian at his shop where I made sure the wine and music were flowing for the Lower Haight Holiday Art Walk.

Overall it was a busy a month, but also a fun one.

Especially because this Saturday, I got to collaborate with Dick at “A Very Special Winter Formal Dance” presented by Dusty Stax and The Bold Italic. I was looking forward to this event all week because I knew it was going to be classy. Live band? Seriously formal dress code? 50’s and 60’s music? Of course I was excited; and it was rightfully a great night. I got to do some dancing, admire the crowd, and take some great shots. Matter of fact, I’ll let them speak for themselves.

Thanks to all those people, especially Dick, Manny, and Keybump, for inviting me to spin with them. It’s been an honor, and I hope to collab more in the future.

Email 45brains@gmail.com if you want to use any of these photos. All photos appearing on this blog are property of Sama and The 45 Brains, but if you ask nicely I can easily send you high-res copies!

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