• 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!

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  • Grab your tickets for Thirst Boston’s Blender Bender

    I am excited to return to the decks at Whiskey Saigon for the Thirst Boston Blender Bender, which is now called the Gender Bender Blender Bender (say that five times fast). It’s always a treat to spin at a proper club like Whiskey Saigon and still be able to do my thing for a fun crowd of industry folks. As you can imagine, there’s a bumping PA and tasteful lighting/visuals. There’s even a bubble machine.  

    The Blender Bender pits teams of bartenders against each other in a high-stakes duel for fame, glory, and a brand new Vitamix blender. Each team will be cross-dressed to the nines, and it is encouraged that you to get in on the fun! You’ll enjoy delicious cocktails all night long while casting your vote to decide the evening’s winners. It all goes down on Sunday, April 30 from 8:30 PM to 11:30 PM. 

    I’ll be rooting for Geoffrey Thompson’s team. Geo is the dude at Foundry on Elm, my Friday DJ spot, and knows his beer in and out, too. He is holding nothing back either. Word on the street is that he’s recruited Brass Union’s cocktail ace Paulo Pereira to his team. Don’t mess with these men, especially when they are dressed in woman’s clothing.

    Tickets are $55 and include samples from the contestants’ concoctions plus some snacks. Beer is also available for purchase.

    A portion of the proceeds will be donated to BAGLY (Boston Alliance for Gay and Lesbian Youth).

    Sponsored by Bacardi Rum, Bayou Rum, Diplomatico Rum, Four Roses Bourbon, Anchor Distilling, Lost Spirits, Licor 43, Plantation Rum, Patrón Tequila, Privateer Rum, Rhum Barbancourt and Tito’s Handmade Vodka.

    All the info is here – http://thirstboston.com/blenderbender2017/

  • J-Wall Drops a Latin Mix to Honor sweetgreen’s Toro Bowl

    The folks at sweetgreen are partnering with Boston-based restaurateur Ken Oringer on the “Toro Bowl.” Knowing Oringer’s impressively delicious track record (heavy-hitters like Toro, Coppa, & Little Donkey), it’s safe to say this will be a winner.

    I was beyond excited to spin the launch event in early April at sweetgreen’s Ink Block location, so I put together a mix for all y’all to enjoy. It seems like a Spanish/Latin vibe would be appropriate for the occasion. Here are some of the tracks I’ve been messing around with in that world (check out the full track-list below). The Whiskey Barons really come in handy in times like these!

    TRACKLIST

    Mi Swing Es Tropical (feat. Tempo & The Candela Allstars) – Nickodemus & Quantic

    Mambo el B-Boy – Red Astaire

    I Want You Back (Daytoner Edit) – Harold Mabern

    Aqui No Sera – Ozomatli

    Baila a Tu Manera (Whiskey Barons Remix) – Nickodemus, Whiskey Barons, Sammy Ayala

    Riding High (Original Mix) – Bosq

    Soul Makossa – Manu Dibango

    Tinto Tintero – Up, Bustle & Out

    Calypso Blues (The Gaff Remix EDIT) – Nat King Cole

    Get a Move On – Mr. Scruff

    Spanish Grease (Dorfmeister Con Madrid De Los Austrias Muga Reserve Mix) – Willie Bobo

    The Music (Youri Donatz and Bright Coffee Non Vocal Mix) – Baggi Begovic & Groovenatics

    Latin Note – St Germain

    Fuego (Whiskey Barons Baile Mix) – Joe Bataan

    Oye Como Va – Tito Puente

  • J-Wall’s “Spring Ahead” Mix is now live on Soundcloud

    Here are some cuts I’ve been working with to shake off the winter blues. The full tracklist is below and features lots of throwback party jams and some edits that I’ve been digging. Enjoy! (and yes that is me in the bunny suit…)

    The Light (Pickster Dub Mix) – J DILLA                                

    Yes We Can Can (SLY Edit) – Pointer Sisters                        

    It’s a New Day (Original Mix) – Skull Snaps                            

    Foxy Lady (Rob Tex Mix) – Jimi Hendrix                           

    Heartbeat (AZ DJ Melo Edit) – Taana Gardner                                                   

    Step In The Name Of Love – R. Kelly                               

    Africa Big Beat (Supreme La Rock) – Toto -vs- Billy Squier                 

    Sittin Up In My Room (Remix-Clean-Cyberkid Intro/Outro) – Brandy feat LL Cool J                  

    Family Affair – Mary J Blige                           

    No Scrubs – TLC                                    

    Nothin’ – N.O.R.E.                               

    Shake Ya Ass – Mystikal                               

    Chillin – Wale feat Lady Gaga                    

    Mo Money Mo Problems – KidCutUp Roses Bootleg (Dirty) – The Notorious B.I.G.                   

    Dance With Me (DJ Tanner PL3 EDIT) – 112                                    

    WHY YOU WANNA GYPSY WOMAN (GRIZART REMIX) – CRYSTAL WATERS VS T.I.                 

    Why You Wanna –  T.I.                                   

    No Diggity – Casual Connection Remix – Blackstreet                                                    

    3005 (Chordashian Remix) – Childish Gambino                       

    LUV (TRAYZE X Mozes X Sean Paul Edit) – Tory Lanez                             

    Impeach the President – The Honey Drippers                     

    Luv Me, Luv Me – Janet Jackson                          

    Return of the Mack (C & J Street Mix) – Mark Morrison                          

    The Sign – Ace of Base                            

    Watch Out Now (DJ A-L Big Pun Blend-Clean) – The Beatnuts & Big Pun                 

    Jenny From The Block – Jennifer Lopez                         

    EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD (SFS RMX) –  TEARS FOR FEARS                        

    Rule – Amerie/Nas                             

    Doo Wop (That Thing) – Lauryn Hill                            

    Ride Wit Me – Nelly                                  

    Love Like This – DJcity Throwback Edit – Faith Evans                            

    Blow the Whistle – Too $hort                              

    For Free – DJ Khaled ft. Drake                    

    I Want You Back – DJ Smerk 24K Magic Blend – The Jackson 5                          

    24K Magic – Bruno Mars                             

    Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours (DJ Smash Essential Funk Mix) – Stevie Wonder                          

    Feel So Good – Mase feat Kelly Price                  

    Feel Right – Mark Ronson ft. Mystikal               

    All Night (Kaytranada Remix) – Chance The Rapper Ft. Knox Fortune     

    DON’T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME) – SIMPLE MINDS