Top rockabilly parties
Three to get ready---now go, cat, go!
Tue Mar 22 2011
Slick back your pompadour and fluff out that poodle skirt before heading to Otto's Shrunken Head's Rebel Night, where Japanese DJ Sei and his crew spin original 45s from the '50s and '60s, perfect for doing the jive, bop or stroll. (If you don't know the basics, these cool cats won't mind giving you a lesson.) Mingle with tattooed James Deans or cat-eyed dames over a round of Singapore Slings, and don't forget the rockabilly code of honor at this modern-day sock hop: ABC ("always be cool"). 538 E 14th St between Aves A and B (212-228-2240, ottosshrunkenhead.com); third Friday of every month 10pm; free.
With artists like the Rockats, Deke Dickerson and the Buzzards calling Rodeo Bar their home on Saturdays, things are bound to get rowdy. According to the Buzzards' Roy Wilson, original songs are mixed in with classic and obscure covers because "all rockabilly enthusiasts love hearing both the new and old." Ladies ready to jump 'n' jive, take note: Eddie Clendening of Broadway's Million Dollar Quartet likes to wind down here when he's not playing Elvis. 375 Third Ave at 27th St (212-683-6500, rodeobar.com); Sat 10pm; free.
This shindig is held at Bedlam, a Victorian-themed bar inspired by London's infamous psychiatric hospital. Sure the decor doesn't scream rocker chic, but DJ Laura Rebel Angel—also known as the queen of rockabilly party-planning in the tristate area—is on the decks spinning her signature soundtrack of Western swing and jump blues. 40 Ave C between 3rd and 4th Sts (212-228-1049, bedlamnyc.com); Sun 6--10pm; free.
Midnite Monster Hop
Why be a rebel without a cause and stay indoors when you can party around the clock with spike-haired punks? If you missed out on Rebel Night at Otto's Shrunken Head this month, consider the bar's Midnite Monster Hop, where Mike Mortician and DJ Shawnzie play "rhythm 'n' ooze." The event features bands ranging from local bad-boys Tombstone Brawlers to Australia's obscene Zombie Ghost Train; no matter who's playing, you can expect plenty of ghoulish activities. 538 E 14th St between Aves A and B (212-228-2240, ottosshrunkenhead.com); last Saturday of every month 10pm; free.
After the nine-to-five grind, greasers can hang out at Williamsburg's laid-back dive Union Pool for Country Mondays (hipsters are invited, too). Cowboy Mark, alongside partner in crime Antonio Abrego, plays vintage beats from down South, a much-needed fix for those craving Johnny Cash over Buddy Holly. Score some PBRs and get a lesson on the roots of rockabilly with some golden oldies; we recommend arriving early for a Jameson shot to wash down a plate of street meat from the taco truck. Don't forget to strike a pose with your daddy-o or betty at the popular photo booth. 484 Union Ave at Meeker Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-609-0484, myspace.com/unionpool); last Saturday of every month 10pm; free.