The Squat Theatre: Dec. 28-29, 1979

On December 28 & 29, 1979 (33 years ago!), James White & The Flaming Demonics made their their premiere performances at The Squat Theatre at 256 West 23rd Street. The photos in this post, including the astounding find of the Anya Philips guest list from the event, are courtesy of The Squat Theatre.

Besides the two night stand by James & his band, James & Anya had also programmed some dates leading up to the Flaming Demonics shows: "The Little Devils Club Presents a Week of Dance Party: After Hours Dance For Lost Souls," Dec. 24-27, 1979.

According to the Squat Theatre website: James previews his new band, which is essentially Defunkt with James as frontman. The only holdover from the old Contortions is Patrick Geoffries on guitar. The Defunkt lineup was augmented by Vernon Reid on guitar and John Purcell on saxophone. There would remain significant overlap between the membership of Defunkt and the Flaming Demonics/James White and the Blacks for the next few months, although eventually James established his own distinct rhythm section so that he could tour.

James White & The Blacks at The 80's





New shows for December! NYC & Milwaukee

NYC - Wed Dec 19 - solo piano at Zirzamin, 90 W Houston at Thompson (11 PM)

Milwaukee - Mon Dec 31 - New Year's Eve DJ'ing - Circle A, 932 E. Chambers, Milwaukee WI (11 PM)


Dance with James...December 15!

This just in: James will be making an appearance at this great event at the Brooklyn Bowl on December 15 with DJ Jonathan Toubin. Dance! Win prizes! Have fun!

Get all of the info here.


James Chance & The Sardonic Sincopaters - "Lotus Blossom" at Tramps, NYC (1999)

James Chance & The Sardonic Sincopaters performing "Lotus Blossom" at Tramps, NYC (1999): James Chance, Simon Chardist, Erik Klarstad, Richard Dwovlzin, Mac Goolehan, AJ Mantas, and Robert Aaron.


James Chance DJ/Sax gig this Thursday at Parkside Lounge!

12.06.12 - NYC - The Molotov Cocktail Lounge-
Parkside Lounge, 317 E Houston
James Chance presents: The Return of the Molotov Cocktail Lounge flaming funk DJ dance party featuring the rarest & funkiest music you've never heard with live sax & vocals by Mr. Chance himself & special preview of new Contortions album "Incorrigible!" plus live set at 10:00 with James Chance at the piano & Robert Aaron on tenor sax.