Sept. 1 2010 09:57 AM

The Beauty Bar changes hands, Enrique experiences a 'Panty Party' and a mixtape master

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Beauty Bar, the City Heights music venue, is being sold to Mick Rossler, owner of Tower Bar, and Thaddeus Robles, bartender at The Casbah and Livewire. They plan to change the venue’s name to Til Two Club, the name of the bar formerly at that location, and restore the club’s old faade. Rossler says they plan to open Til Two (4746 El Cajon Blvd.) on Oct. 1. Old-school surf-rockers The Phantom Surfers will play a show there on Oct. 2, and Robles will host a band showcase for his label, Cave Punk Records, on Oct. 16. Owner Sara Knook declined to explain why she’s decided to sell the club, adding that she’ll host a farewell party on Sept. 26 featuring two bands and “a whole bunch of DJs.”

Americana mainstays Shawn Rohlf and The Buskers will commemorate the release of their new record, Tiny Xs, at Whistle Stop Bar on Friday, Sept. 3.

Shoegazers The Moviegoers will celebrate the release of their new 7-inch at Tin Can Ale House on Saturday, Sept. 4. Roxy Jones and Bryan Bangerter will open.

Hi-Speed Soul, the record label run by former M-Theory Music owner Eric Howarth, released the latest album by L.A.’s Film School this week. Fission is currently streaming on Hi- Speed Soul will also release We See You, the debut album by local electro-rockers Hyena, on Sept. 21.

—Peter Holslin

The Enrique Experience

This is what happens when thespians throw a panty party.
Credits: Photo by Erin Bigley

With a six-season history dedicated to expanding “the idea of what is feminine by creating more diverse and honest images of women,” Rolando-based MOXIE Theatre held its first-ever Panty Party—a fundraiser in the form of a live lingerie auction.

“It seems like a contradiction,” MOXIE marketing director Jennifer thorn told CityBeat, “but tonight is all about celebrating and diversifying the image of women in our culture, and what better way to do it than in panties?” Held in a beachfront mansion overlooking Sail Bay, guests were given cheeky nametags with names like “Bustier Babe” and “Corset Cutie.” Other notable monikers included a pregnant woman whose badge read “Early Bloomer,” and “Fancy Pants,” which belonged to a dude donning a cargo kilt.

“I come from a period when bras were meant to be worn on the inside, but we’ll see,” said Sherry, a self-proclaimed “lover of the arts” whom I befriended at the outdoor tequila bar. Her alter ego? “Miss Behavin’.” “They offered me ‘Sophisticated Lady,’ but I said, ‘No way’—my poor mother tried to make me a lady for years, and it didn’t take.”

After a prompt from the organizers, attendees made their way inside the seaside chateau to bid on lingerie modeled by MOXIE thespians representing characters from some of the theater world’s most laurelled plays.

“As you can see, this look is perfect for the ladies, fellas and, yes, even cross-dressers,” the auctioneer said as a Cleopatra-inspired look—the first of seven in the evening—made its way down the grand staircase to the beat of Kanye West’s “Gold Digger.” Other vignettes included a nod to Into the Woods set to Lady Gaga’s “Monster” and Romeo and Juliet to Haddaway’s “What is Love.”

“That is the most expensive margarita I’ve ever had,” said a man who’d exited the room and returned to find his wife, “Glamour Puss,” raising the bidding to more than $400 on a Dangerous Liaisons-style getup.

Not to be outdone, Miss Behavin’ stole the show by winning a lacey ensemble inspired by Arthur Miller’s The Crucible. “I was just trying to up the ante and didn’t expect to win,” she said. And as sure as Victoria has a secret, the sexagenarian, who recently underwent hip-replacement surgery, had an ulterior motive. “My acupressurist always suggests I sport a thong when he sees me hiking up my granny panties. Guess he’s in luck!”

—Enrique Limón

Pass the Mic

The man: Don’t call this guy a DJ; just call him JABAone.

The music: JABAone spins hiphop, jazz, soul and reggae. When he’s at a gig, he plays what the crowd wants. When he’s at home, blending and scratching together a mixtape, he plays exactly what he wants. Taking the Low Road, one of his recent mixtape releases, starts with A Tribe Called Quest and ends with Rocky Rivera.

The Scene: Every first Thursday of the month, JABAone spins at Bar Dynamite. Most of his time is spent as the voice behind Magic 92.5’s Slow Jams radio show, which airs weekdays from 7 p.m. to midnight. He’s also affiliated with several hip-hop collectives, including Homegrown Blends, Dojo Soundz, First Division and Armory Massive, the promotional arm of Armory Survival Gear, a Downtown hip-hop shop.

The Story: He’s a National City boy, having lived there since he was a baby and— aside from a stint in Hawaii to open a now-defunct second Armory Survival Gear location, and some time spent in the Bay Area—he’s lived in the same ’hood for most of his life. Growing up, he idolized guys like King Arthur and DJ SoundFX. “I was always around hip-hop,” JABAone says. “And hip-hop was always around me.”

Graffiti and freestyle breakdancing were his first loves. In his early years, he danced with a crew named DBX alongside San Diego promoter and hip-hop icon Kutfather.

“I was kind of blessed to be around him at an early stage in hip-hop for me,” JABAone says of Kutfather.

He later joined up with World Peace, another hip-hop dance crew, and continued improving his graffiti skills.

Sitting at a Starbucks in National City, it’s easy to see traces of the young dancer and artist in JABAone, but he’s more of a turntablist now. And even though he’s been spinning for more than a decade, he says he hasn’t earned the “DJ” title yet.

“I don’t feel like it’s been that long,” he says. “There’s a lot of the OGs who we looked up to who’ve been doing it since the ’80s.”

JABAone still does live gigs, but his main focus lately has been on making mixtapes. He recently released Can you Dig it?, which is No. 11 in his mixtape arsenal.

He spent a year in law school, and while he thinks copyright law and its relationship to using songs for his mixtapes is interesting, he says he thinks sampling falls into fair use. “I was at the center of an FBI investigation for a quick minute,” he laughs.

He’s since been cleared. “It was called ‘Operation Websnare.’” He’s a little more careful with his mixtapes now, but he says he’ll continue making them.

“It’s a promotional tool,” he says.

“I personally feel like the nice thing about mixtapes is that even on the nights you’re not gigging, someone somewhere is listening to you.”

Who’s CityBeat talking to next?: DJ Charlie Rock

—Kinsee Morlan