• Riverside BBQ Series returns for last session of 2017

    My focus is heavily into DJing these days, but I do still organize & promote a handful of live music and food-driven events, and the Riverside BBQ Series is my baby. The third and final session of 2017 (and sixteenth over the past five years) is on Sunday, October 8 and will feature chefs from The Abbey (Cambridge & Brookline) & CK Pearl (Essex), plus live music from the Bad Rabbits (acoustic & DJ set), Gold Blood & Associates, and the series’ house DJ, Ryan Brown. It’s like a backyard BBQ on steroids, and a pretty good deal too.

    The Riverside BBQ Series matches New England’s most creative chefs (including multiple James Beard Award Winners) with local craft brewers and awesome bands all in a beautiful setting along the Charles River. It’s a pop-up kitchen, intimate concert, and mini beer festival all rolled into one all-inclusive experience.

    All-in tickets include BBQ from the chefs and beer & wine from our seven beverage sponsors. More info is below!

    Riverside BBQ Series: Last Session for 2017

    October 8, 2017 – 4 PM to 8 PM

    Harry Parker Boathouse – 20 Nonantum Road, Brighton, MA (on the Charles River)

     

    Session #3 Lineup 

    FOOD BY:

    THE ABBEY (Cambridge & Brookline, MA)
    CK PEARL (Essex, MA)

     

    MUSIC BY:

    BAD RABBITS (Acoustic Set & DJ Set)
    Gold Blood and Associates
    DJ Ryan Brown

    WINE BY:

    Lila Wines

    BEER BY:

    Lord Hobo Brewing Co.
    Notch
    Harpoon Brewery
    Narragansett
    Down the Road Beer Co.
    Farmer Willie’s Craft Ginger Beer

    ….plus Topo Chico Mineral Water!

    Riverside BBQ 3-Web-Final-medium

     

     

  • Brass Union’s September DJ Schedule

    I have the great honor every month of curating the DJ program at Brass Union in Somerville. We strive to let the DJs do their “thing” here, meaning you won’t always hear the obvious hits (I’m talking about you “Despacito”) and the night is a real musical journey in the hands of the selector. All vinyl nights are still even a thing here, usually on Wednesdays and Fridays (be sure to check out “Union Funk” with Disgonuts on Friday 9/8 or “The Groove” with Paul Foley and Saucy Lady on Friday 9/15 to see what I’m talking about).

    I’ll be spinning on Saturday 9/16 from 10 PM to 2 AM and the first brunch set of the fall on Sunday 9/24 from noon to 3 PM. Click on the poster below for the full schedule!

     

    Brass DJ Poster Sept 17

     

  • Twice as Nice at Night Shift in August

    After a few months off, I am excited to return to Night Shift Brewery not once, but TWICE in August. First up will be Thursday, August 10 followed by Friday, August 25. Both sets are from 8 to 10 PM. The beer here is as good as it gets, seriously, and the summer vibe is just right for a mix of funk, boogie, and throwback hip hop jams. They have quite the patio setup too, complete with corn hole and a rotating cast of killer food trucks.

    DJ J-Wall at Night Shift Brewing 

    87 Santilli Highway, Everett, MA

    Thursday, August 10 & Friday, August 25 – 8 PM to 10 PM

    No cover!

  • Gigs: Fresh Produce at Good Life in August

    I am looking forward to sharing the decks with the legend DJ Madsol-Desar at Good Life on Saturday, August 26 at Fresh Produce. The celebration of all things good & hip hop has been going down on the last Saturday of the month for 11 years now! Yeah, that’s a serious run, and the party has seen the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Pete Rock, Tony Touch, & Kid Capri. It goes without saying that it’s an honor to be able to spin some tunes on this night.

    Fresh Produce at Good Life (28 Kingston Street, Boston, MA)Saturday, August 26, 2017 – 10 PM to 2 AM – Featuring J-Wall & Madsol-Desar upstairs plus Guru Sanaal & Liz Ladoux downstairs.

    File under: party jams, trap, reggae, hip hop

    For more info check out Good Life’s website. 

  • GIGS: Beyond Walls Rock the Block in Downtown Lynn

    The City of Lynn has been buzzing of late thanks to the Beyond Walls Mural Festival, which brings 15 new stunning murals to the downtown Lynn area. I’ve been tracking this on social media the last few weeks and cannot wait to see it in person (and spin some tunes at their block party on Saturday 7/22). I am hearing the DJ booth will be “quite the spectacle” from organizers: a DJ tower, complete with artists painting live below. I’ll be spinning from 7:10 to 8:05 PM, but the party is going on all day and includes two stages. It’s totally free to attend and the weather is looking pretty solid (86 and Sunny) as I write this post. For more info, be sure to check out Beyond Walls on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. 

     

  • J-Wall & DJ Big Lebowski spin LHBC’s Second Birthday Party

    DJ Big Lebowski and myself will be spinning sets at Lord Hobo Brewing Company‘s Second Birthday Party on Saturday, June 17. I’ll be setting the early vibe from 5 PM to 7 PM with funk & soul grooves plus some smooth classics. I figure I’ll let people get comfy and into their beers before Lebowski rolls in and drops those throwback party jams & new joints that don’t suck. He’ll spin till 10 PM.

