As a local weekend warrior all over the Fort Lauderdale area, I thought it would be a great idea to share 5 local DJ’s I feel worth noting. Each one of these DJ’s has their own unique style, to give you a wide range to choose from. There’s no particular order here in who’s best, and this, by far, is not a complete list of what is out there, they are all awesome in my opinion, and I always find myself dancing to their beats.
DJ Katastrophy and Lil P – Pop Remixes/Karaoke
Also known as Andy and Ricky of “2 Guys on a Mic” karaoke, (Fridays at The Stable, 8 p.m., and Tuesdays at Bill’s 9 p.m.,) this DJ team get the party hopping in Wilton Manors’ only weekly outdoor Tea Dance on Scandals Saloon’s patio. The party starts at 4 p.m., but goes on after the sun goes down, and then the laser light show begins. And we’re talking a lot of lasers, more than anywhere I’ve seen locally, all brought to you by the DJs themselves. To quote DJ Katastrophy, “Some people buy shoes, I buy lasers.”
There’s plenty of pop remixes, top-40 hits, and cocktails under the stars and shiny disco balls. And if you feel like singing, they start karaoke at the same time starting at 9 p.m. inside the bar.
Once a month, the legendary DJ Merrit (formerly of Casablanca Records,) joins in and battles DJ Katastrophy to mix in a few disco hits for a unique music experience.
As an added bonus, Sundays are “Happy Hour” all day long, and offer a $10 domestic draft beer bust.
Sundays 4 p.m.
3073 NE 6th Ave
205 E Oakland Park Blvd
Tim German – Country
Also at Scandals is our community's only C&W dancing, and Tim German is not only a dance teacher on Mondays (review lessons), and Tuesdays (new line dances) at 7 p.m., but he also DJ's every other Saturday at 9 p.m, at the club. (And just a reminder from my last column, Wednesday's at 7 p.m. is beginner’s lessons with Rebecca Heyman.)
Tim is part of a DJ team that rotates on a schedule. What sets him apart is that he keeps track of all the dance lessons. Occasionally, you'll hear him announce a line dance with an added phrase, such as, “Dancers from Wednesday’s lessons, you know this one!” He really encourages everyone to participate. Beginner line dancers like me have our ears open for these announcements!
Helpful hint: Wear cowboy boots or dance shoes. Rubber soles make for difficult dancing on the wood floor.
DJ Richie Rich Torrez – Disco, 80's Pop, Latin
If you want traditional Sunday Tea Dance, then the only place to go is Boom Nightclub, where DJ Richie Rich Torrez spins the best in 70’s disco goodness starting at 7 p.m. This is definitely the place to dance and remember the good ol’ days of Studio 54 and Saturday Night Fever, in a traditional dance club setting. By 9 p.m., the place is a giant party not to be missed. He knows his disco, and you will hear all the hits, as well as the occasional obscure song that makes you think “WOW, I haven’t heard that song in ages…”
But he doesn’t stop there. He does all your 80’s favorites on Wednesday Retro-pop nights. From ABC to YAZ, Madonna to Flock of Seagulls, those shoulder pads and big hair days will be back in no time. I can just smell the Aqua-net now.
He also holds court for Latino Sensation on Friday nights at 10 p.m. Spanish music, female impersonators, and lots of hip shaking. And of course, if it is going to be a Latin theme, you can be sure there will be $4 Corona, Bacardi, and Cuervo specials!Boom NightclubWednesdays 9 p.m., Fridays 10 p.m., Sundays 7 p.m.
2232 Wilton Drive
in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors
Herbie James – Electronica
His music is internationally known as “Herbicide.” Herbie James is a no-holds-barred, unforgiving, relentless, hard core, electronic genius. And when he plays at Ramrod, you WILL sweat to his loud, chest-pounding beats and hypnotic synths and samples. Where he finds his music is still a mystery to me, the only way I get it is from his podcasts.
This local icon has been spinning since 1989 in South Florida. James’ first “residency” was at the famous Marlin Beach Hotel in 1990/91, where he played 12-hour sets Thursday through Sunday. James recalls, “They had put in an incredible Renkus-Heinz sound system which was amazing. I have some really fun stories of those days.”
Today, when he’s making men sweat all over the dance-floor at Ramrod, he does it the old fashioned way. You don’t see a computer on his control board, he’s all about 2 CD players and a mixer.
He also spins for the monthly DILF parties at Bill’s.RamrodThursday and Friday nights starting at 10 p.m.
1508 NE 4th Ave (Wilton Drive)
VJ Barry Browder – Trending Videos
Bringing the best in pop and trendy videos to Wilton Manors, VJ Barry Browder is a staple on Wilton Drive at Alibi, and has been since October 2000. For as long as I can remember, I’ve always seen Barry’s videos, whether having a couple cocktails in the main bar, or sitting outside having lunch. He always has the perfect mix of music and comedy sketches going for the atmosphere at hand.
On Wednesday nights at 9 p.m., Barry plays the part of “game show announcer” to Nikki Adams on Alibi’s ever-so-funny “Game Show Night.” The games change regularly, from “Family Feud” to “Dirty Pictionary” and even “Giant Jenga.”
Thursdays, he supplies the jams for Alibi’s infamous Iced Tea Night.
Barry also plays at their sister club, Bill’s Wilton Manors, across the street on Fridays for Growl starting at 9 p.m. (Also known as their bear night.) If you like the fur, this is where to be!
Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 p.m.
2266 Wilton Drive
in the Shoppes of Wilton Manors
2209 Wilton Drive