OK, I have lived in Echo Park for about 9 years. I use to frequent the Shortstop about every other day back when they allowed dancing, before they got busted for not having a permit, before they acquired a permit and reopened the dancefloor. The place was fucking amazing then. Lot's of cool art kids, punks, and dub heads. The jukebox always had cool tunes playing if there weren't DJs and the hot bartenders would always poor me a stiff Jim and Coke. Not to mention I am a huge Greg Dulli (Afghan Wigs/Twilight Singers/The Gutter Twins) fan and he is one of the owners. Once the dancefloor got shut down, we started to frequent the bar less and less. We found ourselves hitting the Gold Room for free tacos and a shot with all the old Latinos, which was kinda sketchy at times- I'm pretty sure few white kids dared venture in back then. But it proved to be a great escape from the "scene" of places like the newly opened Little Joy. Once the Shorty got it's dancefloor reopened we started to go back. But it just wasn't the same. It had this bridge and tunnel feel to it. No disrespect to the owners, but it just seemed to take on this USC college crowd thing. All of a sudden lines were forming outside and a 45 minute wait became the standard (In the beginning of the line stuff, the bouncers were cool and would let all us old locals skip it and go in. But after awhile they were catching so much shit from it, they had to stop). Nowadays, I spend most of my time at El Prado. For me it has the right vibe and good beer selection (my liver just can't handle the hard stuff anymore), plus it is mellow and suits my preference to having conversations and hearing good records over the blaring Michael Jackson and bad 80's music (I do still take part in pre-Dodger game pitchers of PBR at Shorty though). In this time I have maintained a close working relationship with Shortstop co-owner Dave Neupert (La Cita, Footsies, El Tres Inn). Origami currently curates their rad 3 room suites at El Tres in Los Feliz. Dave had become a fan of our Record Club night at El Prado and wanted to find a way to have us do a DJ night at one of his bars. Since Shortstop is so close to the store and we'd prefer to support our hood, we felt it fit what we wanted to do best. But to be honest I'm a little nervous. I'm nervous that people aren't going to be into what we play. I'm nervous that since we don;t really play a whole lot of 80's, Michael Jackson, and hits, we are gonna get booed out of there.
So, this is our chance to get back a night at Shortstop to where it was. Because in reality it is the best bar/dancefloor in Echo Park. And peeps that live here would love to love it again. We are gonna rock a bunch of new stuff, rare stuff, unheard stuff, and classic stuff. It's gonna be fun stuff, some you can dance to, some to nod your head to. This is our night, guys and we need your help to make it cool. We are going to do this thing on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of every month starting in January. Tonight is our test run! Let's kill it!
We call this thing, Paper Crème! Kicking off @ 10pm and goin til 2am. Free. 21 and over.
DJs are Neil, Sam, and Sean