    There will be a ton going on while we spin and obviously some seriously good beer will be for the gettin’, including all the heavy-hitters and deep cuts from Lord Hobo, plus guest taps from: Castle Island Brewing Co., Night Shift Brewing, Wormtown Brewery, and Jack’s Abby Craft Lagers. There will also be food from Pizzamoré Flatbread Co.  and The Porch Southern Fare. 

    Entry is free and dogs are totally welcome. For more info, check out the event on Facebook. 

    Lord Hobo Brewing Company, 5 Draper St, Woburn, MA

     

     

     

  • Gigs: Boston Magazine’s Best Fest at City Hall Plaza

    I’ll be joining DJ Ryan Brown and DJ Frank White to curate the vibes at City Hall Plaza for Boston Magazine’s Best Fest on Tuesday, July 18. RB and Frank are two of my favorite DJs around town (& beyond). Both have always been quick to share valuable knowledge and have literally paved the way for everything I do. So yeah, it’s a huge honor to be able to spin with them, and we are all amped up to bring the goods.

    Best Fest is one of those events you simply don’t sleep on. In addition to our sultry offerings of funk, boogie, and other sonic gems, a ticket also includes complimentary food from Best of Boston winners and those previously featured in Boston Magazine. There’s some serious talent on the food side of things too. Spots like Uni, Neptune Oyster, & Waypoint are no joke.

    Both GA and VIP tickets are available at http://www.bostonmagazine.com/bestfest!

  • Gigs: Aeronaut Brewery Summer DJ Residency!

    Starting in June, I’ll be spinning the first (ish) Saturday of the month this summer at Aeronaut Brewery. That includes June 3, July 1, August 5, and September 9.  

    Over the past year I’ve DJed at the brewery, which is located just outside of Union Square, Somerville, at least handful of times. It’s always pretty jammed, but it’s a huge room so there’s never an issue finding a solid space to chill or dance (or play Connect Four).

    Each time I’ve worked the room I’ve noticed the vibe has gotten livelier and more accepting of a DJ. Usually anything flies here, sometimes I’ll go on an indie or alt-rock run, and then other times it’s house classics for a while. Lots of throwbacks, and of course funk & soul will make the cut too.

    I strive to stack the deck with my favorite remixes and covers when I spin at breweries, like this one of Little Roy doing Nirvana (Remixed by Alkalino). I think it keeps people on their toes and gives ’em something they wouldn’t usually hear at bars or clubs.

    DJ J-WALL –  AERONAUT BREWERY RESIDENCY

    Saturday June 3, July 1, & August 5 – 8 PM to MIDNIGHT

    14 Tyler Street, Somerville, Mass.

    NO COVER

    21+

  • Monday Mixtape hits Brass Union’s Patio

    Summertime is here (as far as I’m concerned), which means we will be doing a series of Monday patio parties at Brass Union, dubbed the Monday Mixtape. It’ll all kick off on Monday, June 12, three years to the date that Brass Union opened up. With that in mind, we figured it’d be fitting to invite DJ Axel Foley, the first DJ ever to spin at Brass Union. A huge influence on the early days of Brass’s DJ program and a legend in the Boston DJ scene, Axel Foley’s got all the records (I’ve totally bought some of gems from him, too). It goes without saying, I am beyond excited to have the opportunity to spin with him for the first time.

    Mixtape Monday will happen roughly every three weeks through the summer. Each party will have a specific theme too. Everything from ’90s Alt Rock to Disco & House will be represented. So far I’ve confirmed the likes of DJ Ryan Brown, Saucy Lady, Frank White, DJ Evaredy, Knife, and even a Soulelujah takeover. Stay tuned for dates and a full lineup!

    For this one, Axel Foley and I will be going with Funk, Soul, Boogie, and Hip-Hop Classics. We’ll be spinning from 6 PM to 10 PM (or whenever we the party stops).

    Be sure to RSVP right here on Facebook for the latest details.

    MONDAY MIXTAPE: BRASS UNION’S THIRD ANNIVERSARY PARTY

    Monday, June 12 – 6 PM to 10 PM – On the Patio at Brass Union (70 Union SQ, Somerville, MA)

    Featuring DJ AXEL FOLEY & DJ J-WALL

    NO COVER!

    21+

     

     

     

     

     

  • DJ J-Wall returns to Night Shift Brewery

    Hey beer peoples! I’ll be back at Night Shift Brewery in Everett on Friday, March 19 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. This will be my 8th time spinning at the brewery in the past year. Breweries are fun spots to spin. A lot of classics fly well here, as well as vibe-y remixes of newer pop tracks.

    As I’m sure you’re aware, Night Shift has exceptionally good beer (my personal favorite is the 87). Also, don’t be misled by the empty photo above, they tend to hit capacity on Friday, so make it out early and often. I’m hoping to go live on Facebook on this one … stay tuned.

    Everett really isn’t that far, either. It’s just a stone’s throw from my ’hood in Union Square, Somerville.

    No cover. No excuses!

    For more info on Night Shift Brewery, be sure to check out their website. Also, in addition to tasty beer. they have dope merch (I am totally rocking their hoodie in my homepage photo.)